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INFJ: The Counselor Idealist


Enneagram: Choleric             Keirsey Reader: Idealist

INFJs make up about 1% of the US population-making it the rarest personality type

INFJs are very interested in the well being of others. They see great potential in others and enjoy working towards the goal of improving humanity. Because the INFJ’s intuition is dominant and is directed internally, they have an eternal flow of possibilities and ideas. Many people are intrigued that below their surface lie reserves of ideas AND an ability to make them a reality. When it comes to helping others, their passion and drive do not stop. They are champions of the marginalized and downtrodden. When they combine their creativity with a purpose that helps humanity towards a bigger goal than themselves they are unstoppable. They strive for harmony.

“INFJs are quiet, private individuals who prefer to exercise their influence behind the scenes. Although very independent, INFJs are intensely interested in the well-being of others. INFJs prefer one-on-one relationships to large groups. Sensitive and complex, they are adept at understanding complicated issues and are driven to resolve differences in a cooperative and a creative manner.” Wikipedia.com

Famous INFJs: Nelson Mandela, Mother Theresa, Jimmy Carter, Eleanor Roosevelt, Gandhi, Carl Jung, Adam Sandler, Nicole Kidman, and Neve Campbell

Famous Fictional INFJs: Jane Eyre in Jane Eyre and Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice

Careers: INFJs gravitate towards careers where they can make a difference, nurture and grow a person’s potential, serve a higher purpose, grow their skills/knowledge, and creatively take care of people.

The Top 7 careers where INFJs can use their natural skills, as noted by Team Technology, are:

  1. Designer
  2. Counsellor
  3. Human Resources
  4. Marketing Specialist
  5. Teacher
  6. Lawyer/Attorney
  7. Trainer

Top 7 careers taken from TeamTechnology.co.uk

Some other career titles include:

Career Advisor                        Counsellor

Creative Writer                        Documentary Film-maker

Environmental Attorney    Human Resource Manager

Interior Designer                   Life coach

Mediator                                    Nurse

Photographer                          Psychologist

Psychiatrist                              Religious worker

Social worker                          Special Education

Teacher                                      Relationship Therapist

Career choices taken from PersonalityDesk.com and INFJ.com


In Leadership roles INFJs tend to be quiet leaders, but do not mistake that for their lack of will or influence. They win people over with their hard work, dedication, values, and skill in making their ideas a reality.

“INFJs possess a “Chart the Course” interaction style pattern.  This suits their dominant function of introverted intuition quite appropriately, because INFJs are driven to ANTICIPATE.

The Chart-the-Course theme is about having a course of action to follow. People of this style focus on knowing what to do and keeping themselves, the group, or the project on track. They prefer to enter a situation having an idea of what is to happen. They identify a process to accomplish a goal and have a somewhat contained tension as they work to create and monitor a plan. The aim is not the plan itself, but to use it as a guide to move things along toward the goal. Their informed and deliberate decisions are based on analyzing, outlining, conceptualizing, or foreseeing what needs to be done.

INFJs are more task-focused than people-focused. They like to take themselves “out” of a system so they can get a better look at what’s going on. They become stressed when they don’t know what is likely to happen.  In stressful circumstances, they tend to disconnect and withdraw in order to think things through and put their introverted intuition to work on perceiving a solution.”     Vamer, Vicky Jo, “INFJ Interaction Style.” www.INFJ.com

INFJs in relationships tend to strive towards harmonized relationship with their idealistic natures. They seek a partner with similar values and authenticity. They selflessly give of themselves in a relationship and want reciprocity. For them, love, is a spiritual experience. The best natural match is the ENFP and ENTP.

I am an INFJ 🙂


1 Mia { 01.12.10 at 6:24 AM }

Where are the rest of the types?

2 Nikola { 01.12.10 at 9:11 AM }

Hi Mia!

The rest of the types are under YOUR PERSONALITY TYPE-Read about it

Nikola 🙂

3 Patricia Clayton { 03.06.14 at 10:43 PM }

Excellent information, very insightful!

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