What are INFPs known for?
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Beginning with their dominant cognitive function, INFPs are known for their ability to navigate the world internally. They feel emotions very deeply, but struggle with expression of their thoughts and feelings outwardly. Their Fi function causes them to be in possession of an awe-inducing sense of wonder about the world, and have a great deal of compassion for other people. However, the fact that INFPs struggle to express their emotions using words, they may appear to be unwelcoming, shy, or withdrawn.
Loyalty and devotion.
INFPs are fiercely loyal beings. They believe in being real and unfiltered with the people they open themselves up to. They are devoted friends and lovers, and they care deeply for showing their loved ones that they’re on their team by doing little things for them. They notice habits or things about someone they love, that a majority of other people would easily overlook, and they like to make their people feel special by solving their problems and gifting them helpful things to make their lives easier.
Like I said, INFPs are highly empathetic people. They can empathise with people they’ve never interacted with before. They can easily insert themselves in other people’s stories and sense the pain that they sensed when they were suffering. This allows them to look at other people with compassion, and put themselves in their shoes, so they can help them best. INFPs find themselves to be inclined towards being helpful to those in need. And they try everything to the best of their abilities, to support the people they love, and always be present for when they’re needed.
An INFP has a very distinct, unique personality, and they cherish their individuality. They also urge other people to be their own selves, and maintain and work on things that make them different. They despise the idea of standardization. They find value in doing things their own way, and get spooked by being forced inside a tightly filled box. INFPs are terrified of having their inner light squashed, and their individuality lost to a system that controls and oppresses self-expression.
They are often seen rebelling against the status quo, and prefer to follow their desire and rely on what their heart tells them. They despise the takeover of technology and so-called advancement, which, according to them, damages people’s spirit and takes human beings closer to losing their humanity.
INFPs are known for the strength of their intuition. They rely their opinions and decisions on auras and the general vibes that something or someone gives off. Sounds very hipster, but for an INFP, their intuition is their biggest guide, and it never lets them down. In fact, it is when they ignore their inner voice and confuse themselves with cold, hard “facts” that INFPs always end up suffering. Because, they usually understand that things are not always the way they appear to be, but since intuition isn’t concrete, they do, at times, let thinking types talk them into ignoring their gut.
That’s right. INFPs are known to be introverted, which is why they prefer not to open up to most people. And they value their privacy more than anything. They do not like to be put on the spot, or become the centre of attention. And if you’re having trouble with your INFP life partner or friend, and might want to share things with someone else so they can advise you, it may not be a very smart move. INFPs would rather you communicate with them, and share your feelings and doubts with them, instead of putting them on display.
For example, if someone is having trouble understanding the boundaries of their new INFP partner, they might want to refrain from bringing their mother into it and asking her to either talk to the INFP, or blurting out their personal problems at a family gathering.
That being said, if you do feel the need to share your problem with someone you think could really help, be it a close friend or a therapist, make sure they never talk about it to your INFP, in hopes to help the two of you. It really wouldn’t.
Their secondary function of extraverted intuition or Ne helps INFPs explore situations using their imagination. They have endless well-knit, detailed worlds inside their heads, which can function simultaneously. This is another reason why INFPs have trouble expressing their feelings outwardly. There is so much going on inside their heads that they find it difficult to, and take their time with forming concrete ideas.
They also use countless what if scenarios to explore a situation from multiple angles. They come up with a variety of possibilities before they can settle on a single decision.
Clearly, their inner lives dominate over their personality, and they interact effectively with the rest of the world with help of their imaginative skills.
It is an INFP’s vast world of imagination that gives them an endless supply of creativity. INFPs are known to be the creative type, and it is absolutely true. They tend to be inclined towards the arts, because the art world allows them to have the most creative freedom. INFPs use their creativity to come up with weird and out-of-the-box ideas, and whether they’re involved in a more artistic line of work like being a writer, painter, or dancer, or opt for a more technical career; they will always be seen utilizing their creativity in their work.
INFPs are also known for being adamant about being their authentic selves. They try their best to be real, unfiltered, and genuine. This includes them openly being absolute oddballs, whether people find them to be strange or not. INFPs struggle with social awkwardness, so they may not reveal their true selves in front of a group of people, but everyone who knows an INFP closely, can guarantee that these introverted feelers don’t believe in faking who they are, even if it is to appear more likeable.
Need to fix the world.
INFPs are known for their need to play their role in helping save the world. They believe in doing the right thing, and making better choices, so that their actions don’t impact others negatively. They also wish to make this world a better, more inclusive, just, and safer place for everybody.
This also causes them to be more prone to feelings of melancholy. When an INFP realizes that the world is way more broken than they’d thought, and that they alone may never be enough to initial a domino effect of positive change, they become depressed and heartbroken. It is very difficult to bring such an INFP around to see the light at the end of the tunnel, as they take their own time, and navigate their feelings in their own way.
INFPs can often be riddled with self-doubt. They are prone to feeling like no matter how much effort they put into something, they are never going to be enough. An INFP who is confident and self-sufficient is a highly evolved INFP, and is also a rare sight. These introverts tend to be exceptionally hard on themselves, and they often forget to cut themselves some slack. Which is why you may always see an INFP in chaos and turbulence mode.
Inability to handle criticism well.
While they are their own biggest critics, INFPs are also known to be easily offended when given negative feedback. They tend to take things too personally, and because of their low self-esteem and constantly crippling self-doubt, when criticized, they tend to easily lose sight of their goals and begin to dwell on all of their weaknesses.
Values and principles.
INFPs have very strong core values that they like to stand by, and they don’t compromise their principles for anybody. They are strong-willed when it comes to sticking to what they believe in. And it can be quite endearing and inspirational, seeing as they power through – especially when surrounded with people who try to get them to abandon their morals.
Rigidity in beliefs.
While INFPs holding on to what they believe in firmly can be awe striking, they can often be rigid when it comes to evolving and adopting new sets of beliefs and opinions as times change.
Ability to escape reality.
INFPs are also known to appear as being absentminded and aloof when around company. This comes from their ability to lose themselves in an endless world of imagination. They are often lost in thought, and can daydream while doing just about anything. Their vivid sense of imagination gives them an edge over other people, because they can recreate entire scenarios based solely on memories. Once in it, an INFP’s imagination isn’t easy to break out of, because it is immensely rich and magical.
An INFP who is struggling in real life can easy escape off to their fantasy world, where they can hide from the harsh realities of the world. When I first lost my mother, I would plug in my earphones and lose myself in a world less cold and lonely, for hours on end.
There are many more things that INFPs are known for. But I’m hoping that this piece of writing gives the readers a general idea of what this personality type can be like, how they can be identified, and how to get access into the inner workings of their minds.