INFP Personality Type, Strengths & Weaknesses

Taking a look at the Introverted intuitive feeling perceiver, INFP personality type, which is one of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, (MBTI) types. We dig into their suitable career paths, their strengths and weaknesses, and listing famous and fictional INFP characters.

INFP Personality Type.

The INFP personality is reserved and quiet, and probably the most idealistic of all the types. They’re driven by their personal values, and not concerned with the day to day things that most people are. They are detached from common values, and they don’t have any desire to conform to the majority. They live by their own standards, not by the standards that other people and society try to impose upon them. They are also highly creative.

How to spot an INFP? They will often dress in eccentric and unique ways. Their own personal taste and expressing themselves will be a priority. Despite their unique style, they do not dress for attention. Their internal focus makes them detached from popular culture and fashion.

INFP Personality Type Careers

INFP personalities are not particularly in tune with status, so they’re not as motivated by money. They instead pursue careers and jobs that align with their moral values, and cater to their creative tendencies. Ideal careers include: artist, writer, therapist, humanitarian worker, veterinarian, counsellor, psychologist, midwife, librarian, video editor, graphic or motion designer, and interior designer.  

INFP Personality Type Functions

  • Dominant – Feeling
  • Auxiliary – Intuition
  • Tertiary – Sensing
  • Inferior – Thinking

INFP Personality Type Strengths

Highly Moral

Morality and integrity are extremely important to an INFP. Keeping their word and promises is an upmost priority for them. They can be trusted, and they would likely be a friend for life.

Empathic

With dominate feeling, INFP personalities are very compassionate and empathic. Their emotions are leading the way for them, and because of that, they are always considering the feelings of others.

Open-Minded

They are open to different ideas and suggestions. They won’t judge a situation or person too quickly, and won’t rely just on rumour. They will decide and judge for themselves and in their own time. With an open-minded personality also comes optimism of ideas. They will see opportunity where others won’t.

INFP Personality Type Weaknesses

Impractical

Practicality is one of INFPs weaker attributes. They can often be unrealistic when it comes to ideas. They have a creative side, and sometimes their creative ideas can lack realism and practicality. They may also have idealistic and impractical views about their own abilities and goals.

Absent-Minded

They are very inwardly focused, living in their own reality, and often neglecting the outside world. This tends to make them forgetful and bad at keeping to times.

Sensitive

They can be very sensitive to the moods and emotions of others. They will often be influenced by other people’s negativity, which can send them into moments of depression and meaninglessness.

INFP Famous & Fictional Characters

  • William Shakespeare
  • Alicia Keys
  • William Wordsworth
  • Julia Roberts
  • Johnny Depp
  • Robert Pattinson
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Andrew Garfield
  • Fox Mulder (The X-Files)
  • Frodo Baggins (The Lord of the Rings)
  • Wanda Maximoff – Scarlet Witch
  • Luke Skywalker (Star Wars)
  • Peter Parker – Spider Man
  • Cloud Strife (Final Fantasy)