INFP – The Fairy Archetype
A fairy is a private, empathetic, and shy archetype, associated with magical powers, healing powers, and a deeper understanding of nature and of life.
The Philosopher, The Counsellor, The Reporter, The Catalyst, The Advisor, The Dreamer
Introverted iNtuition, Introverted Feeling, Feeling Perceiving, iNtuitive Perceiving
Variation, Honesty, Empathy, Originality
Sensitive, Contemplative, Modest, Scattered
Existential Intelligence, Intropersonal Intelligence, Listening Intelligence, Change Intelligence
How To Become A Fairy
If you want to become self-actualised as an INFP personality type, you must take a step back from the world and all its stress and demands. Look inside, instead of outside. Awaken and reclaim your boundaries. Stop pouring yourself into work and stop chasing status. Inside the INFP, rests an artistic, creative, and empathetic mind.
But many INFPs may feel weak or powerless, too caught up in the system and the demands of society. It is a struggle for INFPs to find themselves in this society. INFPs are modest individuals, open-minded, and ready to listen and to reason with the people around them. They are also honest and capable of expressing truths most people miss.
INFP Cognitive Functions
Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling and Perceiving.
Advisor types (IP)
INFPs prefer an Advisor style of processing information, focusing on how to define and how to understand information, and how to use this information to improve the current situation. They dislike management and execution.
Idealist types (NF)
INFPs prefer idealistic over practical values, favouring dreaming, ideals, values, and questions of what things could be at their best. They dislike practical considerations, such as what works realistically, or what tends to usually give the necessary results.
Introverted iNtuition (IN)
INFPs prefer a philosophical and existential style of reasoning centring on formulating questions about the world such as “‘why are we here?”and “what am I?'” and shy away from surface appearances and extraverted sensing.
Introverted Feeling (IF)
INFPs prefer a personal or subjective evaluation style in which they reflect on why people do what they do, and what intentions are behind peoples actions. They prefer this over considering people’s status, power, or practical accomplishments.
Feeling Perceiving (FP)
INFPs also favor a honest and modest reasoning style, focusing on their personal belief system and how they see the world from a subjective point of view. They prefer this over considering the systems and the laws around them.
Intuitive Perceiving (NP)
INFPs finally appreciate a creative and change-oriented action, in which they make decisions and take initiative in relation to what is happening around them. This somewhat rebellious and contrarian drive is prioritised over adjusting to or adhering to traditions and routines.
INFP Body Language
INFPs tend to have a modest and open-minded expression, jaws slightly pulled back, showing openness to listen and to hear people out. It can look as if the INFP is a reporter interviewing you at times. Their expression tends to be empathetic and understanding, and they often appear sensitive and considerate when they speak. INFPs tend to have dreamy, relaxed squints, but when their eyes are more open, they can appear overwhelmed and restless. Their gaze is open and their eyes tend to dance around as they explore options and potential.
INFP Enneagram Types
INFP-1 The Lie Detector
The INFP perfectionism is mostly manifested in wanting the reality to adhere to your personal fantasy, wanting everything to be as you dream it to be, and becoming easily disappointed if your present situation doesn’t line up with how you want it to be.
INFP-2 The Counsellor
When an INFP pours themselves into taking care of other people and of making other people depend on them, INFPs become too preoccupied with instructing and trying to push people to jump for new opportunities. The INFP-2s struggle with frustration because people won’t go for what the INFP-2 has laid out for them.
INFP-3 The Zealot
INFP-3s pour themselves into empathetic work and service for those that need, evaluating and gaining insight into peoples needs and how people feel. INFP-3s often gravitate towards works in therapy and counselling, where helping others tends to come at the expense of personal ideas and dreams.
INFP-4 The Artist
INFP-4s struggle with feeling like outcasts because of their unique cultural expression, how they dress, speak, or live and conduct themselves ethically. Their personal choices may make them feel vulnerable around others, making them fear to be bullied or picked on or rejected. INFP-4s simultaneously struggle with feeling like everyone is looking at them and that everyone is trying to control them.
INFP Muse – The Scribbler
INFP-5 The Analyst
INFPs in Enneagram 5 can struggle with feeling weak, because they lack the status, and don’t work as hard as everyone else. They struggle with pushing themselves to achieve and to accomplish and feel that they need to change, get a vision, ambition, and respect from others.
INFP-6 The Collaborator
INFPs in Enneagram 6 are primarily concerned with collaborating with others, having people they can play with, but worry that they are too flighty, too scattered, and too disorganised. They make up for this by pushing themselves to be tough and strong for everyone else, to try to take on responsibility and status, to make more material wealth to keep them safe.
INFP-7 The Brainstormer
INFP Explorers are the Wandering Spirits, on a personal search for meaning and for answers and truth. The INFP-7 rejects their personal answer to a question, and wants to know what is objectively true and what they can verify, but this answer is always changing, making them struggle with restlessness and confusion.
INFP Warrior The Catalyst
INFP-8 The Truth Teller
The INFP-8 asks many questions and interrogates the people around them, searching answers and checking up on people to know that they can be trusted and that they are loyal. They feel responsible for everyone around them, and feel a need to make sure that everyone always has new opportunities and that everyone feels a part of the group.
INFP-9 The Listener
The INFP-9 leads with their feeling perceiving, feeling that it is an ethical compass and wanting to abide by and to live by this compass. The INFP-9 spends a lot of time listening to and getting information about others, knowing what people like and dislike, in order to avoid upsetting anyone.
INFP Hero The Free Speaker
INFP-So The Codecracker
INFP-Sos feel that their personal and idealistic nature will make them alienated from their community, and does their best to hide it.
INFP-Sx The Philosopher
The INFP-Sx is full of questions and insight and constantly seeks new and deeper insight into life and to the people around them. They are often preoccupied with some kind of mystery, and their lack of understanding keeps them from formulating personal opinions and knowing who they are in relation to it.
INFP-Sp The Doctor
INFPs can lose themselves in their empathy and struggle to set boundaries and to explain their personal needs. They become preoccupied with providing what other people need, and with always understanding and accepting the people around them. This can come to the expense of denying their personal needs and struggling to assert what they believe or feel is right personally.
INFP Protector The Historian