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5 Reasons Why It’s Great To Be 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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  • randy January 17, 2014, 1:13 am

    I am a scientist. Your blog describes me perfectly. I feel so alone. But its ok. Because I bring good to the world.

  • Amanda Linehan January 25, 2014, 3:51 pm

    Hi Randy – Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  • Bram February 16, 2014, 5:30 pm

    Really nice piece, Amanda ! It’s great to stumble upon something that makes you feel connected. This describes me almost 100% ! I’m just not sure if I’m a great great bonder, it’s all or nothing concerning that issue. If it happens it just does, when I feel I’m forcing the slightest thing, nothing will happen. And when it happens they indeed feel peaceful.

  • Amanda Linehan February 18, 2014, 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. 🙂

  • tyler February 20, 2014, 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 : )

  • Amanda Linehan February 25, 2014, 11:23 am

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

  • Libia March 2, 2014, 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 .

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

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

  • Daylan June 10, 2014, 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?

  • Amanda Linehan June 13, 2014, 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.

  • Sakubo November 28, 2014, 5:00 am

    It’s from 2009, but thank you.

    I felt better reading this.

  • Salma December 4, 2014, 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.

  • Amanda Linehan January 11, 2015, 12:23 pm

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

    Hi Salma – Totally agree. 🙂

  • Eve March 11, 2015, 8:49 pm

    Hi, Amanda, I stumbled across your articles about INFPs and they were exactly what I needed to read. I’m an INFP and I am often being hard on myself in the ways you described, and I tend to forget that I am special to everyone else because I am different from them. Thanks for reminding me that it’s just the way a person with my temp feels. It’s great to connect with fellow INFPs and see that you’re not the only one! ? Thanks for writing these great articles!

  • Amanda Linehan March 13, 2015, 12:08 pm

    Hi Eve – Yes, it is great to connect with other INFPs! Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed the articles.

  • margaret March 13, 2015, 4:44 pm

    Im also an INFP, i love our uniqueness, and just want you to know that no one could’ve described INFP’s better.

  • Amanda Linehan March 16, 2015, 9:07 am

    Hi Margaret – Thanks!

  • bcube April 1, 2015, 4:25 am

    Hi Amanda, thanks for the article, I just discovered i’m INFP and all the points you describes are suited to me.
    its really good to see there are people in the world that are like me. its feeling like …., (sorry I can’t explain it in words). Hope you feel it !!

  • Amanda Linehan April 25, 2015, 5:23 pm

    Hi bcube – I feel it! 🙂

  • Leonardo Stoffels May 3, 2015, 4:01 pm

    Your words are very sweet,Amanda!

    However,the hard stuff in item 4 is that we perceive so many wonderful things and have such a difficult job to express them : (

    Thanks for the article!

  • Amanda Linehan May 4, 2015, 10:30 am

    Hi Leonardo – Glad you liked it!

  • DaniRae May 18, 2015, 12:27 pm

    Its nice to see you writing about INFPs with so much positivity. Some people tend to perceive our sensitivity and intensity of our emotions as a weakness but I believe its our greatest strength!

  • Amanda Linehan May 19, 2015, 3:36 pm

    Hi DaniRae – Agreed!

  • Nathan May 25, 2015, 1:50 pm

    Don’t know that “your relationships” is always an INFP strength. Being an INFP for me has many traps with regards to relationships… I over-idealize people, don’t make enough $$ to treat people, can be an empath, can have a hard time getting out of bad relationships, and don’t like being bossed around… all INFP drawbacks.

  • Amanda Linehan June 3, 2015, 10:56 am

    Hi Nathan – Yeah, there are drawbacks too.

  • Ninoska June 24, 2015, 4:33 am

    I recently discover that I’m INFP, and looking some information about it, I discover this amazing blog! It had been so hard for me struggle these whole years with it, for moments I just thought like nobody could understand the way I feel and see things, but I’m learning and trying to deal with… hopefully someday this solitude-nobodyunderstand me feeling gone disappear finally… thanks again for this helpful blog!!! (And sorry for my English, I’m from south America heehee)

  • CLare July 8, 2015, 7:11 am

    Agree on most part especially imagination – can’t live without ’em! Although might have a little bit of doubt on no.5 but nice piece

  • cheryl July 20, 2015, 10:24 am

    yes being an infp does feel like im different, but i never knew it till recently when i began to study it. ive noticed going inside my mind when someone paid me a compliment recently, running it past my value system and i had never noticed tht happen before. it felt weird. but there was an intp in the room who was not saying anything, just grinning and that made me nervous. i thought i had social anxiety but it is not that it is being so observant. being infp. i find it hard to talk to intps.

  • Amanda Linehan July 25, 2015, 11:31 am

    Hi Ninoska – Thanks for reading! Glad you liked it. 🙂

    Hi Clare – Thanks!

    Hi Cheryl – Yes, being INFP is complicated! 🙂

  • Dana August 7, 2015, 5:58 pm

    Thanks so much for this emphasis on the positive aspects of the INFP temperament. Yours is the first article I’ve seen that mentions the quality of being extremely observant. (But not necessarily of the things some other people may notice.) I think this quality is key in our extraverted intuition-we are constantly seeking new information from our environment and bringing it in to inform our understanding (especially of people).
    Cheers!

  • Lena Bitare September 19, 2015, 9:12 am

    I’m an INFP and I find this accurate 🙂 Thanks for posting this.

  • Amanda Linehan September 25, 2015, 11:55 am

    Hi Dana – I think you’re right about the observant thing – we see the things that others miss!

    Hi Lena – Great! thanks.

  • Anonymous October 16, 2015, 11:46 pm

    Ah, as another INFP, I find this incredibly true, not to mention well-written. I often struggle with feeling isolated, so it’s nice to feel understood at last. 🙂

  • 3rdwheel December 6, 2015, 5:25 pm

    hi, loved the article and your list. i recently found out im an infp (took several online personality tests) and everything makes sense. the negative aspects of being an infp is disheartening (typical infp nature to be negative i guess?) but this list makes me view us types so much more positively. thanks again

  • Amanda Linehan December 29, 2015, 11:26 am

    Hi Anonymous – 🙂

  • Amanda Linehan December 29, 2015, 11:26 am

    Hi 3rdwheel – You’re welcome. Glad you liked it.

  • brad January 21, 2016, 1:38 am

    love this, I’m new to all of this and I feel like I’ve almost lost myself in the past year and a half due to not understanding who I was. I still worry that I won’t bounce back to my former self some days but I have to believe that the person who I am, or at least have known myself to be, will return. I truly wish that I would have come into contact with more information on INFP’s and how and what we are so that I could have understood myself a little better, and also come in contact with others sooner. I have felt so out of place in so many ways for so long that it became tiresome and eventually it became extremely frightening. I began to shut people out and turn inward more and more, becoming depressed because of the amount of feelings and thoughts I had, and the lack of understanding I had for them and the feeling of not connecting with really anyone around me. It has helped to learn that I’m not the only one, that I’m not weird, and that there is a place to go. I have a long ways to go to dig out of this hole that I’ve gotten myself into, but I believe that understanding who I am and why I feel the way I do will help immensely, along with having the ability to look to others now that I know a direction. So to try and tie this all in, the reason I really love what you wrote is because it reminds me of me and what i liked about me before I started down the rough patch. I don’t know why it seems to have come on so strong over the last couple of years, but I have definitely felt a void and also a separation from who I am and who I felt I should be, and not understanding where to begin with it all coupled with not relating to those close to me, has been terribly difficult. But you’ve reminded me of the positive, the side of me that I love and enjoy, the side of me that I need to work to be again. Sorry for the long winded post and lack of direction here, this is the first time I’ve ever posted or spoke of all of this. Man we really are complex aren’t we? 🙂

  • Amanda Linehan February 19, 2016, 10:52 am

    Hi Brad – Yes, we are! Thanks for your really thoughtful comment and good luck on your INFP journey! There’s lots of INFP stuff online, so there should be plenty for you to read and research. 🙂

  • winter March 19, 2016, 12:09 am

    Being an INFP male means that you’re only able to fall in love once, with the wrong person who uses you, severing that relationship, and suffering until death because of it.

    Thank you, universe, for generating INFP souls for a world that is contrived to hurt them as much as possible.

  • Lee March 26, 2016, 7:36 pm

    Brad,
    You say you have dug yourself in hole. That may be, but you can still look up and see the stars! Spoken like a true InFP!

  • Shatrunjay April 8, 2016, 10:25 am

    Hi! Really loved this article. I’ve just recently figured out about these personality types and that there are other people out there who are just like me. I’ve going through a rough patch recently and reading all this really makes me feel better knowing that there are others out there who understand. I’ve always hated myself for having so much to say but never really being able to say it to someone. Spending lots of time just thinking about something. Playing out conversations with people inside my head but never really being able to say the same in real life. Always criticizing myself for the smallest of things.
    But now I that I’m starting to understand what are the good and bad parts of being an INFP, I’ll definitely try to improve myself and face my weaknesses.
    Thanks a lot for this post. Just want to give a big hug to all the other INFP’s out there. Love you all.

  • Amanda Linehan April 8, 2016, 2:19 pm

    Hi Shatrunjay – Completely agree on the “having so much to say but never really being able to say it to someone.” It’s a strange phenomenon! Welcome. 🙂

  • Martin May 2, 2016, 9:36 am

    Hi Amanda,

    thank you for making my day brighter :). I’m experiencing all of this but never been able to put it in words this accurately. I discovered I’m an INFP just recently and the stuff I read lately doesn’t stop amazing me.

    “…You make them feel peaceful, but they are not sure why.”

    This part made me chuckle, my ex who is of a turbulent nature always used to tell me the exact same thing 🙂

    Love,

    M

  • Amanda Linehan May 3, 2016, 2:55 pm

    Welcome. 🙂

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