INFJ - Strengths and Weaknesses

The Guides

INFJ Strengths

INFJs are soft-spoken and kind-hearted, but do not mistake them for pushovers! They hold strong values and opinions, and advocate for what they believe in. They are decisive and are able to see the big picture when presented with a complex situation.

INFJs are goal-oriented, genuine, responsible, and caring. They firmly believe in other people, almost to a fault, and are very altruistic. INFJs primarily focus on what’s going on around them, and are especially concerned with the wellbeing of others. INFJs are always willing to help others when needed, and enjoy doing so. They form deep relationships with those close to them.

INFJs are insightful, future-oriented, and conscientious. They have a vision for the future and have a decisive plan about the best means of meeting these goals.

INFJs make decisions by going with their gut. Their values play a large role in driving your decision-making processes, and they always try to act in accordance with their values. INFJs’ secondary focus is internally, where they make judgments based primarily on your intuition.

INFJs operate largely internally and are able to see the “big picture” very easily. They are able to understand things through their strong sense of intuition, and often can’t pinpoint specific reasons.

Regarding the outer world, they are highly organized, and are able to handle several projects simultaneously. They are excellent at setting priorities and developing plans.

INFJ Weaknesses

INFJs possess a high degree of empathy, leading them to always see the best in others. Because of their incredible empathy, INFJs may sometimes place too much trust in others. This may make it easy for others to disappoint INFJs or take advantage of them.

In addition, INFJs truly value their relationships with others, and may often put the needs of others before their own. Because of this, INFJs must be careful not to make choices and define their priorities based solely on what others want—this may result in neglecting their own needs and losing one’s sense of purpose. It is critical that INFJs do not sacrifice their own wellbeing and aspirations to help others. They may find themselves tired, stressed, and burnt out.

Although they have very strongly held beliefs, INFJs often have difficulty revealing their true identities and values. They are very deep, complex people. Because INFJs are naturals at interacting with and understanding others, they may be “chameleon-like” interactions instead of revealing their true selves.

Finally, INFJs often seek out the opinions of others, but may have a hard time accepting criticism. They may become reliant on others’ approval to validate their self-worth.

Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default.
J.K. Rowling