Happy Friday everyone! Today we are looking at the INFP personality type, known as ‘The Mediator’. INFPs are imaginative idealists who are guided by their strong values and beliefs. They are sensitive, caring and compassionate, and are concerned with the personal growth of themselves and others. They are individualistic and nonjudgmental, and believe that everyone has to find their own path. INFPs are creative and usually artistic.
So what does INFP stand for? Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, Perceiving. INFPs are typically energised by spending time alone, focus on ideas and concepts as opposed to facts and details, make decisions based on feelings and values, and prefer to be spontaneous and flexible rather than planned and organised. The term healer comes from their sympathetic tendencies and compassion for others.
What and their values and motivations?
INFPs value authenticity and individuality. They don’t typically like to follow tradition, and prefer to explore their values and ideas to decide for themselves what is right. They are typically unconventional and would never neglect their true self to fit in. INFPs are accepting and nonjudgemental of others, and can often see many points of view. They value supporting other people, and enjoy an open and supportive exchange of ideas.
How to spot an INFP?
They may seem cool at first, as they can reserve their personal thoughts and feelings for those they know well. They tend to be reflective and spiritual, and enjoy meaningful conversations about values, ethics, people, and personal growth. INFPs tend to be curious and open minded, are passional about their ideas, but can be very private. They are sensitive and empathetic, and are disinterested in the mundane. They usually accept others without question, and are passionate about the arts.
What are their strengths and weaknesses?
INFPs are idealists and care deeply for other people – they believe it’s their duty to make a positive impact on the lives of others in any way that they can. They can always be counted on to provide encouragement and support. Integrity is also another strength, which includes both intellectual and moral integrity. This means that they can transcend the boundaries of imagination that so often prevent us from discovering new solutions to old problems. INFPS are also able to compromise and ensure that everyone is given a fair hearing. They are also incredibly dedicated.
However, they can also be over-sensitive, impractical, selfless to a fault, and susceptible to manipulation.