INFP: An In-Depth Look at the Mediator Personality Type
It’s common knowledge that humans have different personalities that make them unique in their way. But the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a structured personality assessment, has defined personalities further by categorizing them into 16 different types. Here you will read about the INFP personality type.
Comprising only 4% of the population, the INFP personality type is one of the rarest personality types in the world. An abbreviation for introversion, intuition, feeling and perception, INFPs are known to be mediators or idealists. Let’s take a closer look:
INFPs are known to be quiet and reserved
One of the key characteristics of people who fall under the INFP category is introversion. While they can share a lot of the things they know, they tend to shy away from social situations because it drains their energy. INFPs keep only a chosen few close friends. They are not necessarily shy; they just find more energy in spending time alone.
INFP people are fascinated with fiction
Being introverts doesn’t always mean that INFPs don’t know how to communicate. They’re one of the best communicators out of all personality types. They can easily use parables, metaphors, and symbols to share their thoughts. INFPs especially like a fantasy world where they can use their creativity to communicate their ideas. This is why most INFPs are actors, poets, and writers.
They always look at the big picture
People with the INFP personality type tend to look at the big picture rather than focus on the boring details. They take extra care with the projects they’re working on but they know where to spend their energy the most. INFPs also consider their feelings and personal values over logic when making important decisions. They also keep an open mind in case they need to adjust to a situation.
INFP people are good listeners
Because talking to a lot of people will easily drain their energy, INFPs listen more than they speak. They love drifting deep into their thoughts and enjoy the silence, even withdrawing themselves if left unchecked. But INFPs are excellent listeners. With their level of creativity, they can easily spread beauty, compassion, and kindness to people they meet.
They are amazing at relationships
Since INFPs focus more on their feelings rather than logic, they are amazing at handling relationships. They are sensitive to the feelings of others; they are loyal, admiring and caring.
INFPs also value the close relationships they build with the few people they choose to open up themselves to. INFPs have high expectations with their relationships, which is why it can be difficult to find a partner that can match up to their idea of the perfect better half. But once they find the right one, they commit themselves to the relationship and try to avoid conflicts as much as possible.
Some of the most popular INFPs in history include famed author J.R.R Tolkien, playwright William Shakespeare, TV personality Fred Rogers, beloved royal Princes Diana and of course, actress Audrey Hepburn.