16 Quotes That Explain the Beautifully Quirky INFP Personality Type

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I wrote The INFP Book because I wanted to connect with other INFPs who also feel lost in this world. INFPs are described as being reserved, imaginative, passionate, creative, and quirky. These are some of the many qualities that make us unique — but they can also make us feel estranged from society, which often demands that we be far more extroverted, conventional, and pragmatic than we naturally are. The book includes my research into my personality type, as well as my personal reflections, anecdotes, and lessons that I’ve learned. Here are 16 quotes from my book and Facebook page, which help explain the mystical, deep, and often contradictory INFP personality type:

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3. “INFPs are compelled by an intense feeling to seek this inner expression and truth that’s invisible on the surface and independent of our external realities. What’s most important for INFPs is to feel personally connected to and in tune to whatever decisions they end up making.”

 

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6. “I believe that one of the perks of being an INFP is that we are highly emotionally intelligent and empathetic. We can put ourselves in other people’s shoes and experience the world from their perspective, which in turn gives us a deeper insight into ourselves and our relations with the world.”

 

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10. “INFPs often feel pressured to provide an absolute answer to ‘What do you want to do with your life?’ These kinds of thoughts and questions only build our anxiety and are counterproductive for us. For many of us, we prefer to live in the moment and pick up new information and inspiration as they come.”

 

11. “INFPs are considered empaths. We often wear our heart on our sleeves and become very altruistic, caring for another person deeply at the expense of our well-being.”

 

12. “INFPs, in general, are very spiritual and have profound compassion and an appreciation for nature, beauty, and all of those things that make life worth living.”

 

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Discover more INFP insight in my book.

The INFP Book

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  • Alex

    Thank you for this article! (I think I always say the same but it’s true ^_^).
    It helps me understand better my INFP s.o.
    Quite probably I’ll have to buy your book 🙂

    • Catherine Chea

      Awesome. ^_^

      • Jim

        I just learned I’m an INFP a few months ago and I’ve been reading as much as I can to …well, try to understand myself, and hopefully leverage my natural inclinations to be a better me. If that doesn’t sound too stupid.

        Understanding the cognitive functions and how they manifest has been a huge revelation. It has explained so much about my behavior and way of processing the world. But, on the one hand, I’m relieved to know that I’m not as odd or misunderstood as I thought. On the other, it irritates me to think that I’m not as odd or as misunderstood as I thought. Haha.

        One of the tools I had already developed to cope and keep myself grounded was this mantra:

        “Accept the world for what it is.
        Avoid fear, expectation, and judgment.
        Enjoy the details.”

        So it came as quite a pleasant shock to come across these words in your book: “Accept the world as it is.”

        It makes me wonder now if most INFPs eventually come to that conclusion on their own as they grow older and more mature…

        Anyway, I enjoyed your book and I enjoy your articles.

        • Catherine Chea

          Hi Jim, I’m so glad you enjoyed my book and my articles. <3

          Haha. I also think it's comforting knowing that I'm "normal" and not insane. And even though there are other people "like me," I still think INFPs are unique because we personalize all of our experiences to make it our own.

          It's neat that you also come to realize the importance of "accepting the world as it is." Doing so is quite liberating. 🙂

  • Jim

    🙂

  • Chad Baldwin

    Thank you for putting together a list of quotes that are gender ambiguous. I truly appreciate it.

    • Catherine Chea

      My pleasure. 🙂

  • Cassandra Lam

    I think it’s interesting that an INFP would have many interests and hobbies, I experience it myself and am usually told that I’m ‘trying to do everything at once’. I’m wondering, then, how do other INFPs cope with this challenge, the constant pull between novelty and mastery?

    • Mollybee6000

      Spiral !

      Pick up a hobby – photography. Move to the next one – lino printing. Move to another – ceramics. Move to the next – painting. Start making paintings from your photographs. Extend your painterly use of colour into your ceramics. Create lino prints from your photos and then use them as textures for your new teapot series. Take photos of your teapots. Make paintings of domestic settings with your home made ceramics and the tomatoes you grew (you took up gardening as well, didn’t you ?!)… 🙂

      Don’t put things down when you pick up new things – weave them together instead. Spiral around them, come back to them. Maintain many Pinterest boards 🙂

      Try MANY different things – foodie stuff like sourdoughs and fermenting and making pickles and chutneys. Pysch stuff like CBT and Stoicism, meditation and hypnotism. Homesteading stuff – building pallet furniture and gardening and cob pizza ovens. ALL THE ARTS ! Heh. Try not go bonkers buying ALL THE KIT. Most arts can start with the basics – school lino, a set of carvers and a small brayer; or pinch pots and a local pottery club kiln; or a set of acrylics and students brushes and canvas. Mosaics take broken crockery, adhesive and grout…. etc etc

      It works best if you don’t look at what other people are doing except in the broadest strokes for inspiration. I worked out really fast the the initial stuff I make will be clunky, but it will rapidly get better with practice. I also love doing workshops and classes – I made a spoon out of olive wood last week, and in a fortnight I’m doing a pallet furniture workshop.

      I found a stack of likeminded people on Facebook, in my area, and I can organise *little* meetups. I’m meeting a lady called Cath tomorrow at a permaculture day at the local library to get some low sugar preserves from her. If we hit it off, I might ask her to come over and help me deal with my lemons. If not, I will quietly fade into the background again.

      And be aware that doing this sort of thing, you are very likely to meet like-minded people. Ongoing meet-ups like your local stitch-n-bitch, local pottery classes or art classes, silver jewellery workshops – these things all attract arty farty creative types who you will find interesting. Ditto some of the more spiritual forms of yoga like Kundalini Yoga; as well as Buddhist retreats and meditation groups.

      Finally, (Gosh you hit a button, didn’t you ?!) I leave you with the full form of the quote “Jack of all trades”:

      Jack of all trades, master of none, though oftentimes better than master of one.

      🙂

      • Kaven Bégin

        Whoa! This is liberating. The trick is pacing. I can have so many ideas sometimes.

  • Lauren Teresa Smith

    So helpful!! I greatly liked numbers 9, 8, 4, & 16. Thanks for sharing!

  • Petra Kratochvilová

    Hi Catherine, thank you so much for your work and your kind words! I am INFP from Czech Republic. I have to order you book soon! :))