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How to Spot an INFP

INFP is the most morally guided and value-driven of all the 16 Myers-Briggs personality types. People of this personality type make up 4.4% of the US population but, due to their introvertedness, they can be difficult to spot. These people often have a well-developed intuition that hardly ever serves them wrong. Others perceive them as set in their ways, morally aligned, and sensitive to both their environment and the emotions of other people. This set of characteristics isn’t surprising given their preferences – Introverted (I), Intuitive (N), Feeling (F), and Perceiving (P). These quiet and peaceful introverts are a valued presence in the lives of people around them – but why? What makes them so special and impactful and why are they so different from other introverted intuitive types? How do they compare to, say, an INFJ? Or to an INTP?

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In order to understand INFPs better, this article will weigh them against other personality types. You will be able to see their similarities and differences and hopefully, by the end of this piece, you will have a deeper knowledge of what makes INFPs such unique individuals. And, if you have no idea what INFP even means (or stumbled here by mistake), it would probably be a good idea to get acquainted with the essentials of this personality type first.

INFP Characteristics

The INFP personality type is the Myers-Briggs type that is most likely to be perceived as an empathetic and intuitive dreamer. These people are emotional and let their strong moral compass guide them in most situations. What else is this calm personality type known for? Here’s a short list:

  • Like most introverts, they need time away from others to recharge but are able to make deep and meaningful relationships with people
  • They have a deeply rooted moral compass, which they abide by with almost no hesitation
  • They have a strong sense of empathy and compassion toward others
  • They tend to be self-reflective, which can sometimes result in them being too hard on themselves
  • They believe in people and are always ready to help others out – not because of any societal norms, but for the sake of the person themselves

How Do INFPs Compare to Other Personality Types?

Something important to keep in mind is that each personality type is made up of a combination of different Preferences. These preferences are:

  • Extroversion (E) vs. Introversion (I)
  • Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N)
  • Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F)
  • Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P)

Apart from that, we also have different Cognitive Functions: Introverted Feeling or Extroverted Sensing, for example. This means that no two extroverted personality types are the same – because their other functions differ from one another. Given these differences, we figured that the best way to illustrate how to best spot an INFP was to compare them to the other 15 MBTI types.

INFPs vs SJ Temperament Types

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.

INFP vs ESTJ

The ESTJ personality type (also known as The Administrator) is driven by traditional values, such as honesty, leading by example, and putting utmost dedication into their work. ESTJs are guided by Extroverted Thinking as their primary function, which means that they rely heavily on logic and facts when a decision needs to be made. They largely disregard their feelings in favor of reaching a rational and objective conclusion. They are also practical and uninterested in theoretical or abstract ideas and concepts. Things that they can’t see, touch, or understand the practical implication for, can quickly cause them to lose interest.

INFPs perceive and interact with the world in a completely opposite way to ESTJs. Their dominant Introverted Feeling compels them to make decisions based on their intuition and gut feeling. They are also alert as to how their actions can affect other people’s feelings. A strong driver in their lives is their solid moral compass. In many situations, INFPs won’t care much for social rules and boundaries, if those clash with their own inner sense of right and wrong. People with this personality type also like to daydream, and their heads always seem to be in the clouds. Their idealism knows no bounds, which is why they are much more interested in the big picture, rather than in individual details.

Essentially, ESTJs and INFPs are worlds apart from each other. ESTJs can come across as extremely insensitive in the eyes of the empathetic and compassionate INFPs. They don’t understand this practical and straight-to-the-point approach to life, which clashes with the core of their personality. In a way, INFPs might admire the discipline of ESTJs – they themselves would never be able to dutifully work on a task that doesn’t appeal to their moral code and sense of justice.

INFP vs ESFJ

The ESFJ personality type (also known as The Caregiver) is an extremely caretaking type. They are nurturing, supportive, and always looking out for the well-being of everyone around them. ESFJs want to be accepted by society, so they tend to stick to established social norms in order to stay in the good graces of others. Their dominant cognitive function is Extroverted Feeling and, as such, they have no trouble adjusting their behavior to fit the needs of their circumstance. It makes them extremely considerate people, but also judging; they tend to make their mind up about people and situations based on what their gut tells them. This can lead them to false perceptions of people, due to needlessly harsh judgments.

INFPs are also oriented toward other people’s feelings and well-being. They like to make sure that everyone is okay and happy, and work to make this happen. People with this personality type are guided by empathy and are driven to offer emotional support. They aren’t intrusive but hold deep respect for other people. However, even if both INFPs and ESFJs are guided by a sense of compassion, ESFJs are much more practical and pragmatic than the NF personality type. Social norms hold some importance to INFPs but, if something goes against their firmly established moral compass, they wouldn’t be willing to just roll with it.

ESFJs and INFPs share some similarities in caring for other people and the ability to empathize with them. However, there are some major differences between them as well – the main one being the direction of their energy (Introvert vs Extrovert), as well as the degree of their willingness to modify their own behavior in order to fit into social settings.

INFP vs ISTJ

The ISTJ personality type (also known as The Archivist) is hard-working and orderly, and people of this type carefully consider their decisions and actions. Guided by Introverted Sensing as their dominant function, these people have a keen sense of right and wrong. They are efficient and logical, work to find the most rational solutions to problems, and are willing to see those solutions through to the end. Principled, they always believe that work comes before play. The most important thing for people of this personality type is to be efficient and productive, and to deliver results that are in line with their expectations. Their blunt approach and hard honesty might make them seem cold and robotic, but they just don’t like to waste their precious time with unnecessary pleasantries.

INFPs are somewhat similar to ISTJs. In fact, these two personality types share all of the same cognitive functions, just in a different order. INFPs are much rarer than the more common ISTJs, which is why it’s often difficult for them to find like-minded people. When it comes to solving problems, INFPs will act according to what their inner moral code tells them, similarly to how an ISTJ would react. However, they will also consider how this decision impacts other people. It’s easy for INFPs to feel drained by strict rules and regulations since they prefer for their abstract thought to be given more freedom to come up with useful solutions to problems. This shouldn’t fool you though – INFPs are also very responsible. You can always count on them to get the job done in time, and they take deadlines seriously.

ISTJs have a lot (and at the same time nothing) in common with INFPs. While Archivists are practical and pragmatic, INFPs are guided by their feelings and strong moral core. This doesn’t correspond with the ISTJ’s way of living life and can cause a possible rift between these two.

INFP vs ISFJ

The ISFJ personality type (also known as The Defender) is a loyal, quiet, and kindhearted people pleaser. They go above the expectations of others but are slow to take credit for their accomplishments. In fact, their humbleness is one of the biggest challenges for them to overcome. Their dominant function is Introverted Sensing, which (similarly to ISTJs) makes them prone to focus on details and concrete information. However, in contrast to ISTJs, their Feeling preference means they are more sensitive, empathetic, and emotionally expressive. This Myers-Briggs personality type is firmly grounded in reality and respects traditional norms. Their decision-making process relies on past experiences in order to accurately determine the best possible course of action in the current situation.

In a way, INFPs can find a kindred spirit in ISFJs. They share their emotional expressiveness and care for their community and the world as a whole. This is because of their shared Feeling preference, which compels them to follow their heart and emotional drive. However, INFPs are much more interested in gaining a better understanding of themselves, in order to cultivate stronger moral beliefs about the world. INFPs are also imaginative. They are able to envision never-ending possibilities out of thin air – which is a quality that the reality-grounded ISFJs lack. For INFPs however, looking to the future is important in order to grasp the full potential of a given situation.

By the numbers, INFPs and ISFJs look similar to one another. The main difference between them comes when we compare their dominant cognitive functions – Fi for INFPs and Si for ISFJs. This means that ISFJs are more realistic and practical, compared to INFPs. They are likely to have more grounded expectations and reactions than their idealistic counterpart. ISFPs also prefer to stick to what they know when problems need solving, whereas the creative INFP would opt for a more unconventional method. However, both types are sensitive and caring and live according to their carefully constructed principles.

INFPs vs SP Temperament Types

SP originator temperament types (ESTP, ESFP, ISTP, and ISFP) are driven by their Sensing and Perceiving preferences. These personality types are spontaneous and good at thinking on their feet. They often like to tinker with gadgets and tools and make great artists. Personality types from the SP temperament are fun, energetic, and are always up for telling a good story – which is why INFPs are likely to find them exhausting. While they share some characteristics, such as seeing the big picture and disliking routine, SP types lack the emotional intensity of INFPs and the depth in relationships.

INFP vs ESTP

The ESTP personality type (also known as The Daredevil) is a people magnet – charming, talkative, and entertaining, these people are outgoing and love socializing. They love nothing more than to be the center of attention and are adept at knowing how to keep that attention on them. ESTPs don’t like abstract theories, and instead enjoy living in the here and now. Their dominant function is Extroverted Sensing, which means that they get energized most when interacting with people and living in the moment. Because of that, they tend to be outgoing, sensation seeking, and engaging to the point that some people find keeping up with them too intense.

INFPs have an NF personality type, which means they are sensitive, empathetic, and idealistic. They enjoy forming deep and meaningful relationships and are invested in understanding people on a deeper level. Given their idealism, they may lose track of reality and get lost in their own minds. This is something that an ESTP can’t understand. They are the in-the-moment kind of people, which brings a sort of practicality with it. They like to live in reality, as it has so much to offer for them and they are too busy experiencing every second of it. ESTPs like to communicate in a straightforward and concrete manner, while when INFPs talk, they talk in a more abstract and what-could-be way. To an ESTP this is a waste of time.

Essentially, INFPs and ESTPs don’t have much in common – except their dislike for planning and organization. Besides that, they have differing viewpoints on life and place importance on vastly different things. One is focused on the future, the other on living in the moment. One is involved in their own inner world, while the other surround themselves with people and things. One prioritizes quality over quantity, while the other is more prone to feeling like they are missing out on life. We will let you figure out which is which.

INFP vs ESFP

The ESFP personality type (also known as The Entertainer) is the epitome of a social butterfly. These people love to entertain others and nothing gives them more joy than spending time with their friends. ESFPs don’t know the definition of the word “boring” – because it’s never boring where they are. They don’t particularly like learning from books and lectures; nothing beats a hands-on experience for them. Curious, talkative, and energetic, they always make an extravagant appearance, wherever they go. ESFPs “here and now” mentality can sometimes cause them future problems, and their dislike for routine and organization makes them appear unreliable.

INFPs have a different energy than ESFPs. They like thinking about things in-depth and make an effort to understand the underlying causes of things. To them, the meaning of symbols, patterns, and metaphors are easy to grasp, even without much explanation. Their high intuition is to blame for that. INFPs enjoy reading – given their introverted nature. They don’t have any trouble being alone for prolonged periods of time, as they love spending time with themselves. This shy and thoughtful personality type prefers to blend in with their surroundings, rather than be the center of the spotlight like ESFPs.

In conclusion, ESFPs are much more lighthearted and positive than INFPs. They also enjoy keeping broader, rather than deeper connections, something which INFPs can’t relate with. The Introverted personality type of the two prefers to form stronger, deeper and more emotional relationships with those around them. They avoid spreading themselves too socially thin and instead opt for a more personalised approach for their few friends. However, these two are united by their Feeling preference, which means that they both put more emphasis on personal feelings, rather than logical facts when a decision needs to be made. Both are also deeply empathetic and find it easy to put themselves in the shoes of another person.

INFP vs ISTP

The ISTP personality type (also known as The Tinkerer) is handy by every definition. These people enjoy tinkering, deconstructing things to see how they work and then putting them back together. They are result-oriented and waste no time when a solution to a problem is needed. ISTPs are guided by Introverted Thinking as their dominant cognitive function. This means that they spend a lot of time dealing with problems in their heads, which makes them appear quiet and stoic. Given their preference for logical thinking, they often address situations from an objective point of view, rather than an emotional one.

INFPs are much more detached from reality, preferring to live in their heads rather than with their hands. They are focused on the future which, to a Sensor type such as the ISTP, won’t make sense at all. Sensors aren’t bothered by things that can happen ten years in the future, since for them the most important thing is making the most of the present. INFPs can somewhat relate to the reserved ISTPs since they themselves like to spend time in comfortable solitude and have a more spontaneous nature. INFPs are oriented to accommodating other people’s needs and emotions, which makes them comforting and compassionate. They are regarded as being warm but stubborn, as they always abide by their solid moral compass when it comes to making decisions.

ISTPs and INFPs do have some things in common, especially regarding their preferred lifestyle. However, the difference in their inner functions (N/S and F/T) means that they have different senses of values and importance. ISTPs are much less in touch with their own emotions, compared to the more reflective and empathetic INFPs. They are also much more practical-minded and observant, qualities that an INFP is lacking.

INFP vs ISFP

The ISFP personality type (also known as The Adventurer) is kind, sensitive, and quiet. They are known for being considerate and peaceful, and accepting people for who they are. Their primary Introverted Feeling function means that this type processes information based on their own inner feelings. ISFPs value their freedom greatly – but for them, this freedom translates to a process of constant self-reinvention. It also means that they dislike commitments – which can cause problems in relationships. Just like others from the SP temperament type, they identify more as doers rather than dreamers and are firmly rooted in reality.

INFPs are also considerate people and accept others for who they are. They don’t like changing people and are aware of everyone’s own individual uniqueness. In fact, they like to help others discover and develop what makes them special. However, they have a preference for Intuition rather than Sensing. This means that their interaction with the world is more connected to seeing the bigger picture and not focusing on small details. And while ISFPs don’t handle commitment well, being able to make a deep and meaningful connection (and to keep it) is of the essence of an INFP.

Although they may look similar, INFPs and ISFPs have very different approaches to life. The ISFP’s auxiliary function is Se, while INFPs have Ne as theirs. This translates to ISFPs being much more present in daily life than INFPs, as well as more aware of their surroundings. INFPs on the other hand are more future-oriented and much more idealistic than ISFPs. The latter personality type is more willing and open to change their opinions based on new perspectives and evidence. INFPs aren’t like that and have a higher standard both for themselves and for those around them. In comparison, ISFPs are much more laid back and easygoing, and don’t take life too seriously.

INFPs vs NT Temperament Types

NT analyzer temperament types (ENTJ, ENTP, INTJ and INTP) are driven by the Intuition and Perceiving preferences. These personality types are intelligent, determined, and independent. They are driven by their desire to master as much knowledge as possible and are considered to be high achievers. They value reason and logic, and have a low tolerance for people who can’t keep up with their intellectual wit. INFPs find common ground with these types when it comes to their shared curiosity and innovative ideas. However, the NT preference to solve problems via logic doesn’t particularly appeal to the conceptual INFPs.

INFP vs ENTJ

The ENTJ personality type (also known as The General) is a natural and decisive leader. People with this personality type are analytical, tend to be hard-working, and are dedicated to the task at hand. They are good at taking action, spotting problems, and making decisions based on objective and logical criteria. ENTJs are outspoken, have good people skills, and are well organized. Their primary cognitive function is Extroverted Thinking, which makes them quick at making decisions and acting on those decisions in an organized manner. Their auxiliary function, Introverted Intuition, makes them more future-oriented and considerate of all possible outcomes when a decision is needed.

Even though INFPs aren’t very analytical, they are known to be hard workers. They can focus better on their work if they are passionate about what they are doing or if they perceive it as something meaningful and in line with their own inner moral compass. Even if they don’t, however, they are still diligent with their tasks, as INFPs have a strong sense of responsibility. INFPs are also future-oriented, similar to ENTJs. However, they do dwell on the past, using their experience to guide their actions for the future.

INFPs and ENTJs share the same dominant and inferior functions but in reverse. The INFP’s dominant is Introverted Feeling and inferior is Extroverted Thinking, while the ENTJ’s dominant is Extroverted Thinking and inferior is Introverted Feeling. Even if they look like they don’t have much in common at first glance, they can have a compatible and harmonious relationship. These two types make for intuitive people, who rely more on inner hunches than on what their environment is telling them. In both cases, this intuition is expressed in a more self-centered kind of way. Both INFPs and ENTJs have a tendency to overlook the opinions of others, leaning toward their own intuition and moral compass at all times.

INFP vs ENTP

The ENTP personality type (also known as The Debater) is one of the most intellectually oriented personality types, who love debating and challenging concepts and ideas. These people are quick-witted and will challenge those who accuse them of being wrong, even if they are a little stunned at first that anyone could think such a thing. They are in constant pursuit of knowledge and get great satisfaction by listening to others’ points of view, and then comparing it to their own. This MBTI type is guided by the Extroverted Intuition cognitive function, which helps them process information quickly and gives them a holistic way of thinking.

INFP’s dominant function is Introverted Feeling (Fi). This cognitive function is characterized by a private and deep experience of emotions – this personality type has private values and beliefs, which they aren’t comfortable sharing with the world. They are also dedicated to what they believe in, which can make them appear emotionally closed-off and hard to understand. In most cases, they know what they want from life and are aware of where their values lie. What makes them feel best is when they stick to what they know and rarely leave their comfort zone. INFPs believe that their moral compass is unique to them and them only, and acknowledge that different people abide by different definitions of wrong and right.

INFPs and ENTPs share 2 preferences – Intuition and Perception. When compared, INFPs are significantly more sensitive and perceptive to the emotional states of other people. ENTPs stray away from such situations and take a more pragmatic and logical approach to make decisions. Both types get easily bored, but getting them out of this rut varies. For ENTPs this means trying out different things and changing their environment frequently. While for INFPs it means reconnecting with their own inner sense of value – knowing that what they are doing is true to their nature is the key to keeping them happy.

INFP vs INTJ

The INTJ personality type (also known as The Mastermind) is convinced that there is nothing that human intelligence can’t overcome. They thrive on discipline and knowledge and spend most of their time trying to improve situations based on careful analysis. INTJs are confident in their abilities, are skilled strategists, and strive for perfection. Guided by Introverted Intuition, they are gifted with both an analytical and conceptual mind that can easily interpret meaning from patterns. They enjoy exploring possibilities and reading between the lines to grasp the deeper meaning of a situation.

For INFPs, being flexible is more important than coming up with a detailed plan and sticking to it. Their natural gift for improvisation causes them to quickly adapt to any changes they are presented with, which doesn’t come as easy to an INTJ. When presented with changes, INTJs will need some time to recalibrate their plan in order to fit the new needs. Furthermore, INFPs tend to be inspired by the lack of a plan, whereas INTJs prefer an orderly and structured environment that is in line with their inner processes. One thing both types have in common is their independence and preference for working alone.

Both INFPs and INTJs share the Extroverted Thinking (Te) and Introverted Feeling (Fi) cognitive functions, however, not in the same order. Sharing an Intuition preference makes both the INFP and INTJ good at conceptual thinking, and makes them more likely to think about the future. Both types are introverted, meaning that they spend most of their time on their own or in small groups. Their approach to problems differs though. INTJs tend to be more methodical and structured, while INFPs are easily distracted and have many ideas, but also have difficulties following through. Both are naturally creative thinkers and often bring innovative ideas as solutions to problems.

INFP vs INTP

The INTP personality type (also known as The Logician) is logically inclined, and people of this type pride themselves on their rationality, intellect, and ability to offer unique solutions to problems. They don’t see much value in emotions, so it’s unrealistic to expect emotional support from them — instead, they will offer a practical solution to the problem at hand. This can make them seem cold and reserved, which they aren’t bothered by. INTPs are guided by Introverted Thinking, which makes them want to tear things apart just to see how they work. They often want to understand things completely to their core before offering advice or a solution to the problem.

INFPs are much more emotional than INTPs, which can cause confusion for the latter, as they don’t find logic in emotions. This emotional side can stay well hidden, however, since INFPs tend to be a withdrawn and private people. They also rely more on their creativity and imagination to solve issues, rather than aiming to support their ideas with logical and objective facts. When someone comes to an INFP for support, they will likely be inclined to offer supportive and empathetic understanding, rather than try to solve the problem straight away. To them, being seen as a safe haven and someone to count on for emotional help is more important than giving cold and logical – though admittedly helpful – advice.

INTPs and INFPs have plenty in common – considering they share 3 preferences. They both are inclined to follow their gut feeling and withdraw into themselves. Both rely on their intuition and like to improvise, rather than follow a concrete, set plan. However, INTPs don’t understand emotionality and don’t see any use for it, while INFPs don’t understand acting on pure logic and consider it cold and insensitive. However, both of these personality types are incredibly curious about the world around them and seek to understand it better – they just have different methods of doing so.

INFPs and NF Temperament Types

NF empath temperament types (ENFP, ENFJ, INFP, and INFJ) are driven by Intuition and Feeling preferences. These personality types are empathetic, generous and project deep emotions. One of their biggest aspirations is to know themselves better and be accepted for who they are. They are good at sensing and identifying the feelings of those around them, and are caring individuals. Something that often guides NF’s is their natural idealism and unique perception of the world. They will protect and stand up for their values, as well as for causes they believe in. INFPs are also a part of this temperament type.

INFP vs ENFJ

The ENFJ personality type (also known as The Guide) is warm, passionate, and charismatic. These people like to help others reach their full potential because they believe in the people around them. Others are in turn inspired by ENFJs’ passion and idealism and are eager to follow them. ENFJs are deeply caring and affectionate, with excellent language skills, which make it easy for their messages to be properly understood. They are guided by Extroverted Feeling, which means that other people’s feelings resonate strongly with them. It also means that they place more importance on their personal thoughts about a topic, rather than on objective facts when a decision needs to be made.

INFPs are also compassionate and caring, having the great ability to empathize deeply with others. They have a similar inspiring trait as ENFJs, which can easily get people to follow their idealism. Just like ENFJs, INFPs are used to tuning into other people. They can empathize so well, they can find themselves carrying other people’s burdens. Both types are emotional, however, INFPs don’t like expressing themselves openly and instead are likely to go unnoticed. They also have trouble staying in the present moment, unlike ENFJs.

INFPs and ENFJs have a lot in common – given that they share the same temperament type. However, they do have some differences. The main one is that while ENFJs like surrounding themselves with people, this is something that drains INFPs out and they need their solitude. This doesn’t make INFPs less caring towards people, they simply need more alone time to recharge and reflect on their experiences in peace. Both types can sometimes ignore their own emotions and feelings, as they are too focused on people around them. This can cause them to get hurt if they aren’t careful.

INFP vs ENFP

The ENFP personality type (also known as The Optimist) is energetic, idealistic, and creative. These people always know how to make an impression and are filled with good intentions about everyone around them. They aren’t judging and instead embrace the uniqueness of the character of everyone they meet. ENFPs are prone to feeling bored, which is why they need constant excitement in their lives to feel happy and fulfilled. Given that they can connect to others easily, they have no problem finding friends anywhere they go, but they also prioritize having deep and meaningful connections.

Even though they only differ by their energy preference, ENFPs and INFPs are very different. ENFPs appear more relaxed and it’s easy for them to feel comfortable in a new environment. They are more forgiving when it comes to criticism and aren’t that likely to take others’ words to heart. INFPs, on the other hand, are more self-reliant and independent than ENFPs, who can’t stay alone for too long. ENFPs also are more accepting of others – some more active and competitive types can make INFPs feel uneasy.

INFPs and ENFPs might come from the same temperament type, but the difference in how they project their energy is significant. Even if they share a sensitive and caring side, INFPs tend to keep more to themselves and explore others from afar, while ENFPs prefer to jump in the action and make up their mind about people up close. Another big difference between them is their tolerance for conflict and criticism – while ENFPs aren’t fond of either, they can handle them, whereas INFPs can get emotionally hurt if put in such a situation.

INFP vs INFJ

The INFJ personality type (also known as The Sage) is gentle, idealistic, and sensitive. The rarest of personality types is filled with good intentions about everyone around them – they believe that their positivity and love can make a positive change in the world. Sometimes they can be so caring for others that they forget to take care of themselves. Guided by Introverted Intuition as their dominant cognitive function, a prominent INFJ trait is to place heavy emphasis on what their own inner compass tells them. The INFJ relationship with their intuition is close – they will follow it past the point of stubbornness.

INFPs and INFJs are similar personalities, to the point that it’s difficult to tell them apart. However, INFJs are more aware of other people’s feelings, rather than their own. This is because of their Extroverted Feeling function, which makes them incredibly empathic and sensitive to outside emotions. They are also more analytical and seek to gain deeper insights into subjects. They like to read about psychology, spirituality and personal growth, while INFPs are more interested in exploring the human condition. They are more likely to try to get a deeper understanding of the character’s motivations and desires, instead of focusing too much on the plot.

In a lot of ways INFPs and INFJs may come across as identical personality types, but they differ on a lot of levels. On a surface level, INFJs seem organized and structured, however, inside they might struggle to feel “together.” This is because of their dominant Introverted Intuition, which makes their internal landscape more perceiver-like. On the other hand, INFPs come across as flexible and relaxed on the outside, but on the inside, they’re more rigid and structured, which are typical Judging characteristics.

As you can see, it’s easy for INFPs to connect to nearly any other MBTI type. Given that they are non-confrontational and are accepting of others despite their differences, it’s easy to see how most people can find a sense of comfort in them. If you want to learn more about the potential INFP relationships with the other types (in terms of romance, friendship, and work), we wrote a whole article about that.