10 Signs You Are an INFJ – The World’s Rarest Personality Type

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The world we live in is nuanced and layered. People from all walks of life journey and connect in different ways. As humans, we all have different personalities from each other and deal with situations differently. During World War II, Myers and Briggs began researching and developing an indicator that could be utilized to help understand individual differences. They created assessments which identified 16 ‘personality’ types.

What Does INFJ Stand For?

INFJ is one of the sixteen personality types. INFJ is an acronym for the personality traits of Introversion, iNtuition, Feeling, and Judging. The INFJ type is also called the “Counselor”/ “Advocate” and is described as an idealistic, compassionate, and sensitive personality type. People with INFJ personalities are creative, gentle, and caring. 

INFJ’s are usually reserved and highly sensitive to how others feel. They are typically idealistic, with high moral standards and a strong focus on the future. INFJ’s enjoy thinking about deep topics and contemplating the meaning of life. The INFJ type is said to be one of the rarest personality type with just one to three percent of the population exhibiting this personality type.

Each of the four letters of the INFJ acronym signifies a key personality trait of this type. INFJs are energized by time alone (Introverted), focus on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details (iNtuitive), make decisions based on feelings and values (Feeling), and prefer to be planned and organized rather than spontaneous and flexible (Judging).

Also Read: How Introverts Stand Out From the Rest of the League?

Here Are 10 Signs You Are an INFJ

1. You are an empath

You are very soft-spoken and empathetic, you are very sensitive and emotional to other’s needs. You regard other’s feelings and because of a strong sense of intuition, you are very deeply rooted in your values and act accordingly to bring about a positive impact in your life and for those around you.

2. You value meaningful connections

You can form strong, meaningful connections with other people. You enjoy helping others, but also need time and space to recharge.

3. Idealism

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INFJ’s may be characterized by idealism, however, this does not mean that you are unreasonable in what you expect. You understand the world, both the good and the bad, and hope to be able to make it better.

4. Organized

You place a greater emphasis on personal/subjective concerns than objective facts when making decisions. You also like to exert control by planning, organizing, and making decisions as early as possible.

5. Introverted Intuition

You are very focused on internal insights and many people may view you to be stubborn because of your ability to be clear on choosing paths.

6. Difficulty in saying ‘NO’

You sometimes struggle to say no to other people’s requests. You are so attuned to what other people are feeling that you fear to cause disappointment or hurting their feelings.

7. Good Leader

You are a good leader, even when you don’t take on an overt leadership role, you often act as a quiet influencer behind the scenes.


8. Good Listener

You are a great listener and are good at interacting with people with whom you are emotionally close and connected.

9. Reserved and Patient

You may appear to be reserved because of your quiet nature. You are extremely patient and have a rich inner world full of vivid imagination and ideas.

10. You never stop striving

You constantly work on yourself, to improve yourself, you are always on the go and get easily bored if you do not have something to ‘work’ on.

Also Read: 8 Common Signs You’re Really An Introvert

To Understand an INFJ Better

INFJ’s are reserved and private, they can be difficult to get to know. Interacting with an INFJ involves understanding and supporting their need to disconnect and recharge. People with this personality type often feel misunderstood. You can be there for an INFJ by understanding and respecting their perspectives.

INFJ’s enjoy being in close, intimate relationships. They tend to flourish best in romantic relationships with people who share their core values. As a partner, it is important to provide the support and emotional intimacy that an INFJ craves. Sincerity, honesty, and authenticity are all traits that the INFJ appreciates in their partner.

An INFJ personality type would make great artists, counselors, writers, social workers. They are creative in problem-solving and have a penchant for reflection and introspection. We are all different in our ways and we need to celebrate these differences and cherish the bonds we create and the people we meet.

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Ritika Matta
This is Ritika Matta, I’m a Counseling Psychologist and a writer. I am passionate about spreading mental health awareness and do the same through my work which is reflected in my blogs and articles.

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  1. Hi, loved the article. Appreciate your analysis and putting them in words. Thumps up!
    I have some reasonable doubts on one of the traits INFJ being Leader. In general, introverted people are not good fit for leadership. In today’s world, lion’s share of people follow others who are loud, vocal, extroverted, thus interns people gets inspiration, confidence from them. Don’t see, introverted people are default choice in any situation of leading the pack. They can master their personal life, lead themselves, but don’t think they can be good leaders. Thoughts?

    • Thankyou so much,
      That is true to some extent but this is a personality we are talking about which also encompasses other traits which have a hint of other facets to it. Also, they may not be taking up ‘overt’ leadership but they have a good sense of Judging which can make them excellent when it comes to executing tasks. And since they have a great ideas, they’re very likely to implement them .
      I’m however open for discussion on this and would love to know your take on this as well 🙂

    • Very nice article Ritika. I could find myself in many of the points you mentioned which made me wonder are you an INFJ’R yourself? Or are you just good in your job?
      As for the ‘good leader’ point, I’m not often put on the forefront as a leader maybe because of the other characteristics that some would put away as shy, insecure, closed a.o. I do however see many opportunities for improvements in the teams that I work(ed) in, which sometimes makes me question if I would do a better job than then the current leader. I think when the team members and I share the same core values and moral standards, I wouldn’t mind leading the team but when there are selfish, dishonest individuals in the team I would rather stand at the sideline just doing my thing the best I can.

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