What is an INFJ?

What is an INFJ?

INFJ is one of sixteen personality types as defined by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.  The acronym stands for Introvert, iNtuitive, Feeling, and Judicial.  These four letters make up the cognitive functional stack which explains how one’s brain receives and processes information.

According to the Myers & Briggs Foundation, INFJs:

“Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organized and decisive in implementing their vision.”

Cognitive Functions
Each of the sixteen types has a unique cognitive functional stack which is what makes them appear to function differently. The functions are broken into two categories: “primary” and “shadow” functions.  The primary functions are usually the most developed cognitive functions whereas the shadow functions are subconscious and often underdeveloped.  Every individual develops these functions at a different pace.  For this reason, each INFJ is unique despite their similarities.

 

INFJ FUNCTIONAL STACK
INFJ Functional Stack





 

Dreamer. Doer. Lover. Fighter.

INFJs tend to be future-oriented thinkers who focus on possibilities, using their intuition to guide them.  Because of their extroverted Feeling function, INFJs place a great deal of importance on the people around them.  They thrive on helping others understand and better themselves. Due to their judicial side, INFJs prefer structure and planning though their intuition helps them adapt to changes, making them appear to be the least structured judicial type. As introverted Thinkers, the INFJ enjoys pondering all sides to each situation before bringing their plans to fruition. They are seen as complex individuals who only allow a select few into their inner circle.  It is not uncommon for the INFJ to know a great deal about those around them without opening up themselves. On the whole, INFJs see the bigger picture as well as become engulfed in the details.  They love and care deeply for all of humanity while needing a great deal of solitude.  They thrive on helping solve problems but feel sickened by conflict.  They crave structure while shunning strict rules and policies.

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