The INFP personality defines introverted, intuitive, sentimental and perceptive people. According to Carl Jung, they would be profiles endowed with great sensitivity, creativity and independence and that also present a high idealism. They are close, compassionate and are defined as healers because they care about their own personal growth and in turn favor that of others.
When we read the book of the Psychological Types of Carl Jung and his theories about personality, we appreciate a breakthrough in his time. At a time when psychology was still in his teens, the famous Swiss psychiatrist wanted to lay the foundations of a personality model based on a singular and revolutionary approach at the same time.
He introduced the concepts of introversion and extraversion. However, he established these dimensions as the result of a continuum, where other subjective and perceptive phenomena can be intermingled in turn. Starting from this, we understand that nobody is properly “introverted” or “extroverted”, we are all within a spectrum where we define more dynamics, entities and features.
In this way, his theory of personality, defined in eight typologies, would give rise decades later to the one known as the Myers-Briggs indicator (1944), where up to 16 subtypes were determined. Thus, and despite the fact that these models lack the popularity of others based on popular instruments, such as Raymond Cattell’s 16 PF, it should be noted that for the field of personal growth there is still a high interest rate.
Studies, like the one carried out by David J. Pittenger (Marshall University), in Virginia, for example, show us that it is a very suitable tool to favor self-reflection. Knowing each one of its typologies is never too much, so in this article we are going to make an interesting trip through them.
“The privilege of a life is to become who you really are.”
What characteristics define the INFP personality?
The INFP personality, according to the Myers-Briggs model, is the result of the interaction of four basic dimensions:
- By the way he uses and channels his energy, his attention, thoughts and interaction ⇒ introverted.
- The way you process your reality, in which you draw conclusions and appreciate the small details ⇒ intuitive.
- Also, the way the INFP personality makes its decisions is through ⇒ the feelings.
- When it comes to organizing and responding to their environment, it does so through spontaneity and always relying on a basic dimension ⇒ perception.
This type of profile responds therefore to the acronym INFP (Introverted-iNtuitive-feeling-perceptive). Thus, the creators of this measurement tool, Katharine Briggs and Isabel Meyer, defined it in turn as the healing typology. They did not refer to it as a type of personality oriented to medicine. In reality, they are idealistic people, highly involved in generating happiness, in favoring their own and others’ personal growth.
Let’s see, therefore, those characteristics that define them.
They are idealists, they see good in the world
The idealists of mind and heart do not abound in excess. Hence, the authors of this scale indicate that this sixth typology within the Myers-Briggs model, defines only 4% of the population.
They are people who live by their ideals, who trust in the natural goodness of the world.
Now, that idealism is by no means passive. This profile is also characterized by a firm but silent commitment. That is, they do not stop being introverted people. There are not many who therefore know the depth of their ideals and personal commitments.
They do not hesitate to trace their personal path based on these principles, even though many do not fully understand or truly know them.
Ethical and compassionate
Your sense of ethics is very high. They are very clear about what is good and what is not, and they do not hesitate to always be faithful to their beliefs. Now, they are not “banner” people. They exercise respect, compassion and attention for others through simple but always profound acts. They generate a good from calm and absolute discretion.
We could say that the INFP personality usually traces a life plan from its own heart. They are sensitive people, but sure of themselves. They are introverted and reserved men and women, but never undecided when it comes to making decisions. They do it through intuition, they trust their inner voice and they do it, also, because they are idealists, because they believe that the world, in its purest essence, is noble and good.
Artistic, sensitive, careless
The INFP personality is usually oriented towards art, writing, photography, as well as any artistic expression in which the person can express their emotions, ideals and that inner, confident and optimistic world.
They are, in turn, very sensitive profiles with everything that surrounds them. They appreciate the details, the sensations, they know how to connect with people in a very simple and magical way at the same time. They are not great conversationalists, but they are very good at listening, supporting and being when they are really needed.
On the other hand, it should be noted that they like to act instinctively. They do not have to plan things in advance, carry agendas, schedule tasks, keep an order with their belongings and objects. Hence, often, those people with homes and cabinets are somewhat disordered because they prioritize other things.
As we see the INFP personality is defined above all by his confident idealism, his goodness and artistic interests. Hence, often, one of the phenomena that most often suffer these people are disappointments. Feeding and sustaining expectations about the world and those who inhabit it also cause them to suffer disappointments. The model of the psychological types of Carl Jung, and especially, the Myers-Briggs indicator, are resources that are within our reach and that, at least, are curious.