INFP Personality Type

The Empath in Myers Briggs

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What is the INFP personality type (The Empath)?
People with an INFP personality type tend to be reserved, idealistic, and adaptable in their behavior. They are curious people, often lost in thought. They enjoy being by themselves or with small groups of people, and prefer to listen to and contemplate the thoughts of those around them.

INFP Personality Traits

INFPs value time alone or with very small groups and can often feel exhausted after spending time with large groups of people.

They tend to focus on the big picture and don’t get lost on the smaller details. They have strong intuitions and often follow their gut instincts.

Empaths tend to prioritize emotion and make decisions that feel right. They are very diplomatic and can easily understand others emotions.

They are very flexible in their schedules. INFPs like to keep their options open and tend to be more spontaneous.


In summary, INFP personality types tend to...

  • Value close friendships with a few people
  • Prioritize the big picture over small details
  • Think deeply about philosophical issues
  • Make decisions based on emotion
  • Keep their schedules flexible

INFP Meaning

  • (I) INTROVERSION: Introverts tend to draw energy from spending time alone.
  • (N) INTUITION: Intuitive types tend to love to explore new ideas and think in terms of the big picture.
  • (F) FEELING: Feeling types usually prioritize emotion over logic, often choosing to follow their gut when making decisions.
  • (P) PERCEIVING: Perceiving types usually prefer to be flexible and spontaneous.

INFP Strengths

Every personality archetype has strengths and blind spots, and these are often amplified in professional settings where we often encounter a diverse group of people with vastly different backgrounds and value systems.

Myers-Briggs INFP Strengths

Strengths that are typically associated with the INFP personality type include...

  • Ability to see multiple perspectives
  • Thorough understanding of emotion
  • Thinking independently and creatively
  • Dedication to those they value
  • Passion for helping and serving others
Learn more about INFP strengths

INFP Weaknesses

Myers-Briggs INFP Weaknesses

Weaknesses that are typically associated with the INFP personality type include...

  • Difficulty accepting disappointment or failure
  • Taking criticism too personally
  • Struggling to share about themselves
  • Tendency to overlook fine details
  • Overlooking their own wants and needs
Learn more about INFP weaknesses

How INFP personality types like to work

Myers-Briggs INFP Communicating

Communicating with an INFP personality type

Be expressive; try to relate to and understand their emotional needs.
Myers-Briggs INFP Meeting

Meeting with an INFP personality type

INFPs are great listeners, so communication is easy—just remember to be conscious of their sensitivity.
Myers-Briggs INFP Emailing

Emailing an INFP personality type

Include pleasantries and emotion, while still directly communicating the purpose of the email.
Myers-Briggs INFP Feedback

Giving feedback to an INFP personality type

Remain sensitive to their emotions, careful to phrase feedback constructively.
Myers-Briggs INFP Conflict

Resolving conflict with an INFP personality type

Conflict can be difficult for INFPs, so express yourself gently and encourage them to share their own perspective.
Learn more about INFP at work

INFP Motivations

When people experience pain, stress, or dissatisfaction, it can usually be attributed to energy-draining activities. Therefore, it’s important to know what kinds of activities energize each personality type and which activities drain them.

Myers-Briggs INFP Motivations

INFP personality types tend to be motivated and energized by...

  • Listening to and helping others
  • Spending time alone to regroup
  • Contemplating philosophical or complex challenges
  • Creatively solving complicated problems
  • Flexible schedules that allow room for change
Learn more about INFP motivations

INFP Stress

Myers-Briggs INFP Stress

INFP personality types tend to be stressed and drained by...

  • Blunt or harsh criticism from others
  • Analyzing specific facts or data
  • Rigid or unnecessary routine
  • Large groups of unfamiliar people
  • Negative mindsets and pessimism
Learn more about INFP stressors

INFP Careers

INFPs tend to thrive in environments that allow them to work at their own pace. They enjoy building relationships with small groups of people and remaining open to new, exciting opportunities.

Myers-Briggs INFP Energized at Work

INFP personality types feel energized at work when...

  • They are asked to work independently from others.
  • Their boss gives them a lot of flexibility in their schedule.
  • Their peers are accepting and affirming of their ideas.
  • Their direct reports can keep up with changing directions.
Myers-Briggs INFP Drained at work

INFP personality types feel drained at work when...

  • They have to abide by a strict schedule.
  • Their boss is distant and uncommunicative.
  • Their peers are cold and focused solely on efficiency.
  • Their direct reports have difficulty adapting.

INFPs have the ability to work independently and hold themselves to a high standard. They thrive in fields that allow them to think creatively and solve complex problems, all while serving other people.

Myers-Briggs INFP Common Jobs

Common jobs for people with INFP personality types

  • Counselor
  • Teacher
  • Freelance Writer
  • Social Worker
  • Graphic Designer
  • Librarian
  • Physical Therapist
Learn more about INFP careers

INFP Relationships (Professional)

INFPs are skilled in adaptability and creative thinking. They can help others adjust to unforeseen circumstances and keep an open mind to new ideas.

Myers-Briggs INFP Working With

INFP personality types tend to work well with others who...

  • Give them space to work independently
  • Get to know them on a more personal level
  • Avoid being overly negative or critical
Myers-Briggs INFP Professional Obstacles

INFP personality types may hit obstacles in professional relationships when they...

  • Feel challenged or criticized by others
  • Are faced with frequent conflict in the office
  • Fail to follow strict company policies, schedules, or procedures
Learn more about INFP professional relationships

INFP Relationships (Romantic)

INFPs can be optimistic, thoughtful partners who value time spent with their loved ones.

Myers-Briggs INFP Romantic Strengths

In a romantic relationship, Empath personality types bring strengths like...

  • Easily trusting and relying on their partner
  • Granting their partner necessary independence
  • Passion for exploring new ideas and opportunities
Myers-Briggs INFP Romantic Troubles

In romantic relationships, Empath personality types may have trouble...

  • Attending large, crowded events with their partner
  • Communicating their perspective with open honesty
  • Acknowledging or attending to their own needs
Learn more about INFP romantic relationships

INFP Females

Women with the INFP personality type

INFP females tend to be naturally empathetic and reserved. They are likely to prioritize close friendships over building connections with everyone they meet. They may be naturally adaptable and, at times, spontaneous, often preferring to avoid unnecessary strict routines. They have a creative way of seeing the world around them and can offer interesting, unique solutions to significant problems.

INFP Females

Famous INFP Females

  • Anne Frank
  • Audrey Hepburn
  • Emily Dickinson
  • Alicia Keys
  • Julia Roberts
  • Emily Blunt
  • Harper Lee
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INFP Males

Men with the INFP personality type

INFP males are likely to be creative, more emotionally-motivated personalities, who tend to have an easy time seeing the world from others’ perspectives. They may be skilled at adapting to situations as needed, and tend to think deeply about important, complex issues. INFP males may be criticized unfairly by others for being so naturally connected to their emotions. However, their empathetic disposition makes them great at understanding and connecting more deeply with others.

INFP Males

Famous INFP Males

  • 14th Dalai Lama
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Kurt Cobain
  • Stephen Colbert
  • Sufjan Stevens
Learn more about INFP men
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Related Personality Types

Below are the DISC and Enneagram types that are similar to Myers-Briggs Type INFP. 

DISC Type IS, or Si

Enneagram Type 4 or 9

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