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Myers and Briggs Personality Types: INFP Profile

Updated on April 17, 2012

INFP Relationships

Friend: ENFJ

Lover: ESTP

Enemy: ISTP

INFP Population

Total: 2%

Male: 1.5%

Female: 2.5%

Personality Overview

INFPs are people who spend much of their time in their own head. They need to have time away in order to recharge their batteries. INFPs prefer to keep things private and they are very aware of how they are feeling. INFPs are naturally very independent and prefer to keep to themselves. They are very creative and idealistic people that have an incredible imagination. Their imagination allows them to think outside the box and to create an endless number of ideas and possibilities. INFPs spend much of their time thinking about the future and are driven by the their own emotions and the emotions around them. They prefer to keep things open-ended so that they are not confined by rules or a schedule. INFPs are spontaneous and enjoy being independent from outside restraints.

INFP Weaknesses

  • INFPs tend to blame themselves for things that go wrong.
  • They can be overly shy.
  • INFPs have a hard time thinking that they have done a good enough job.
  • INFPs struggle to reprimand or discipline others.
  • They have a strong need for encouragement and praise.
  • INFPs may react with strong emotion when they feel stressed or criticized
  • They may stay in bad relationships.
  • They need to have their own personal space.

INFP Strengths

  • INFPs are very flexible and adaptable.
  • They are genuinely caring and concerned for others.
  • INFPs are capable of expressing their feelings effectively.
  • They are in tuned with what other may be feeling.
  • INFPs make loyal and committed partners.
  • INFPs have a limitless ability to love and care for others.
  • They strive to meet other peoples needs.
  • INFPs naturally support, encourage and nurture those that are around them.

Fictional Character with INFP Personality

Deanna Troi from Star Trek is a INFP
Deanna Troi from Star Trek is a INFP | Source

INFP Describing Words

  • Independent
  • Idealistic
  • Guarded
  • Warm
  • Imaginative
  • Empathetic
  • Sensitive
  • Selfless
  • Gentle
  • Creative
  • Caring
  • Loyal
  • Private
  • Selfless
  • Artistic
  • Easygoing

Famous INFP

Diana the Princess of Wales was a INFP
Diana the Princess of Wales was a INFP | Source

INFP Careers

  • Counselor
  • Minister
  • Researcher
  • Professor
  • Journalist
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Artist
  • Writer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Actor
  • Therapist
  • Human Resources
  • Photographer
  • Librarian
  • Musician
  • Teacher
  • Filmmaker
  • Activist
  • Web Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Video Editor


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      Peter Messerschmidt 4 years ago from Port Townsend

      Nicely done description-- INFPs are among my favorite people; although I know they are quite a "rare" type, I come across many of them in the "HSP (highly sensitive people) communities" on the web.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Oh, wow. This has me written all over it. I love the connection with Deanna Troi - one of my favorite characters from TNG. That and I've actually tried a few of the careers you suggested above. I'm currently a teacher...but really, REALLY want to be a full-time writer and artist. Yep, dreeeaaming, I know. :) I'll get there one of these days. ;) Great hub!!

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      happyturtle 5 years ago from UK

      This is a really interesting page, I have been meaning to do the Myers Briggs personality test for a while. I like the list of potential career paths for INFP individuals that you listed.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Neat stuff - thanks for the in-depth information. I've never really taken a MB personality test, but now I'm interested.

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      dragnhaze 5 years ago

      Wow, didn't know I was an INFP personality type. I find it interesting to know what type of personalities are out there and being able to determine what type you are can help you improve upon yourself, which is why I think it's great that there have been studies on personalities. Thanks for the interesting info, voted up, shared, and all that good stuff.

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      Kevin Galarneau 5 years ago from Michigan

      Yeah, I have nearly completed a hub for each personality type. I forgot to group this hub with the others, but they are grouped now. Once I write a hub for each type, I plan to write a hub on how to determine which personality type you might have.

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      YogaKat 5 years ago from Oahu Hawaii

      This sounds like me . . . great hub . . . voted up and interesting. I imagine you are going to continue with more personality types in a series - awesome idea!