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INFP: The Dreamer


Enneagram: The Artist             Keirsey Reader: Healer

INFPs make up about 2% of the US population

INFPs are peaceful and see the world through rose coloured glasses. They see good in everything and everyone. They are introspective, highly creative, dreamy, and idealistic. “Although they may be reserved in expressing emotion, they have a very deep well of caring and are genuinely interested in understanding people. This sincerity is sensed by others, making the INFP a valued friend and confidante. An INFP can be quite warm with people he or she knows well.” PersonalityPage.com

These types may fantasize about being the prince or princess in a fairytale. They sift through every new piece of information and see how it aligns with their values. They are very laid back until one of their values is violated. Then they become passionate defenders. They are usually not detail oriented, but become so if they are working towards a cause.

“At work, Healers are adaptable, welcome new ideas and new information, are patient with complicated situations, but impatient with routine details. Healers are keenly aware of people and their feelings, and relate well with most others. Because of their deep-seated reserve, however, they can work quite happily alone. When making decisions, Healers follow their heart not their head, which means they can make errors of fact, but seldom of feeling.” Taken from Keirsey.com

Famous INFPs: Mary, mother of Jesus, Helen Keller, Jacqueline Kennedy Onasis, Julia Roberts, William Shakespeare, Princess Diana, Oscar Wilde, and J.R.R Tolkien

Famous Fictional INFPs: Anne of Green Gables and Doctor Julian BashirStar Trek: Deep Space 9

Careers: INFPs gravitate towards a career where they can use their natural artistic creativity and help others attain their true potential. They need a career that is more than a job- it has to be an extension of their values and natural strengths and improve humanity.

  1. Clergy/church worker
  2. Psychologist
  3. Nurse
  4. Designer
  5. Counsellor
  6. Artist/actor
  7. Teacher
  8. Marketing specialist
  9. Trainer
  10. Human Resources

Top 10 careers taken from TeamTechnology.co.uk

Some other career titles include:

Activist                                                           Fashion Designer

Actor                                                                Fashion Designer

Architect                                                        Graphic/Web Designer

Artist                                                                Holistic Health Practitioner

Church Worker                                             Human Resources

Counselor                                                        Journalist

Editor                                                                Legal Mediator

Educational Consultant                             Librarian

Employee Development Specialist       Musician

Taken from MyPersonality.info

In Leadership roles INFPs are gentle, inclusive, and indirect. They do not confront problems head on but like to work with the person in a persistent way.

INFPs possess a “Behind the Scenes” interaction style pattern.  This suits their auxiliary function of extraverted iNtuition quite appropriately, because INFPs are driven to INTEGRATE.

The Behind-the-Scenes theme is about getting the best result possible. (It does NOT mean that INFPs only ever work behind the scenes and are never found leading — “Behind-the-Scenes” is a style name, nothing else.  Dr. Berens states, “most of the leaders in the book Good to Great show evidence of this style.”)

People of this style focus on understanding and working with the process to create a positive outcome. They see value in many contributions and consult outside inputs to make an informed decision. They aim to integrate various information sources and accommodate differing points of view. They approach others with a quiet, calm style that may not show their strong convictions. Producing, sustaining, defining, and clarifying are all ways they support a group’s process. They typically have more patience than most with the time it takes to gain support through consensus for a project or to refine the result.

INFPs are more people-focused than task-focused.  They like to “connect” with others in a system so they can integrate and harmonize.  They may become stressed if they are pressed to decide too quickly.  In stressful circumstances, they may become quiet and agreeable while they feel things through and open their extraverted iNtuition up to perceiving a solution.” Vamer, Vicky Jo, “INFP Interaction Style.” www.INFJ.com

INFPs in relationships need to be able to share their life with someone of the same value sysytem. This is of huge importance to them. To the world they appear very calm but inside they have the capacity to feel intensely. They have a huge capacity to give love to their partner, much more than the other types. INFPs are extremely loyal to those they are with. They are cautious in the beginning but once they really open up they become very loving.


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