INFJ: the most rare personality type

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INFJ, one of the 16 Meyers-Briggs personality types, makes up only about 1.5% of the population. Perhaps as a result of our small numbers, we often feel misunderstood.

I’ve noticed as a writer that INFJs appear in larger numbers in my field. That’s because our traits include creativity and a desire to derive meaning out of life.

INFJ is the Advocate

Known as the Advocate, INFJ delights in serving others’ needs. They are in tune with other peoples’ emotions, but often less good at discerning their own feelings.

INFJ enjoys deep friendships and abhors surface relationships. They need meaning in every area of their lives, including their contact list.

This translates into few intense friendships rather than a large circle. And these chosen few are the only ones with whom they share their rich and complex inner life.

Intuitive with strong values

INFJ relies on intuition to help make decisions. She has strong values and a deep need to make the world a better place.

For this reason, she thrives doing work that supports those aims. And withers and wilts when her career misaligns with her true goals.

INFJ is introverted


Like all introverts, this type needs time alone to refresh and recharge. They value privacy and do not crave attention or the spotlight.

These people are excellent listeners and love to help others solve their own problems. They live to see others rise to fulfill their highest potential.

Concepts and ideas over details

They are not interested in facts and details but want to explore broader concepts and ideas. This explains why my head hurts when business experts start talking “tactics” and “strategy”.

If you’re an INFJ, you pursue lifelong learning and are always seeking self-improvement. You want a purpose-driven life and find new ways to become the best version of yourself.

You’re interested in metaphysical and esoteric topics more than concrete or mundane subjects. While others are poring over the antics of others, you’re contemplating life’s existential concepts.

If these personality traits resonate with you, you might be an INFJ. To find out your personality type, take the free test here.

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  1. Steve Fortner

    I always knew I was different. It’s driven me stir crazy trying to find patterns. Figuring out it’s not me that’s to blame. I seem more straight and solid than everyone around me. My alone time is a got to have mandatory thing. Am I infj personality yep. Watch out for red cars and especially Ohio license plates they can’t drive to save their butts lol.

    • Yes, I’ve always felt like I didn’t fit into this world, but now I see it as a gift 🙂