INFPs are philosophers, artists, reporters, and catalysts. They have an open, flexible mind, able to reflect on any possible future or unknown event. Their minds are disorganized, associative, and creative. They can understand other people’s many possible intentions and meanings. They are always unique and quirky without any effort. They are advisors that can always give feedback on other people’s decisions. They are idealistic, always seeking wisdom, freedom, and peace.
Meet the INFP
INFPs are blessed with the perspective of a healer. Their primary desire to remain pure and true to themselves and their own way. Gifted with the ability of deep storytelling, they can introspect on people’s hidden actions, quirks, and intentions. INFPs are highly perceptive, and when they look at a person, they see more than most.
With skill, INFPs are gifted at telling people’s true intentions. INFPs constantly process social situations, experiences, art, and music with the goal to understand the true essence of living things. This skill can be boosted with emotional intelligence, making it quicker, and more nuanced. Gifted with the ability to on a finer level spot disharmony, conflicts, and dishonesty, INFPs have a more sensitive compass than most.
When it comes to social situations, INFPs remember more than most and silently process the many experiences they’ve had. With time, this can teach them alot about how people work. They can over time become very savvy with a culture, mastering it’s many hidden layers. INFPs walk around with their entire known world inside them, as well as the sum total of all the books they’ve read and all the dreams they’ve had and this helps them in every decision they make.
An INFP can feel if something is off with a person. They can spot a bad meaning in a choice of words, or in a social environment. But the more difficult question for an INFP is to find out what exactly is off with it. Often, the inner world of an INFP is highly complicated. They juggle many different, often contradictory instincts and impulses. Their mind is often highly visual, full of symbolism, metaphors, and analogies. But on the outside, they can often appear calm and emotionally contained. Only very little of an INFPs inner emotions leak out and can be seen on the outside. Most of the feelings, impressions, and experiences of an INFP occur first on the inside.
It’s often hard to give immediate, exact feedback with this process. Often an INFP has to process what they feel and what they experienced before they can talk about it. INFPs can rely on their gut judgement even to solve problems in traditionally logical fields, such as maths. While logic is often favored, remember that the gut represents your body’s and your minds more unconscious and subjective reasoning. What matters is that you get the right result, not how you get there.
This can make the type a potentially talented artist, musician, or writer, should they wish to develop those abilities. But INFPs are perhaps even more common in more evaluative and craftsy fields, where they can work on smaller social causes or missions. They are often functioning as the advisor of their friends, family, and coworkers. A hidden superpower is their unexpected knack for detailed and rigorous work, but this ability is often limited to a particular field they are passionate about.
Beyond the desire to maintain purity and harmony, is a silent call to go on adventures. Adventures are the primary source of growth for an INFP. An INFP who expresses their inner curiosity and who is open to new possibilities can truly go anywhere in life. As an INFP, if you find yourself dreaming about something, remember, your dreams are a reflection of some urge or desire in you.
If you explore these dreams, there is a high chance for growth and increased self-awareness. The main thing stopping an INFP from following this call is past negative experiences. INFPs can get stuck in the past and they can get too set in their blueprint of how the world should look and be. Things rarely go according to plan, life is messy, and that’s okay. Life can only move forward. But remember, you don’t have to change everything at once.
The INFP Subtypes
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The INFPs four intelligences
You will spend your entire life exploring this function, and it will be important to you throughout your entire journey. It represents your ego, your dreams, your conscious experience of “you”. This function is about asserting yourself as a unique person in this world and walking your own journey, being true to yourself. This function is what you love.
This is how you grow and how you improve as a person. Whenever you engage in this function, you’re taking on challenges in life. You’re adding pressure on yourself, and you are in the pursuit of growth and learning opportunities. This function also represents your expectations and the standards you set yourself to.
This function helps you bring balance between your expectations and what you aspire towards, and who you are and your most basic desires. This function also represents a secret superpower within a limited field, something you have an unexpected knack for as a hobby.
This function represents your opposing values, the things you find the most tedious and annoying, but which you must sometimes rise up to deal with even if you dislike it. Most of the time, you should avoid making this function a too big influence on your life and your decisions.