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INFP - The Intuitive Optimist

People with the INFP personality type view the world around them through a tightly focused, optimistic lens that filters the unsavory details. They are extreme optimists, even in the face of circumstances that betray that optimism. They are instinctively driven toward serving causes that they consider worthwhile and will tenaciously pursue opportunities to contribute toward the improvement of their world. INFPs have a natural inclination toward untainted idealism and view every situation as a potential doorway to contribute value.

Below, we'll describe how INFP types relish the chance to participate toward the advancement of causes they deem meaningful. Plus, we'll explain the motivations behind their intense focus and how a few of their attributes can limit their professional and personal growth.

Serving The Cause

Nothing stimulates action from INFPs as effectively as presenting them with a worthwhile cause. As long as it is consistent with their deeply-ingrained value system, they will dedicated their energy to advancing it, even at the exclusion of their own goals. INFPs exhibit an innate aversion to facts, figures, and other data, preferring to devote themselves to lofty principles and ideals. When given a project in which the expected outcome is congruent with their own beliefs, they will work tirelessly to complete it with a determination and enthusiasm that borders on fanatical.

An Intense Focus

INFPs are perfectionists. Even though they are naturally flexible in their surroundings, easily adaptable to changing dynamics, they maintain high expectations for themselves with regards to their work. Often, this sharp focus can cause INFPs to neglect the details of their immediate circumstances. For example, it is not uncommon for them to devote most of their waking hours to furthering their latest cause, but remain oblivious to the cleanliness of their home.

INFP Personality And Strengths

With an inherent proclivity for diplomacy, INFP types will avoid conflict whenever possible. They find no value in determining with whom "right" and "wrong" lay; nor do they have any interest in identifying cause or placing blame. Instead, they work to build consensus among any parties involved in a potential conflict. INFPs have a natural intuition that allows them to infer meaning from nonverbal communication. They have a well-honed capability to understand the emotions, feelings, and motivations of other people. They are characteristically good listeners which makes others feel instantly comfortable in their presence.

Potential Weaknesses

INFP personality types avoid conflict primarily because it leads to bad feelings. For those who are predisposed to logic and pragmatism, this behavior can seem nonsensical. As a result, INFPs may experience difficulty in gaining the respect and serious consideration of others. Also, their tendency to avoid facts and data makes them exceptionally ill-equipped to think analytically or exact judgment. Finally, their affinity for perfection often leads INFPs to underperform to their personal standards, leaving them feeling discouraged.

In the right settings, INFPs can accomplish remarkable things. They have attributes that are not only admirable, but essential for advancing idealistic causes. That said, they run the risk of alienating those who rely upon practicality. And their natural optimism can prevent them from understanding risks. If they can temper their innate idealism with a pragmatic approach, INFPs may find easier success in promoting their causes.

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