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The INFJ: Strengths

See how the INFJ's personality dimensions combine to yield several remarkable patterns

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INFJs tend to have distinct patterns on the Big Five personality traits, and these patterns lead to a few common strengths among INFJs.

INFJs are enthusiastic about information

INFJs are often genuinely interested in the world around them. However, they are usually much more curious about the world of ideas and information than the world of relationships and other people.

INFJs are often low on Big Five Extraversion but high on Big Five Openness
INFJs are often low on Big Five Extraversion but high on Big Five Openness

These preferences follow from INFJs’ blend of low Extraversion and high Openness, two dimensions that shape styles of exploration. INFJs will happily immerse themselves in new ideas and become fully absorbed in learning everything about them. Yet, they might struggle to find a fraction of that same enthusiasm in most social engagements.

INFJs are empathetic but socially reserved

Similarly, most people who score highly on the Feeling (F) preference also score closer to the Extraverted side of the Introversion-Extraversion dimension. INFJs also stand out here, because they score highly on Feeling and Introversion.

INFJs express this unusual blend through their interpersonal warmth and empathy while also being reserved and, at times, socially withdrawn.

In terms of the Big Five dimensions, INFJs display a combination of low Extraversion and high Agreeableness. Again, this is an unusual blend, as these two dimensions are typically positively correlated with each other — people falling lower on Extraversion tend to also fall lower on Agreeableness.

INFJs are often low on Big Five Extraversion but high on Big Five Agreeableness
INFJs are often low on Big Five Extraversion but high on Big Five Agreeableness

INFJs are characteristically low on Extraversion, leading to less social enthusiasm and assertiveness, and a greater need for occasional solitude and social downtime.

At the same time, INFJs tend to be high on Big Five Agreeableness, with a heightened awareness of the emotional world. The higher Agreeableness of INFJs is related to their relatively high compassion, politeness, empathy, and desire to resolve interpersonal conflicts.

INFJs can be serious and principled

INFJs’ combination of lower Extraversion and higher Conscientiousness often results in a more serious, cautious, and principled nature.

INFJs are often more introverted and more conscientious
INFJs' serious and principled nature follows from their lower Extraversion and often higher Conscientiousness.

In many different contexts, INFJs will hold back their enthusiasm, preferring to analyze cautiously and carefully. They will often find it difficult to be spontaneous, silly, or impractical, even when the situation calls for it.

Individual strengths

Understanding an individual’s unique strengths requires more than just knowing a personality type or Big Five personality traits. Even among INFJs, every person has their own set of strengths that they use when they are at their best.

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