INFP – The Healer

Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.
–Erica Jong

INFPs are gentle, creative, unconventional people that make up a small amount of the world, but are completely over represented in literature.

Before we look at this type as a whole, we should look at the functions that make up this personality type. The I stands for Introvert which means that they gain energy by being alone. The N is for iNtuitive this means that the INFP would rather look at the big pictures than the details. Then comes the F for Feeler which means that they would rather use their hearts than their heads to make decisions. Lastly, there is P for Perciever which means that they would rather not plan ahead.

Now that that part is addressed, we can look at how these functions make up the whole personality type.

This personality type is one of idealists. INFPs basically don’t look at the world any other way. They want to see the best in people, but they still manage to understand the entire person.

INFPs are also perfectionists. They want things to be perfect. Especially when it comes to themselves.

INFPs tend to be reserved. They don’t want to share their dreams and their inner selves with people that they just met. Very few know the INFP’s dreams.

The INFP will listen to many people and sympathize with them. However, their heart is devoted to just a few people, or a few causes.

INFPs are very creative. They enjoy painting, writing, drawing, and basically any form of creativity.

The INFP does not wish to follow a conventional path. They would rather make their own, one that holds with their high ideals.

This often causes the INFP to be described as quirky, non-conventional.

INFPs sometimes wish that others would understand them, however, it is rare that someone actually will.

Now, I would like to talk about the dark side of the INFP.

The dark side of the INFP can appear when they feel under appreciated, or when they are stressed out. Actually, a more accurate way of putting it is that they suppress those feelings for as long as they can, but then at some point they burst out of them. This rush of emotions can often be disconcerting for those around them because it usually happens when least expected.

Another thing that can be both good and bad about the INFP is how intense they can be. When they are interested in something they can go to the point of obsession.

Personally, I find that looking at people and characters who have a personality type helps me to understand that personality type better. So, here I would like to share a few INFPs with you.

Real Life INFPs include:
Tim Burton
Diana, Princess of Wales
Vincent van Gogh
Audrey Hepburn
Helen Keller
George Orwell
J.R.R. Tolkien
William Shakespeare

Fictional INFPs include:
Frodo Baggins (Lord of the Rings)
Jane Bennet (Pride and Prejudice)
Lucy Pevensie (Chronicles of Narnia)
Harry Potter (Harry Potter)
Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)
Luke Skywalker (Starwars)

I hope that this has helped you to understand this noble personality type a bit better. If you are interesting in learning more this article has a lot of interesting information: INFP.


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