5 Strengths INFJs Bring to the Table

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Understanding my place in the world as an INFJ personality type is a journey that’s still being written. It’s a process that has taken me through multiple jobs, relationships, and life experiences. At times, it’s been a tough path, but ultimately it’s been a necessary one that has required me to question who I am. In this article, I want to shed some light on the strengths of the INFJ personality type. Ultimately, I hope this inspires other INFJs out there.


INFJs bring many strengths to the table, and here are five of them:

1. INFJs have a wonderful sense of observation and attention to detail.

We can pick out minute differences in our surroundings, and we notice things about people that others may miss. For this reason, INFJs love to people watch. People-watching allows us to study human nature without having to actually interact with others. I often notice small details about other people like what they’re wearing or if the customer said thank you to the cashier. It’s always interesting watching two people talking without eavesdropping on the conversation but rather looking at their body language. INFJs can agree that our people-watching isn’t meant to be creepy. Rather, it’s how we analyze human behavior and societal norms, which for INFJs is fascinating.


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2. INFJs are natural empaths.

INFJs are very good at empathizing with others even if we’ve never directly experienced what the other person is going through. This is because we can put ourselves in other people’s shoes and view things through their lens. For example, I recently worked as a team leader for a Youth Conservation Corps in Hawaii where I was in charge of six young adults. One of my biggest accomplishments was getting to know each of my team members on a personal level but also holding true to my role as a leader and a mentor. One day I had a deep conversation with one of these young adults who told me his life story and what was presently troubling him. I mostly just listened and soaked up all that he said—and also what he wasn’t saying. I picked up on his body language, change in tone of voice, and overall demeanor. I got into a zone where nothing else mattered; my sole purpose right then was to listen and try to understand what was going on in his life. At the end of our conversation, this individual told me that he had never shared that much with anyone in his life. I’m not trying to boast, nor am I saying that I’m some sort of expert psychologist, but something in my body switched on and entered a deep state of focus. Perhaps it was the work of my empath abilities coming out when needed.


3. INFJs are extremely creative.

Whether it’s related to the arts, literature, or music, or even something like creating an engaging lesson plan for students, INFJs are never short on ideas. For example, the other day, I was a bit bored so I decided to pull out my sketchbook and replicate a picture I had taken on a recent trip. I got lost in my inner world, trying to recreate the image of a mountain range. My creative juices were flowing and my attention to detail took over. Another example of INFJ creativity comes from when I worked as an environmental educator. I had to design interactive lessons for high school students; once I was put to the task, I spent hours coming up with the perfect lesson plan—and I enjoyed it all.

4. INFJs are lifelong learners.

INFJs are always seeking out new information and experiences, whether it’s picking up a new book, people watching, or even doing something completely out of our comfort zone like skydiving. One of my favorite places is a book store. The other day I picked up two new books after perusing the store for several hours. Libraries, bookstores, and the Internet are havens of information, and the INFJ loves to spend hours exploring them, learning about whatever their heart desires. But INFJs don’t spend all their time with their noses in a book. I also have an adventurous side that pushes me to do things like go skydiving and spend days camping in the wilderness. INFJs naturally have a curiosity to do and try new things—and external pleasures such as novels and traveling are the perfect antidotes.

5. INFJs are driven by people and want people to succeed.

Contrary to what many people believe about introverts and how we might be selfish or unapproachable, INFJs are in the business of helping people. A crucial ingredient for INFJs to find inner peace is working to empower others. I have found that teaching, counseling, and coaching are perfect for this. INFJs are generally people who have idealistic values who want to make this world a better place, especially for those who might be underserved.

Being an INFJ can have its bright moments and its dark periods. But ultimately, I wouldn’t have it any other way. INFJs can be people of contradictions and opposites. At times we are reclusive hermits and other times we are the life of the party. We can be confusing to others and most people don’t truly understand us, even though we understand others well. But what is important is being okay with who you are. What we can control is how hard we work, how much we accept ourselves, and how we interact with others. So, INFJs, keep following your values and standing up for what you believe in. retina_favicon1

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    10 Comments

    • I wonder if people find me confusing. I have this side of me that is extremely strong, self reflective and Im not afraid of talking about the big questions or asking them(I see some people might find this uncomfortable, I need to work on that). On the other hand, small talk makes me so nervous and I seem like I have very low self esteem.

      There are so few people in this world I connect with, and I get tired from it every day. Its so rare I get to indulge in converations I find meaningful. Unless there is alcohol involved, many people open up when drinking.

      Finding my personality type and reading about it has helped tremendously. I know now that there is nothing wrong with me, even though it feels like it sometimes.

      Sharing random thoughts without deleting what I wrote is an exercise for me. Thank you for this blog, it has helped me more than you can imagine.

    • Tiffany says:

      I have had several people tell me “I’ve never told anyone this much before”. That means a lot to me to hear that.

    • Tiffany says:

      I have had several people tell me “I haven’t told anyone else this much”. That means a lot to me to hear that.

    • Hunter Holy says:

      As an INFJ I have the same issue: I am generally uncomfortable with most socializing scenarios, small talk and engaging in large groups, but I am extremely confident with individual conversations of a deeper nature. This makes me seem very confident and “intellectual,” so when I have my uncomfortable moments in certain scenarios (large group socializing or being with outgoing, loud people) I withdraw. However, while I am withdrawing because I am feeling overwhelmed and socially awkward, unfortunately, I am perceived as “arrogant,” or “stuck-up.” I have had people react to me rudely because I am perceived this way, and then I withdraw further, because I am not confident and I need to feel “liked” to be comfortable to “open up,” therefore I withdraw further and the downward “social anxiety” panic attack hits.

    • Amanda says:

      I have gotten the “I don’t know why you have anxiety, your so great with people” comments from my mom most of my life. I have always found it difficult to connect with people but I am driven to make people happy regardless and that is why others, like my mom think, that I a somehow good with people.

    • Joel Saito says:

      I’m sure I confuse people too… I think it just depends what kinds of environment’s I’m in and what kind of mood I’m in. I can be shut off/closed in when I’m in loud environments or even just new environments but once I feel comfortable with people or a certain place I can open up more. When I’m in nature, I feel like I can open up more. Just generally quieter and there’s rarely the pressure to “have to” speak and converse.

      I too, love the deep conversation about important topics that I can benefit from. Since I’m always trying to learn more and gain more insight, I sometimes just can’t muster the energy to entertain conversation that I find no interest in. In other words, I don’t like to fake like I’m interested.

      I think as sensitive introverted types, we need to relish the strengths and make sure we give credit to ourselves because we’re often so hard on ourselves and rarely give ourselves the credit we deserve. We can be be our harshest critics.

    • Joel Saito says:

      A slippery slope that I’ve dealt with is people pleasing, At first, I think insecurity and fear of disapproval led to me always wanting to generate good conversation and keeping people entertained, but I realized it’s draining and ultimately creates unbalanced relationships. I’m still learning how to just be “Ok” and not feeling forced to have to entertain and please. I’ve become more comfortable in silence in settings with other people around and I think that people can sometimes tell when someone is trying to please.

    • Angela says:

      Thank-you for the thoughtful, well-written and accurate list! Angela (INFJ)

    • Emilie says:

      Thank you very much for this article. I’m a french student (sorry for my bad english !) who doubt everytime about future. And well, it’s reassuring to read that. I know my strenghts but I don’t really have conscious. Thanks of you, I feel much better and some points I saw like weakness became strenghts.

    • Haddy Abra says:

      Excellent article. I will be 74 in a couple of weeks so I have a lot of experience to draw from. My low self-esteem and shyness issues are far behind me in the lonely little world I once knew so well, but I still relate to the points you have made. As a retired counsellor, I give weekly inspirational talks to addicts and alcoholics. They are based on my daily observations of reminders of the way I used to react to life when I shared their problems and how my world has changed. I have fully embraced my INFJ personality and the opportunities it offers for me to make the world around me a better place.

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