NF Temperament – The “Visionary”

Intuitive (N) + Feeling (F)

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NFs (Visionaries) are introspective, intuitive and highly idealistic. They are subjective, compassionate “feeler” people that desire to contribute goodness and meaning to the lives of others. They are effective at doing this through their nurturing, insightful and encouraging nature. NFs despise conflict. They will do everything they can to make sure their loved ones get along with each other and are happy. NFs are imaginative, creatively inclined and passionate about their choice causes.

Visionaries are empathetic, generous and original. They are caring individuals who are not only sensitive to the feelings of others but also very adept at identifying them. They are idealistic and driven by values they deeply believe in and defend. Visionaries desire to understand themselves and to be understood for who they really are.

As gifted teachers and mentors, NFs are interested in helping others grow and reach their potential. Visionaries are futuristic and charitable. In their relationships, they require authenticity, depth and meaning. They value harmony and enjoy pleasing others. Visionaries wither in critical and competitive environments. They dislike conflict and conformity.
NF Temperament Population / Gender Pie Chart

Anne Shirley: Don’t you ever imagine things differently from what they are?
Marilla Cuthbert: No.
Anne Shirley: Oh Marilla, how much you miss.

NF Personality Types

The four NF “Visionary” personality types are listed below.

ENFJ – The “Mentor”
Mentors are driven by their desire to help others reach their fullest potential. They are affectionate, charismatic and deeply caring. ENFJs feel called to enrich the world with their altruistic contributions. They are often called upon to help others in times of need.
ENFP – The “Advocate”
ENFPs are enthusiastic, expressive and charismatic leaders. They are spontaneous, wild and posses a great zest for life. ENFPs are dreamers. They are driven by their values and strive to champion the causes they believe in. They are resourceful, visionary and creative.
INFJ – The “Confidant”
Confidants are complex, deep and intensely private. Their life’s mission is to develop and guide others. Personal growth drives them and anything short of that pursuit is meaningless to them. They are passionate about the causes they believe in. INFJs live their life with a sense of purpose.
INFP – The “Dreamer”
Dreamers are idealistic and deeply sensitive. They are characterized by their loyal and gentle nature. Beneath their easygoing disposition runs a passion for the causes they believe in and the people they selflessly care for. They are driven by their values and seek peace.

Famous Visionaries

  • King David
    King of Israel
  • Shakespeare
    Poet and Playwright
  • Peyton Manning
    NFL Quarterback
  • Mikhail Gorbachev
    Leader of Soviet Union
  • Dr. Seuss
    Writer, Cartoonist
  • Diane Sawyer
    Journalist
  • Nelson Mandela
    President of S. Africa
  • Martin L. King, Jr.
    Minister, Activist
  • Sandra Bullock
    Actress
  • Regis Philbin
    Television Personality
  • Charles Dickens
    Novelist
  • Upton Sinclair
    Author, Journalist
  • Mark Twain
    Writer
  • Robin Williams
    Actor
  • Bob Dylan
    Actor
  • Albert Schweitzer
    Theologian, Physician
  • Princess Diana
    Princess of Wales
  • Audrey Hepburn
    Actress
  • Helen Keller
    Author, Activist
  • Johnny Depp
    Actor
  • Dr. Doug Ross
    ER
  • Kevin Arnold
    Wonder Years
  • Luke Skywalker
    Star Wars
  • Tin Man
    Wizard of Oz
  • Calvin
    Calvin and Hobbes
  • Anne Shirley
    Anne of Green Gables
  • E.T.
    The Extra-Terrestrial

Visionary Career Matches

NFs are commonly skilled at and often find satisfaction with the following careers.

  • Social Worker
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Charity Worker
  • Activist/Advocate
  • Counselor
  • Psychologist
  • Human Resources
  • Trainer
  • Writer
  • Actor
  • Musician
  • Artist
  • NFs (Visionaries) make up only about 14% of the general population.
  • Female NFs outnumber male NFs nearly two to one, with males making up only about 5% of all people.
  • Many great idealist thinkers and leaders in the world have been NFs.