The Dreamer (NF) Personality Types
“They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream by night.”
– Edgar Allen Poe, INFP
The Dreamer is driven by a strong need to understand humanity beyond the surface; to peer deeply into the heart of mankind and nurture it to its greatest potential. They aren’t satisfied with merely scratching the surface of who someone is – they want to see right into the souls of others and understand them on a meaningful, intimate level. They are inspirers and romantics who are driven to meet a potential that is nearly impossible to attain. They are lovers of beauty and poetry, who see the world for all it could be and are haunted by the injustices within it. The future is their main focus, not the present or past. They are champions of the downtrodden, authors of epic stories of good and evil, and thought-provoking philosophers.
Which Personality Types Are Dreamers?
Dreamers are identified by the NF in the middle of their four-letter personality title. They include INFJs, INFPs, ENFJs, and ENFPs. They absorb information through intuition; looking beyond sensory details to find meanings, patterns, and concepts. They have rich emotions and empathy and consult their emotions and the feelings of others before making a decision. J.K. Rowling (INFJ), Vincent Van Gogh (INFP), Martin Luther King Jr. (ENFJ), and Oscar Wilde (ENFP) are renowned Dreamers who have made a great impact in our world.
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Dreamer Strengths and Positive Core Traits
Dreamers have an intense passion for life, and are always seeking to better themselves and others. They see potential in everyone and in every situation, and live with a restless longing to meet that potential. When they enter into relationships and friendships they go in wanting to know a person’s mistakes, flaws, darkness, and accepting them anyway. Simultaneously, they seek to reveal light, beauty, and passion and they encourage their loved ones to achieve their greatest dreams and highest ideals.
Dreamers are extremely empathetic and compassionate, always longing to understand others in a deeper and more meaningful way. They step into another person’s shoes easily and can quickly see where someone else is coming from, even if they disagree with them. They prize authenticity and depth in their relationships and make loyal friends, even when times get rough. They are generous, kind-hearted, and devoted to their friends, children, and spouses.
“It’s a wonder I haven’t abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.”
– Anne Frank, ENFP
Dreamers are extremely perceptive about people, and they trust their intuition very strongly when it comes to insights and revelations about people or the future. They can often sense whether someone is lying or putting on a façade. Because of this, they may have startling insights about people that others’ have missed altogether. This makes them extremely capable as teachers, counselors, social workers, or authors. This same intuition that is so strong in the Dreamer gives them an uncanny knack for foretelling future events. Dreamers pick up on clues and see pathways that could develop based on patterns and hidden meanings that, to others, go largely unnoticed. Sometimes the Dreamers visions of the future are ominous and eerily accurate, which is a side of the Dreamer that may startle their friends and family members. While Dreamers can be enthusiastic and warm, they often battle with seeing patterns that could lead to a negative outcome or picking up on clues that they’d rather ignore.
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.”
– George Orwell, INFP
Dreamers have a deeply spiritual nature even if they choose not to conform to a specific religion. They see meanings and significance behind all things, and are less likely to accept what they experience at face value. The sensors world of what can be seen, smelled, tasted, and felt is less real to them than the world of meanings, forces, patterns, and forecasts. Although there are NF atheists, the Dreamer is less likely to choose not to believe in a God or spiritual realm because they simply “can’t see it or feel it”. Because Dreamers trust intuition and insights that are often unseen, the Dreamer has a natural affinity for the spiritual and mystical side of life.
“Whatever answers faith gives, regardless of which faith, or to whom the answers are given, such answers always give an infinite meaning to the finite existence of man; a meaning that is not destroyed by suffering, deprivation or death. This means that only in faith can we find the meaning and possibility of life.”
– Leo Tolstoy, INFJ
Another positive quality of Dreamers is that they make excellent peacemakers. They abhor conflict, yet can be just the types you need when a conflict arises. They are skilled at seeing two sides of a situation and finding a link that will connect two enemies and allow them to make amends. Dreamers crave harmony and unity and spend a lot of their lives putting out fires, soothing hurts, and bringing good-will back to those around them. If you’re going through a conflict with someone, speaking with a Dreamer can give you great insight into how you can resolve the issues you’re facing. NF types are naturally tactful and empathetic and are masters at influencing people’s attitudes and inspiring them to grow, understand each other, and settle their differences.