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INFP Strengths and Weaknesses

The strengths and weaknesses of the INFP personality type

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Like any other personality type, there are unique INFP strengths and weaknesses specific to their type. Reflecting on both of these can help an INFP better understand where they excel and where they may need some work. Understanding what these strengths and weaknesses are can help INFPs understand their core personality a little better.

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Your strengths and weaknesses may become more apparent when you interact with other personality types, as the differences are contrasted.

INFP Strengths

What are the strengths of an INFP?

Empathy and compassion

INFPs tune into the emotional states of those around them. Feeling what others feel leads them to be highly compassionate. When they perceive that someone they care about is in distress, they try to find a solution and create a better situation.


High standards

Driven by a clear vision of what they want to accomplish, INFPs work hard and endure much in order to accomplish their goals. They rarely settle for anything less than the perfection that exists in their mind's eye. They persevere and keep on trying when results fall short of their expectations.



One reason INFPs are able to bounce back so quickly from missteps and adversities is because they are comfortable moving toward their vision even though they may not know exactly how to get there. They use their intuition and perception to feel their way through the dark and navigate without a map.


Creative intelligence

INFPs have vivid imaginations. They dream up multiple possibilities and pathways. They see reality as constantly changing; doors opening and closing. When their intuition is correct and when they are able to “get into the flow of things” their accomplishments can seem almost miraculous.

INFP weaknesses

What are the weaknesses of an INFP?

Unrealistic goals

INFPs sometimes come up short on practicality when pursuing their goals. They can become very confident in what is possible, even though they’re not sure how they’re going to accomplish it. Continuing to put one foot in front of the other even in the dark is commendable, but there are times when developing plans and strategies could be more effective.


Taking on too much responsibility

A firm belief that things can and should be better and a vision of a brighter future can become a heavy burden for an INFP, especially when others don't share these beliefs and visions. INFPs don't often seek support or try to convince others. Taking the full weight of the world on their shoulders can cause unnecessary stress, which can lead to health problems.


Ends that don't justify the means

INFPs most often have the best of intentions, but being crystal clear on where they want to go while fuzzy on the details regarding how they are going to get there can be a recipe for trouble. It's important for INFPs to be mindful of the established rules and consult with everyone affected by their activities to ensure that they are doing no harm.


Inattention to the little things in life

INFPs think big. When solving problems, they like to get to the very bottom of root causes rather than taking a “band-aid” approach. They are in danger of becoming discouraged when they can't completely irradicate a problem. It can be difficult for an INFP to accept that sometimes settling for temporary solutions and bandaging a wound is better than doing nothing at all.

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People's weaknesses can be diminished; it's possible to work on them and try to reduce the impact they may have on your personality.


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Ellie Simmonds, MSc

University of Bath, Psychology

Ellie Simmonds, MSc in Psychology from University of Bath. Ellie is an associate lecturer on psychometric assessments and has extensive knowledge of the 16-type model.