MBTI stands for Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. There are 16 different psychological types that are included with this identification method. The rarest type, which is the INFJ [Introvert, Intuition, Feeling, Judgment], makes up just less than 1% of the total population. To determine a personality type, people are given a series of multiple choice answers that are then assigned to a specific letter code. According to its manual, the MBTI has an accuracy rate of about 75%.
What Are the Characteristics of the INFJ Personality Type?
The INFJ is constantly asking questions. They want to know if something actually works before the commit themselves to it. This applies to all areas of life: marriage, family, work, and even societal traditions. If something doesn’t make sense to them and they can’t find an answer that helps them understand why, then there’s a good chance the INFJ is not going to participate.
This gives the INFJ personality type a very independent mind. They don’t see themselves constrained by authority because they aren’t going to follow instructions that don’t make sense. If they do have a manager or supervisor who insists on a course of action that doesn’t make sense, then there’s a good chance that the INFJ will do whatever they can to take over that leadership position so they can do things their way.
But that sounds a lot like the INTJ personality type. This is true. INFJs are very much like INTJs, but with one difference. The INFJ personality type will look toward the social implications of a decision they’re about to make and how it will affect them personally. The INTJ looks more toward logic and focuses on objective criteria instead of feelings.
Imagination Is a Strength With the INFJ
The INFJ might consider social implications with a decision that they’re making, but that doesn’t mean they prefer social situations. Much of their thinking patterns involve forecasting what their family and tight-knit group of friends will think or believe as the consequences of a decision play out. This forecasting leads to a rich internal life that allows them to mentally live out different scenarios as if they actually happened.
Because they are thinking of others, the INFJ is generally well-liked even if they don’t want to hang around with others very much. When they do find themselves in social situations, you’ll find the INFJ is typically guarded about their feelings, morals, and perspectives because they don’t want to let anyone into their internal life who hasn’t “earned” entry.
What Sets the INFJ Apart From the Other MBTI Personality Types?
The INFJ is both creative and insightful. They can put emotions into words and have those feelings conveyed to others in a variety of methods. You’ll often find musicians have an INFJ personality type, for example, because of their strong methods of communication through the melodic patterns and lyrics of words. They inspire people to follow their own journey because they are able to share insights about the roadblocks that could be in their way.
Unfortunately this also traps the INFJ into a world of perfection and privacy. This personality type doesn’t want to be seen as a failure in any way, shape, or form. If they are working on a project, they will feel guilty if they don’t feel like it is 100% perfect – even if others are already telling them that the work is as good as it could be. INFJs feel like they are constantly evolving and believe that they can be a little bit better every day. They set goals to accomplish this personal evolution process, but feel regret if they somehow don’t reach those goals.
The Struggle For the INFJ Personality Type
INFJs need to have a career that has some sort of personal meaning to them, but also gives them a chance to change the world in some way. This is why this personality type is the most likely to be a stay-at-home parent and earns the least amount in average salary compared to the other 15 personality types. They’ll take charge when they feel a need to do so, but don’t really want to manage large teams unless there is a way that their team can change the world.
This personality type is also quite clever, but tends to thrive more when their personal experiences can provide insights to others. You’ll find most INFJs have at least one novel that they’ve written, even if it’s still in their head, and their overall goal is to please others by helping people grow. In return, they feel like they get to grow as well.
INFJs are the rarest MBTI personality type, but their contribution to the human condition is enormous. These are the people who really do change the world for the better every day, even if no one else ever realizes what they are doing.