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24 Signs That You’re an INFJ, the “Mystic” Personality Type

Ever wondered what it means to be an INFJ? Ever wondered how you can know for sure that this is your personality type? Nicknamed “The Mystic,” the INFJ is one of the rarest types in the Myers-Briggs® system. These types are known for their keen insights, warm empathy, and profound insight into human potential. Today we’re going to explore twenty-four things that most INFJs will relate to. Do you relate? Let us know!

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24 Signs That You’re an INFJ

#1 – You Are Fascinated by Human Psychology

Nothing thrills you more than digging into theories or ideas about how people think and respond to life. Being able to understand people better is one of your greatest goals in life. You’re naturally eager to learn more about the human mind, human behavior, coping mechanisms, and more. This interest in psychology is one of the reasons that your type is especially drawn to theories like Myers-Briggs® or Enneagram.

#2 – You Enjoy Complexity

Want to know how to tell if you’re an INFJ? How deep and complex do you want your thoughts to go? As an INFJ, the whole world is filled with layers upon layers of meaning. Your goal is to wade past the shallow details of life and dive deep into the true meaning of life itself. You view life as if you’re standing on a precipice, looking down, wanting to see how things connect and unfold.

#3 – You Are Deeply Empathic

You tend to absorb the feelings and emotions of the people around you. It’s not hard for you to shift perspectives and imagine how many different people would feel about something. This empathy can be both a blessing and a curse. At times, it can help you to form authentic bonds and counsel effectively. At other times, it can feel overwhelming and burdensome – especially if you can’t differentiate other people’s feelings from your own

#4 – Learning Is Your Drug of Choice

You seek wisdom more than nearly anything and are always probing for more information about abstract topics and ideas. You may quickly forget facts, but you desire constant self-improvement and increased understanding. Taking classes is one of your favorite leisure time activities, and non-fiction books probably fill your shelves.

#5 – You Connect with People One-on-One Rather Than in Large Groups

When there are a lot of people all around you, it’s difficult for you to focus deeply on one individual. You like to get away to a quiet setting where you can really concentrate. You crave depth over breadth, so you enjoy intimate conversations where a deeper level of understanding and authenticity can be reached.

#6 –You Can Be Hard to Get to Know

While you might seem emotionally warm and expressive on the outside, your biggest dreams and ideas in life are often held inside where you guard them carefully. Often this results from a childhood where you were chastised for having “outlandish” or “unrealistic” views. This can also happen because it’s difficult for you to verbalize intuitions that are often rich, nuanced, and complex. Your ideas and insights can be shocking, non-conformist, or so abstract that people can’t figure out what to do with them. As a result, you’ve often learned to internalize them rather than express them outright.

#7 You Withdraw to Protect Yourself

Because you take on the emotions and cares of the people around you so readily, you are easily hurt or affected by the pain of others. You may go through bouts of socializing only to disappear for great lengths of time so that you can handle all the emotional disruption that you’ve received from the outside world.

#8 – You Quickly See Other People’s Intentions

Because you’re more interested in the background reasons why people say or do what they do, you can quickly discover what their hidden intentions are. To you, the motives and intentions are always more evident than what is on the surface. Because of this, you often notice good or evil intent before even the person you’re speaking to is aware of it.

#9 You Are a Quiet Cheerleader to Your Friends

You enjoy motivating people to be their best selves through gentle, consistent praise and approval. You are highly sensitive in how you handle other people’s feelings and are slow to criticize or micro-manage. You feel that the best way to get someone to do something is to inspire them from the inside rather than push them from the outside.

#10 You Despise Interpersonal Conflict

You enjoy being in harmonious, peaceful environments and find places of conflict and criticism highly stressful. While some types can compartmentalize conflict or even enjoy a certain amount of volatility and debate, you find yourself deeply stressed and troubled by it. Even hours after the conflict has ended you find yourself sorting through what happened in your mind and trying to make sense of it or trying to make sure that everyone you care about is okay. One of the hardships of having your type is that you can sense other people’s feelings so easily that conflict situations can make you confused. You find yourself empathizing with everyone rather than holding your ground on how you feel. You may give in or rush to get past the conflict only to realize you should have stood up for yourself more.

#11 You Can Be Hot and Cold When it Comes to Affection

You enjoy a warm hug from your partner or a good friend, but not always. If you’re “peopled-out” from socializing or you’re stressed, you tend to want space both physically and emotionally. Typologist and psychologist David Keirsey states of INFJs, “They tend to be physically affectionate, but wish to choose when – which is when they are in the mood – and such a hot and cold style may be quite confusing to their mate.”

#12 – You Often Wind Up in the Role of Counselor

Because of your intuitive, empathic nature, many people find themselves confiding their deepest secrets to you. You often find yourself advising siblings, friends, or even adult family members as they go through hardships. While some types might hate this role, it actually makes you feel fulfilled because you’re able to tap into your intuitive and feeling sides at the same time. You often feel it’s your duty to improve the lives of others.

#13 – You See Two People in Everyone

You rarely take anything, or anyone, at face value. You easily see people’s public personas, their outer shells, but more than anything, you’re looking for the core of the individual. You want to apprehend their motivations, intentions, struggles, and yearnings.

#14 – You Have a Vivid, Playful Inner World

While on the outside you might seem serious and studious, on the inside you have a lush, imaginative, playful inner world. Your thoughts are often mischievous, humorous, controversial, irreverent, and even daring. You love playing with ideas, images, symbols, connections, theories, metaphors, and possibilities. You can find more ways to get in touch with your intuition in this article: How to Strengthen Your Intuition (Your INFJ Superpower)

#15 – You Don’t See Events as “Stand Alone”  Incidents

When something happens, you instantly connect it with any other related incidents and then map the incident forward, seeing how it will progress. Your goal is to see the ripple effects of current experiences and actions. Every ripple is connected to another ripple and then one core event. Every ripple spans out and affects other things. Because of this, you often see the consequences of various actions simultaneously with the action itself.

#16 – You Are Deeply Connected With Your Dreams

Your mind is constantly synthesizing unconscious information and trying to decode hidden meanings and abstract concepts. A.J. Drenth from Personality Junkie states in The 16 Personality Types: Profiles, Theory, & Type Development that, “Because Ni affords INFJs a more intimate relationship with the workings of what most people call the subconscious mind, INFJs’ routine existence often assumes a sort of dreamlike quality. For INFJs, there is less of a distinction between their ordinary waking state and the experience of sleep. At times, this can make it difficult to separate dream from reality, making nightmares all the more disturbing for this type.”

#17 – When You’re Stressed, You Crave Sensory Overload or Escapism

In moments of extreme stress, you tend to say “Screw it!” to the world and all your restraint. You want to binge eat an entire pizza, spend all the money in your wallet, buy a last-minute ticket to a far-off location, or pick a fight with someone just to get a rush. Sometimes you channel this restless energy into something productive like cleaning frantically, exercising hard, or singing at the top of your lungs while you dance alone in your room. You can find out more about INFJs and stress here: Understanding INFJ “Grip” Stress

#18 – You Can Struggle to Make Sense of Your Own Emotions

Because your mind relies on a function called Extraverted Feeling (Fe), you tend to detect outer emotions more quickly than your inner feelings. It’s easy for you to understand outwardly expressed emotions because this is one of the skills of Extraverted Feeling. However, understanding your own internalized emotions is a bit trickier. This is because you tend to process your inner thoughts and feelings through Introverted Thinking (Ti). Inwardly, you’ll try to analyze the logic of your feelings more than really trusting them. You tend to get stuck in analysis-paralysis when it comes to your inner feelings. Because you’re using Thinking to process them, it’s like trying to chop a vegetable with a spoon instead of a knife. You’re usually able to process your feelings much more easily if you can verbalize them or write them down and read them out-loud back to yourself. This allows Extraverted Feeling to do its work!

#19 – You Are Desperately Bored By Small Talk

You know a certain amount of small talk is an integral part of getting to know someone. After all, you can’t really start a conversation with a “So what’s the meaning of your life?” line. However, prolonged small talk or conversation relating to surface-level details tends to leave you desperately bored. You want your conversations to have a point or some meaning beyond the day-to-day. Profound discussions about concepts and psychology or raw discussions about relationships are always preferable.

#20 – You Get Overwhelmed by Details

Because Extraverted Sensation (Se) is your inferior function, you tend to get flustered by a lot of sensory details in your environment. Loud noise, bright lights, or having to track a bunch of moving parts all tend to make you feel anxious and tense.

#21 – You Have a Knack for Interpreting

You are talented at explaining to others what people mean or what their intentions really are. This makes you an excellent peacemaker or diplomat – rather than jumping to conclusions or taking immediate offense, you tend to listen in a nuanced, understanding way. You can help two opposing sides see where their intentions or goals align.

#22 – You Crave Enlightenment

You are highly driven to understand the spiritual and metaphysical world. You enjoy helping people to grow and develop and get in touch with their purpose in life. Like rumored INFJ Mahatma Gandhi, you believe “There is force in the universe, which, if we permit it, will flow through us and produce miraculous results.” 

#23 – You Hate Generalizations

Because you have tertiary Introverted Thinking (Ti) and dominant Introverted Intuition (Ni) you tend to see many nuances in people’s perspectives and logic. When people make sweeping generalizations it disrupts your Introverted Thinking side, and when people fail to see the perspectives of other people it disrupts your intuitive and feeling side. Not sure what these cognitive functions are (Ti or Ni)? Check out the Mind of the INFJ here.

#24 – You Always Wonder, “What Does This Really Mean?”

Because you’re more concerned with why something happens than how it happens, you are always trying to look behind-the-scenes. Like a detective, you’re constantly scanning for clues or hidden secrets that would explain something or someone in a deeper, more profound way.

What Are Your Thoughts?

How many of these points do you relate to? Do you have any insights or experiences you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments! Find out more about your personality type in our eBooks, Discovering You: Unlocking the Power of Personality Type,  The INFJ – Understanding the Mystic, and The INFP – Understanding the Dreamer. You can also connect with me via Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter!

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  1. I have tested INFJ lots of times and reading this article I was like, yes yes yes yes yes and yes. I relate to pretty much all these things. Whenever I’m stressed or need to identify my feelings, I need to spend time alone with low sensory atmosphere. If I’m ever to a high stress point I need to get alone in nature and just breathe and live in the moment and take in everything(that’s where the extroverted sensing comes every once in a while). This is such a good article and website. I would also like to say that I took the Infp infj isfp or isfj quiz that you made and it was very helpful.

  2. Am I an infj if I am this empathetic but I am not as organized and planning. I don’t feel like I lead with a judging function nor like a have strong inner moral compass>< but My plans are kinda loose and pretty flexible

  3. Oh boy was this on point! Right down to actually saying “Screw it!” Writing to understand our own thoughts better? Always!

  4. what the actual heck is this???? this really resembles me omg like everything is on me.. wow just wow thank you for this, more power to you

  5. This is the best description of INFJ I have ever read. Almost every point registered with me. # 15 made me chuckle. A friend’s 16 year old son had the habit of leaving his glass or dish on the coffee table after he was finished snacking. Off he went. Each time his mom asked him later, “Are those your dishes on the table?” (She knew very well it was so. It came out as sarcasm.) He then reluctantly would pick them up and deposit them in the sink. This happened on a daily basis and so she was constantly stressed over ‘having to pick up after him.’ She was complaining to me. “Right speech; wrong audience” I said. “There’s a better way to handle it. You are seeing it as isolated incidences rather than as pattern of his expectation that someone else will always serve him. Let your mind go forward and think of him as a guest in a friend’s home or living in a college dorm or married— when nobody is going to be willing to indulge him.” She asked me talk with him. When the time was right I did. I never told her what we said, but the result was he not only picked up his dishes from then on, he put them in the dishwasher. And without nagging, he pitched in willingly. (Ten years later she still asks about that conversation. My lips are sealed. The young man wrote a card to me a few years later expressing his appreciation for “opening my eyes in a gentle way…”.)

    My point is, as an INFJ, I was looking down the road, as usual. Tendencies, probable outcomes, consequences always figure in to how I see things, especially if someone asks for help, ideas or advice.

  6. i was questioning whether or not my typing was accurate, seeing as i do wish to help people, but i rarely act on it. knowing that i relate to all of these, i fully understand what it means to be me. thank you, thank you, thank you!

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