An INFP profile

INFPs are amongst the least commonly found of the '16 different ways of being normal'. In the UK they represent about 3 percent of the population. This type is often styled 'the Questor', 'Idealist' or 'Romantic', characterised by being value-driven, calm, shy, caring, honourable, loyal and adaptable. They may also espouse special causes and often prize process over logic.

Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling and Perceiving by preference, they are likely to be enthusiastic but this may take time to reveal. They often care about learning, ideas, languages and pet projects and they may take on too much, while still getting things done. Many ISFPs appear to have little concern for possessions or surroundings. Yet they never seem to lose their sense of wonder, especially of the natural living world. They often see good in all around them.

INFPs may well feel things deeply, although most often this will be hidden. They may well be driven by ideals of a 'greater good' and may well personalise the inanimate. Despite a tendency to make empty promises and a claim for a lack of practical skills, they may be highly skilled in choosing able deputies and they may be highly flexible in business matters, to their advantage.

Their motto may well be 'noble service to mankind'. They often prize flexibility and unconventional thinking and value information that reflects the positive qualities of others. Any questioning of their motives or lack of trust is likely to be felt as deeply wounding. INFPs are likely to trust their personal intuition about people and situations and to be firmly driven by their own values. They can be quite frivolous and playful and very supportive of others but they may also create dramatic scenes themselves. While these are likely to be short-lived, those who show understanding and sympathy are likely to be particularly appreciated.

Their 'dominant function' is introverted Feeling, which can produce a rich inner world of peace, harmony, values and ideals, often based on respecting others. Under stress however, exaggeration of this function can produce a sense that only their values are valid.

Their 'auxiliary function' is extroverted Intuition, which might be experienced by others as benign creativity and a preference for philosophical - even theosophical - matters.

Their 'tertiary function' is Sensing which can become categorical in its 'all or nothing' tertiary state. This may produce a sense of 'other-worldliness' in others' eyes, as the Sensing function may well be hidden deep, although their dominant Feeling function may well mitigate this.

Their 'inferior function' is extroverted Thinking. When functioning well, this may lend an aura of 'business-savvy' but as the 'inferior function' it is unlikely to be sustainable. Thereafter, single impersonal facts may take on a disproportionate significance, especially in highly stressful times, at the expense of more serviceable principles. They may then also become hyper-critical.

INFPs are often found in missionary work, medicine, teaching, writing, music, architecture, counselling and psychology or psychotherapy.

To be persuaded, they are likely to respond best to their inner sense of values and vision, rather than logic (whose logic?) or the facts (irrelevant?).


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