The INFP I have encountered have appeared in four variations. The most common and the more natural variation is the healer. This INFP uses their detective function as well as their artistic intelligence. They are passionate and emotionally centered. They show exceptional clarity and high personal judgement. Read about what it means to be an INFP here.
This is the INFP at their best, but stress and anxiety can easily put this INFP off their center. To stay in this subtype, it’s important to constantly balance yourself. But you will find throughout life that you constantly have to juggle other roles and expectations, and as a result, you will probably fall into all of these infp subtypes from time to time. Hopefully these subtypes can help show that the INFP is alot more free and less constrained by their stereotypes than we think. I believe all types are capable of a lot more than what their descriptions give them credit for, and too few theories help give all the different INFP subtypes room.
Hero: Introverted Feeling & Mentor: Extroverted Intuition
They understand the deeper layers of people and understand how the world can be made a better place through subtle, personal actions. They are always scanning the world for disharmonies, and are constantly patching the world together. With their inner detective function, they spot new patterns before anyone else.
Surfing on these patterns, they are often a secret part of new change and new movements. Their influence on the world is often hidden or unknown to most people, but overtime, most people come to realize that just being around an INFP has a healing, soothing effect on them. This INFP frequently takes the time to process their life and their experiences and balances stress and anxiety well, but also has an active role in their community.
When the INFP becomes more anxious or sad, they often fall more into introverted sensing and the artist. This is one of the more common INFP subtypes.
Hero: Introverted Feeling & Sidekick: Introverted Sensing
Mistyped as: INFJ, ISFP
INFPs walk around with a map of the sum total of all their experiences, what they’ve read, seen, heard, throughout the years. By reflecting on this map, they can process their life, and their past experiences, searching answer as to who they are and what this all means. Because this subtype is often fueled by some form of anxiety, their artistic expression is often fueled by sadness or pain.
This is an INFP who seeks to preserve the past and their current connections and experiences. They fear change as it puts pressure on them, and because change risks them having to give up things that they cherish from the past. It can also be an INFP who has had a negative experience that they are currently reliving and processing with the hope of finding answers as to why it occured. Because they spend a lot of processing, they can also be very wise. They may have had negative experiences in their life but that has also taught them alot about life.
When an INFP becomes overly stressed and burdened by the expectations of the world, they fall more into the extroverted intuitive and extroverted thinking infp subtypes.
Mentor: Extroverted Intuition, Rival: Extroverted Thinking
Mistyped as: ENFP, ENTP
INFPs in this mode are highly optimistic and energetic. Keeping the groups spirits up, they charm and enthuse the group, thinking of ways to entertain and keep people engaged. These INFPs are often very quirky and playful. Their minds are quick and they are highly associative thinkers and good conversationalists. This is however a very draining role to keep up, and so, this INFP requires alot of downtime.
Still, this is a common archetype for actors, performers and people on stage. It can trigger a high amount of growth and can be a very appreciated role to step into but it can also be stressful. At times, when in this role, INFPs may compromise their own needs and their feelings to meet others expectations. While seemingly cheerful, this INFP is somewhat detached to their own emotions and their own process. They may be keeping themselves busy with work or helping others to avoid dealing with their personal situation. Sometimes the people who seem the happiest are the ones who are struggling the most on the inside.
When an INFP becomes both highly stressed and highly anxious, they may slip into the fourth of the infp subtypes: the project manager.
The Project Manager
Sidekick: Introverted Sensing, Rival: Extroverted Thinking
Mistyped as: ESTJ, ISTJ
INFPs in this role are highly rare, but rare in a world of 7.5 billion people? You may still have encountered one or two INFPs like this. Super intense, stressed to the max, and with no patience for other group members, this INFP has decided to take the project into their own hands. People have become obstacles that are more often than not in the way. With introverted sensing providing a blueprint, they want every situation to proceed exactly according to their expectations and strong standards.
While slightly neurotic, this subtype is still very assertive and dramatic. They’ve decided to shoulder the role of being executives and getting people in line and act like drill sergeants. They may frequently feel threatened by others and by being cut off and so they act to intimidate people to ensure they don’t get hurt. A motive for entering this role may be revenge for past wrongs. This is also what triggers the famous Extroverted Thinking “bitchslap”.