Eleanor Roosevelt, Carrie Fisher, Prince, Plato, Marilyn Manson, and Nelson Mandela. You may be wondering— what do these revolutionaries, creative bodies, and thinkers all have in common? In addition to being famous (or infamous), they are all INFJs!
INFJ (Introverted iNtuitive Feeling Judging) is one of the sixteen personality types from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, created by Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers, is a test that can determine your personality type. According to this instrument, human personalities can be categorized into sixteen different personality types. While the validity of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator continues to be debated among the psychology world, the test has taken popular culture by storm. In this article, I will be describing five qualities that the INFJ personality type possesses. I identify as INFJ and want to celebrate those who are also this personality type— or who want to find out if they are!
You see the big picture over smaller details.
INFJs tend to understand new ideas and concepts by viewing the “big picture,” rather than the gritty details. This can be seen both inside and outside of the classroom. In academic settings, you might fully grasp the main takeaways of the course material, but struggle in remembering specific details and facts. In relationships, INFJs tend to view others more holistically (with a focus on their feelings and personality), instead of their appearance, social status, etc.
You prefer structure and routine.
INFJs are known for being highly organized and typically rely on routine. They thrive best when they plan ahead and stick to a set schedule so they can properly prepare for the next task. Consequentially, students who identify as INFJ—statistically—usually receive higher GPAs among the student body.
You feel like you are the “Parent” or the “Counselor” of your friend group.
When a friend needs to talk, you are the first one that they call. INFJs prioritize their relationships with others and are highly in-tune with others’ emotions and feelings. They are attentive listeners who provide unique insight to a situation. In effect, others are drawn to your compassion and feel comfortable consoling you. Even though you may find satisfaction in helping others, you may sometimes prioritize others’ well being before your own.
You tend to remain reserved during first impressions.
INFJs are often quiet with new acquaintances, but “open up” over time. While others might perceive this silence as disinterest, you may not be apathetic or inattentive to them at all. Rather, you remain reserved as a “defense mechanism”— INFJs are sometimes selective about to whom they show their authentic self to, as they want to ensure that they first are truly valued in the relationship. As the relationship grows, however, others begin to experience the loyalty, vulnerability, and compassion that you bring.
You live by your heart more than your mind.
INFJs are generally highly intuitive and are driven—above all else— by their core values. During difficult decision making, they go with their “gut” feeling— even if others don’t make the same decision as they do.
You are wildly creative.
While I believe that everyone is creative, INFJs are famous for having particularly vivid imaginations. Some ideas –such as those by Prince and Oprah Winfrey– are commended as “ingenious” and “innovative”– others’ designs–such as those by Lady Gaga and Marilyn Manson– have been considered “funky” and “outlandish.” What remains true, however, is that their respective ideas are uniquely their own. In other words, no one else could have conjured up a replica of their work.
What do you think?
Did any of these qualities resonate with you? If so, perhaps you are among the 2% of INFJ personality types in the world!
Still unsure if you’re an INFJ? Take this test on Truity.
“INFJ.” Truity, Truity, 2017, www.truity.com/personality-type/INFJ.
Granneman, Jenn. “21 Signs That You’re an INFJ, the Rarest Personality Type.” Introvert, Dear, Introvert, Dear, 10 Apr. 2018, introvertdear.com/news/infj-personality-type-signs/. https://introvertdear.com/news/infj-personality-type-signs/
Edited by Viveca Shearin