INFP-Personality Type

INFP-Personality Type

INFP-The Idealist

Do you know what your personality type is? I am an INFP, and I am always shocked just how well my personality-type describes me.  Most people are surprised to learn that I am an Introvert, but it’s true.  Here is the long description of an INFP. I have some links at the bottom of this post to help you find out your Personality-Type. Please, if you know it, leave your Personality type under the comments section.

An INFP, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you deal with things according to how you feel about them, or how they fit into your personal value system. Your secondary mode is external, where you take things in primarily via your intuition.

INFPs, more than other iNtuitive Feeling types, are focused on making the world a better place for people. Their primary goal is to find out their meaning in life. What is their purpose? How can they best serve humanity in their lives? They are idealists and perfectionists, who drive themselves hard in their quest for achieving the goals they have identified for themselves

INFPs are highly intuitive about people. They rely heavily on their intuitions to guide them, and use their discoveries to constantly search for value in life. They are on a continuous mission to find the truth and meaning underlying things. Every encounter and every piece of knowledge gained gets sifted through the INFP’s value system, and is evaluated to see if it has any potential to help the INFP define or refine their own path in life. The goal at the end of the path is always the same – the INFP is driven to help people and make the world a better place.

Generally thoughtful and considerate, INFPs are good listeners and put people at ease. Although they may be reserved in expressing emotion, they have a very deep well of caring and are genuinely interested in understanding people. This sincerity is sensed by others, making the INFP a valued friend and confidante. An INFP can be quite warm with people he or she knows well.

INFPs do not like conflict, and go to great lengths to avoid it. If they must face it, they will always approach it from the perspective of their feelings. In conflict situations, INFPs place little importance on who is right and who is wrong. They focus on the way that the conflict makes them feel, and indeed don’t really care whether or not they’re right. They don’t want to feel badly. This trait sometimes makes them appear irrational and illogical in conflict situations. On the other hand, INFPs make very good mediators, and are typically good at solving other people’s conflicts, because they intuitively understand people’s perspectives and feelings, and genuinely want to help them.

INFPs are flexible and laid-back, until one of their values is violated. In the face of their value system being threatened, INFPs can become aggressive defenders, fighting passionately for their cause. When an INFP has adopted a project or job which they’re interested in, it usually becomes a “cause” for them. Although they are not detail-oriented individuals, they will cover every possible detail with determination and vigor when working for their “cause”.

When it comes to the mundane details of life maintenance, INFPs are typically completely unaware of such things. They might go for long periods without noticing a stain on the carpet, but carefully and meticulously brush a speck of dust off of their project booklet.

INFPs do not like to deal with hard facts and logic. Their focus on their feelings and the Human Condition makes it difficult for them to deal with impersonal judgment. They don’t understand or believe in the validity of impersonal judgment, which makes them naturally rather ineffective at using it. Most INFPs will avoid impersonal analysis, although some have developed this ability and are able to be quite logical. Under stress, it’s not uncommon for INFPs to mis-use hard logic in the heat of anger, throwing out fact after (often inaccurate) fact in an emotional outburst.

INFPs have very high standards and are perfectionists. Consequently, they are usually hard on themselves, and don’t give themselves enough credit. INFPs may have problems working on a project in a group, because their standards are likely to be higher than other members’ of the group. In group situations, they may have a “control” problem. The INFP needs to work on balancing their high ideals with the requirements of every day living. Without resolving this conflict, they will never be happy with themselves, and they may become confused and paralyzed about what to do with their lives.

INFPs are usually talented writers. They may be awkward and uncomfortable with expressing themselves verbally, but have a wonderful ability to define and express what they’re feeling on paper. INFPs also appear frequently in social service professions, such as counselling or teaching. They are at their best in situations where they’re working towards the public good, and in which they don’t need to use hard logic.

INFPs who function in their well-developed sides can accomplish great and wonderful things, which they will rarely give themselves credit for. Some of the great, humanistic catalysts in the world have been INFPs.

What is your personalty type? I would love to see a long list of people and personality types under the comments section! If you don’t know what your personality type is I recommend the site For a brief description of the 16 personality types go to

I want to thank, and give credit to, Myers-Briggs, BSM Consulting and

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  • Katherine Sheridan

    ISTJ. Apparently I’m an analytical manager of facts and details and I’m best when charged with organizing and maintaining data and material important to others and to themselves – which is surprisingly quite true.

  • Margaret Wright

    Wait, you have to PAY for this? I’m not paying $5 for 4 letters.

  • Terry Mc

    If I remember correctly, and this was a long time ago (in my early twenties) when I took this test, I’m an ENFP. NOT surprised that I’m an extrovert, are ya? I’m wondering if I took the test today, if the answer would be different. I’ve changed a LOT in the last decade. Some good, some not so good. Still an extrovert, though. THAT hasn’t changed! I’ve always been curios to see what differences could be measured between Bonnie and I. I think she’s closer to the “J” part. Who knows…

  • Wesley

    I am also an INFP… I tested as an INTP in my early 20s and would be borderline INTJ on some tests I took, but slowly gravitated toward INFP as I opened up to my feelings and let go of my insistence of governance with logic (I was a manager for many years and often employed logic as a method of fairly applying rules and judgment on employees). I currently work to improve the natural environment for a university.

  • The Ordained Barista

    thanks for comment. Yeah, I too have gradually realized the difference between an E and an I. I used to think I was an E because I was good at “up-front” things, but I could never figure out why I was so exhausted and need to retreat to my cave to “re-juice.” What you teach sounds really interesting! Thanks for your comments and transparency!

  • Kathryn

    I am an INFP, which I understood only about 10 percent or less of the population are, so surprising that you and one other person below are as well. Maybe we’re the ones more likely to take the test, though, and who tend to weigh in on comment sections.

  • Barry Hill

    Yeah, I had heard that INFP’s are a rare bread too… not sure why this is though! Do the comments of an INFP sound like you? Some People will take the MB and then not resonate with the description! Thanks for your comments!

  • Jody Wilkinson

    Hi Barry,

    I found your blog from Michael Hyatt’s. I immediately connected with your statement about having too many ideas. Then, I found your post on being an INFP (me too). Then I started thinking, hmm an ordained barista, that sounds interesting….another idea!

    Grace and peace to you and family in this New Year. May your ideas be those that move you further into the purpose that God has for your life.


  • The Ordained Barista

    Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me a message! I was so encouraged by your comments, and always love connecting with other INFP-ers. I hope you will visit again soon!

  • Barbie

    Barry, I too found your blog through Michael Hyatt’s site.

    Thank you for this post.

    I’m an INFP also. I’ve read that it’s rarer than 10%. More like 2% (I think. But that is a pesky detail.) At one time I was in the Stephen Ministry at my church, and I thought it was so interesting (though not surprising) that the majority of us were INFPs.

    Although I have a fairly good career as a web designer, I’m still looking for my life calling. I constantly struggle with motivation. I recently finished a project for a friend with a cause I believe in — and I was much more motivated to work on that site.

    It is so true that we INFPs need to believe deeply in what we do. For me that means improving others’ lives in a meaningful way. In fact I’m searching for a way to use what I’ve learned — from life’s knockdowns — to help others.

    I yearn for a life calling.

  • Luu Kim

    I am INFP too. It is so right about me except the fact that I am a good listener, and always trying to put everybody at ease.

    Sure I am used to be like that.. I am used to be that kind of person. So much gentle that I sacrified myslef just for people’s happiness. But after that, what did I recieve? I only recieved betrayal, lost, pain. That is why I am afraid of human, I hate them, I don’t believe them. But somehow I still hope oneday I can find someone who accept me….

    I am trying, but not all of them think that I am gentle and friendly. I always try my best to hide my emotion and not to be a burden to them. But not all of them think that I am thoughtfull.

    So, that is why I don’t think that part of INFP are right to me. :)

  • Strangeinterlude1211

    A “to the T” INFP here too. No wonder I have finally decided, after all this time, to pursue the career I’ve always desired….. psychology/counseling.

  • Lylablue

    INFP – though on some tests I score just barely as an ISFP, but INFP resonates 100%

    Now if only someone could tell me who I’m looking for that wouldn’t mind that I don’t see that stain on the carpet! (’cause I’m just never going to see it you know)

  • misplacedeuropean

    INFP. Fits me to a tee. I got extremely emotional reading this!