People with INFP personalities tend to prefer to think things over on their own before speaking out loud to others.
The Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) was developed by Isabel Myers-Briggs and her mother, Katharine Briggs, to present the theories of personality developed by Carl Jung in a practical and useful way. The theory suggests that people fall into one of 16 personality types. The personality characteristics of these types offer an explanation for behavior related to the way individuals use perception and judgment. Depending on the type of MBTI, individuals react with a preference for managing and processing various information and stimuli.
One of the INFP’s personality traits is wanting to fix other people’s problems, without worrying about why those problems arose.
This is a useful tool when applied to relationship dynamics and has been used in the workplace to help managers and colleagues understand each other better. Armed with a recognition and understanding of operational preferences it allows a group to approach projects more effectively and develop a symbiotic team. Types are determined by four preferences. They are introversion (I) / extraversion (E), intuition (N) / feeling (S), feeling (F) / thinking (T) and perceiving (P) / judging (J).
The Myers-Briggs personality test is an accepted tool for identifying an employee’s strengths, weaknesses, and areas of potential difficulty.
For example, one of the personality types is the INFP personality. This indicates a person who prefers introversion, intuition, feeling and perception. A common misconception is to assume that introversion refers to a person who abhors social interaction, but in the case of MBTI traits, a preference for introversion indicates the individual’s preference for processing information and is not necessarily a social preference. It is true that introverts generally like to be alone more, but in this context, introversion means that an individual prefers to silently ponder and share when an idea is fully developed. Those with an extraversion preference think more clearly and develop ideas as they speak.
The INFP personality also indicates a preference for intuition over feeling. This means that they make interpretations based on hunches and recognize and trust patterns and relationships not discernible in the physical sense. Sensors prefer to use the five senses to recognize facts, details and what can be measured and proven.
The third preference, feeling, indicates an INFP personality’s preference for making decisions. Feelers are concerned with how they and others feel, and don’t necessarily care why or how something happened; they just want to fix it so they don’t feel bad. Thinkers make objective decisions. Facts, fairness and logic govern their views, and they are not concerned with human reactions to decisions. They are concerned about whether the result has been achieved or not.
The fourth position, “P”, indicates a preference for perceiving. The INFP personality prefers spontaneity, flexibility, and doing things differently. They like to open doors. Those with a judgment preference stick rigidly to deadlines, don’t like to change course, and look to close.
The way the four preferences work together results in a personality suited to certain situations and tasks. Because of the INFP combination, an individual with this personality is likely to enjoy working alone, initiating rather than finishing projects, working on tasks that require reflection and focus on the “big picture”, trying out new and innovative methods, and making decisions based on values rather than facts. The introverted reflex paired with a feeling preference makes those with the INFP personality natural writers. A good number of the best writers and notable humanitarians are believed to have the INFP personality.