If You Have These 12 Characteristics, You Belong To The World's Noblest Personality Type

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There are so many different types of personalities in the world, aren’t there? Well, if you go by the Myers-Briggs type spectrum, there are really only 16 personality types.

This spectrum shows the very basics of everyone’s personalities, based on four different traits: extroversion, decision-making, the basis of their life choices, and how they take in information. The system processes this information through personality tests.

Let’s talk about one of the most idealistic and caring personalities in the spectrums: the INFP personality type. In the Myers-Briggs personality world, INFP stands for Introversion, iNtuition, Feeling, and Perceiving.

Wondering if you’re one of the few, the proud, the ones who are noble enough to be an INFP?

INFP Characteristics: Strengths & Weaknesses

1. Open-minded

INFPs are often the people who will befriend and defend those that most others shun. If you’re the kind of person who will stick up for folks that others deem a “lost cause,” you might be an INFP.

2. Kind

The thing that most people recognize about INFPs is their kindhearted nature, and to a point, this isn’t a good thing. They never want to hurt the personal feelings of others, so they tend to find themselves taken advantage of from time to time, often to the point that they may even put themselves in jeopardy.

You might need to reel it in, lest you become bitter to the world.

3. Introverted

Introverted to the core, INFPs are typically the ones who are not into going to the club. However, volunteering at an animal shelter will make their day, and that’s why people have a lot of respect for them.

4. Loyal

Everyone needs a friend or lover who’s an INFP, if only because they tend to be the most loyal people in your crew. INFPs are loyalty, personified. When things hit the fan, you can count on an INFP to stick by your side, no matter how ugly things get.

5. Easily exploited

The problem with being an INFP is that your loyalty, open mind, and big heart are easily taken advantage of by the wrong person. As such, INFPs can often find themselves in toxic relationships with users and abusers. More alarmingly, they also tend to stay in these relationships, simply because they hope to change the partners they have and because they feel bad about leaving.

INFPs do not realize why this happens to them, primarily because they have such a hard time believing that people can be cruel for cruelty’s sake. If this happens too frequently, INFPs may end up eschewing dating altogether.

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6. Creative

Most people would never fully guess it, but INFPs are one of the more creative types around. This deeply emotional group is known to fantasize and get artsy, but rarely brings out their full creativity to the forefront.

To a point, they live in their own little world. This may give them a slightly “spacey” vibe from time to time.

7. Caring

Lucky is the person who dates an INFP personality type! This type is known for doing everything possible to make their partners feel happy, loved, and supported. If you’re looking for the type to give you presents “just because,” date an INFP. You’re known for treating a partner like gold.

8. Good listener

INFPs aren’t extroverted and often don’t like too much attention. However, they adore listening and often will act as a venting space or absorbent shoulder to people around them. INFPs have strong mediator personalities, being able to listen to multiple points of view. This is where their intuitiveness plays a big part.

9. Sincere

With INFPs, you never have to worry about sincerity. Quite the opposite, in fact; they often lack tact and can be fairly blunt at times. When dealing with this personality, it’s important to remember that this is because they are very honest, not because they are trying to be jerks.

10. Aspiration for self-improvement

INFPs love improving themselves and enjoy personal development. As such, they tend to love self-help books as well as any program that can enrich their lives.

11. Distracted

Most INFPs are very “inside world” people, so it’s not surprising to hear that they tend to be pretty quickly distracted. To a point, this is a good thing, since the regular world may be a bit much for them at times.

12. Desire to belong

Sincere, sweet, and caring, INFPs really just want to carve out a nook for themselves. They want to belong and live a comfortable life. They’re not extravagant; they just want a better world.

INFPs in Relationships

INFPs are set on finding their soulmates and don't want to settle for just any romance. Their strong sense of loyalty makes them hopelessly devoted to the one they love.

Though they come off as a bit clingy, INFPs will respect their partner's space and independence. INFPs are also extremely accepting and will welcome all their partner's flaws; however, they still want to help their partner learn, grow, and pursue their goals.

On the flip side, INFPs hate confrontation, which could lead to inauthenticity, not only compromising their relationship but doing damage to their self-worth. Like any relationship, open communication is the key to a happy and healthy bond with an INFP.

If they are willing to speak about their true thoughts and feelings, and why their partner needs to reciprocate that, this relationship can be amazingly beuatiful.

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Is INFP a rare personality?

INFPs are one of the rare personalities, making up about 4 to 5 percent of the population, opposed to the rarest personality type, INFJ, which is only 1.5 percent of the population.

Still, 4 to 5 percent is pretty rare, so if you are an INFP, you have a wonderful bout of personality traits that will help you succeed in life.

What does it mean to be an INFP?

INFPs are known for being the kind of people who will eventually change the world because of their effort to do right by others. They are idealistic, youthful, and overall great people. People with this kind of personality tend to be introverted, idealistic, creative, and driven by high values.

This personality is also known as the mediator personality, making INFPs great at listening and understanding while also figuring out great solutions and compromises.

Is INFP a good personality?

With INFP being so rare, you'd imagine it's one of those diamonds in the rough kind of personality. And it kind of is.

INFPs value authenticity and always strive to find truth and meaning in the world around them. They have extremely strong core values, and since they are usually seen as unconventional and a little odd, they are very accepting and non-judgmental of others.

However good the personality is, everyone has weaknesses, and INFPs tend to be taken advantage of by others due to their kind heart.

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Who should an INFP marry?

The best matches for an INFP are ENFJ, INFJ, and INTJ.

ENFJ is INFP's natural partner. INFP is attracted to ENFJ’s energy, optimism, and positive attitude, while ENFJ is drawn to the INFP’s deep and thoughtful nature.

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INFJ and INFP have a lot in common; they are both sensitive and empathetic, value alone time, and are loyal. Both personalities look for peace and harmony in relationships.

INTJ and INFP are actually very different people; however, they are intellectually compatible. Their vivid imaginations are a good mix and allow for stimulating conversations.

Are INFPs good in bed?

For INFP, intimacy is much more than just an act. They want to be able to connect deeply with their partner. Most INFPs can be extremely passionate lovers, and always want to make the interaction meaningful in some kind of way.

Most people see INFPs as shy introverts, but being with the right person can be rather intense. When they do find this person, intimacy helps make them feel alive in new and exciting ways.

INFPs are not complacent people and often enjoy being able to experience new things with someone they trust. Their creative side adds up in the bedroom, and they are open to experimentation.

Best Careers for INFPs

What are the best career choices for INFPs? INFPs generally prefer work that aligns with their own values and allows them to help others. INFPs are motivated by vision and inspiration, so they will want to engage in causes that feel important to them.

INFPs enjoy creative problem-solving and want to understand complex issues. The best careers for INFPs include graphic designer, editor, animator, film editor, photographer, translator, writer, or PR specialist.

Famous People With INFP Personalities

1. Princess Diana

2. Audrey Hepburn

3. Fred Rogers

4. John Lennon

5. Kurt Cobain

6. William Shakespeare

7. Helen Keller

8. Isabel Briggs Myers herself

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Ossiana Tepfenhart is a writer based out of Red Bank, New Jersey. She writes primarily about lifestyle, food, finance, and relationships. You can follow her on Twitter.