5 Reasons Why It’s Great To Be INFP

by Amanda Linehan on December 14, 2009

in Best Of, INFP

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I am an INFP. That’s Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator. Below are five reasons why it’s great to be INFP. These aren’t based on any kind of formal analysis. They are simply based on my life experience as an INFP.

If you are an INFP, you may often feel as if you are swimming against the current, as if you tend to see the world differently than many other people. And maybe you’ve also wished that you could just “be like everyone else.” Take some time to appreciate your own unique qualities that you possess. And remember what they say (whoever “they” are): it takes all kinds. :)

5 Great Qualities of the INFP

Your Vivid Imagination – The ability (and the desire) to sit for long periods of time and imagine things is a favorite INFP pastime. This might make you a good storyteller. Or, you may have a vision of the world, or of your community, or of some aspect of life that you think it is worthy of working towards. Just because you see it in your mind doesn’t mean it will automatically come to pass one day, but having a vision of what could be makes you a powerful force if you choose to act upon it. Just remember, what’s in your mind and what actually is will never quite match, but you can keep working on getting them as close as possible.

Your Depth of Feeling – You feel things a little more intensely than other people. This can be a painful, as events and circumstances that other people wouldn’t notice, the INFP is bothered by. But it can also be a wonderful thing, as the little moments of joy in life don’t pass unnoticed. You may think of yourself as being too sensitive, but, really, you are acutely aware and perceptive of the way it feels to Live, and this makes your experience of life very rich.

Your Relationships – Your desire for connection with other people is very strong. The connections you build have depth to them. You are a very good “bonder.” You are also an excellent friend to have, and despite your (probably) quiet demeanor, many people find it very pleasant to be around you. You make them feel peaceful, but they are not sure why.

Your Perception of the World – You are an observer. A very acute observer. And, things that other people miss, you tend to see. This knowledge of Life at a very subtle level makes you aware of the nuances of living. You can see the experience of life at it’s depths. Being an “observer” is often considered to be not as important as being a “doer,” but your observations are one of your very best gifts. Make sure you share them with others in some way.

Your Dedication to What You Love – You don’t like to do things that you don’t love. This can be painful when you feel like you have to. But, it can also keep you searching when others would have given up. And when you do find something you love, you put your soul into it. There is nothing for you that doesn’t involve love. So keep looking.

Imagination rules the world. – Napoleon Bonaparte

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Any INFPs around? Agree or disagree? Have something to add? Other types – what are the best qualities of your own type? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments. :)

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51 Amanda Linehan February 18, 2014 at 10:42 am

Hi Bram – Wonderful! Yes, it does feel good to connect! I hear what you are saying about the all or nothing bonding. I wonder if that’s also an INFP thing. :)

52 tyler February 20, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Very nice piece. I feel like I know you (and vice versa) better than anyone could imagin being a fellow infpe. Thanks for sharing this article. I know I’ll continue to Love, dream, care, and question things more than the average bear but feel wonderful knowing I’m not as alone as I often feel. I literally love you : )

53 Amanda Linehan February 25, 2014 at 11:23 am

Hi Tyler – INFP love! Awesome! Glad you liked the article and glad to hear you will keep on INFPing. :)

54 Libia March 2, 2014 at 12:58 am

Hey ! my english is so bad , i am Peruvian , i using google translate , :) i love your article , i feel the same , i am so stranger , but i am proud for this , is wear for the other persons , but is my way ~ my life , and i´m happy find you ,find people understand :) , ah espero que se haya entendido algo ,Thanks a lot .

55 Amanda Linehan March 14, 2014 at 11:55 am

Hi Libia – Thanks. :) It’s always nice to connect with other people who feel the same way.

56 Daylan June 10, 2014 at 2:02 pm

This is really insightful and well said:

“you are acutely aware and perceptive of the way it feels to Live, and this makes your experience of life very rich.”

It will likely stick with me. I’m somewhere between INFP and INTP. Have you spent much time with other INFPs? I like them, but they also drive me crazy. INFPs seem to bring out the INTP in me, and INTPs seem to bring out the INFP in me. Have you experienced this?

57 Amanda Linehan June 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

Hi Daylan – Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I love hearing from fellow INFPs. Umm, it’s funny, I don’t always know the types for the people I’m spending time with. I guess not everyone is a meyers briggs nerd like I am. :) So, I’m not sure that I’ve really experienced that. But that is kind of interesting what you described. Feeling like you go back and forth, somewhat.

58 Sakubo November 28, 2014 at 5:00 am

It’s from 2009, but thank you.

I felt better reading this.

59 Salma December 4, 2014 at 1:02 pm

I agree with you, especially with the imagination point. I think stories/dramas can be considered a part of imagination, cuz I get into them very quickly and don’t feel the time passing.

60 Amanda Linehan January 11, 2015 at 12:23 pm

Hi Sakubo – Yeah, a little old, but still totally relevant (I think). :)

Hi Salma – Totally agree. :)

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