INFJ – The Philosopher

Leader (IJ)Visionary (NJ)Philosopher (IN)
Idealist (NF)Diplomat (FJ)Artist (IF)

INFJ Personality Type Description

The INFJ personality type brings together independent and original spirits (NJs) that seek to make their own way in life. Become anxious and overwhelmed if they can’t live up to the vision they foresee. Always remaining kind, good-natured and compassionate as they do. (FJ) Sometimes forget their own emotional boundaries as they do, giving at the expense of their own needs. Sometimes feel that the system is rigged against them, and that their kindness won’t matter in the long run.

It connects to people with an idealistic and dreamy mindset that can’t seem to be snuffed out (NF). A dreamy worldview that makes them prone to melancholy in times when life doesn’t match up to their dreams. People who seem understanding and accepting towards all kinds of people. (IF) but sometimes too forgiving and accommodating. And sometimes distrustful of their own understanding – prone to doubting their own intuition about a situation or a person.

The INFJ is a private and philosophical type (IN) that struggles to take time to themselves, becoming prone to being overwhelmed by the world, or running away from the world altogether. At the same time a potential leader and frontrunner of vision and wisdom (IJ) when they are able to truly trust themselves and to let go of doubt.

Cognitive functions




Introverted sensing (IS)


Introverted intuition (IN)


Introverted intuition (EN)

A feeling that you don’t have the time to think and that it’s better to stick to what you already know.
Enneagram So, 2, 3

A head full of theories and insights to the world. An ability to see the bigger picture. Amused and at peace. 
Enneagram Sx, Sp, 7, 

An understanding that there is something you’ve missed, a pattern you’ve failed to consider.
Enneagram 5, 8, 6

Thinking Judging (TJ)

<- Disagreeableness

Feeling Judging (FJ)

-> Carelessness

Feeling Perceiving (FP)

A feeling that something is in the way of you being kind – you can’t do the right thing because that’s not how the system works.
Enneagram 1, 7, 6

A kind, diplomatic and helpful mindset, awareness of the people and of humanity, and a feeling of compassion towards people.

Enneagram 9, 8, 2

A feeling that you’re not honest enough and that you need to start speaking out more about how you really feel.

Enneagram Sp, 3, 4

Introverted Thinking (IT)

<- Disagreeableness

Introverted Feeling (IF)


Extraverted Feeling (EF)

An inability to trust your own understanding and a need to prove your own insight before you can act on it. I may feel this way, but if I can’t prove it, there’s no point.

Enneagram 7, Sx, So

A sense of understanding of people and of life, an ability to see people’s purpose and true nature. An ability to act on your understanding.

Enneagram 2, 3, Sp

A feeling that you need to understand something or go deeper into something. Feeling like there’s something wrong or something ugly in you to confront.

Enneagram 4, 9, 8

Sensing Judging (SJ)


Intuitive Judging (NJ)


Intuitive Perceiving (NP)

You’ve seen something, but you don’t have time to explore it because there’s a bunch of chores that you must complete before you can do it. 

Enneagram 1, 9, 2

A sense of purpose and vision that drives you forward – you’ve seen something bad that must be stopped, or you’ve seen something important that you must pursue.

Enneagram 6, 7, 8

A sense of confusion about your purpose and vision – where is it leading? What if it turns into a wild goose chase? Will it really come true or did I miss something?

Enneagram Sp, 5, Sx

INFJ Big 5 Profile

INFJs can be either reserved or outgoing, open or close-minded, conscientious or careless, or agreeable or disagreeable depending on their level of development.

Outgoingness / Reservedness

INFJs can appear reserved if they don’t get their much needed alone time and privacy. Long-term overwhelm and pressure to be on for other people, can make INFJs close off, becoming less interested in talking with people. 

Openness / Close-mindedness

When INFJs don’t have independence and freedom to walk their own path, and when INFJs don’t get the privacy they need to consider the bigger picture, INFJs tend to become more close minded and less interested in new information and change.

Conscientiousness / Carelessness

INFJs that feel blocked from showing compassion and can’t maintain their independence tend to become more lazy and careless.

Agreeableness / Disagreeableness

When INFJs lose trust in themselves and their own personal understanding and doubt their own compassion and kindness, they become more inclined to act outside of their ethics.

Stability / Neuroticism

We become more stable when we overall find more positive outlets for our values and our needs and environments that help us thrive.

INFJ Subtypes

We all have blocks and thinking patterns that block us from being ourselves and from expressing who we are. These are twelve patterns that I’ve identified through using the Enneagram.

INFJ-1 (—+)

INFJ-1s seek to enforce boundaries on their visions and ideals for humanity, forcing themselves to be pragmatic and to set rules and objective principles for how they can best serve the people around them. Struggle with perfectionism and try too hard to meet external standards, to prove their worth by playing the game and accepting the rules of the system.

INFJ-2 (+-++)

INFJ-2s show kindness and forgive and understand others at the expense of themselves. Struggle to set boundaries and become easily drained by others. Stop themselves from following their own vision, because they feel too busy doing chores and services for other people. Hide their original and private nature to avoid alienating the people they care about. 

INFJ-3 (+-+-)

Grow up not feeling seen or heard. Want people to notice them and so work hard to be funny, entertaining, and popular. Repress their original selves, becoming social chameleons, whatever will please the crowd in the moment. Understand what people want and give it at expense of themselves. Force themselves to be positive to cheer up others. Feel there is something wrong with themselves that must change. Too focused on others.

INFJ-4 (–+-)

Grow up feeling alone and like outcasts. Want to find a place where they can be accepted. Feel there is something wrong with themselves they must change, and that keeps them from expressing themselves to others. Hide their private self around other people. Put on a surface personality that they hate in groups and count the minutes until they can escape to a private sphere where they can be themselves again. 

INFJ-5 (-+–)

Struggle with feeling inadequate or not good enough at what they do. Work hard to gain the knowledge and skills to succeed in life. Constantly seek awareness, but believe truth to be harsh and often focus on the negative or dark. Very self-critical and focused on how valuable they are to the world, and how well they perform. 

INFJ-6 (-+-+)

Grow up in insecure environments with no sure role or position in the group. Want to be safe and to prove their worth so they can feel safe. Want to ensure a negative vision doesn’t come to pass and work to maintain their independence. Become overwhelmed by the vision they see and anxious – feeling they can’t meet up to it’s demands.

INFJ-7 (++-+)

Struggle with boredom and understimulation and easily feel restless. Pick the easy and swift path forward and try to do what is smart and according to the rules to propel themselves to success and fun situations faster. Somewhat reject their more private feelings and beliefs and easily begin to feel unfulfilled by their experiences.

INFJ-8 (-+++)

Often struggle with not feeling heard and appreciated when they are trying to do the right thing. Struggle with feeling powerless. Worry there is something wrong with them or that they’ve missed something but push themselves to show a kind and courageous front to rally people behind anyways. Try to be strong and to be an example for others but feel frustrated by their lack of progress.

INFJ-9 (–++)

Try to be kind and diplomatic but struggle with sweeping their own true thoughts under the rug, hiding and compromising themselves to be what humanity and the people around them need them to be. Adapt to the moment and discipline themselves to show a positive and cheery front while struggling with anxiety and anger underneath the surface. 

INFJ-So (+—)

INFJs that struggle to fit in and feel accepted may find a higher need to accommodate other people. Become whatever people need them to be – completely focused on how others see them, what other people think about them. Struggle with shame and anxiety over how they appear to others and work to change themselves to fit others opinions. True social chameleons – blend in but do not stand out.

INFJ-Sx (++–)

Private and hidden and mysterious INFJs, withdrawn into themselves and their own thoughts and theories, while running away from challenges and difficult situations. Focused on living an easy life of theories and existential thoughts, want to be fascinating and interesting to others, feel life is unfair and that there is no point in hard work – because it won’t lead anywhere anyways.

INFJ-Sps (+++-)

INFJs that grow up in hard and unaccommodating environments tend to feel a higher need for peace and security. Want to maintain peace and harmony in their life. Fear that truth will come to the surface and that they will be forced to take action, avoid and run away from change, and try to maintain balance and harmony in their environment.