Personality Test Results
Your personality type is INFP
E/I: Extraverted types learn best by being able to talk and interact with others. By interacting with the physical world, extraverts are able to process and makes sense of new information. Introverted types prefer quiet reflection and privacy. Information processing occurs for introverts as they explore ideas and concepts internally.
S/N: Sensing types enjoy a learning environment in which the material is presented in a detailed and sequential manner. Sensing types often attend to what is occurring in the present, and are able to move to the abstract after they have established a concrete experience. Intuitive types prefer a learning atmosphere in which an emphasis is placed on meaning and associations. Insight is valued higher than careful observation, and pattern recognition occurs naturally for Intuitive types.
T/F: Thinking types desire objective truth and logical principles and are natural at deductive reasoning. Feeling types place an emphasis on issues and causes that can be personalized while they consider other people's motives.
J/P: Judging types will thrive when information is organized and structured, and they will be motivated to complete assignments to gain closure. Perceiving types will flourish in a flexible learning environment in which they are stimulated by new and exciting ideas.
INFP personalities are usually perceived as calm, reserved or even shy. However, such an exterior can be deceptive – even though INFPs can be somewhat cautions, their inner flame and passion is not something to be taken lightly. People with this personality type are really affectionate, a trait not often seen in other types. This compassion can be really fervent and long-lasting – but the INFP will use it quite cautiously, directing their energies towards a few selected people or a worthy cause. Idealism is the banner of INFP personalities – and they are proud of it. Unfortunately, it also means that INFPs can often feel misunderstood and isolated, as they are relatively rare (only 4.3% of U.S. population).
People with the INFP personality type have a clear sense of honor, which inspires and motivates them. If someone wants to get to know an INFP, it is crucial to know what drives them, to understand their chosen cause.
INFPs seek harmony in their lives and the surrounding environment, often feeling dejected because of all the bad things happening in the world and trying hard to create something positive. People with this personality type tend to see things and actions from the idealistic perspective, rather than the prism of logic. They respond to beauty, morality, virtue rather than utility, effectiveness or value. INFPs can easily speak in metaphors and parables, and they also have an amazing gift of creating and interpreting symbols – for this reason, INFPs often find it natural to write and enjoy poetry. This personality type does not worship logic, unlike the NT types – from their viewpoint, logic is not always necessary. It is also likely that an INFP will not enjoy hypothetical or never-ending discussions.
INFPs may also often retreat into their “hermit” state (this personality type can easily switch between the two states), withdrawing from the world and getting lost in their deep thoughts – their partner may then need to spend quite a lot of effort to energize and “awaken” the INFP.
INFPs have the trait common among NF types – their aptitude for foreign languages is unmatched. INFPs also often become great writers and actors, as they can easily reflect and convey their own personalities using the fictional characters. Generally speaking, people with this personality type are extremely creative, innovative and goal-oriented – they can be great advocates for causes they truly believe in.
Finally, most INFPs have the ability to notice even the slightest hint of good in other people. In INFP eyes, even the most revolting person will have something worthy of respect or, at the very least, sympathy.
Several prominent INFP:
J. F. Kennedy, Jr.
Several fictional INFP:
Anne of Green Gables
Deanna Troi (Star Trek)
Wesley Crusher (Star Trek)
Dr. Julian Bashir (Star Trek)
- Passionate and energetic. INFPs tend to be very energetic when it comes to causes they believe in and are willing to fight for. They may be quiet and even shy in public, but their passion should not be underestimated.
- Very creative. INFP personalities find it easy to interpret signs and hidden meanings – furthermore, their well-developed intuition has no difficulties connecting the dots and coming up with interesting, unusual ideas.
- Open-minded and flexible. INFPs dislike being constrained by rules and do not seek to impose them on others. They tend to be fairly liberal, open-minded individuals, as long as their principles and ideas are not being challenged.
- Idealistic. INFPs are perhaps the most idealistic of all personality types, believing that people are inherently good and everyone should do their best to fight evil and injustice in the world.
- Seek and value harmony. INFPs do not want to dominate and work hard to ensure that everyone’s opinion is valued and heard.
- Can be very dedicated and hard-working. As mentioned above, INFP personalities are both very passionate and idealistic. Not surprisingly, they can also be unbelievably dedicated to their chosen cause or an organization. It is unlikely that an INFP will give up simply because everyone else has abandoned the cause or it is getting difficult to keep going.
- Too altruistic. INFPs may be so focused on doing good things and helping other people that they may neglect their own needs. Alternatively, they may fight for their chosen cause ignoring everything else in life.
- Dislike dealing with data. INFP personalities are very much in tune with emotions and morality, but they are likely to have difficulties when it comes to dealing with facts and data, e.g. analyzing connections or finding discrepancies.
- Difficult to get to know. People with the INFP personality type tend to be private, reserved individuals. They are also likely to be quite self-conscious.
- Take many things personally. INFPs cherish their ideals and find it very difficult to accept criticism, taking such comments very personally. They also tend to avoid conflict situations, always looking for a solution that satisfies everybody.
- May be too idealistic. INFP personalities are prone to being too dreamy and idealistic, especially when it comes to romantic relationships. They may idealize – or even idolize – their partner, forgetting that no one is perfect.
- Impractical. INFPs do not really see practical things as important. They may even forget to eat and drink if they are doing something that excites and motivates them.
INFP relationships and dating
INFP personalities are extremely loyal and faithful. They are romantic idealists who can spend an extraordinary amount of time daydreaming about the perfect relationship, where harmony and warmth are abundant. Looking for a dating partner or nurturing an existing relationship is always one of the key goals for an INFP and this pure passion is one of their most attractive traits.
One of the main issues faced by INFPs is that they gravitate towards putting their partners on an imaginary pedestal, both when they are still dating and even later in the relationship. In other words, INFPs tend to idealize and romanticize their (sometimes long-awaited) partners, assigning them unrealistic traits. This happens because INFPs are often so focused on the ideals of romance and love that when love finally knocks on their door, it becomes difficult to separate imagination from reality.
That being said, this is not necessarily a bad thing, provided that the INFP is mature enough to recognize and address these tendencies. As their imagination is so rich and vivid, INFPs can always come up with new ways to surprise their partner and improve the relationship. This is especially useful when the INFP is dating. However, they should make sure that this does not become an obstacle or a burden – not many types can cope with the unrelenting stream of INFP’s ideas, especially if the relationship is still in its early stages. The INFP will do their best to help their partner grow and develop, although this may not always be appreciated.
INFP’s love is deep and sincere, manifesting in unrelenting support and affection. People with this personality type will also do everything they can to avoid conflict, which can also contribute to the stability of the relationship. As long as their partner is willing to reciprocate and make conscious efforts to resolve disagreements calmly and peacefully, the INFP’s love will endure all tests of time. It is doubtful that someone with the INFP personality type will be jealous or overbearing – quite the opposite, an INFP is likely to trust their partner and respect their independence.
Despite their best efforts, the INFP’s opposition to any kind of criticism or conflict can cause problems in their relationships. This is especially relevant if their partner has strong T or J traits as these traits inevitably push them towards rational, impersonal comments or conclusions and the INFP may find it very difficult to examine those ideas objectively without internalizing them and thinking that something must be their fault. INFPs are prone to reacting to stressful situations very emotionally, as if their entire value system is being threatened – they may also resort to guilt-tripping or irrational accusations.
When it comes to intimacy, INFPs are more likely to focus on satisfying the needs of their dating or long-term partner, as opposed to putting their own pleasure first. People with this personality type will not rush to sexual intimacy – they will study their dating partner, get to know them really well and only then consider moving on to the next stage of the relationship. That being said, INFPs are likely to get a lot of pleasure from intimacy as sexual acts will give them an excellent opportunity to express their love.
Recommended partners: ENFJ and ENTJ types.
INFP personalities are quite difficult to get to know. Even their closest friends may often find it tricky to convince the INFP to open up and reveal their feelings – casual acquaintances will not get anywhere close to their inner self. People with this personality type do not care much about how many friends they have got; the quality of those friendships is far more important.
INFP friends are exceptionally loyal and supportive. They are also good at recognizing other people’s emotional states and feelings, and this trait allows INFPs to be very sensitive and insightful. That being said, people with this personality type are likely to be quite private when it comes to their own feelings – again, INFPs do not feel comfortable revealing their sensitive inner core to people they do not know well.
INFP friends are likely to be intense, passionate and idealistic individuals – the quiet and relaxed exterior of an INFP can be deceiving. On the other hand, most INFPs need a lot of “alone time” as well and this enigmatic trait can sometimes confuse even their closest friends.
INFPs are usually very good at reading other people’s motives and have no difficulties filtering out the suspicious individuals. However, if the INFP friend decides to open up and start trusting the other person, they will be able to form a very strong and stable relationship. It should also be noted that INFPs feel great respect for people with similar principles and values – these notions are extremely dear to people with this personality type.
INFP personalities will probably feel most comfortable among friends belonging to other Feeling (F) types. The rationality and perceived “coldness” of Thinking (T) types may be threatening to them, while Judging (J) types may appear too decisive and rigid. This does not mean that an INFP will be unable to communicate with these personalities on a professional level, but it is quite unlikely that they will become close friends.
INFP personalities tend to be very warm, supportive and open-minded parents. Their children will rarely, if ever, see them angry or depressed – INFPs seek harmony within the family and do their best to shield their closest ones from the evils of the world. People with this personality type are very affectionate and dedicated, which makes them excellent parents.
INFP parents are likely to try very hard to be good role models for their children. There are few things more important for an INFP than making sure that their children understand the importance of having strong principles and morals. However, people with this personality type are also likely to be quite strict when it comes to defending those principles – even though INFP parents tend to be open-minded and relaxed, they will not tolerate any breaches of their value system.
Parents with the INFP personality type see it as their duty to inspire and motivate their children, encouraging them to grow and develop. INFPs will also do their best to grow together with them – the intuition and sensitivity that all INFPs share will make it easy and natural for them. That being said, INFP parents may have difficulties creating a structured environment for their children and may need their partner’s help in this area.
There are few personality types whose typical careers are more consistent than those of INFPs. On the other hand, INFP personality traits tend to be very diverse and strongly expressed, and this affects INFP careers as well – we will give some tips and ideas in this article, but please feel free to leave a comment below. We will do our best to incorporate your ideas and suggestions.
To begin with, most INFPs have strong principles and internal values. People with this personality type do not tire in defending ideas they hold dear and they are very devoted to both individuals and causes. This trait is the core focus of some of the best INFP careers – for instance, INFPs tend to be brilliant writers and they can be extremely persuasive when writing about a cause that they consider important. It goes without saying that some of the greatest writers were or are INFPs – this personality type is unmatched when it comes to writing skills. If you are an INFP and such a career interests you – by all means, give it a try, especially since internet gives you an excellent platform. You will likely be pleasantly surprised.
Next, the INFP personality type is one of the very few types whose ideal career list includes service-oriented roles. INFPs are sincerely interested in other people and, for better or for worse, tend to put their wishes above their own. Combined with creativeness, this personality trait makes INFPs skillful counselors, social workers or psychologists. Some other typical careers make excellent use of such personality characteristics as well – many INFPs can be found in academia or other related professions.
INFPs are very growth-oriented, but they are also highly sensitive and very vulnerable to criticism. This is further complicated by their tendency to work alone – INFPs do not usually feel too comfortable in careers that are typically associated with stressful or teamwork-oriented environments. Some of the best INFP careers turn this trait into a great advantage – for instance, INFPs can be truly inspiring religious workers, musicians or personal coaches. These careers tend to be very individualistic and require a lot of personal effort – this would make most INFPs quite happy.
Overall, the INFP personality type is very rare, complex and enigmatic – INFPs seek careers that are more than just jobs. People with this personality type need to know that what they do strongly resonates with their internal values and core principles. As already mentioned, there are quite a few careers highly suitable for INFPs – they simply need to find a worthy cause.
INFP personality in the workplace
Most personality types tend to be easily recognizable in the workplace, especially if their role involves many diverse tasks. INFPs, on the other hand, can often conceal their traits very well, hiding their true feelings and principles behind an inconspicuous exterior. This article should help you understand how people with the INFP personality type behave in the professional environment.
- Seek harmony and cooperation in the workplace
- Very pleasant and friendly, but also comparatively shy and reserved – INFPs may have some difficulties fitting in if their colleagues’ personalities are significantly different
- Dislike hypothetical brainstorming sessions or technical discussions
- Likely to maintain a psychological distance from their colleagues
- Dislike communicating via phone and loathe interrupting calls
- Will do everything they can to avoid conflict at work – INFPs feel extremely uncomfortable in situations where they need to choose which side to support
- Flexible and open-minded
- Likely to become very emotional in stressful situations – though INFPs will also be able to hide this from other people
- Respect every subordinate, doing their best to support and motivate the team
- May find it very difficult to discipline or criticize somebody in the workplace
- Like delegating responsibilities to trusted subordinates
- Very goal-oriented
- Highly intuitive listeners – INFPs can easily sense the change of mood in the team
- Prefer flat hierarchies and do not see themselves as stereotypical managers
- Can function very well both alone and in the team environment
- Respond to moral and emotional arguments rather than cold rationalizations
- Cannot stand routine work or bureaucracy
- May make factual or logical mistakes, but are great at dealing with people
- Strongly opposed to “Nothing personal, just business” type of thinking at work
- Extremely dedicated and committed, especially if their efforts are recognized by the management
- Very vulnerable to criticism and take critical comments personally