INFP - Healer

Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceptive

 

INFPs see the patterns and trends of the world. Their abstractions act as a source of inspiration for new ideas. Artistic and imaginative, they seek novel, meaningful experiences that evoke their emotions. They engage in activities that feel right, in which they can obtain a moment of Zen. They are on a perpetual quest to identify what inspires them.

 

They genuinely care about people and are highly considerate of their feelings. INFPs are drawn to purity and beauty, and they value uniqueness and self-expression. Many INFPs create their own career path. Some become novelists, designers, and musicians. Others go into psychology or the clergy.

 

INFPs are cautious to fall in love, but once the partner has gained their trust, they will display tremendous affection, albeit indirectly. They often hold their partners on a pedestal, both morally and in their abilities. As romantics, INFPs may frequently fantasize about "ideal" relationships, wondering what else is out there. However, their deep-seated love for their partners will make them faithful and loyal.

 

Unlike Instincts compatibility, Personality compatibility is largely based on personal preference. However, general patterns do exist. Many INFPs find themselves to be most compatible with ENFJs and ESFJs. Generally speaking, they prefer long-term relationships with Feeling and Judging types. More on compatibility can be found under the "In Relationships" tab.

 

About 4% of the U.S. population is INFP.

 

 

Famous INFPs

 

A. A. Milne, author (Winnie the Pooh)

Amy Tan, author (The Joy-Luck Club)

Carl Rogers, psychologist

Fred Rogers, TV personality (Mister Rogers' Neighborhood)

Helen Keller, deaf and blind author

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet (Evangeline)

Homer, philosopher

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, First Lady

James Herriot, writer (All Creatures Great and Small)

James Taylor, singer

Julia Roberts, actor (Pretty Woman)

Laura Ingalls Wilder, author (Little House on the Prairie)

Lisa Kudrow, actor ("Phoebe" from Friends)

Neil Diamond, singer

Spiderman, fictional superhero

Tom Brokaw, news anchor

Virgil, poet

William Shakespeare, playwright

 

Fictional

 

Anne (Anne of Green Gables)

Bastian (The Neverending Story)

Calvin (Calvin and Hobbes)

Deanna Troi (Star Trek - The Next Generation)

Doctor Julian Bashir (Star Trek: Deep Space 9)

Doug Funny (Doug)

E.T. (E.T.)

Jim Halpert (The Office)

Peter Petrelli (Heroes)

Spiderman (Spiderman)

Rocko, (Rocko's Modern Life)

Tommy (Rug Rats)

Wesley Crusher (Star Trek - The Next Generation)

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while MBTI personalities determine their day-to-day interactions. Although MBTI dating is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

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Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.

INFP Personality

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With a sense of wonder, INFPs perceive the world using their intuition. Their intuition gives them the ability to see patterns and trends, acting as a source of inspiration for new ideas. Artistic and imaginative, they seek novel, meaningful experiences that evoke their emotions. They engage in activities that feel right, in which they can obtain a moment of Zen. For instance, some are known to have "goosebumps" when they listen to certain music.

 

They are on a perpetual quest to identify what inspires them, and they are constantly discovering better ways to live. They wish to perfect their ethics to find meaning in life, starting from their own lives.

 

The INFP's perception of reality is formed in a fluid, impressionistic way, rather than a linear, logical way. They downplay the validity of judgments derived from hard logic or facts unrelated to the human condition. Some are known to idealize their reality to better suit their emotions.

 

INFPs are drawn to purity and beauty. For that reason, they are highly aware of the immoral and the ugly, giving some a fascination with the profane. They seek to reconcile the good and the evil, seeking unity in their mind and emotions. When they feel that they have given in to an impure temptation, they may mentally chastise themselves in atonement, without the awareness of others.

 

They genuinely care about people and are highly considerate of their feelings, making them intimate companions. They are reserved about expressing their compassion and may even seem shy, but the warmth they exhibit with those they care about is very apparent.

 

INFPs enjoy working with complexity but are bored by procedures and routine details. Those who do not balance their ideals with the obligations of daily living may feel paralyzed about what to do with their lives. In addition, many struggle to their rightful place in the world. On the other hand, when INFPs find an endeavor that interests them, they will approach it as a moral cause. They will thoroughly understand all of its intricacies, giving them the potential to become valuable subject experts.

 

Having high standards, they often do not give themselves enough credit. Also, while they fit quite well in social groups, they may have a hard time functioning in rigid, task-oriented ones. For one, they do not like hierarchy and bureaucracy. In addition, they may have standards that are too high for others in the group. Since they do not like to control people, they have no desire to enforce their standards on the group. They work best when their creative potential is allowed to unfold on its own.

 

Many INFPs create their own career path. Some become novelists, designers, and musicians. Others are found in professions that call for compassion, such as psychology, the clergy, or counseling. INFPs have been responsible for advancing much of the world's culture, values, religions, and ways to live.

 

 

Their Cognitive Functions

 

1. (I)ntroverted (F)eeling: the ability to form emotional conclusions that act as a source of ethics, ideals, and moral vision. As their primary function, INFPs are guided by their ideals and values.

 

2. Extraverted I(N)tuition: the ability to see patterns in events and to see possibilities of where things may go. As their secondary function, INFPs are creative, visionary, and keenly aware of trends and people's behaviors.

 

3. Introverted Sensing: the ability to remember facts in an internally organized fashion. As their tertiary function, INFPs have some ability to keep track of facts and details.

 

4. Extraverted Thinking: the ability to apply logic and order to the external world. As their inferior function, INFPs see logic as optional, often unable to verbally express themselves in situations requiring explicit reasoning.

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while MBTI personality types determine their day-to-day interactions. Although MBTI matchmaking is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

SIGN UP: Find your Instincts and meet compatible members! We are non-profit and free. Members can chat with each other or discuss topics on our forum.

 

 

 

Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.

INFP Relationships


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Before a Relationship

 

INFPs are cautious to fall in love, but once the partner has gained their trust, they will display tremendous affection, albeit indirectly. They need someone who they can bond deeply and who shares their core values.

 

 

During a Relationship

 

Deeply in tune with their feelings, they need to feel love and harmony in their relationships. As romantics, INFPs may frequently fantasize about "ideal" relationships, wondering what else is out there. However, their deep-seated love for their partners and their dislike of conflict will make them faithful and loyal.

 

INFPs are keen of their personal space and that of others. INFPs respect the perspectives and uniqueness of their partner and get along best with those who are likewise. They support their partner's individuality and aspirations. They are not jealous or possessive.

 

Sometimes they are reluctant to indulge in happiness when things are going too well. Deep down inside, they may feel that present allowances will be balanced by later sacrifices.

 

INFPs often hold their partners on a pedestal, both morally and in their abilities. This tendency is mostly positive, as their reaffirming, affectionate attitude helps their partners become better people. However, in incompatible relationships, they may idealize their partners as having qualities that they do not actually possess. At times, INFPs have difficulty reconciling the inconsistencies between reality and their romanticized views of life. This creates a subtle but persistent uncertainty in the back of their minds.

 

The INFPs' avoidance of conflict may make them incompatible some with types. While those with Thinking and Judging preferences view direct confrontation as an honest way to communicate, INFPs may view the conflict as a disapproval of their character. When forced into conflict, they are less concerned with who is right and who is wrong. Instead, they place high importance on how the situation makes them feel, and they do not wish to feel upset. Not knowing what action to take during a conflict, they may lash out irrationally. Thus, other types may see INFPs as illogical at times. Likewise, INFPs may resort to passive-aggression. It behooves INFPs to view conflict more objectively rather than personally.

 

 

Sex

 

Seeking trust in their partners, INFPs are slow to open up initially. However, once they have, they will see sex as an opportunity to express their deep-seated love. They may enjoy satisfying their partners more than receiving their own. Exchanging words of affection usually has more meaning to them than the physical act.

 

 

Compatibility

 

Unlike Instincts compatibility, Personality compatibility is largely based on personal preference. However, general patterns do exist.

 

With a strong Introverted Feeling function, INFPs are better understood and appreciated by other Feelers. With the Perceiving characteristic, INFPs are naturally the ones who "see all the possibilities". Thus, they are better paired with Judgers, who can "pick the best choices". Specifically, they are most suitable with those who have strong Extraverted Feeling functions, such as the ENFJ and the ESFJ. How this is derived can be found here.

 

 

INFP - ENFJ

 

INFPs bring novel ideas and a deeper sense of meaning into the ENFJ's life. Using their empathy, they provide the ENFJ with a sense of peace and inner harmony. INFPs also lay out a moral compass that the ENFJ can refer to when in positions of social leadership. The ENFJ's ability to bring about change in people helps INFPs reach their creative potential. ENFJs provide INFPs with an emotionally nurturing environment to be intellectual and unique. In summary, ENFJs help INFPs develop their ideals, and INFPs give ENFJs ideals to implement.

 

 

INFP - ESFJ


INFPs bring a deeper sense of meaning and values into the ESFJ's life. Using their empathy, INFPs provide ESFJs with genuine appreciation and support. INFPs also lay out a moral compass that the ESFJ can refer to when in positions of social leadership. The ESFJ's ability to connect with others makes INFPs feel comfortable in expressing their emotions and ideas. ESFJs allow INFPs to be creative and unique in a secure, well-maintained environment. In summary, ESFJs help INFPs develop their ideals, and INFPs give ESFJs ideals to implement.

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while MBTI psychology determines their day-to-day interactions. Although MBTI matchmaking is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

SIGN UP: Find your Instincts and meet compatible members! We are non-profit and free. Members can chat with each other or discuss topics on our forum.

 

 

 

Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.

INFP Career & Other Info

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How INFPs relate to other Types


INFP: Identity - They are the same types. Feeling like they are competing in the same space, the two may initially oppose each other. However, they usually recognize their similarities and begin to cooperate.

ENFP: Pal - Similar worldviews, goals, and thoughts. The Introvert is more original while the Extravert is better at implementing ideas and plans. They get along at work and at play.

INFJ: Complement - They have interests in similar realms but their strengths have opposite emphasis. They solve the same problem with different approaches and for different reasons.

ENFJ: Contrast - They have the same order of functions but the Introvert/Extravert direction of each function is reversed. They have similar interests but the Perceiver thinks of possibilities while the Judger thinks of plans. They have different goals and opposite emphasis in strengths.

ISTJ: Supplement -They have the same functions in different order. One's weaker strengths are the other's stronger strengths. Their strengths can add to each other.

ESTJ: Anima - They have the same functions but in reverse order. Each sees the other as having strengths that the former wishes to improve upon.

ISFJ: Suitemate - The two enjoy the same environment and have little interpersonal friction. They do not have anything in common but can enjoy everyday activities together.

ESFJ: Cohort - The two find each other in the same activities only when one is stressed out and wishes to "escape" from normalcy.

INTP: Companion - They have the same primary function. The two have a mutual understanding of each other and can talk on a deep, honest level.

ENTP: Tribesman - They have similar cultures and are often found in the same social groups. They have different strengths and will be pursuing goals independent of each other.

INTJ: Advisor - Each has insight that the other lacks. They find each other to be a source of fresh perspectives and enjoy each other's company.

ENTJ: Pedagogue - Each has insight and strength that the other lacks. They develop a parent-child relationship.

ISTP: Enigma - They are complete mysteries to each other. They have different goals and strengths.

ESTP: Novelty - Their differences are so striking that they are curious about each other. They sometimes run into conflict due to their fundamental differences in worldview.

ISFP: Neighbor - The two are often found in the same jobs or walks of life, but they reached their position through completely different means.

ESFP: Counterpart - The two perform the same functions but are in different realms. They have mutual respect for each other but do not necessarily wish they had the same skillset as the other.



INFPs As a Parent

 

INFPs are very devoted to the welfare of their family members. They give their children space to develop as individuals, while they provide a backdrop of moral guidance. They enjoy sharing interesting ideas with their children from time to time, both to bond as well as to stimulate the mind.

Because they can understand people's perspectives, they make great mediators with family members. Adaptable and easy to live with, they prefer most day-to-day decisions to be made by their partners. In the rare instances when they feel that their values system has been violated, they may become agitated and refuse to budge from their ideals.

 

 

INFP Occupations

 

INFPs need to believe in the value of their work for them to truly commit. They like to be appreciated for their unique contribution and originality. They are good at coming up with creative solutions to problems that have a people-oriented nature. Their ideal workplace has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with people that they like, where they have plenty of time for self-reflection. Meanwhile, they strongly dislike routine procedures and bureaucracy. They need to be able to work in their own style at their own pace. In groups, they are motivated when they can put their unique stamp on the project.

 

 

Potential Career Paths (INFP Jobs)

 

Animator

Architect

Art Director

Artist

Career Coach

Chiropractor

Clinical Psychologist

College Professor

Continuing Ed Teacher

Counselor

Craft Artist

Curator

Editor

Elementary Teacher

Fashion Designer

Graphic Designer

Holistic Health Practitioner

HR Recruiter or Trainer

Interior Designer

Journalist

Landscape Architect

Legal Mediator

Librarian

Massage Therapist

Minister

Musician

Nutritionist

Occupational Therapist

Organizational Psychologist

Physical Therapist

Preschool Teacher

Psychiatrist

Public Health Educator

Public Relations Specialist

Recreation Worker

Religious Educator

School Counselor

Social Scientist

Social Worker

Special Education Teacher

Speech Pathologist

Technical Writer

Translator

Veterinary Assistant

Writer

 

 

Instincts and Myers Briggs

 

Project Evolove's Instincts determine two people's compatibility while MBTI typology determines their day-to-day interactions. Although using MBTI in relationships is a popular concept, it does not accurately predict compatibility when used without Instincts.

 

SIGN UP: Find your Instincts and meet compatible members! We are non-profit and free. Members can chat with each other or discuss topics on our forum.

 

 

 

Project Evolove's psychology has its basis in Myers-Briggs Theory, Socionics, Enneagrams, and the works of Carl Jung. Notable influences include Personality Page, Type Logic, Enneagrams Institute, Ocean Moonshine, and the works of David Keirsey. The MBTI assessment tool is a separate and unrelated entity.