INFP Personality Traits (7 Traits of An INFP)

In this article we will explore the personality traits of the Myers Briggs INFP personality type. This article also looks at the signs to look out for if you want to spot an INFP.

Have you ever thought about what are the most distinct personality traits of the INFP personality type? Well, you’ll have to think no more because this article will discuss just those.

What are the key personality traits of INFP?

  • Dreamers
  • Easy going
  • Idealistic minds
  • Compromising nature
  • Artsy and creative
  • Hopeless romantics
  • Strong sense of empathy

Dreamers

INFPs are dreamers. You may be in the company of an INFP if you find someone who is spaced out or occupied elsewhere but who still seems to genuinely care to listen to what you have to say. 

INFPs sometimes find themselves lost in thought, constructing imaginary scenarios or contemplating existential questions. INFPs have a strong desire to daydream and are highly creative people. 

They may become so absorbed in their own world that they might go into “recluse mode,” prompting their loved ones to seek them out.

Their quality of being dreamers is probably the reason why INFPs are drawn to the arts in such great numbers, and many have made their mark on the world through their art.

Easy going

Another personality trait of INFPs is that they are easy going and flexible. INFPs feel at home with spontaneity. They like keeping a loose schedule in place, but they are not the kind to let plans confine them. They have no trouble cancelling or changing plans if a greater opportunity comes up.

Idealistic minds

INFPs are true blue idealists. INFPs are genuinely concerned about others and feel it is their responsibility to make a meaningful difference in their life in whatever way possible. INFPs are capable of this because they possess unshakeable devotion, and they will not violate their ethical values for personal gain.

INFPs are true believers in humans’ limitless ability to do extraordinary things, and they can often be called on to provide inspiration or assistance to others attempting to broaden their horizons and enrich their lives.

It’s not always easy to do the right thing, but INFPs have a broad vision that helps them stay on track. These personalities may have a sense of mission or even bravery when they’re doing something meaningful, which keeps them true to their beliefs.

While speaking, INFPs have a calm yet empathetic demeanour. They are very innovative people who love talking about philosophical concepts and future plans. 

They are interested in subjects that revolve around supporting people and helping animals, as well as changing the environment for the better. They are genuine idealists who love those who discuss their dreams and share their passion to change the world.

Compromising nature

INFPs being empaths and sensitive by nature are also very compromising. Peaceful and prosperous bonds are like a balm to the spirit for INFPs as empathic idealists. 

INFPs are also prone to attracting energy vampires because of their gentle and peaceful aura that most people seek out.

INFPs are excellent mediators in family situations or while engaging in groups because they are genuinely concerned about all standpoints and can go out of their way to ensure that everybody is seen.

Artsy and creative

Most INFPs have an artistic streak in them and many INFPs have made their mark on the world with their art. INFPs are dreams so art comes as second nature to them.

The INFP personality would be depressed and hopeless if they would not have a creative outlet of any kind. Art is one thing that helps keep the melancholy (which they are very much prone to) at bay for the INFPs.

INFPs’ art is more than simply throwing pretty words on paper or singing a touching song. For them art is the truest, most genuine way to express themselves and their ideologies. This is why INFPs hold art so close to themselves.

Vincent Van Gogh and Andy Warhol are two big names in the artistic world who were INFP personality types. Edgar Allan Poe, John Milton and William Blake are prominent INFP poets. Bob Marley was an extremely popular INFP musician who was a pioneer of the reggae genre.

Whatever form of art it may be, art is a vital part of INFPs lives and it can even be described as a need in most cases.

Hopeless romantics

INFPs are hopeless romanticsINFPs are ardent lovers and hopeless romantics who fantasise about the ultimate relationship making it a role that can be difficult to fill for someone. 

In fact, the INFP personality can place their partner on a pedestal, romanticising them to the point of missing obvious warning signs. This personality type can mature from acknowledging that good relationships don’t just happen; they need commitment.

INFPs fantasise about falling in love and believe that love has fairy-tale aspects. They may sincerely believe in love at first sight, and that there is one dream partner for them out there awaiting them, and they might one day make a magical appearance in their lives.

Strong sense of empathy

INFPs are recognized for their empathetic nature and many INFPs also happen to be HSPs (Highly Sensitive Persons). 

The INFP personality is also known as the “Healer,” which is a very befitting title since INFPs are profoundly concerned about other people’s inner experience and emotions. The INFP’s capacity to heal arises from their in-depth awareness of feelings, compassionate disposition, and ability to see from a different viewpoint.

When people are in pain, it bothers them a lot, even to the point where they take the pain on themselves. This can be dangerous, especially in marriages, where they can take on the entire emotional load of the other person.

Famous INFPs

Princess Diana 

Vincent Van Gogh

Bob Marley

Audrey Hepburn 

Fred Rogers

John Lennon 

Kurt Cobain

Tori Amos 

Morrissey 

Chloe Sevigny 

William Shakespeare 

Bill Watterson 

A.A. Milne 

Helen Keller 

Carl Rogers 

Isabel Briggs Myers

Quotes from Famous INFPs

Bob Marley

“Open your eyes, look within. Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?”

“Don’t gain the world and lose your soul; wisdom is better than silver or gold.”

“I no have education. I have inspiration. If I was educated, I would be a damn fool.”

“If you get down and quarrel everyday, you’re saying prayers to the devil, I say.”

“Everything is political. I will never be a politician or even think political. Me just deal with life and nature. That is the greatest thing to me.”

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”

Princess Diana

“I don’t go by the rule book… I lead from the heart, not the head.”

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” 

“I think the biggest disease the world suffers from in this day and age is the disease of people feeling unloved. I know that I can give love for a minute, for half an hour, for a day, for a month, but I can give. I am very happy to do that, I want to do that.”

“Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny. Whoever is in distress can call on me. I will come running wherever they are.”

John Lennon

“Love is the answer, and you know that for sure; Love is a flower, you’ve got to let it grow.”

“Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.”

“Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.”

“We’ve got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can’t just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it’s going to get on by itself. You’ve got to keep watering it. You’ve got to really look after it and nurture it.”

William Shakespeare

“The empty vessel makes the loudest sound.”

“Mind your speech a little lest you should mar your fortunes.”

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”

Audrey Hepburn

“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.”

“I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.”

“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”

“Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once.”

Conclusion

In this article we explored the personality traits of the Myers Briggs INFP personality type. This article also looked at the signs to look out for if you want to spot an INFP.

Frequently Asked Questions: INFP Personality Traits

Is INFP a rare personality?

Yes, INFPs are rare and make up only about 4 to 5% of the total population.

Why are INFPs so weird?

INFPs seem strange and awkward because of their withdrawn look that they often wear. They are most often found in their dream worlds and seem detached and awkward to most people.

Why do INFPs feel alone?

INFPs feel alone sometimes even when they’re standing amidst a crowd of people and they themselves might not understand why they feel this way.

References

7 Tell-Tale Characteristics of an INFP

19 Signs That You’re an INFP, the Most Idealistic Personality Type

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.