The INFP personality type is nicknamed “The Mediator” and belongs to the NF empath temperament. INFPs are idealistic and deeply sensitive people. They are often characterized by their loyal and gentle nature, but there is often surprising depth to silent waters. Beneath their easygoing disposition runs a fixed passion for the causes they believe in and the people they care for. Mediators are the types of people who have well-established values and beliefs, for which they are willing to stand up without hesitation.
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- What characterizes INFPs?
- What trait is most likely to give them away?
- What are their strengths and weaknesses?
- Which famous people are INFPs?
- What jobs suit this type best?
- How compatible are INFPs with other types?
- And more!
But first – let’s see what defines this personality type in a nutshell.
- INFP Facts
- INFP Meaning
- INFP Traits and Characteristics
- Famous INFPs
- INFP Compatibility
- INFPs at Work
- INFP Humor
As Introverts, INFPs direct their energy inward. Spending as much time alone as they do has transformed them into private and internally aware individuals. Mediators are highly independent people and can be seen to keep to themselves most of the time. INFPs are an Intuitive type, meaning that they are imaginative, idealistic, and creative people. Idea generation and pondering about abstract concepts come as naturally to them as breathing. Most of the time, they focus on the future, rather than the present. Mediators are also Feelers, who make their decisions from their heart and let emotion drive them. As such, INFPs can get easily offended and dislike conflict because they place value on harmony and balance.
INFPs are loyal, caring, and warm with the people they allow into their inner circle. On one hand, they are playful, fun, and possess a unique sense of humor. On the other, they may come across as intense and serious to those who don’t know them. INFPs are generous with praise and encouragement, as this is also what they seek from others – words of affirmation, affection, and integrity. Mediators are adept at identifying inconsistencies in themselves and others and are very romantic.
“Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.” — Albert Schweitzer
INFPs love to excel and learn. They are spontaneous people, which is why they often grow restless in rigid and impersonal environments. When intellectually engaged, Mediators can learn well on their own, as they have a need to create and express themselves. Although they might pursue an educational avenue to please others, they are happiest when they are true to their own identity and sensitive nature.
INFPs are one of the NF empath temperament personality types. These types (also known as Empaths) are introspective and intuitive people, who are also highly idealistic. With a desire to distribute goodness and meaning into the world, they are both compassionate and good-natured.
Here are some key facts that will help you get to know the INFP personality type better:
- They are among the least likely types to have heart disease
- They are some of the most likely types to have suicidal thoughts
- They tend to find it easier to study a foreign language (and are more successful) than the rest of the types
- They are among the types to be least satisfied with their work
- Some of their personal values include creativity and autonomy
- They are likely to get a career in counseling, arts, or writing.
If you are new to the MBTI personality type concept, you’re probably wondering what the INFP abbreviation stands for.
INFP stands for the four Preferences that this type embodies: Introversion (I), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), and Perceiving (P). Preferences are the unique dimensions that characterize a personality type and are based on a concept developed by Carl Jung.
Personality types are also defined by their stack of Cognitive Functions, which determine how they make decisions and process information. There are a total of eight cognitive functions, and they follow a strictly individual order for each type – from dominant to inferior.
Below we will discuss both of these important concepts, which make up this (and every other) personality type.
Let’s take a closer look at what the four INFP Preferences stand for.
Introversion is characterized by a preference to focus on the inside world. This means that INFPs are energized by spending time alone or in a small group. They find large group gatherings draining because they seek depth instead of breadth of relationships. As Introverts, INFPs process information internally. They make for great listeners and think before talking.
People with Intuition live in the future. They are immersed in the world of possibilities. They process information through patterns and impressions. As Intuitives, INFPs value inspiration and imagination. They gather knowledge by reading between the lines. Their abstract nature attracts them toward deep ideas, concepts and metaphors.
As Feeling people, INFPs are subjective. How they make decisions is based on their principles and values. One can even say that they are ruled by their heart instead of their head. INFPs judge situations and others based on their feelings and extenuating circumstances. What they seek is to please others and to be appreciated. Above all else, Mediators value harmony and empathy.
Perceiving refers to a person’s adaptability and flexibility. The Mediator is a random thinker who prefers to keep their options open, which is why they thrive with the unexpected and are open to change. This quality makes them spontaneous people who can often juggle several projects at once. They enjoy starting a task more than finishing it. INFPs don’t see why work and play should be separate concepts and do their best to incorporate both in their lives at the same time.
INFP Cognitive Functions
As we already mentioned, every person engages with the world through eight Cognitive Functions. Each function can be either Introverted (the energy is directed inward) or Extroverted (the energy is directed outward). Let’s take a look at the full INFP function stack.
- Dominant Function- Introverted Feeling
INFPs use this function most often. When Feeling (F), Mediators make decisions based on emotions and hunches, so the Introverted F6eeling function allows them to know what they value. It gives them an uncanny ability to see through others’ facades and to know who they really are, it’s as if the INFP had internal radar. There is a desire to connect when they identify a person with similar values.
- Auxiliary Function- Extroverted Intuition
INFP’s use of this function is somewhat high. With Intuition (N), INFPs process new information through impressions, possibilities, and meanings. Extroverted Intuition allows them to see different paths forward. When an INFP receives information, they are able to see that there is more than one way to look at things.
- Tertiary Function- Introverted Sensing
INFPs use this function but to a lesser degree. Through Sensing (S), INFPs process data with their five senses. The Introverted Sensing function allows them to remember data in detail and to compare it with current information. It gives them the ability to link present experiences to past experiences in search of a connection.
- Inferior Function- Extroverted Thinking
INFPs use this function the least of the four. While Thinking (T), INFPs make decisions based on logic. The Extroverted Thinking function enables them to organize and categorize their thoughts and arguments. This function translates into the ability to see the logical consequences of actions. It also follows a rational sequence and organization.
INFP Traits and Characteristics
By now you probably have a good understanding of what INFPs are really like, but we want to build a full picture of this personality type. In this section, we will take a brief look at their prominent characteristics, and the strengths and weaknesses they possess. You can also take a look at our comprehensive and detailed article about INFP personality traits and characteristics.
Another way of achieving a better understanding of this personality type is by comparing the INFP to the rest of the 15 MBTI types. What are their similarities and differences, in what ways do they relate, and can they all peacefully coexist?
INFPs are often described by the following words:
- Internally aware
Strengths and Weaknesses
Following are some INFP strengths and weaknesses that are typical of this personality type. Of course, some representatives may demonstrate them more than others, but every Mediator demonstrates them to some degree.
- Loyal and devoted
- Deeply capable of love and compassion
- Warm and playful
- Excellent at reading the feelings and motives of others
- Eager to meet the needs of others
- Idealistic and true to themselves
- Tends to react emotionally
- Has an extreme dislike for criticism
- Has a tendency to blame themselves
- Has trouble in conflict situations
- Is difficult to get to know
As previously stated, INFPs are a part of the NF temperament personality types. According to the official MBTI Institute data, this branch makes up 16.5% of all personality types. Individually, INFPs make up only 4.4% of the U.S. population. Here are some curious percentages:
- INFPs make up 4.4% of all 16 personality types. INFP is one of the rarest personality types. Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, and Perceiving are all less common than their opposite preferences.
- 1 in every 66 males is an INFP (1.5% of all males). 1 in every 40 females is an INFP (2.5% of all females). Male INFP is one of the least common type-gender combinations.
- There are more female INFPs than male. Just over one third of INFPs are male. According to the official MBTI data, more females type themselves in the Feeling preference (75.5%) and males in the Thinking preference (56.3%).
The distribution of the MBTI types is uneven but interesting. These findings are based on plenty of insightful data, gathered by the MBTI Institute over a span of many years.
Other INFP Names
The MBTI theory is becoming increasingly popular in many aspects of people’s lives (work, educational, and personal). So it should come as no surprise that different sources give their own names to each of the personality types. Here is a list of different INFP nicknames around the Internet:
- Healer, according to David Keirsey, an American psychologist and university professor
- Harmonizer Clarifier, according to Linda Berens, a human and organizational development practitioner
- Seeker & Keeper of Human Values, according to Alan Brownsword, author of Psychological Type: An Introduction
- Sensitive Idealist, according to Jonathan P. Niednagel, developer of Brain Typing
- Mediator, according to the 16 personalities website
And last but not least:
- Thoughtful Idealist, according to the official MBTI website
BONUS: Here are some other names you can stumble upon when reading about this personality type on the Internet:
- Inspired Idealist
INFPs make for some of the most caring, nurturing, and emotionally rich characters and famous people. They are not always easy to spot, as they like to blend in with their environment, but anyone who knows what INFPs are all about can accurately categorize many famous people and fictional characters into this type. In fact, there are plenty of fields where INFPs shine – from creative careers including acting, music, and art, to stricter disciplines such as philosophy.
Fictional INFPs are fairly common in film, TV, literature, and comic books. Their strong moral compass aids them in telling right from wrong and, when they believe in a cause, nothing can stop them. In case you’re interested, you can take a look at this epic list of 77+ famous INFP people and characters. It also includes a short analysis of prominent musicians, actors and even YouTubers. Below, we have summarized some of the categories you can find there.
INFPs make for dedicated and passionate actors. INFPs are likely to view acting as a means to protect their identity, a shell they can successfully hide in. This transformation can be beneficial for the INFP, as they can draw confidence from it, even if they are shy in reality. This is probably why INFP actors are prone to pouring tremendous amounts of energy and willpower into fully embodying a character. When portraying someone else, they want to do so with as much precision and sincerity as possible.
- Audrey Hepburn, English actress (Breakfast at Tiffany’s; Roman Holiday; My Fair Lady)
- Heath Ledger, Australian actor (Brokeback Mountain; A Knight’s Tale; 10 Things I Hate About You; The Dark Knight)
- Jude Law, English actor (The Talented Mr. Ripley; The Holiday; Sherlock Holmes; The Young Pope)
- Marlon Brando, American actor (The Godfather; A Streetcar Named Desire; Apocalypse Now)
- Tom Hiddleston, English actor (The Night Manager; Thor; The Avengers; Only Lovers Left Alive)
INFPs often make for natural writers. Writing encompasses one of their favorite things – being left to themselves. When working alone, INFPs have the opportunity to pour out their imagination and creativity undisturbed by others. Something that can be a real challenge for them, however, is picking which of their numerous ideas to build upon. Because of how empathetic and emotionally adept INFPs are, the stories they tell are often very relatable to the readers and manage to brilliantly convey the emotions of their made-up characters.
- A. A. Milne, English author (Winnie the Pooh; The Red House Mystery)
- C. S. Lewis, English author (The Chronicles of Narnia; Mere Christianity; The Screwtape Letters)
- Edgar Allen Poe, American author and poet (The Raven; The Tell-Tale Heart; The Fall of the House of Usher)
- George Orwell, English author (1984; Animal Farm; Homage to Catalonia)
- J. R. R. Tolkien, English author and linguist (The Lord of the Rings; The Hobbit; The Silmarillion)
Music is also deeply intertwined with INFP creativity. Their natural proclivity to being artistic, as well as their unique take on the world, means that most of the time they write their own music. Through music, INFPs find an unconventional outlet to channel their thoughts and feelings. Self-expression is important to this personality type, which is why they place such importance on, and take such care in, the meaning and message they convey through their art. This is probably why you’ll find plenty of activist INFP musicians, who advocate for social causes.
- Bob Marley, Jamaican singer (Is This Love; No Woman, No Cry; Three Little Birds)
- John Mayer, American singer (Slow Dancing in a Burning Room; New Light; Gravity)
- Lenny Kravitz, American singer (Fly Away; It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over; Are You Gonna Go My Way)
- Ronnie James Dio, American singer (Neon Knights; Heaven and Hell; The Sign of the Southern Cross)
- Thom Yorke, English singer, vocalist of Radiohead (Last I Heard; Plasticine Figures; Impossible Knots)
INFPs don’t make for conventional leaders. This is because their characteristics are largely amiss when it comes to establishing a reliable following. They are passionate, idealistic, and inspiring leaders, who strongly believe in making the world a better place. These people are also interested in investing in personal development – both for themselves, as well as for those around them. Even though INFPs usually stay away from the spotlight, they would be willing to step in it to fight for a cause they strongly believe in. This is why Mediators are likely to lead through their music or through their writing. Sometimes it can be their sheer authenticity and idealism that inspires others – as with Princess Diana, who was also an INFP.
INFP Fictional Characters
INFP fictional characters are typically the quiet Mediator, the introspective character, with keen observational skills and a unique perspective of the outside world. Their deep idealism and passion for their own beliefs and ideas make them likable to audiences. They are caring and possess strong intuition. Sometimes the INFP perception of the world doesn’t exactly fit with reality, but they are unbothered by that; they prefer to stay inside their heads anyway. Their strong moral compass is a powerful tool in helping them tell right from wrong and, when they believe in a cause, nothing can turn them away.
- Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones
- Jane Eyre, Jane Eyre
- Luke Skywalker, Star Wars
- Marshall, How I Met Your Mother
- Rafiki, The Lion King
- Romeo Montague and Juliet Capulet, Romeo and Juliet
- Tina Belcher, Bob’s Burgers
As strict followers of moral code, INFPs end up being perceived as stubborn or too set in their ways. However, they are simply dedicated to understanding themselves, and the world, better. INFPs also have a clear understanding of what they like and dislike – and that doesn’t mean that they can’t have harmonious relationships with others. Even so, it can still be difficult for certain people to accept them as they are.
SJ pragmatist temperament types (ESTJ, ESFJ, ISTJ, and ISFJ) are driven by their Sensing and Judging preferences. These personality types enjoy structure, as well as establishing and following rules. To them, strategizing, careful planning, and abiding by an organization’s norms and traditions are essential for society’s smooth existence. This core philosophy immediately clashes with the more spontaneous nature of INFPs, who aren’t keen on following orders. Instead, they like to follow what their gut feeling tells them, even if it clashes with social understanding and established norms.
Nevertheless, INFPs make for empathetic partners and stellar friends. Let’s take a look at how they behave in different social relationships.
Given INFP’s sincerity and depth of personality, it hardly comes as a surprise that they make for wonderful partners. This personality type has the amazing quality of making others feel heard and understood, and never takes their romantic relationship for granted. Mediators are aware of and ready to show how much they value the other person daily, which they are more than willing to unconditionally do. When it comes to romance, INFPs are willing to wait a considerable amount of time, until they find their “perfect” soulmate. Casual dating and relationships aren’t things that INFPs like to partake in. However, when they find their people, INFPs are extremely loyal, appreciative, and establish a deep connection.
Given the conflict-avoidant nature of INFPs, it’s only natural for them to want to be on good terms with everyone in their life. They willingly take on the role of the compassionate partner with great joy, as they are always willing to stand up for their loved ones and make them feel heard. Of course, they get along with some personality types easier than others – and here some of their best matches:
INFP and ENFJ
The INFP-ENFJ couple has a great potential to make for a balanced and harmonious relationship. Both types are focused on their relationships and rarely make compromises. They are warm individuals, who are authentic to their core and don’t like when others play them around. They seek deeper connections and are comfortably open with their partners, willing to discuss anything. The main reason for tension between them is when the ENFJ energy gets out of control and becomes too much to handle for the introverted INFPs. Despite this, however, this relationship is mostly balanced, strong, and built on mutual compassion, understanding and comfort.
INFP and INTP
As people who share three of the four preferences, INFPs and INTPs have plenty in common. Both types have no desire to control the other, which in turn is appreciated by both sides. They enjoy intellectual activities such as reading, thinking and speculating about complicated subjects. Both wrap themselves up quietly and value their privacy, which puts them on the same page about what a good time looks like. Problems in this pairing may arise because of the INTP’s logical and seemingly insensitive nature. They are likely to question the INFP emotionality and stay ignorant about their feelings, which is an attitude that can only frustrate an INFP.
These are just two of the matches that have the best potential for a harmonious relationship with an INFP. However, with enough willingness from both sides, they can get along with the other types as well. It’s only natural that some relationships may take more work than others. You can read a full evaluation of their compatibility with all the 16 personality types (including themselves) in this INFP Relationships and Compatibility article.
INFPs are invested in all of their relationships – which includes friendships. However, even if they are dedicated to establishing a meaningful connection, this can sometimes prove to be difficult, given their introverted personality. Starting a relationship often means talking to people, which can be challenging for the quiet and reserved INFP. Something that can increase their struggle is the high standards they have for the people they surround themselves with. Even so, when they find their people, INFPs are extremely loyal, appreciative, and ready to indulge in a deep connection. Others are quick to discover how easy it is to confide in INFPs and are careful to listen to what they have to say about their problems.
Understanding, patient and loyal – what better set of qualities to seek in a friend? Even if they are introverted, nothing makes INFPs happier than helping others out. However, it’s not easy to connect with everyone in the same way. Most people don’t understand INFPs, and might even think that they are too set in their ways, absentminded, or just plain weird. Which personality types find it harder to establish a friendship with INFPs?
INFP and ISTJ
INFPs and ISTJs make unlikely friends. Both types share a common sense of responsibility, however, ISTJs are notoriously inflexible. They like following the rules and acting according to an established set of regulations. They don’t like going out of their way to try out new things or approach a problem from a different perspective. There is a big difference in how these two make decisions, which can cause them to become impatient with each other. ISTJs are also known to be judgmental and demanding companions, which isn’t something that the more sensitive INFP can tolerate for long.
INFP and ESTP
INFPs and ESTPs are another set of nearly impossible friends, as these two types can hardly ever meet and interact in life. This is because of how stellarly different they are from each other. INFPs are shy and reserved, liking to keep to themselves, while ESTPs are always in the eye of the storm. You can see how these two personality types inhabit entirely different habitats. However, if they do bump into each other, both parties have a lot to learn from the other. ESTPs can push INFPs to broaden their horizons and leave their comfort zone, while INFPs can offer a deeper insight into reading emotions and dealing with them.
INFP and ESTJ
INFPs and ESTJs have varying values when it comes to friendship. INFPs are much better at providing emotional support to their friends and prefer to connect with them on a deeper level. ESTJs on the other hand are more practical and would be quick to offer a logical solution to a problem, rather than try to empathize with the other person. To an INFP this can come across as cold hearted and insensitive and, as a deeply sensitive type, they wouldn’t be able to fully comprehend this type of reaction. If they try to, however, this contrast in values can benefit both sides.
If INFPs had to define the meaning of “life” it would be ‘a quest toward finding meaning and fulfillment.’ Their experience may vary from easy to unbearably difficult, which is why they can always appreciate bringing like-minded people along the way. Mediators take this opportunity to teach others and in return learn from them, which is exactly what parenthood beautifully allows them to do. INFPs make for supportive, warm, and encouraging parents. They are often enchanted by the unique fresh perspective of rediscovering the world through their child’s eyes. This is one of the reasons why they typically give their children great freedom to form and express their own opinions and grow as individuals.
Even if their parenting styles are largely flexible, don’t be fooled – INFPs are everything but irresponsible. The top values they want to instigate in their children are compassion, honesty and the importance of connecting with others. This means that empathy can be easily cultivated in their children as well. One of the most important things for INFPs is passing on their conviction of the importance of personal responsibility and the duty to live in such a way that doesn’t harm other living things.
Because INFPs are so true to their principles and have such strong beliefs, the Mediator parent naturally wants to serve as a good role model. This is why they place the utmost importance on keeping peace and harmony in the household, which results in them not wanting to discuss problems and negative emotions with their children. Even though this shields their children from seemingly bad experiences, on the downside this parenting style risks them growing up in a bubble. This is why it’s important for INFP parents to acknowledge these preferences and prepare themselves to talk about not-so-pleasant topics with their children when they reach the appropriate age.
INFPs are free-willed and spontaneous parents, which any child would be lucky to grow up with. They encourage their children to express their authenticity and stand up for their opinions. This is why their offspring often grow up to be extremely caring, responsible and true to themselves.
INFPs at Work
We already established how INFPs are caring, thoughtful, and empathetic people. Most of the time, they express these qualities in their work as well. Even though Mediators can come across as quiet and reserved, they are driven by jobs that align with their personal values and allow them to help others as well. They aren’t ones to stick with a job just because it gives them a lot of money or prestige. Instead, they are more attracted to projects that are inspiring, take the bigger picture into consideration, and resonate with their personal sense of morality. Their ideal career is in a calm, quiet and peaceful workplace, which allows them to unlock their full creative potential while working on something that can leave a positive mark on the world.
Given INFPs’ idealistic way of thinking, they prefer to carry out meaningful tasks, which can help other people out. They are helpful and reliable team members, who sometimes take on more than they are realistically capable of. This might be because of their heightened sense of responsibility for their work and others who work with them. INFPs like to leave their own personal mark on their work, which is why they would greatly appreciate the chance to do so. When working with others, it’s important for the INFP to get a sense of cooperation, support, and shared ideals with the rest of their team members.
The work habits of INFPs, as well as INFP career matches and INFP careers to avoid, is an extensive and interesting subject. Below we have laid out a small overview of some career paths they are likely to enjoy and be especially good at. You can find the full, in-depth article on INFP careers here.
The perfect INFP job is one that is both creative, as well as tied to personal meaning. It’s important for people of this personality type to work in an environment that is highly consistent with their strong value systems and moral code. INFPs are extremely altruistic and want their actions to impact the world in a positive way. They are caring and thoughtful and achieve a great sense of satisfaction from helping others. Given the INFP sensitivity to people’s feelings and emotions, their supportive nature can be appreciated by any member of their team.
Below we have listed several INFP careers where these people can excel, and which will keep them intrigued for years.
Psychology is a field that INFPs are naturally good at. It combines all of the best qualities of this personality type, potentially making them adept in this profession. It’s no wonder that this personality type is sometimes nicknamed “The Healer.” One good thing about a job in psychology is that it can be versatile. From clinical research in a lab to private therapy practices, INFPs have great freedom in choosing where to develop themselves. No matter what path they choose, it is likely that they would be greatly satisfied. Working as a psychologist also often means working individually and relying on their own knowledge and skillsets. This intimate privacy appeals to the reserved INFPs, as they get to practice their deep intuition and understanding of individual human emotions more freely.
INFPs are also well suited for jobs that involve humanities or social sciences. One such job could be that of a social worker. As previously stated, INFPs have plenty of natural empathy and a deep understanding of other people. This makes it easy for them to relate to others and communicate with them in an understandable way. Some of the essential INFP personality traits, such as warmth, supportiveness, and approachability, are crucial to have in a difficult job such as social work. They have the ability to make people feel safe and comfortable, and have the ability to peek behind the hedges that people often build around themselves, no matter how high they might be.
Something that comes naturally to INFPs is sharing knowledge to seek truth and meaning. The smaller class size and maturity of the students that go to university makes a professorship pleasurable for people of the INFP personality type. Their introverted personalities are likely to handle older students better than, say, preschoolers, even if they are suited for this position as well. University students are likely to be passionate about the subject they are studying, especially in graduate programs. Given that the INFP professor almost certainly identifies with the topic to a great extent (otherwise they wouldn’t be teaching it), they are likely to find kindred spirits with their students. This in turn can result in a great sense of encouragement, support, and cooperation between teacher and students, leading to great satisfaction in both parties.
INFPs have a preference for the absurd and this often translates to an odd sense of humor. It frequently goes over the heads of other types but, once a person gets to know the inner workings of an INFP, their sense of humor becomes much appreciated. INFPs excel at diverse comedy and have a knack for making even the most mundane concepts funny. There is also a darker and more sarcastic side to the INFP humor. Since these people are used to others not “getting” them, they may not be inclined to express this preference out in the open. This gentle personality type has no intention to hurt people’s feelings in any way, which is why they proceed with caution when they make jokes which may be perceived as offensive.
Even though INFPs have their own preference for what they find funny, nothing makes them happier than being able to laugh with other people. This is why they enjoy enacting any style of humor if people are patient enough to get them out of their shells.
When it comes to jokes, INFPs are definitely fans of puns. Especially puns that can be considered a bit wacky – as people who don’t enjoy boredom, they don’t mind getting silly. Mediators like getting creative and when inspiration strikes, they are likely to spend some time thinking of new intriguing angles to tackle a joke. Here’s a taste of some typical INFP jokes:
- I bought some shoes on the drug black market…I don’t know what they’re laced with, but I’ve been tripping all day!
- If Colgate Toothpaste kills 99.9% of germs, then what does Colgate Sensitive do?
Why, it kills 99.9% of germs, of course, but in a way that doesn’t hurt their feelings.
This is just a small sample of the kind of humor INFPs have – though they have much more than this to offer, read our INFP memes article for more!
INFPs are drawn to what could be, and beneath their calm surface, a passionate and emotional personality. They are often misunderstood by others but they don’t let this bring their spirits down. Instead, they turn to literature and other art forms to make sense of themselves and build a better picture of who they are as people. The following are some quotes by notable people, which INFPs might find particularly inspiring. They also capture the life philosophy of this Myers-Briggs personality type well.
“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” – Lao Tzu
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“To all the other Mediators out there, don’t ever stop or let the world’s negativity disenchant you or your spirit. If you surround yourself with love and the right people, anything is possible.” – Adam Green
To sum up, INFPs are extremely reserved, yet warm and thoughtful people. They place a lot of importance on authenticity, which is why they are highly unlikely to appear inconsistent in the eyes of others. In fact, if people get to know their beliefs and principles, it would be easier to anticipate how they will respond in certain situations. INFPs would never intentionally hurt anyone and don’t strive for glory or power. Instead, they aim to leave a positive mark on the world and somehow influence the positive well-being of everyone who matters to them. Mediators know that not everyone understands them and others often regard them as a tough nut to crack, but they are largely unbothered by that. What matters more to them is to know that they have a handful of faithful friends, who appreciate them just as they are, and in return, they do the same for them. The INFP’s greatest contribution is their ability to be present with another person at a deeper level.