Portrait of an INFP MBTI Type. If you want an MBTI test, go here to test your personality.
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In the routines rituals of daily living, INFPs tend to be compliant and may even prefer having decisions made on their behalf–until their value system is violated.
INFPs also may, at times, assume an unwarranted familiarity with a domain, because their global, impressionistic way of dealing with reality may have failed to register a sufficient number of details for mastery.
INFPs can make outstanding novelists and character actors, for they are able to efface their own personalities in their portrayal of a character in a way other types cannot.
At times, in fact, INFPs may seem fearful of exuberant attainment, afraid that current advances may have to be paid for with later sacrifices.
To understand INFPs their cause must be understood, for they are willing to make unusual sacrifices for someone or something believed in.
At work, INFPs are adaptable, welcome new ideas and new information, are well aware of people and their feelings, and relate well to most, albeit with some psychological distance.
Thus INFPs may live a paradox, drawn toward purity and unity but looking over the shoulder toward the sullied and desecrated.
The deep commitment of INFPs to the positive and the good causes them to be alert to the negative and the evil, which can take the form of a fascination with the profane.
The almost preconscious conviction that pleasure must be paid for with pain can cause a sense of uneasiness in the family system of an INFP, who may transmit an air of being ever-vigilant against invasion.
INFPs present a calm, pleasant face to the world and are seen as reticent and even shy.
INFPs have a gift for interpreting symbols, as well as creating them, and thus often write in a lyric fashion.
Often they hear a calling to go forth into the world to help others; they seem willing to make the necessary personal sacrifices involved in responding to that call, even if it means asking others to do likewise.
INFPs prefer the valuing process over the purely logical.
They often have a subtle tragic motif running through their lives, but others seldom detect this inner minor key.
Life with an INFP will go gently along for long periods, until an ideal is struck and violated.
They are sensitive to the feelings of others and enjoy pleasing those they care for.
Although they demonstrate a cool reserve towards others, inside they are anything but distant.
They have a strong capacity for devotion, sympathy, and adaptability in their relationships, and thus are easy to live with.
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