In this article we will explore five famous INFP-T personalities from three different centuries. We will explore the thoughts of these personalities, and how the turbulence associated with INFP-T personality type, affected their lives.
A List of Prominent INFP-T Personalities
Here is a list of some widely known INFP-T personality types:
- Søren Kierkegaard
- Vincent van Gogh
- Virginia Woolf
- Lady Diana
- Heath Ledger
One thing that is common between INFP-T is that Turbulent Mediators are prone to overextending themselves and becoming overwhelmed. They are harsh with themselves, if they do not reach their objectives, which are oftentimes extremely difficult and unreasonable.
Søren Kierkegaard, better known as the father of existentialism, a form of philosophical inquiry that focuses on the lived experience of the thinking, feeling, and acting person as it investigates the reality of human existence.
From his childhood until his death at the age of 42, Kierkegaard suffered from depression.
He wrote in one of his journals regarding this:
“I am in the profoundest sense an unhappy individuality, riveted from the beginning to one or another suffering bordering on madness, a suffering which must have its deeper basis in a misrelation between my mind and body…”
Kierkegaard collapsed on the street and was admitted to the hospital where he died after over a month. In his final days, he confessed to a childhood friend that his life had been one of immense suffering.
Here are a few quotes that give an insight on Kirkegaard’s turbulent personality type:
“People understand me so poorly that they don’t even understand my complaint about them not understanding me.”
“The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have.”
“In addition to my other numerous acquaintances, I have one more intimate confidant… My depression is the most faithful mistress I have known — no wonder, then, that I return the love.”
“The greatest hazard of all, losing one’s self, can occur very quietly in the world, as if it were nothing at all. No other loss can occur so quietly; any other loss – an arm, a leg, five dollars, a wife, etc. – is sure to be noticed.”
“What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music…. And people flock around the poet and say: ‘Sing again soon’ – that is, ‘May new sufferings torment your soul but your lips be fashioned as before, for the cry would only frighten us, but the music, that is blissful.”
Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch painter who rose to fame after his death.
Van Gogh, who suffered from psychiatric illness throughout his life, committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest, in 1890. Research shows he suffered from manic depression, a debilitating mental condition that is believed to affect many artists.
Vincent van Gogh Quotes
“The sadness will last forever.”
“Art is to console those who are broken by life.”
“To suffer without complaint is the only lesson we have to learn in this life”
“I am still far from being what I want to be, but with God’s help I shall succeed.”
“I can’t change the fact that my paintings don’t sell. But the time will come when people will recognize that they are worth more than the value of the paints used in the picture.”
Virginia Woolf was English writer, and important modernist 20th century author. She introduced the narrative device i.e. stream of consciousness.
Woolf’s psychiatric condition debilitated her. She was institutionalised multiple times and made at least two suicide attempts.
It seems to be plausible that her diagnosis was bipolar disorder, however there was no effective treatment for it during her lifespan. Woolf drowned herself in the River Ouse at Lewes in 1941, at the age of 59.
Virginia Woolf Quotes
“All extremes of feeling are allied with madness.”
“Nothing thicker than a knife’s blade separates happiness from melancholy.”
“Alone, I often fall down into nothingness. I must push my foot stealthily lest I should fall off the edge of the world into nothingness. I have to bang my head against some hard door to call myself back to the body.”
“Dearest, I feel certain that I am going mad again. I feel we can’t go through another of those terrible times. And I shan’t recover this time. I begin to hear voices, and I can’t concentrate. So I am doing what seems the best thing to do. You have given me the greatest possible happiness. You have been in every way all that anyone could be. I don’t think two people could have been happier ’til this terrible disease came. I can’t fight any longer. I know that I am spoiling your life, that without me you could work. And you will I know. You see I can’t even write this properly. I can’t read. What I want to say is I owe all the happiness of my life to you. You have been entirely patient with me and incredibly good. I want to say that – everybody knows it. If anybody could have saved me it would have been you. Everything has gone from me but the certainty of your goodness. I can’t go on spoiling your life any longer. I don’t think two people could have been happier than we have been. V.”
Diana was a member of the Royal Family of the United Kingdom. She was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the mother of Prince William and Prince Harry. Diana’s activism and beauty reinforced her status as a global icon and secured her long-term popularity.
However, along with the popularity, Diana became subject to public scrutiny especially due to her turbulent married life.
The Princess of Wales also addressed her mental health and experience with bulimia as a consequence of her turbulent marriage and tumultuous relationship with the media, who would make disparaging remarks about her looks.
Diana died in a car accident in the Pont de l’Alma tunnel in Paris on August 31, 1997, while her driver was dodging the paparazzi.
Lady Diana Quotes
“Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can.”
“I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved”
“I’d like to be a queen in people’s hearts but I don’t see myself being queen of this country.”
“I want my boys to have an understanding of people’s emotions, their insecurities, people’s distress, and their hopes and dreams.”
We all know Heath Ledger the actor who portrayed the Joker in The Dark Knight.
Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment on January 22, 2008. His death came as a total shock to his fans. Heath was at the pinnacle of his acting career.
However, during that time Heath’s relationship with Michelle Williams came to an end. He was separated from his daughter. He was insomniac.
An accidental overdose of prescription drugs was the cause of his death. Painkillers, anti-anxiety medications, and sleeping pills were all included in this lethal cocktail that ended his life.
Fans believe that playing Joker killed Heath Ledger (a sensitive INFP personality type).
Ledger himself believed that playing the Joker was extremely draining for him because the character was “a psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy”.
These are dialogues from The Joker:
“As you know, madness is like gravity…all it takes is a little push.”
― The Joker – Heath Ledger
“”Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I’m an agent of chaos…”
― The Joker – Heath Ledger
Heath Ledger Quotes
“Does it depress you? To know just how alone you really are?”
“My nervous energy is usually the easiest form of energy to tap into.”
“Everyone you meet always asks if you have a career, are married, or own a house as if life was some kind of grocery list. But no one ever asks you if you are happy.”
“People generally express more in between their sentences when they’re not speaking. Words are usually there to disguise who someone is or what they’re feeling.”
Heath on his role as the Joker:
“The Joker is a psychopathic, mass-murdering, schizophrenic clown with zero empathy. Last week I probably slept an average of two hours a night. I couldn’t stop thinking. My body was exhausted, and my mind was still going.”
In this article we explored five famous INFP-T personalities from three different centuries. We explored the thoughts of these personalities, and how the turbulence associated with INFP-T personality type, affected their lives.
Frequently Asked Questions: Famous INFP-T
What does INFP-T mean?
INFP-T stands for Turbulent Mediator.
Mediators are peaceful, intimate, free spirits who see life as a never-ending set of idealistic possibilities that must be realised. Wherever they go, they normally strive to get along with others and foster peace.
Are INFPs manipulative?
INFPs, like all other personality types, are skillful in manipulation and have their own strategies for using it. In order to get what they want, a stable INFP is more likely to use less negative or extreme methods of manipulation, while a less mature INFP may use more extreme methods.
How do INFPs deal with breakups?
After a breakup, INFPs are remarkably okay with letting go; they just don’t do it straight away. It is essential for the INFP not to suppress their emotions; therefore, they must take time to completely experience what they are feeling. It’s totally alright to sulk for a while and really just let these feelings settle down.