Melanie has been interested in cultures, languages, and travel since her youth. She also runs a YouTube channel: The Curious Coder.
What is an INFP?
INFP is the introverted, intuitive, feeling, and perceiving Myers-Briggs personality type. INFPs rely heavily on their intuition and are known for being both caring and complex people. Natural idealists, the INFP often incorporates perfectionism and their own "laws" into everyday life.
INFPs protect and care for others as part of their identity while searching for meaning in their own lives. Given an incredible sense of wonder, INFPs are often introspective and see the world through rose-colored glasses. They are also often natural artists and find great satisfaction in creating works of art and developing artistic techniques.
Given the aforementioned traits, INFPs can often be found working in careers that allow them to work with people or art. Oftentimes they are our artisans and social workers.
Many celebrities have personality traits that align with what defines an INFP.
Albert Schweitzer - Theologian and physician, Albert Schweitzer, even though born in Germany, wrote everything in French and considered himself French. He won the Nobel peace prize in 1952 for his philosophy, “Reverence for Life.”
Amy Tan - American writer, Amy Tan, is best known for her works that explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese American experience. Her best-known work is “The Joy Luck Club” which was made into a movie and translated into 25 languages.
James Taylor - American singer and songwriter, James Taylor, achieved a breakthrough in 1970 with the single “fire and rain.” He has had many best-selling songs. He achieved his first number one album in the US in 2015 by recording “Before this World.”
Isabel Briggs Myers - Author, Isabel Briggs Myers, is an American co-creator of a personality inventory known as Myers-Briggs type indicator. Implementing ideas of Carl Jung, the test is used to assess personality types such as INFP.
George Orwell - English novelist, George Orwell, is known for his works on social injustice. He is most well known for his dystopian novel, 1984 and the novel animal farm. His work still influences political culture: the term Orwellian which describe totalitarian social practices.
Fred Savage - American actor, Fred Savage, is best known for his role in the TV series the “Wonder Years.” Today he is also a director and producer and has earned several awards including People’s choice and Young Artist Awards.
Lisa Kudrow - Actress and comedian, Lisa Kudrow, known for her portrayal of Phoebe Buffay on the sitcom Friends. Kudrow received 10 Emmy Award nominations, 12 Screen Actors Guild Award nominations, and a nomination for a Golden Globe Award.
Aldous Huxley - British writer, Aldous Huxley, best known for his dystopian novel Brave New World.
Princess Diana - Diana Spencer, also known as Princess Diana, was the first wife of Prince Charles, heir of Queen Elizabeth II. The couple divorced in 1996 and Lady Diana became "The People's Princess." Lady Diana was heavily involved in charitable work and widely loved. Her tragic death in 1997 was heavily mourned by the public.
Annie Dillard - American author, Annie Dillard, best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning work Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
J. R. R. Tolkien - English writer, J. R. R. Tolkien, is best known for his high fantasy works-the Lord of the Rings, "The Hobbit and "The Silmarillion" and worked as a professor at Oxford.
Publius Vergilius Maro - Often referred to as Vergil or Virgil, Publius Vergilius Maro was a Roman poet of the Augustan era. He is most well known for his three Latin works: Eclogues, Epic Aeneid and Georgics. His work has influenced Dante’s Divine Comedy, which is a story about hell and purgatory.
Donna Reed - Actress, Donna Reed, is an American TV producer and is most well known for her role in "It’s a Wonderful Life." She received an Academy Award for her role. She also played the role of a middle-class American in the Donna Reed show.
Fred Rogers - TV personality, Fred Rogers, is an American composer-songwriter and author. He is most well known for creating the TV show “Mister Roger’s Neighborhood.” He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was inducted into the TV hall of fame.
Scott Bakula - Actor, Scott Bakula, known for his role as Sam Beckett on the American sci-fi series Quantum Leap as well as his role as Captain Jonathan Archer on the sci-fi series Star Trek: Enterprise.
Dick Clark - Radio and television personality, Dick Clark, was an American cultural icon. He was best known for his work as the host of American Bandstand.
Laura Ingalls Wilders - American writer, Laura Ingalls Wilder, known for her children's series covering her own life growing up in a settler family. She is best known for having written "Little House on the Prairie."
Peter Jackson - New Zealand filmmaker, Peter Jackson, known for directing, writing, and producing the popular film adaptation of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - American writer, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, known for a variety of works often concentrating on North American history including the well-known "Paul Revere's Ride" on the American Revolutionary War, "Evangeline" on expulsion of the Acadians, and "The Song of Hiawatha" a Native American epic about on Hiawatha (an Ojibwe warrior and his star-crossed love for Minnehaha.)
Helen Keller - American education, Helen Keller, who became deaf and blind in an illness in her early childhood. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor's degree and later became a leading humanitarian and political activist. Keller also co-founded the ACLU.
Neil Diamond - American musician, Neil Diamond, who is one of the best-selling artists of all time having sold over 100 million records worldwide.
James Alfred Wight/James Herriot - James Herriot was the pen name of James Alfred Wight. With his experience as a veterinary surgeon, he wrote a series of books about animals and their owners. Examples of his works include, "All Things Bright and Beautiful" and "All Creatures Great and Small."
Tom Brokaw - American television journalist and author, Tom Brokaw, anchor of NBC's Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. Known as one of the "big three" television journalists in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s, Brokaw now serves as a Special Correspondent for NBC news.
Mia Farrow - American actress, Mia Farrow, known for her short-lived marriage to Frank Sinatra as well as her work in Roman Polansky's Rosemary's Baby and a large number of Woody Allen films.
Audrey Hepburn - British actress, Audrey Hepburn, known for a large number of roles including her work in Breakfast at Tiffany's and My Fair Lady. She worked in Hollywood's Golden Age and to this day remains a Hollywood cultural icon.
John F. Kennedy, Jr - American lawyer and journalist, John F. Kennedy, Jr, was the son of President John F. Kennedy. JFK Jr. was tragically killed in an airplane accident off the coast of Martha's Vineyard in 1999.
© 2016 Melanie Palen
Naomi Starlight from Illinois on February 08, 2017:
Great article, I'm an INFP so I've written a few of my own about us. Personal heroes of mine who are or may have been INFP include J. R. Tolkien, George RR Martin, Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, JK Rowling, Hayao Miyazaki, and Jim Henson. In fact, it's safe to say most of my favorite writers and artists were likely INFP.
Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on September 05, 2016:
Question: are you an INFP? Inquiring minds want to know. ;)
I'm an INFP - so of course I had to come take a look.
Hope you're well and great write up. Must share.
Val Karas from Canada on June 12, 2016:
Melanie - It's a very interesting article about INFP's and their examples among celebrities. Especially those of the older generation before so called "sexual revolution" when values were more conservative and much more was left to imagination. You also gave a great definition of such mentalities, and I enjoyed reading it, instantly recognizing those qualities in the named celebrities.