INFP: The Mediator

The Introverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving (INFP) personality types primarily have an inward focus. You process information according to how you feel about it rather than using only logic and facts. Intuition is your secondary mode for evaluating people and situations. Of all the personality types, you are the most focused on improving the world around you and finding your place in it. You are an idealist who tends to hold yourself to impossible standards. While you may make allowances for others, you rarely offer yourself the same type of compassion.

Because you are so intuitive about people, others tend to trust your judgment and come to you for advice. In most situations, you are thoughtful and considerate of other people. You are a good listener who puts people at ease with your sincerity. People who don’t know you well view you as reserved and emotionless, but the last part couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s just that you usually experience your emotions internally. Your personality is such that you have a vast amount of concern for others and feel genuinely interested in understanding their experiences and perspective. You search for meaning and purpose in everything you do.

Typical Characteristics of an INFP

People with this personality type have an intense dislike of conflict and will do almost anything to avoid it. If you must deal with interpersonal conflict, you tend to approach the situation based on how you feel about it rather than using facts or logic. You don’t necessarily care who is right or who is wrong as long as you can avoid feeling badly. Others view you as laidback and flexible, but this can change quickly if someone violates one of your values or puts you in the position of having to fight for one of your many causes. You’re not especially detail oriented, unless you feel deeply emotionally invested in a project.

Career Paths for the INFP Personality Type

Your personality is strongly suited for working as a writer. This occupation allows you to express yourself while working alone much of the time. Other possible careers include:

  • Musician
  • Teacher
  • Religious Worker
  • Social Worker

You have the empathy to do well as a psychologist or counselor, but the need to have to confront clients on their behavior could be extremely uncomfortable for you. Poor career choices would include jobs that require you to be constantly social, such as a salesperson, real estate agent, or hair stylist. Jobs with a lot of potential conflict would also be a bad fit, such as a career politician.

Check out our comprehensive page on INFP careers to see more job titles specific to INFPs.

Next Steps

The Career Project can help you find a rewarding career that matches your skills and abilities. Our career profiles feature people who work in their profession every day, so you can learn the ins-and-outs of what a job in a particular field will entail from those with firsthand experience. Browse the different career profiles available now to find the right career for you. To learn more about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, read our first post.

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