INFP (The Healer)

Deeply creative and in-tune with emotions, the INFP expertly turns the human condition into exquisite pieces of art. Empathy is their middle name, as their understanding and appreciation for the spectrum of feelings spans far and wide. INFPs are typically sensitive, caring, compassionate and nonjudgemental. They enjoy exploring their own ideas, often encouraging others to do the same, and this often makes them creative and artistic.

The INFP personality is one of the “16 personality types” that we see in several different models based on the work of Carl Jung. These models include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Keirsey Temperament Sorter, among others. It represents an individual who is Introverted (I), iNtuitive (N), Feeling (F) and Perceiving (P). This indicates that they are a person who is energized by spending time alone, who focus on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details, who makes decisions based on emotions and values, and who prefers to be spontaneous and flexible as opposed to planned and organized.

The INFP is often referred to as the “Healer”, “Mediator” or “Empath” because of their strong values system and deep compassion toward every individual. INFPs are typically creative, dreamy, quietly intense, and protective with their loved ones. They often have an artistic edge and work on passion projects in their free time, hence also earning the label “The Artist”.

INFP key characteristics:

  • Emotionally attuned, extremely creative
  • Calm and quietly supportive of peers
  • Natural eye for beauty and aesthetics
  • Deeply feeling and supportive of equality
  • Careful and always ready to lend a listening ear

INFP Careers: Work Considerations for INFPs

The INFP typically prefers a free-flowing and flexible approach to career direction, as a team member or freelancer. With their quiet passion and creativity, they excel (and flourish!) in writing, design, and psychological sectors.

Natural strengths in the workplace:

  • Reading in-between the lines with talent
  • Intuitively understanding how to defuse conflict
  • Building strong relationships with colleagues
  • Maintaining a calm and patient attitude
  • Staying loyal to an organization’s code of conduct

Areas for improvement:

  • Taking care of own needs and mental health
  • Managing quality time and resources
  • Trying activities outside of the comfort zone
  • Having for self-assurance in own skills
  • Overcoming the pervasive “impostor syndrome”

Career suggestions:

  • Freelance graphic design
  • Copywriting, creative writing
  • Veterinary sciences
  • Acting, improv instructor
  • Social work, mental health professional

General career paths to avoid:

  • Software engineering, coding
  • Data management, cleaning
  • Weaponry handling, hunting
  • Internet community moderating
  • Accounting, financial consulting

Type:  [Introverted – Intuitive – Feeling – Perceiving]

Keirsey temperament group:  Idealists (NF)

INFP Jungian cognitive functions stack:

  1. Introverted Feeling (Fi)
  2. Extraverted Intuition (Ne)
  3. Introverted Sensing (Si)
  4. Extraverted Thinking (Te)

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