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Sub-type of NF Cultivators. Most frequently corresponds to: Enneagram Type Six.
iNFJs are gentle, caring, complex and highly intuitive individuals. Nurturing and creative, they live in a world of hidden meanings and possibilities.
These people are typically complicated by nature and their introspective nature makes them particularly adept at understanding the complexities and intricacies of others. iNFJs are empathetic people who are deeply concerned about the growth and development of those around them. They’re often spiritually inclined and they enjoy spending quiet, intimate time by themselves and with close friends and family.
iNFJs place great importance on havings things orderly and systematic in their outer world. They put a lot of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done, and constantly define and re-define the priorities in their lives. On the other hand, iNFJs operate within themselves on an intuitive basis which is entirely spontaneous. They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand. They are usually right, and they usually know it. Consequently, iNFJs put a tremendous amount of faith into their instincts and intuitions.
iNFJs have uncanny insight into people and situations. They get "feelings" about things and intuitively understand them. As an extreme example, some iNFJs report experiences of a psychic nature, such as getting strong feelings about there being a problem with a loved one, and discovering later that they were in a car accident. This is the sort of thing that other types may scorn and scoff at, and the INFJ themself does not really understand their intuition at a level which can be verbalized. Consequently, most iNFJs are protective of their inner selves, sharing only what they choose to share when they choose to share it. They are deep, complex individuals, who are quite private and typically difficult to understand. iNFJs hold back part of themselves, and can be secretive, though are rarely if ever dishonest.
But the INFJ is as genuinely warm as they are complex. iNFJs hold a special place in the heart of people who they are close to, who are able to see their special gifts and depth of caring. iNFJs are concerned for people's feelings, and try to be gentle to avoid hurting anyone. They are very sensitive to conflict, and cannot tolerate it very well. Situations which are charged with conflict may drive the normally peaceful INFJ into a state of agitation or charged anger. They may tend to internalize conflict into their bodies, and experience health problems when under a lot of stress.
Because the INFJ has such strong intuitive capabilities, they trust their own instincts above all else. This may result in an INFJ stubborness and tendency to ignore other people's opinions. They believe that they're right. On the other hand, INFJ is a perfectionist who doubts that they are living up to their full potential. iNFJs are rarely at complete peace with themselves - there's always something else they should be doing to improve themselves and the world around them. They believe in constant growth, and don't often take time to revel in their accomplishments. They have strong value systems, and need to live their lives in accordance with what they feel is right. In deference to the Feeling aspect of their personalities, iNFJs are in some ways gentle and easy going. Conversely, they have very high expectations of themselves, and frequently of their families. They don't believe in compromising their ideals.
INFJ is a natural nurturer; patient, devoted and protective. They make loving parents and usually have strong bonds with their offspring. They have high expectations of their children, and push them to be the best that they can be. This can sometimes manifest itself in the INFJ being hard-nosed and stubborn. But generally, children of an INFJ get devoted and sincere parental guidance, combined with deep caring.
iNFJs can often be found in service-oriented professions. An INFJ who has gone the route of becoming meticulous about details may be highly critical of other individuals who are not. The INFJ individual is gifted in ways that other types are not. Life is not necessarily easy for the INFJ, but they are capable of great depth of feeling and personal achievement.