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INFJ at a glance

People with INFJ preferences are generally compassionate and creative. Some even say they’re quietly inspiring. They tend to enjoy helping others grow and develop. They’re typically idealistic and love to let their imaginations run free. People often see them as sensitive and reserved.

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INFJs at their best

People with INFJ preferences see the meaning and connections between ideas, relationships, and interactions. They love symbolism and metaphors. They generally have a lot of empathy for others and tend to be compassionate and sympathetic—their feelings can be intense. They encourage harmony and are good at motivating others.

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INFJs and stress

People with INFJ preferences get stressed by conflict, indecision, or too much noise. They dislike negativity from others, criticism of their ideas, and anything that disrupts the harmony around them.

When they’re stressed, they may start to feel that everyone is against them and withdraw emotionally. At times of extreme or prolonged stress, they tend to fixate on details they normally wouldn’t notice and may start to overindulge in activities such as eating, cleaning, or exercise.

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INFJs and relationships

People with INFJ preferences tend to have a gift for intuitively understanding relationships and complex meanings. They often have a lot of empathy for others, allowing them to easily understand the feelings of their partner, peers, family, and friends. They’re sometimes seen as private or mysterious, but often friendly to those they’ve just met. However, they’ll only share their complex inner thoughts with people they’re close to.

INFJs at work

People with INFJ preferences often enjoy work that helps people. They like designing innovative programs and creating new approaches, but they’re also motivated by helping others develop. They usually work well in a positive, friendly environment where they can set their own schedules to allow them to fully explore and organize their ideas—they need quiet time to do their best work! Despite their independence, they like to have opportunities to share their work and collaborate with others. They’re likely to be attracted to careers in teaching, social good, and the arts.

They tend to rely on hunches and trust their instincts. After they’ve thought something through, they’ll share their plans or ideas with others on a need-to-know basis. It can be difficult to change their minds on something they’ve already committed to. They’re motivated to make a difference in the world, often one person at a time.

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