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What is an INFJ?

INFJ (referred to by Keirsey as the "Counsellor") is one of the 16 basic personality types in the MBTI™ (Myers-Briggs Type Indicator™) personality model. The letters I,N,F and J stand for I



Here is a list of INFJ character traits; these may not necessarily apply to all INFJs.


See this article on INFJ Characteristics by Aisys.

Be sure to visit the Member Quotes page for some interesting, sometimes humorous views on the INFJ perspective.


David Keirsey proposes the Dolphin as the totem animal for NFs. INFJs are dolphins. Dolphins use their powerful and complex sonar system to navigate and feel their way through this world. Their sonar is very dependable, but sometimes interference - from both outside and within - plays havoc with their sensors, and they receive scrambled signals. Sonar is the dolphin's life-force.

Dolphins are affiliative creatures, and mate for life.

Sharks are the dolphin's natural enemies. But dolphins can take out the sharks by swimming underneath them and knocking them out.

Warm fuzzy teddybear theory

This is a theory devised by some INFJs on the "warm fuzzy teddybear" feel that surrounds some of the introverted intuitives. This is how others see the INs:

It's worth mentioning since these observations seem to carry merit, but of course you have to remember that this theory doesn't necessarily apply to all or even most INs.

"Come to the edge, he said,
They said: We are afraid
Come to the edge, he said.
They came,
He pushed them,
and they flew."

Guillaume Apollinaire

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