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Personality Types

INFJ Personality Type — The Confidant

INFJ 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 and devoted to the causes they believe in. INFJs live their life with a great sense of purpose.

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The INFJ personality type is of the NF Visionary temperament.

INFJ Preferences

Preferences: Introversion (I), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), Judging (J)

INFJs direct their energy inward. They are energized by spending time alone and have a few close friends. They are independent and deliberate. INFJs are highly intuitive and are deep thinkers. Their thought process is complex and abstract. They are idealistic and future-focused.

INFJs are Feelers that make decisions with their heart. They are empathetic, warm and caring. INFJs are often quick at their tasks and enjoy finishing them. They seek closure. INFJs lives are scheduled and structured. They have a controlled and organized nature.

Describing an INFJ

INFJs can often be described using these words.
  • Introspective
  • Caring
  • Focused
  • Empathetic
  • Independent
  • Sensitive
  • Idealistic
  • Private
  • Scheduled
  • Understanding
  • Selfless
  • Abstract
  • Gentle
  • Future-focused
  • Peace-loving
  • Encouraging
  • Complex
  • Committed
  • Purposeful
  • Intuitive
  • Organized
  • Passionate
  • Values-oriented
  • Creative
  • Quiet

INFJs and Relationships

INFJs define love in terms of emotional intimacy and shared values. They have a great need for connection while at the same time they yearn for solitude. They enjoy one-on-one interaction where they can focus on the other person and really get to know them. Of all the 16 types, INFJs are the most private and the hardest to get to know. Although they enjoy being a mystery, they also long to be known and understood.

INFJs and Work / Career

INFJs seek work that is meaningful and creates growth. They are industrious and quietly enthusiastic. While they are highly idealistic and visionary, they are also task-oriented and intense. They must have goals and are very structured about achieving them. INFJs have extremely high expectations of themselves and sometimes others.

INFJ Career Matches

The following careers are possible matches for individuals with the INFJ personality.
  • Counselor
  • Clergy
  • Therapist
  • Writer
  • Missionary
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • Educational Consultant
  • Child Care
  • Child Development
  • Church Worker
  • Teacher
  • Musician
  • Photographer
  • Professor
  • Librarian
  • Artist
  • Chiropractor
  • Actor/Actress
  • Medical Doctor
  • Alternative Medicine
  • Consultant
  • Designer
  • Human Resources
  • Marketer
  • Trainer
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INFJs and Learning / School

INFJs love to learn. Their whole existence is wrapped around growth. They are on a constant quest to improve and untangle more questions. They are gifted at deciphering the connections and profound meaning of things. They are interested in theoretical and abstract concepts that can be applied to people and relationships.

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INFJ Strengths and Weaknesses

There are strength and weaknesses that INFJs are more likely to possess than others.

Typical INFJ Strengths

  • Good at listening
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Warm, affirming and encouraging
  • Honors commitments
  • Insightful

Possible INFJ Weaknesses

  • Has trouble with conflict
  • Difficulty receiving criticism
  • Withdrawn
  • Holds back
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Famous INFJs

The following famous people and fictional characters can be classified as INFJs with reasonable accuracy.

Famous INFJ People

  • Martin Van Buren
    American President
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Nathan
    Prophet of Israel
  • Aristophanes
    Greek Dramatist
  • Chaucer
  • Goethe
  • Robert Burns
  • Fanny Crosby
    Hymn Writer
  • Shirley Temple Black
  • Michael Landon
    Actor, Writer, Director
  • Tom Selleck
  • Oprah Winfrey
    Media Proprietor, Actress
  • Billy Crystal
    Actor, Comedian
  • Garry Trudeau
    Cartoonist (Doonesbury)
  • Nelson Mandela
    President of South Africa
  • Mel Gibson
    Actor, Filmmaker
  • Carrie Fisher
    Actress, Screenwriter
  • Nicole Kidman
  • Jamie Foxx
    Actor, Musician, Comedian
  • Adam Sandler
    Actor, Comedian
  • Anthony Kiedis
    Singer (Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Fictional INFJ Characters

  • Amelie Poulain
  • Dr. Yuri Zhivago
    Doctor Zhivago
  • Luke Skywalker
    Star Wars
  • Jane Eyre
    Jane Eyre (Novel)
  • Lisa Simpson
    The Simpsons
  • Tinman
    The Wizard of Oz
  • Kermit the Frog
    The Muppets
  • George Ashley Wilkes
    Gone with the Wind
  • John Locke
  • Joe Hackett
  • Frodo Baggins
    Lord of the Rings
  • Jack O'Neill


INFJ Confidants are dreamers whose relational genius and caring nature inspire others to achieve great things. INFJs are catalysts for growth in others. Their greatest contribution is their ability to connect with the essence of others and to identify their strengths.

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