Are all INFJs HSP? (high sensitive people)

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: Are all INFJs HSP? We will describe the INFJ personality type, and find out what exactly makes them so unique. 

Are all INFJs HSP?

Most INFJs are HSP, which is very sensitive people who tend to think less of themselves, and although they seem confident, INFJs have many doubts and they always feel that what they do is not enough. Therefore, having a word of encouragement or support for an INFJ is something that they value very much.

This intense determination also applies to INFJ’s relationships. If they include you in their inner circle, they will want you to stay there at all costs. That can lead them to sacrifice too much in love and friendship relationships. The only thing an INFJ asks in return is the same commitment.

The INFJ personality, characterized by combining the psychological dimensions of introversion, intuition, feeling, and judgment, represents, according to Carl Jung, 1% of the population. This personality pattern defines an idealistic profile, serene, firm in its values, highly sensitive, but sure of itself and always oriented to improve the lives of others.

If someone has not yet heard of this type of personality, it will not take long to find a book, a documentary, or an article with the classic list of the 10 key characteristics that define this unique type of profile. The INFJ personality is fashionable in the Anglo-Saxon world, and although at first glance it may remind us a bit of the highly sensitive personality, it can be said that they are not precisely the same.

To understand it a little better, let’s take a trip to its origin. The INFJ typology is actually part of the Myers-Briggs Indicator, a personality test designed to identify our personal preferences. This test is based on the psychological types developed by Carl Jung, which he defined throughout his clinical experience.

Today this indicator is used mainly in group dynamics and in tests of personal growth. However, it must be said that within the more academic sphere and in the most rigorous psychological literature they do not give it much validity. 

However, Carl Jung’s work on his psychological types is always of interest, and today we are seeing a strong resurgence of many of his approaches, and especially his contribution to the study of personality.

Thus, and among all that set of psychological profiles that the Myers-Briggs indicator offers us, what is considered the most peculiar and exclusive personality of all, the INFJ, always draws attention. Let’s dive a little deeper into it.

The INFJ personality 

The Myers-Briggs Indicator is a type of psychological test that professionals in the educational world tend to like. It makes it easier for students to get to know each other better, to make more reasoned decisions about their academic and work future. Through its four scales, we can know, for example, how we see the world, how we process everything that surrounds us, or how we relate to each other.

Likewise, it is interesting to remember that this indicator is based on 8 types of extroverted personalities and 8 types of introverted personalities, the INFJ personality being precisely the most unusual of all because it defines just over 1% of the population.

The Myers and Briggs Style Indicator is designed to assess Jung’s global theory of psychological types and make practical use of it. According to this theory, we can all use four basic mental functions or processes when we obtain information (Sensation-Intuition) and make decisions (Reflection-Emotion). 

We also use four attitudes towards the outside world: Extraversion-Introversion and Judgment-Perception. The combination of all these functions and attitudes will give rise to 16 types that differ in the development of each preference and in the attitudes of Introversion.

INFJ Personality Traits

Oriented to help others

The INFJ personality is also known as the lawyer profile for the following reasons:

  • They are idealistic and have a high sense of what is right and what is wrong.
  • They are guided by their values ​​and are always very belief oriented.
  • One of its clearest goals is to make it easy to help others.
  • However, they are not limited to “rescue”, because the INFJ personality has the ability to inspire, to get others to be better, to progress, to become the kind of people who do not need to be rescued.
  • They are good at socializing but value loneliness.

This type of personality profile has a knack for building relationships. They know how to make friends and keep them, they are close, warm, and friendly, simple, and good conversationalists. Seen from the outside they can give the impression that they are the classic example of an extrovert, however, the INFJ personality controls moments of sociability very well and limits them in time for a very basic reason.

His nature is introverted and he needs moments of solitude to regain his “energy”.

They are active dreamers

The INFJ personality is a tireless dreamer. However, her dreams do not remain in mere illusion, in the classic passive dreamer where her idealism is fragile and light that the wind carries her away. Quite the opposite. This personality has the natural need to contribute to society, and hence, they daydream about acting in the same way: with conviction and determination.

In a work setting, these people always show independence, clear goal orientation, high creativity, and intuition. Also, it is common that they like art and science equally.

Their enthusiasm and idealism often wear them out

The INFJ personality has only one problem: society. In this world full of inequalities, closed doors, and walls to overcome daily, it is easy to become discouraged by many obstacles. Hence, it is common for this profile to end up being disappointed and suffering from constant physical and emotional wear.

It is not easy for them to face daily criticism, stress, and that clash between their idealism and harsh reality. Also, another fact that characterizes them is that they often forget to take care of themselves.

Having already seen the main characteristics of this type of personality defined by Carl Gustav Jung, we can intuit that we are dealing with one of those figures whose thought and echo have led to a small world revolution. That 1% of the population is the light of our society: people with clear ideas, purposeful dreamers who yearn to give others the best.

Thus, and if someone feels fully identified with the INFJ personality, only one piece of advice can be added: persist without neglecting your ideals. Never give up, because sometimes that 1% of the population is enough to inspire the other 99%.

Advice for a relationship with an INFJ, from an INFJ

BE HONEST.

I can’t think of anything that annoys an INFJ more than lies. We want authenticity in our relationships, no matter how harsh the truth is. INFJs have a very high sense of intuition, and we usually realize when someone lies to us or hides things from us, so any type of lie is evident to us.

We may not openly accuse you of lying to us, but we will always prefer telling us the truth about how you feel about something or us.

If an INFJ considers you their friend, you mean the world to him or her; that’s why nothing terrible about what you’ve done is going to be that he stops loving you. 

SHOW INTEREST.

For an INFJ, friendship and love relationships are about deep connection. We don’t have many friends, but we are the most loyal companions you will ever find, and we ask the same in return.

We tend to mistrust people who have more than five friends because we spend so much time with friends that we cannot understand how someone can have a real connection with so many people.

As empaths, we are all the time understanding people’s feelings, but we rarely find someone to open our hearts to. We are a rare combination of a purely emotional heart with a strictly rational mind. That makes us aware that we are strange, and for that very reason, we feel misunderstood all the time.

So if we open up to you and show our heart as it is, we ask for interest in return. A message, a hug, or a call is more than enough for us, especially if we tell you something painful.

We hate small talk. Ask us what our dreams, our aspirations, our fears, our beliefs are…

Don’t ignore an INFJ when she opens her heart because we can slam emotional doors forever, despite loving you for life. We are intense for everything, and we have deep emotions. Therefore, the disinterest of someone we love is a direct hit to the heart.

YOU HAVE TO BE PREPARED FOR ADVENTURE.

Most people think INFJs are serious people. We may seem calm and reserved for our acquaintances, but people who know us know how spontaneous and changeable we are. Although we are highly organized, in the middle of a conversation, we may also say, “Let’s go on a trip to Córdoba … NOW … In five minutes”, and since we are so stubborn, persuasive, and passionate, it is very likely that we will go because we are going to convince you to do so. This happens because we have an adventurous spirit and we want to be with the people we love all the time. We appreciate quality time.

While we make organized plans most of the time, you also have to be prepared for this kind of spontaneity.

A friend recently told me: “Selene, I’ve known you for twenty years and I never know what you’re going to answer me …” And that’s very true. We are so intense that you will never finish knowing us.

SPEND TIME WITH ME.

Speaking of spending time together, one way to show each other love is by spending quality time with us. Although unlike other introverted personality types, activities with lots of people are fine for us (we don’t love them, but we can tolerate them), if you want to get to know each other, let’s spend time alone.

Going out in pairs, without other people or social activities, reminds us that you also enjoy being with us. INFJs have a deep and contradictory desire for others to value the characteristics that make us special and unique, but without wanting to have public recognition for them. However, we love that our inner circle reminds us that we are valued.

The bottom line

Individuals with INFJ-type personalities are very open and friendly. When they have discussions, they prefer to use expressive language, emotional, and as human as possible, to the detriment of demonstrations based entirely on logic and argumentation. 

The friends of those with INFJ personality could consider them as extroverts, but they will realize quite quickly that they need to spend some time alone, to recover their energy and for recreation. The INFJ personality type is very attentive to others, from an emotional point of view, so they also expect the same thing, and sometimes they want to have their own space, for a few days, according to 16personalities.com.

Do you think that all INFJs are HSP? If you have any comments or questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments section.

FAQ on Are all INFJs HSP?

Are INFJs neurotic?

Not all INFJs are neurotic, but this personality type does score high on Neuroticism or Emotional stability. Highly neurotic people have more frequent mood swings and a greater tendency to worry, reminding us of the typical INFJ.

How do I know if I’m an HSP?

You know you are an HSP if you are jumpy, have mood swings, are a deep thinker, time pressure really blocks you, absolutely hate violence and violent behavior, and are frequently emotionally exhausted after long discussions. 

Why are INFJs so weird?

INFJs are not weird, but they are the rarest personality type, making them seen as different. INFJs see and “feel” the world differently. 

Are INFJs gifted?

INFJs are gifted in ways other MBTI types are not. INFJs are capable of feeling everything on a level that others are not.

References

Mba-institute.org

16personalities.com

Truity.com

Divya is currently a Clinical Psychology Trainee in a Master of Philosophy program and holds a Master’s in clinical psychology. She has a special interest in Personality studies and disorders, having researched the subject before, and Neuropsychology; with an additional interest being Mood disorders. She likes to write about Psychiatric issues, having worked in multiple specialty setups during her time as a clinical psychology student, and in her free time she likes to cook and read.