INFJ Personality Traits
Cognitive functions in flow
Introverted iNtuition, Introverted Feeling, Feeling Judging, iNtuitive Judging
INFJ Personality Type Description
I’ve been digging into the INFJ personality type for more than eight years. I would sum up our type as, at its best, one of the most private, independent, sensitive, and giving types. As an INFJ, your primary struggle is overcoming the idea that being sensitive is the same as being weak. INFJs can feel easily sidelined and ignored.
As an INFJ, you tend to feel on the whole that your voice and our opinions are discarded because we’re not as fierce or hot-headed or tough as others. We’re kind and generous and put others before ourselves, and can easily feel that our kindness is being taken for granted. We’re highly focused and long-term thinkers, and we can dedicate ourselves to working on projects for a long time, and can easily feel that we are stuck or getting nowhere with it.
So as soon as you find out you are an INFJ, your first mission is to find a way to get past all of this. The initial assumption is, you’ve got to toughen up, stop being so sensitive, start putting out more energy, and get out of your house more. I’d hold back that impulse for now. Neojungian typology is all about helping you find and maintain a healthy flow and learning to use your natural energy and interests to your own advantage. First, let’s talk about what you need to succeed and maintain your flow as an INFJ.
The INFJ Primary Needs
At your worst, you’ll be spending a long time focusing and putting your mind to work on an idea, getting nowhere. You’ll feel stuck on a puzzle you can’t unscramble. You’ve probably felt more than once that you ended up putting a lot of energy into helping or supporting someone who ended up taking you for granted.
At work, you may feel more easily sidelined by more naturally competitive and boastful types. Because you’re soft-spoken, others may think you are less sure of yourself than what you actually are. So let’s talk about the primary needs of the INFJ personality type.
Diverse and varied environments open to change are going to be the primary fuel for your creativity. If your environment contains a lot of novelty, new discovery, changes and possibilities, that’s going to be of help for you. These kinds of environments can unscramble your mind and keep you from getting stuck on this one big possibility.
Ideally, you will want to be in a relaxed environment where people are honest and authentic, and where things grow and develop naturally. If people can tell you what really is wrong and what they need, you’ll be able to be more helpful, and you’ll also feel more useful and valued. INFJs may be more emotionally reserved and cautious and slow to open up, but in a more loving, supportive, and appreciative environment you’ll have a more easy time opening up.
Novelty, variation, honesty, and affection are the code words that will trigger your mind and will help you get into a position of flow. Tradition, routine, professionalism, and critical environments are going to slowly drain you of energy, causing you to lose your fire and spark. Thinking about this, make necessary changes in your life to ensure that you can get an environment that supports your INFJ primary needs.
INFJ Body Language
Thoughtful, preoccupied, cunning eyes. A caring, warm, sometimes silly smile. INFJs tend to have a warmth that comes from their jaws and grows upwards towards the cheeks. Their smiles and facial expressions start in the middle of their face, eyes focused, expanding outwards.
The speech tone of the INFJ gives the impression that the INFJ is thinking while talking, their speech pattern more slow and cautious. The rhythm is slowly racing or slowly dropping, as if they are holding a careful monologue. INFJs make naturally good communicators and listeners. Their voice can sound sometimes sensitive or fragile, it has more deep emotion yet little warmth. It’s emotionally directive and caring.
Cognitive functions In Flow
In flow, the INFJ is a type that pulls on both introverted iNtuition and Introverted Feeling, as well as Feeling Judging and iNtuitive Judging. In stress, rather, they will worry about Extroverted Sensing and Extroverted Thinking, and stress about Thinking Perceiving and Sensing Perceiving.
Introverted iNtuition is what makes the INFJ appear like a sage, while Feeling Judging makes them look like a caregiver or helper. The iNtuitive and Judging function is mostly channeled to bring about a vision or push towards an idea, while Introverted Feeling is used to listen and to reflect and gain emotional perspective of a situation.
We all have blocks and thinking patterns that block us from being ourselves and from expressing who we are. There are sixteen subtypes of INFJs, all use the same functions, but in different ways. Some favour intuition and judging, and are highly visionary.
Others tend to roll the most with introverted intuition, and seem more philosophically inclined. You may have met others that are more focused on kindness and diplomacy, focusing on being a good influence to the community around them. And of course, you may have met INFJs that are more inclined towards harmony, and towards intropersonal pursuits, harmony, and living in tune with ones values.
The utopians strive for harmony in their life. They are introspective individuals that value self-awareness. They seek daily to find greater peace and acceptance. They wonder what it means to be human and how to be happy. They may struggle with being avoidant, ignoring their vision or postponing it because they fear disrupting the balance they have worked so hard towards. They’re naturally good communicators, but have a lot of work to do when it comes to maintaining independence and focus.
The Sages are thoughtful and contemplative individuals. They can appear detached and distanced from others. They struggle to build relationships with others. They are very observant and wise but somewhat isolated. Often, they live life from books and their studies, rather than directly engaging the real world. They’re naturally excellent in academic and complex fields but need to work on integrating their more caring and supportive side, opening up more to others.
The Givers are considerate and kind and work hard to take care of the people around them. Their focus is on what they can do to make others happy. They believe in self-control and in doing what is best for everyone. Their focus is on the group and they tend to be very nurturing and supportive. They’re naturally supportive and helpful types, but need to work on developing their intellectual traits more.
The Magicians are focused on their visions and ideas, sometimes becoming obsessive about a future possibility. They live to impress and surprise and tend to be highly original individuals. Their goal is to practice independence and to go their own way, showing people another way or a different way to do things. They’re excellent entrepreneurs and visionaries but struggle to communicate their vision to others and often feel misunderstood.