INFJ “The Guru Archetype”

Introduction to the INFJ personality type

As an INFJ, you feel the most confident and the most in flow when you have ample time for yourself, developing your own inner world and self-awareness. Still, while you value solitude, it is important for you to be a positive influence to other people. INFJs often have large scope creative projects and social ambitions that drive them to engage with the world, though ideally from behind the stage. Because of this, INFJs can best be described as gurus or spiritual leaders.

The INFJ Cognitive Functions

This INFJ cognitive function is most noticeable in philosophers, thought-shapers and wordsmiths. It helps us develop an existential awareness of the world, even of things we can’t see or touch or prove with direct evidence from our five senses.

The Healer

This INFJ cognitive function is most noticeable in doctors, healers and counsellors. It helps us understand ourselves and other people better, how we feel, think, and experience life. People who have this as a flow function often radiate confidence in themselves and a strong self-awareness.

The Giver

We most see this INFJ cognitive function in politicians, communicators, and influencers. It helps us know how to talk to and relate to other people. It reflects our ability to trust and express ourselves towards other people. INFJs tend to show confidence in their own voice and their ability to reach others and maker a difference in the community.

The Visionary

We most see this function in entrepreneurial types, visionary thinkers, and people with big, bold ideas. It helps us think of how the world as a whole could be different, so INFJs often tend to hold enigmatic or new ideas that are sometimes hard to comprehend in practical terms.

INFJ Subtypes

INFJs can be grouped into four different subtypes or flow styles depending on personal preference and development within their personality type. This subtype can be understood by looking at your strongest or most easily noticed qualities

The Introvert: Seeking balance and solitude, you are a compass with a strong sense of self and personal foundation. Introverts are often highly knowledgeable and appear very sure of themselves. They are often regarded as a compass and a source of wisdom and feedback, and people often come to you looking for answers.
The iNtuitive: Highly intelligent, this type can be considered infinitely curious. Always trying to understand life’s many mysteries. This type throws themselves into various perplexing theories and concepts, seeking to formulate and expand their awareness of the world.
The Feeler: If you’re a Feeling subtype, your primary concern is on what is ethical and what is right. Focusing on your self-awareness and time spent in introspection, you try to live in congruity with your ethics and your moral compass, living and acting in the way you feel other people should act. You want to heal yourself and the people around you and spread a positive atmosphere.
The Judger: Always focused on a big cause or social quest, your primary concern is to change and support humanity in some way. Thinking about the tribe around you, your primary focus is what you can do for others. Often, you’ve got big plans and visions for humanity as a whole.

INFJ Mental States

You switch between these four states depending on your current mood or mindset. If you feel more negative or more anxious, you drop into one of the lower mindsets, and if you feel more positive or inspired, you move up to one of the higher mindsets.

The INFJ Hero

When INFJs are in flow, they are most themselves. They show confidence in themselves and their ideas and they courageously try to make their dreams come true. They try to be a positive inspiration for other people, trying their best to guide and support others, and take pride in the good they are able to do for others. They feel whole, understood, independent, and wise.

The INFJ Adult

The INFJ adult can easily become stuck in a routine and mundane habits and activities. Because they have a strong sense of responsibility and a strong feeling of “oughts” for others, they can become preoccupied with chores and practical tasks, even though these tasks come at the expense of their intellectual projects and humanitarian needs. In times of stress, INFJs can seem narrow-minded, set in their ways, obsessive or controlling.

The INFJ Child

The INFJ child can appear more open-minded, creative, and individualistic than the normal INFJ. Less inhibited and more self-accepting, this INFJ is more open to chaos in their life, and less afraid of being their own authentic selves. The INFJ child is not afraid to be around other people, to be weird, or different. The INFJ child is quirky, free-spirited, scattered and socially open, sometimes irresponsibly so.

The INFJ Anima/Animus

The INFJ Anima/Animus gives rise to negative feelings most people will normally avoid. We are the most in our anima/animus when we are pressured or overwhelmed by a situation. We may feel anxious, tired, or we may have lost the motivation to do a task. The INFJ Anima/Animus can represent the INFJs worries of becoming lost, forgotten, or feeling invisible. It may represent a fear of being misunderstood by others or being seen as a failure.

The INFJ Dark Side

While INFJs have many talents, they also have many problems and common pitfalls. What is the INFJ dark side?

INFJs can become obsessively preoccupied by crazy ideas or insane or impossible theories or visions. They can become blinded by pride, believing they know what is best for other people. They may retreat into martyrhood, making themselves into the victims of their own good intentions, while passively blaming other people for their unhealthy behaviour and self-sacrifice. They can become silent and uncommunicative when overwhelmed.

Because of their sensitive nature, they can retreat into themselves and avoid conflicts or relationships whenever things get difficult. When overwhelmed, they can run to solitude and avoid social engagements, even at the expense of their own health and well being. Because of their judging nature they may become unresponsive to outside feedback, forgetting to listen to others around them.

The INFJ Good Side

On a more light note, INFJs tend to be known to have a positive and relaxing effect on the people around them. They make other people feel understood and seen. They help illuminate and explain difficult mysteries of the real world.

They provide spiritual guidance and enlightenment to people who feel lost. They are supportive and kind and will generally put other people before themselves. When healthy, they set a positive example for other people, showing ethical consideration, insight, and sharing unique ideas. Often, the INFJ personality type is known for their originality and for always knowing “another way” than the normal one.

Famous INFJs

Below is a list of famous INFJs from my celebrity library. Did you know INFJs are one of the most rare types I’ve come across both in popular culture and in real life?

Jonathan Safran FoerINFJObserverNavigatorBlueGreenWriter
Robert PattinsonINFJObserverReviewerBlueYellowActing
Nicholas HoultINFJObserverReviewerRedYellowActing
Soman ChainaniINFJObserverNavigatorBlueGreenWriting
Joseph Gordon LevittINFJDeciderReviewerRedYellowActing
Benedict CumberbatchINFJObserverReviewerRedYellowActing
Charlie McDonnellINFJReviewerDeciderRedYellowYoutube
Jane GoodallINFJObserverReviewerBlueYellowScience
Elizabeth OlsenINFJObserverReviewerBlueYellowActing
Ian McKellenINFJObserverReviewerBlueGreenActing

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