INFJ Personality Type | Philosopher | INFJ A | INFJ T
INFJs are sometimes described as Empaths, but that's not how I see the INFJ personality type. The INFJ is first and foremost an existential leader with the potential to be a thought leader, driving discoveries into the human mind and using their imagination to understand the secrets of the universe. The Extroverted Feeling function is important to the INFJ, and INFJs pride themselves on demonstrating good behaviour and moral integrity, and can absorb others feelings, but it's not what makes an INFJ distinct. Their Introverted iNtuition is.
Why do people sometimes describe INFJs as Empaths?
What is special about INFJs?
What can you do as an INFJ to better understand and care for yourself?
Discover that and more in today's article!
What do the letters in INFJ Stand For?
Perhaps you got this personality type result on a test. Now what does it mean? Let me tell you about the key personality traits for your type.
- I: Introverted. You draw energy from alone time, reflective activities, and prefer to do things slowly and methodically.
- N: iNtuition. You draw inspiration from ideas, creative exercise, and imaginative exercises.
- F: Feeling. You find it more motivating to engage in artistic, cultural, or social activities.
- J: Judging. You find confidence in having long term goals, being consistent, and having a method or structure to follow.
This doesn’t mean that you can’t act in any way you want to in the situation, but doing so will influence your mood over time. When you are able to do things in a way that fits your flow, you get more energy, motivation and confidence.
What are the INFJ Cognitive Functions?
After getting to understand the personality traits, you will want to take a moment to reflect on the INFJ Cognitive Functions.
- Introverted iNtuition is your dominant function. It represents slow-paced, focused, directed imagination, and the capacity to speculate or envision in a consistent, methodical fashion.
- Extroverted Feeling is your auxiliary function. It represents directed, artistic, cultural or social action, and is quick and passionate.
- Introverted Thinking is your tertiary function. It represents free-flow, logical, competitive, mental exercise, and works in a slow-paced manner.
- Extroverted Sensing is your inferior function. It represents spontaneous, fast-paced, practical action for things that require a hands-on approach.
- Extroverted iNtuition is your fifth function. It describes our ability to move on new opportunities, hypotheticals, and what-ifs. It is open-ended, flexible, and creative.
- Introverted Feeling is the 6th function. It describes short-term, artistic, cultural or social action that focuses on ourselves and our own character or self-expression.
- Extroverted Thinking is the 7th function. It is competitive, direct, and proactive. It focuses on quick wins and strategies that will put us ahead or improve our situation in some logical manner.
- Introverted Sensing is your 8th and last cognitive function. It represents practical experience, that you have built up slowly over time through a hands-on approach or direct observation. It also represents a self-disciplined approach to tasks, and action based on evidence and knowledge.
The Order of the Cognitive Functions
When you use your dominant function, you experience agency, self-control, confidence and motivation, helping you move into a state of flow. The auxiliary function represents your future self, your goals and aims. We use this function in a cautious manner.
The tertiary function represents what you do as a hobby or to unwind. It gives a break from the challenges of the auxiliary, but this activity feels less valuable, and is used more as an escape. We feel more confident about this function than the auxiliary, yet value it less.
The inferior function represents what we do to protect ourselves. It can be enjoyed in small and simple amounts, but becomes a pressure if it takes over or becomes too intense. If neglected, it can make us anxious. If used too much, it can keep us from growing and from reaching our goals.
The 5th function represents our source of inspiration. It has to be brought forward by our environment or other people. It encourages and motivates us to keep pushing forward, even if it looks dark or uncertain.
The 6th function represents our concept of a utopia or future ideal. It represents where we seek to go through our daily actions and activities. It’s a carrot or reward we believe is waiting for us after we have succeeded in our efforts.
The 7th function represents our judgment and power. It represents what we do in order to protect ourselves if our boundaries are infringed upon or if we feel attacked. It therefore has to be evoked from our environment.
The 8th function represents our self-control and restraint, and serves as a cautionary function that alerts us to risks and threats. It is usually accessed unconsciously, in autopilot, and helps us manage shoulds, duties and routines that are outside our general interests and motivation.
Meet the INFJ Personality Type
INFJs are sometimes described as selfless types that tend to put others needs above their own. INFJs, it is said, absorb the emotions of other people and become natural counselors and support figures. This is strange, as the Feeling function of the INFJ is only in a secondary position. When you look at the real INFJ, you see a far more cold and detached individual, one dominated by the whims of their Introverted iNtuition. Carl Jung saw the Introverted iNtuitive type as a fascinating but complex one.
INFJs do not seem to value fitting in with the community, but do want to gain popular support and understanding for their ideas. Feeling is valued by INFJs, and it is what makes the INFJ more nurturing and supportive in relationships and friendships. Because Extroverted Feeling is in the secondary position, INFJs can act as role models when it comes to matters of morality and ethics. They may have strong views about how a person should live, talk, act and breathe. They have high standards, most of all on themselves, and discipline and temper their own feelings and emotions.
Now, let's talk about the INFJ A and INFJ T personality types.
The INFJ A 'Creator'
The INFJ A is someone with a creative gift that they seek to show to the world. INFJ As come in two variations, the A+ playful variations, and the A-, industrious variations. The A- INFJs possess a raw focus and strong self-discipline. They can lock themselves in their house for weeks on end, purely to polish and work on their ideas.
They tend to be self-critical and perfectionistic, wanting their ideas to become the best possible. The A+ variation subtypes tend to be more playful and find it more easy to share their ideas with the people. Even if they worry about making mistakes or looking like fools to the world, they still put their ideas on display and use humor and color to show their ideas in the best possible light.
The INFJ T 'Consumer'
The INFJ T personality type is often more of a consumer than a creator. This type still has the same INFJ love for ideas and creative expression, but can often feel they are not good enough, not talented enough to make ideas of their own. There can be a strong self-doubt here and that keeps the INFJ from truly sharing their ideas with the world.
The INFJ T- (Industrious) variation tries to stay practical and to better themsel ves, hoping that one day, they will have the talent to make something of their own. The INFJ T+ (Playful) variation looks to fun and casual entertainment as a means to keep them energised and positive.
INFJ Frequently asked questions
The Philosopher | Introverted | iNtuitive | Feeling | Judging | An INFJ is one of the 16 Personalities and is known for their existential nature, and their humanitarian values.
The INFJ Cognitive Functions are:
Introverted iNtuition, which causes the INFJ to primarily become interested in existential topics.
Extroverted Feeling, causing the INFJ to become focused on understanding humanity and their tribe
Introverted Thinking, driving a need for self-improvement
Extroverted Sensing as the inferior function, as a repressed need to go out and do something for the world.
You might be an INFJ if you are:
Someone who values existential topics more than action or experience
Someone that tends to put humanitarian causes above personal interests
A protector, counsellor, idealist, diplomat, visionary, and of course, a philosopher.