INFP personality types seek to live in accordance with their inner core of values, and have insight into what is really important to others.
This introduction to the INFP personality type, based on the Myers-Briggs® Step I personality assessment, can help INFPs to understand how they interact with others, and what careers they might enjoy.
INFP people enjoy devising creative solutions to problems, making moral commitments to what they believe in. They enjoy helping others with their growth and inner development to reach their full potential.
Potential development areas for INFPs
INFPs may struggle to speak up in meetings, leading others to believe they don’t care or have nothing to contribute. They risk failing to convince others of the merit of their ideas.
Typical INFP characteristics
INFPs are typically flexible, spontaneous as well as reflective and contained. They are also imaginative and developmental.
Their most common characteristics are shown here in the form of a fun Typie, which you can download and share.
INFP careers & career ideas
INFP people enjoy helping others develop and learn, and express their creativity through writing or visual arts. They like doing work that has meaning, and enjoy working with people who share their values. INFPs are likely to be attracted to professions in counselling and human development, as well as within the arts and writing. More insight about INFP jobs can be found in our Introduction to Type and Careers.
INFPs under stress
An INFP will typically become stressed in the situations shown in this MBTI type head illustration. In these circumstances you will tend to become cynical, depressed, aggressive and prone to acute self-doubt. Download and share* this INFP stress head to remind yourself and your colleagues about the insights that stress INFPs.
An INFP tends to be selective and reserved about sharing their deepest feelings and values and can be sometimes difficult to understand. They are seen by their partners as sensitive and introspective.
Read our blog post on "What if your date is not your type?!"
Fun ways to share INFP characteristics:
- Explore what kind of drink, sport or shoes we think depicts an INFP personality
- Discover more ways to characterise the INFP personality on our Fun ways to share your type page
- Already have your MBTI Step II profile? Create your Personal Typie
- Read more on our blog about how aspects of Type dynamics are captured in each Type