The INFP is the moral exemplar. With introverted feeling (Fi), otherwise known as subjective ethics, and extroverted intuition (Ne), otherwise known as objective intuition, INFPs often live in a realm of morality and self criticism. They are very aware of their identities, and strive to maintain a subjective identity of a morally righteous person. INFPs are gentle, serene, pleasant, and can make goofy lighthearted company. They make up some of the most well known civil rights activists, authors, and poets. Their lighthearted, sentimental and innocent enthusiasms can bring joy and tranquility to more serious and hard nosed personalities. They are avid nature lovers and very adventurous.
The realm of introverted feeling is one in which INFPs constantly organize and internalize ethics, and their moral view of the world. Introverted feeling often applies emotional content to all things, including inanimate objects. Objects, knick knacks, and souvenirs can have special significance and bring about powerful bouts of nostalgia. Unlike INFJs who need to hear their partner verbalize their feelings, INFPs already know how the person feels, and does not need any verbalization. Due to the nature of subjective ethics, INFPs assume they know the emotional state of the other person through intuition and other factors they observe, but on the flip side, as introverted feeling is an introverted process that occurs only within the boundaries of their own minds, INFPs may believe people are feeling things that they are not, and the INFP may mistakenly assume others are feeling emotions that only the INFP themself is feeling. They may percieve criticism where none was intended. This is often the result of an introverted recursive thought process, or Fi Si loop. During this time period of prolonged internal processing, the INFP will become self critical and slip into melancholy or depression. It is important for INFPs to utilize their Ne to experience the world and leave the confines of their own minds. This can be done by researching, learning, asking questions, and recieving information instead of trying to reach conclusions. Like all introverts with a dominant introverted judging function (Ti Fi), it is important for INFPs to listen, instead of reach conclusions too soon.
INFPs, despite being a perciever type, are type A personalities. They work well in routine predictable environments, and are resistant to change. With a judging function as their primary function, INFPs have very firm views of themselves and others. They may have rash judgements formed about people that are difficult to uproot, and they may think of themselves as the moral authority of a topic. So long as they’ve used their Ne to view all differing perspectives and gather information, their judgements of others and the world can be startlingly accurate and perceptive.
Physically, INFPs eyes, depending on enneagram and other factors, can range from squinting and narrow, to enormous and eccentric. With extroverted intuition as their secondary function, they might have a rather goofy eccentric appearance, and they may come off as agile minded, while other INFPs that focus more on their Fi, may be more reserved and serious in demeanor.
INFPs can be movers and shakers in the world. They can gather significant willpower and inspiration for change when they want to, and have been known to use their strong morality and pain tolerances to host nonviolent protests. On the flip side, they may act as a victim and complain to authorities of injustices done to them in order to ensure the rules of the establishment are changed to suit them. Its important for INFPs to use their Ne to observe themselves objectively and how they fit in with the rest of the world, or else they will be trapped in a self centered and self serving world of introverted feeling.
INFPs are very subjective mentalists, and can be trapped in a world of self centered martyrdom, melancholy, and criticism. They can also be mentally dark and have unusual sexual fetishes. With weak Te, INFPs often times focus on the emotional aspects of other people, and the emotional aspects of their own lives. It is important for INFPs to instead learn to focus on being more objective and practical. Deep down inside of every INFP, is a hard working and productive ESTJ waiting to be realized. As such, the INFP needs someone to help them understand what it means to be objective. They need someone who can appreciate their idealism and impractical nostalgia to lighten up, slow down and relax every so often. The INFP’s best match is the ESTJ.
Common Identities: The Martyr, The Saint, The Quaker, The Moralist, The Dreamer, The Fairytale, The Pillar of Ethics, The Space Case.
Recommended Careers: Counsellor, Priest, Political Activist, Ethics Teacher, Caretaker, Staffing Recruiter, Military, Nature Guide, Forest Ranger, Writer.
Commonly Mistype as: INFJ, ENFJ, INTJ, INTP.
Common Enneagram typings: 1 2 5 9
Famous INFPs include: Ghandi, Edgar Allen Poe, Virginia Woolf, Kurt Kobain, Terrance Malick, Robert Pattinson, Tilda Swinton, Hayden Christensen, Liv Tyler, Cate Blanchett, .
Fictional INFPs include: Peter (Heroes), Frodo Baggins (Lord of the rings), Treebeard (Lord of the rings), Arwen (Lord of the rings), Harry Potter.