The INFJ Personality: INFJ Careers, Relationships, and Life

Updated on October 31, 2012

INFJ stands for introvert, intuitive, feeling, and judging. Believed to be very rare, the INFJ personality is distinguished by an unusual set of characteristics. Those with this personality type are often described as very quiet. They are full of convictions, however, and will fight for an issue they consider to be important in life. They do not do so for power or glory. Instead, the INFJ personality has a true desire to help those in need.

The INFJ personality is known to rush to places of danger and disaster. They are those who participate in rescue operations and work with charity organizations. INFJs see this as a duty. It is their purpose in life to rally for their cause and nothing else is more important than ridding the world of the bad element.

With their unique combination of decisiveness and idealism, INFJs are often successful at realizing their dreams and making a lasting impact. They are full of creativity and imagination and once this is directed towards a specific goal they are likely to achieve it. In addition, INFJs are often maters of the written word with an ability to connect with others through empathy and sensitivity. As they are highly charismatic, the INFJ may come across as an extrovert at times. In actuality they are true introvert, maintaining emotional connections to only a small circle of people.

INFJ Strengths
INFJ Weaknesses
Excellent Listeners
May expect too much of other people
Serious about their responsibilities
Vuneralbe to criticism and conflict (will avoid)
Will relentlessly pursue a serious relationship
Poor money management skills
Very altruistic and friendly
Difficulty understanding that a romantic relationship is falling apart
Devoted to the ideals of love and romance
Likely to hide inner feelings from the world
Excellent communcation skills (particularly written)
Go above and beyond duty
Good at recognizing the emotional state of others
Once they believe a relationship cannot be saved, can easily move on

INFJ Careers

The INFJ leads through inspiration and others are often drawn to support the causes they champion. Because of these factors, careers for the INFJ are varied and plentiful. Full of creativity and compassion, the INFJ personality excels in areas such as counseling, policymaking, and public service. INFJs are not limited to these careers choices, however.

The INFJ personality is typically quite successful in the workplace. The best INFJ jobs will allow them to use their intuitive side. INFJs are good at accurately judging events, situations, and people. This strong intuition in combination with their idealistic values and principles make the INFJ perfect for fields such as teaching or psychology. Their strong written communication skills and active imaginations make creative writing an excellent career path as well.

Though they do not typically seek positions of authority, INFJs are natural leaders. They prefer careers that allow for the “personal touch.” These may include jobs with religious institutions or even as doctors in the medical or mental health fields. Their creative and insightfulness shine in the areas of architecture, music, art, photography, etc.

Regardless of the career choice, INFJs need to make a contribution that is meaningful to them. Money and recognition is will not be enough for this personality type. INTJ careers should align with the individuals personal values and principles.

Famous INFJ Perosnalities

Based on an analysis of their life and work the following individuals have been identified as famous INFJ personalities:

  • Jimmy Carter, Former US President
  • Mel Gibson
  • Mother Teresa
  • Martin Luther King
  • Nelson Mandela
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Jamie Foxx
  • Adam Sandler

Famous INFJ Fictional Characters

  • Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons
  • Tinman, The Wizard of Oz
  • Luke Skywalker, Star Wars
  • Kermit the Frog, The Muppets
  • Frodo Baggins, Lord of the Rings
  • James Wilson, House

INFJ Relationships

INFJs make warm and caring partners. They love deeply, unconditionally, and typically show their love openly to their partners. The typical INFJ is a perfectionist and will seek the ideal relationship. This is one trait that some partners find irritating about this personality type. Other partners tend to appreciate the INFJs sincerity and commitment to the relationship.

Ever intuitive, the INFJ understands the emotions of others, how they think, and what they desire. They typically see the motives of others quite clearly and do not fall for manipulation during the dating process. They can be very picky when it comes to who they date, yet they still manage to remain friendly and compassionate when seeking love. When the INFJ enters into a relationship, they can be very spontaneous, surprising their partners again and again throughout.

Intimacy during INFJ relationships is viewed as a spiritual experience. It is an opportunity for the INFJ to join with their partner’s heart and soul. INFJ love is shared unselfishly and is truly experienced. INFJs enjoy knowing that their partners are happy. Their preferred partners are ENFP (extroverted, intuitive, feeling, and perceptive) and ENTP (extroverted, intuitive, thinking, and perceptive). They are also likely to enjoy INTJs (introverted, intuitive, thinking, and judging) because of the shared connection of intuitiveness.


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      ems 11 months ago

      Im INTJ but why I can relate to INFJ?

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      Duke 19 months ago

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      LQWILLIams 5 years ago

      Thank you

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      NISARG MEHTA 5 years ago from SURAT, Gujarat, India

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