People with INFJ preferences are compassionate and quietly inspiring; they enjoy helping others grow and develop. They are typically idealistic as well as imaginative and visionary. They are also sensitive and reserved. Words or phrases that describe people with INFJ preferences at their best are highlighted in the MBTI® Type Head below:
People with INFJ preferences often enjoy working for organizations with a humanitarian mission and a reputation for integrity. They like designing innovative programs or services and creating new approaches, but they are also motivated by helping others develop and serving their spiritual needs. They prefer to work in a convivial environment but where there are opportunities to share their work and collaborate with others as well as work independently. In line with this desire for independence, they prefer to organize their own time, which allows them the freedom to fully develop and organize their ideas. They are likely to be attracted to jobs or careers in teaching, social work, and artistic professions.
People with INFJ preferences will often say they will get a hunch about what to do next, and after they have thought it through will share it with those who need to know. However, at that point, it can be very hard for those who disagree with them to change INFJs’ mind. They are motivated to make a difference in the world, but often one person at a time.
Jobs That Typically Appeal to INFJs
Social science research assistant
General family physician
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People with INFJ preferences make up about 1.5% of leaders globally while representing about 2% of the general population.* But just because not a lot of people prefer INFJ in leadership positions does not mean they cannot make outstanding leaders. Their preferences may help them recognize long-term, big-picture possibilities as well as how their decisions affect others.
*Note: Global leadership sample includes 960,000+ supervisors, managers, and executives; global sample representing the general population includes 21,000+ individuals. See Introduction to Myers-Briggs® Type and Leadership (2015).
Inspiration for the Future
NF individuals tend to consistently bring future-oriented development and inspiration of people.
In their day-to-day, NF leaders are likely to excel at:
People with INFJ preferences will typically become stressed by the factors highlighted in the MBTI® Stress Head above. During initial stress they may start to think everyone is against them and then withdraw emotionally. In these circumstances they may feel physically stressed and angry, with an obsessive focus on certain details. Download and share the INFJ Stress Head to remind you (and your colleagues) about the things that stress you.
People with INFJ preferences often have a gift for intuitively understanding human relationships and complex meanings, and they often understand the feelings of their partner, peers, family members, and friends. They are sometimes seen as mysterious, as they tend to share their internal intuitions only with those they truly trust.
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People with INFJ preferences in conflict situations “harness their insights into how others operate, working toward harmony and ensuring no one is left with long-term ill effects” (Introduction to Type® and Conflict, p. 26). This can work well for them when trying to get buy-in from others during conflict. However, it could come at a cost when they are so concerned about everyone else that they don’t take care of their own needs.
The FJ conflict style of people who prefer INFJ works when they need to bring people from different points of view together, and sooner rather than later. However, this approach could fail when one person is clearly right and another is not. Being direct and to the point with specific details might require more flexing than this person is willing to do in the heat of the moment.
Who are some famous INFJs?
Unless they have taken the MBTI assessment and shared their personality type preferences, it’s impossible to know. Anything else is just speculation, and we call it “type-casting.”
Where do our data come from?
All figures and data are representative of our own assessment samples collected at the time users take the Myers-Briggs personality assessment.
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