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How do you know if you are an INFJ? These are some of the general signs that you or someone you know might be an INFJ personality type. 

  • They enter into a flow state when they engage in philosophical thought
  • They have a desire to connect with other people but feel nervous to do so
  • They detach from stress by engaging in logical problem solving and analytical thinking
  • They become stressed and overwhelmed by putting themselves out into the world

The INFJ Personality Type is known for, at their best, being excellent theorists with a firm conceptual understanding of the world around them. They use theories to explain what is happening in the world, in relationships, and at work. They are also known for being slightly inattentive, easily overwhelmed in group settings and sometimes withdrawing from the world to regain energy and to understand the situation from a distance. 

INFJs have a strong desire to connect with the outer world and see social and interpersonal communication as one of their main goals in life. At the same time, they’re often uncomfortable in social situations, which can be overwhelming for this type. Therefore, INFJs tend to detach from intense emotional situations, by applying firm logic and analytical skills from a distance. 

The INFJ Eight Functions

Introverted iNtuition

Introverted iNtuition manifests in this personality type as gaining energy through intellectual exercise and abstraction. The INFJ seeks to form a mental landscape or theory that will explain the outer world and what is happening in reality. They use this mental map to navigate the outer world, making it less overwhelming. 

Extroverted Feeling

Extroverted Feeling is the main quest of the INFJ personality type. Relationships and connections provide their life with a deep sense of meaning and purpose. At the same time, this function is one that can provide the INFJ with pressure and challenge and resistance. It is perceived as a main quest or the life work of the INFJ personality type, but is usually perceived as something far in the distance, that they will accomplish once they have figured out how.

Introverted Thinking

INFJs engage in Introverted Thinking to provide them with a sense of relief or detachment from relationships and emotionally overwhelming situations. Many INFJs get stuck in a loop which means that this function protects them from potentially hurtful or upsetting situations. If they can detach from relationships and people, they don’t have to get hurt. INFJs can develop a highly skillful use of Introverted Thinking and can use their Introverted Thinking for good to, to help them look at relationships more critically.

Extroverted Sensing

With development, INFJs can become better at managing Extroverted Sensing, but they will always perceive this function as stressful and draining over time. The more they use or experience this function, the greater the experience of sensory overwhelm. Their nervous system can become frazzled and they can feel highly anxious from putting themselves out there. But this function can also be highly rewarding. The INFJ can stay indefinitely in a theoretical landscape, but it feels more rewarding if their theories can be demonstrated in the real world. Therefore, it is a life goal for the INFJ to translate their ideas to reality and to back up their ideas with experience and practical demonstrations.

Extroverted iNtuition

Extroverted iNtuition is like candy to the INFJs soul. It provides a canvas and a mental landscape and patterns that can be explained through Introverted iNtuition. New opportunities and new ideas can provide you with connections that can allow you to better understand how a theory works in practice. This function can also be scary and overwhelming to the INFJ. It requires you to let go of what you know and to put yourself in situations that you can’t prepare for fully. 

Introverted Feeling

INFJs have a recreational relationship to Introverted Feeling. This function helps you relax and unwind. Introspection and self-reflection can help you as an INFJ see yourself and to accept your own humanity. Many INFJs push themselves to the expense of their own feelings and their own values and needs. Introverted Feeling can be a reminder that your own needs are valid. INFJs highly benefit from having artistic and intropersonal activities they can explore that help them stay in touch with their own feelings. 

Extroverted Thinking

This function takes a strong and healthy judgment to develop for the INFJ. This function is stressful, uncomfortable, and can drive anxiety or worry. Therefore, many INFJs avoid it, making this function their blindspot. But they can force and push this function because they can recognise its importance. With development, INFJs learn to set boundaries for themselves and to use this function to push and stand up for their own beliefs and what they know is right. They may need to relax and get relief after using this function, as it is very demanding.

Introverted Sensing

Introverted Sensing is a function that takes self-management and self-ownership to use. It requires you to be able to supervise yourself and to tell yourself to do important chores and tasks and responsibilities outside your general focus and interests. These tasks are typically easy and comfortable enough, but just not valued. INFJs rarely value engaging in this activity and tend to enter into a state of autopilot when dealing with Introverted Sensing.

Subtypes

The Dominant Subtype

Known for their strong Introverted iNtuition use. This type is a visionary set to realise their ideas in the real world. They will push themselves to test and realize their ideas in reality, looking to publish or share their ideas with the outer world. They can be more attention-seeking than the average INFJ, and more like stage-philosophers, that love to communicate concepts and ideas with others.

The Creative Subtype

Known for their strong Extroverted Feeling use. These types are highly people oriented, and seek to build bridges between groups and relationships, connecting people to each other and creating harmony and understanding. Engaging with people leads to this type becoming quite the shapeshifter. This INFJ is known to have many different roles and personalities that they developed for different situations. This makes them highly creative, as they can transform themselves to take on any role.

The Balanced Subtype

This INFJ is known for their strong Introverted Thinking use. This type is more detached and avoids relationships and emotionally overwhelming situations. They are highly analytical and think about preserving energy and protecting themselves from stress. 

The Turbulent Subtype

The turbulent subtype INFJ is known for being in the grip of Extroverted Sensing. This makes them hide their intellectual side from the world, making them more accommodating towards others. They may choose to engage more in small talk and polite behavior to avoid revealing too much of themselves. They are more private and introverted.

INFJ Personality Type | Philosopher | INFJ A | INFJ T

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