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The INFP Personality: INFP Careers, Relationships, and Life

Updated on October 28, 2012

INFP means introverted, intuitive, feeling, and perceptive. The INFP personality is often perceived as pleasant, calm, and even shy. This exterior, however, can be somewhat deceptive. The INFP personality is compassionate, highly affectionate, and idealistic. They make up only 4.3 percent of the US population and because they are so rare they can often feel misunderstood or even isolated.

INFP have a strong sense of honor and seek harmony in their lives above all else. This means harmony over their bodies, minds, intellect, and emotions. INFPs typically dedicate themselves to good and noble causes. This is often part of their quest for purity.

The INFP personality tends to be highly idealistic and views the world through this filter. They respond to beauty and morality and rely less on logic than some of the other personality types. The INFP can be highly creative, using metaphors and parables to express themselves. Because of this they are typically natural writers and are likely to enjoy forms of self expression such as poetry.

The INFP is highly dedicated and committed to their family and friends. They are interested in improving the wellbeing of their entire family. They are highly flexible and can, therefore, be very easy to live with. As long as they value system is not violated, many INFPs will even allow someone else to make decisions on their behalf. If, on the other hand, they are asked to do something against their values, the INFP will defend their morals and even work to persuade others to agree with them.

INFP Careers

In addition to their flexibility, the INFP personality type appreciates the feelings and unique traits of others. They are quite successful at adopting new ideas and new information. This is one trait that makes this personality successful in several INFP jobs.

Principles and values are at the core of the INFP personality. They never tire of defending a cause they feel strongly about. They tend to have excellent writing skills and can be extremely persuasive with the written word. The very best INFP careers allow the individual with this personality type to utilize all these skills and preferences.

INFPs are genuinely interested in other people and tend to put the wishes of others above their own. Because of this trait in particular, the list of INFP careers often includes service-oriented jobs. In addition, the INFP personality is highly sensitive, vulnerable to criticism, and has a tendency to work alone. They typically stay away from careers associated with stress as their response to stress can be highly emotional and irrational. Some ideal INFP careers include:

  • Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Psychologists
  • Religious Worker
  • Personal Coach
  • Musician
  • Professions in academia
  • Chemist
  • Physicist
  • Computer programmer
  • Forensic scientist
  • Engineer
  • Mathematician
  • Pharmacist
  • Software developer
  • Geologist

INFP Relationships

INFPs make loyal and faithful partners. Their idealistic views extend into their romantic relationships, and they spend a lot of time fantasizing about that perfect relationship. For the INFP this means warmth and harmony between themselves and their partner.

Placing partners on an imaginary pedestal is typical of the INFP personality. They can romanticize their relationship to such a degree that it becomes difficult to separate imagination from reality. This is not necessarily a bad thing. An INFP with the maturity to recognize these tendencies can adequately address them.

With their vivid imaginations the INFP can always find a way to surprise their partners. They work hard to improve their relationships and to keep their partners on a pedestal. This can be difficult for some other personalities to deal with as it can be an unrelenting pursuit by my INFPs.

INFP relationships are typically filled with deep and sincere love. The INFP is supportive and affectionate which is often appreciated by their partners. In addition, individuals of this personality type will do everything in their power to avoid conflict. As long as their partners are equally willing to resolve disagreements calmly and peacefully, the INFP will do the same. INFPs are highly trusting of their partners and are not likely to be jealous or overbearing. Their ideal partner types are the ENFJ (extroverted, intuitive, feeling, and judging) and the ENTJ (extroverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging).

The INFP does not rush into intimacy. Instead, they prefer to truly get to know potential partners. During moments of intimacy the INFP is likely to focus on satisfying their partners. They view sexual acts as an opportunity to express their love. The INFP is incredibly caring and supportive to partners who respect them and their opinions.

Famous INFP Personalities

Based on analysis of their life and work, the following have been identified as famous INFP personalities:

  • Aldous Huxley, author
  • Audrey Hepburn, actress
  • Helen Keller, activist and author
  • Isabel Myers Briggs, creator of the Myers-Briggs Type Inventory
  • J. R. R. Tolkien, author
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder, author
  • Princess Diana, Princess of Wales
  • Peter Jackson, filmmaker
  • William Shakespeare, playwright
  • Fred Rogers, Mr. Rogers
  • Dick Clark, Television Personality

Some famous fictional characters with INFP personalities include:

  • Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes
  • Anne, Anne of Green Gables
  • Fox Mulder, The X-Files
  • Wesley Crusher, Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • E.T., The Extra Terrestrial
  • Tommy Pickles, The Rugrats
  • Deanna Troi, Star Trek: The Next Generation

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      what 14 months ago

      this really fits my character so well .. i just enjoy reading such things because if feels like someone understands you without the need to talk .. although i'm not sure about expressing yourself part but i guess i do express myself but through writing since through spoken words it's eally harder to do so though i guess that's why skinship may be another way to express the unspoken ... and the funny thing is i'm studying one of the things listed above ... pharmacy .. i was like woow how accurate !! thank you for this article :)