If you display these 7 traits, you’re probably an INFJ—the rarest personality type

Do you often feel different from those around you?

It might be because you have a unique personality type. You might even, like me, be INFJ – the rarest personality type. 

But what exactly does it mean to be an INFJ?

Well, it all boils down to specific characteristics. If you find yourself nodding along with these 7 traits, there’s a good chance you’re part of this exclusive club.

Let’s dive right in and discover if you’re one of the rare few.

1) You’re a master listener

Ever noticed how you’re always the one people turn to when they need to vent or seek advice?

This might be because you’re an INFJ. 

INFJ types, you see, are known for their exceptional listening skills. They genuinely care about other people’s feelings and thoughts, often putting others’ needs before their own.

Now, don’t confuse this trait with passivity. It’s not about sitting quietly without any input. Nope. As an INFJ, you’re able to actively engage in conversations, providing thoughtful responses and empathetic advice.

And it’s not just about the spoken word. You’re also adept at reading between the lines, picking up on non-verbal cues that others might miss.

This ability to deeply understand others is one of the defining qualities of an INFJ.

2) You’re a perfectionist

Have you lost sleep over an unfinished task or project? Perfectionism is another trait that many INFJs have.

I remember this one time when I was working on a presentation for a major client. I stayed up until 3 am, tweaking every little detail until it felt just right. My colleagues thought I was crazy, but to me, it wasn’t about impressing the boss or the client. It was about the satisfaction of knowing I’d done my absolute best.

If you’re an INFJ, you’re probably also driven by an internal desire for perfection like this. You believe that anything worth doing is worth doing well. And you’ll put in the time and effort to ensure that every task you undertake is completed to the best of your abilities.

This trait can sometimes lead to stress and burnout, but it’s also what makes you stand out from the crowd. You set high standards for yourself and are not willing to settle for anything less.

3) You’re future-oriented

While it’s common for many to live in the present or dwell in the past, INFJs are often gazing into the future.

You see, as an INFJ, you tend to think long-term. You’re likely to find yourself daydreaming about future possibilities or meticulously planning your next move. It’s not just about setting goals; it’s about envisioning a whole future scenario in great detail.

So, if you often find yourself lost in thoughts of the future, or if planning and strategizing come naturally to you, it’s another big sign you’re an INFJ.

Lucky for you, this forward-thinking mindset doesn’t just set you apart; it equips you with a unique ability to predict trends and outcomes, a skill highly valued in many professional fields.

4) You’re highly sensitive

Are you someone who gets easily overwhelmed by loud noises, chaotic environments, or even intense emotions?

Well, that’s a classic INFJ trait for you.

If you are an INFJ, you’re highly sensitive to your surroundings and the emotions of others. You feel things deeply and are often affected by the moods of the people around you. It’s not uncommon for you to pick up on subtle changes in someone’s behavior or mood that others might overlook.

And it’s not just about people. You may also find yourself deeply moved by works of art, music, or even a beautiful sunset.

This high sensitivity can make you feel vulnerable at times, but it also gives you a unique ability to connect with others on a deeper level.

5) You crave solitude

pic1989 If you display these 7 traits, you’re probably an INFJ—the rarest personality type

While others might find joy in a lively party or a bustling city street, INFJ types often find themselves yearning for quiet corners and peaceful solitude. This isn’t about being anti-social or shy; it’s about recharging.

Being an INFJ means needing alone time to process thoughts and feelings.

We value personal space and often use this time to reflect, dream, and plan. I used to feel guilty about needing this time away from people, even my close friends and family. But over time, I’ve realized that it’s an essential part of who I am.

Do you find yourself regularly seeking out quiet moments for introspection and feeling drained after prolonged social interactions?

If so, you might just be part of the INFJ club. 

6) You’re driven by values

Do you feel compelled to stand up for what you believe in, even if it goes against popular opinion? That’s another classic INFJ trait.

 INFJs have a strong sense of morality and ethics. They are deeply committed to their values and principles and are not afraid to stand their ground when they are challenged.

It’s not about being stubborn or unyielding; it’s about integrity. You believe in doing what’s right, even if it’s not the easiest path to take.

7) You’re a natural nurturer

Last but not least, if you are an INFJ, you likely have a natural inclination to care for and nurture others.

What do I mean by this?

Well, you’re empathetic, and understanding, and often play the role of the caretaker in your relationships. You put others’ needs before your own and are always there to lend a helping hand or provide emotional support.

This nurturing side of you is what makes people feel safe and loved around you. It’s a trait that truly defines the INFJ personality type. 

Final thought: Embrace your rarity

There’s no denying the uniqueness that comes with being an INFJ – the rarest of all personality types. You bring a special blend of empathy, introspection, and moral conviction that sets you apart.

If you’ve recognized yourself in these traits, don’t shy away from your unique nature. Embrace your rare personality type and the special gifts it brings.

After all, being an INFJ isn’t just about being different; it’s about making a difference. And in a world that often feels chaotic and indifferent, your sensitivity, understanding, and quiet strength are more valuable than ever.

So carry on, dear INFJ, the world needs more of you.

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Lucas Graham

Lucas Graham, based in Auckland, writes about the psychology behind everyday decisions and life choices. His perspective is grounded in the belief that understanding oneself is the key to better decision-making. Lucas’s articles are a mix of personal anecdotes and observations, offering readers relatable and down-to-earth advice.

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