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Personality Types

INFP Personality Type — The Dreamer

INFP Dreamers are idealistic and deeply sensitive. They are characterized by their loyal and gentle nature. Beneath their easygoing disposition runs a fixed passion for the causes they believe in and the people they selflessly care for. They are driven by their values and seek peace.

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The INFP personality type is of the NF Visionary temperament.

INFP Preferences

Preferences: Introversion (I), Intuition (N), Feeling (F), Perceiving (P)

INFPs direct their energy inward. They are energized by spending time alone. They are private and internally aware. INFPs are independent and keep to themselves most of the time. INFPs are Intuitive. They are imaginative, idealistic and creative people. They generate endless possibilities and ideas. Their thought process is profound and abstract. INFPs live in the future.

INFPs are Feelers that make decisions with their heart. They are driven by emotion. INFPs dislike conflict and are easily hurt. INFPs are random and spontaneous. They like to keep their options open and dislike feeling confined by unbending rules and schedules.

Describing an INFP

INFPs can often be described using these words.
  • Idealistic
  • Introspective
  • Future-focused
  • Easygoing
  • Independent
  • Artistic
  • Guarded
  • Meaningful
  • Warm
  • Loyal
  • Abstract
  • Imaginative
  • Intuitive
  • Empathetic
  • Private
  • Adaptable
  • Sensitive
  • Peace-loving
  • Internally aware
  • Selfless
  • Gentle
  • Creative
  • Intuitive
  • Values-oriented
  • Caring

INFPs and Relationships

INFPs are loyal, caring and warm with the people they allow into their inner circle. On one hand they are playful, fun and posses a unique sense of humor. On the other hand they are intense and serious. INFPs are generous with praise and encouragement. They look for affirmation, affection and integrity. They are good at identifying inconsistencies in themselves and others. INFPs are romantics.

INFPs and Work / Career

They work well in solitude. However, their agreeable and kind disposition allows them to work well with others. They set high standards for themselves and strive for perfection, integrity and honesty. Their job must be fulfilling and meaningful. Otherwise, they lose interest and become discouraged. They are creative and enjoy generating and working with ideas. Their life's work must fulfill their idealism.

INFP Career Matches

The following careers are possible matches for individuals with the INFP personality.
  • Activist
  • Church Worker
  • Missionary
  • Educational Consultant
  • Social Worker
  • Physical Therapist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Counselor
  • Teacher
  • Musician
  • Therapist
  • Actor/Actress
  • Artist
  • Journalist
  • Professor
  • Minister
  • Filmmaker
  • Librarian
  • Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Writer
  • Psychologist
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Social Scientist
  • Web Designer
  • Photographer
  • Human Resources
  • Video Editor
  • Holistic Health Practitioner
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Employee Development Specialist
  • Researcher
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INFPs and Learning / School

INFPs love to excel and learn. They grow restless in rigid and impersonal environments. When engaged, they can learn well on their own. Although they might pursue an educational avenue to please others, they are happiest when they are true to their own identity and sensitive nature. They have a need to create and express themselves.

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INFP Strengths and Weaknesses

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

Typical INFP Strengths

  • Loyal and devoted
  • Deep capacity to care and love
  • Warm and playful
  • Excellent at reading feelings and motives of others
  • Desires to meet the needs of others

Possible INFP Weaknesses

  • Tends to react emotionally
  • Extreme dislike of criticism
  • Tendency to blame themselves
  • Has trouble in conflict situations
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Famous INFPs

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

Famous INFP People

  • Albert Schweitzer
    Theologian, Doctor, Pianist
  • Princess Diana
    Princess of Wales
  • William Shakespeare
    Poet, Playwright
  • Henry W. Longfellow
  • A. A. Milne
    Author (Winnie the Pooh)
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Author (Little House on...)
  • Helen Keller
    Author, Activist, Lecturer
  • Fred Rogers
    Mister Rogers
  • Dick Clark
    Television Personality
  • John F. Kennedy, Jr.
    Lawyer, Publisher
  • Neil Diamond
    Singer, Musician
  • Tom Brokaw
    Television Journalist
  • Virgil
    Ancient Roman Poet
  • John
    Disciple of Jesus
  • James Taylor
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Scott Bakula
    Actor (Star Trek)
  • Lisa Kudrow
    Actress (Friends)
  • Aldous Huxley
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
    Author (Lord of the Rings)
  • Peter Jackson
    Filmmaker (Lord of the Rings)

Fictional INFP Characters

  • Calvin
    Calvin and Hobbes
  • Anne
    Anne of Green Gables
  • Doctor Julian Bashir
    Star Trek: Deep Space 9
  • Bastian Balthazar Bux
    The Neverending Story
  • E.T.
    E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • Doug Funnie
    Doug cartoon
  • Tommy Pickles
  • Rocko
    Rocko's Modern Life
  • Fox Mulder
  • Deanna Troi
    Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Wesley Crusher
    Star Trek: The Next Generation


INFP Dreamers are highly idealistic. They defend their values and do not like to have them challenged. They are catalysts for harmony and healing. Their greatest contribution is their ability to be present with another person at a deep level.

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