10 Surprising Truths About INFPs Personality
Type There is a lot of information about type that
isn’t widely known, much of which can be found in the official MBTI Manual.
According to Susan Storm from psychology junkie, Here are some of the more uncommon facts about
the INFP personality type. Keep in mind, a lot of these facts are the
result of statistical findings and won’t relate to every single INFP. 1. INFPs Are the Best Listeners According to UCLA neuroscience expert, Dario
Nardi, INFPs engage all regions of the neocortex when they listen to someone.
This is called “holistic” listening. All regions remain alert yet relaxed and open
to input. Instead of trying to determine their response
or letting their minds wander, INFPs wait patiently and continue to listen for as long
as possible. This allows them to get a deep and nuanced
perspective of a person’s psychology. 2. INFPs Excel at Learning Foreign Languages According to the MBTI Manual, INFPs have a
general advantage in foreign language learning. Dario Nardi says that INFPs show high activity
in regions of the brain that handle language, including diction, grammar, and voice tone.
He says that Fi types “hear with precision and insight”. 3. INFPs Favored Leisure Activities are Writing,
Reading, Appreciating Art, and Listening to Music Another statistic from the MBTI Manual, but
this one is not so surprising. You’d be hard pressed to find an INFP without an extensive
library! 4. INFPs Prefer Art, English, and Music in
School The creative arts are where INFPs shine. This
is no surprise considering some of our greatest authors and artists are INFPs.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery, A A Milne, Edgar Allan Poe, and J R R Tolkien are just a few
INFP authors. Vincent Van Gogh was an INFP painter. 5. INFPs are Hardly Over-Sensitive Crybabies Somehow this misconceived stereotype has abounded
across the type world, and it is blatantly false.
Unless an INFP is in an unhealthy state, they are usually some of the strongest believers
in their cause. They can be exceedingly brave and determined
in even the most dire circumstances if they are defending a belief or value. After all,
Joan of Arc was an INFP. 6. Chances Are, They Don’t Look Like “Feelers” INFPs keep their emotions and feelings tucked
away and hidden from the outside world. They view their values and feelings as private
and guard them closely. In fact, most typology books describe Fi-dominant
types as appearing “aloof, cool” or “hard to read”.
Even though INFPs have such strong personal values and emotions they will only allow a
select few to see them. 7. INFPs Often Pursue Careers That Go Against
Their Desires According to the MBTI Manual, INFPs feel confident
and perform well in artistic activities. However, they tend to choose conventional careers.
The manual states, “Performing the opposite activities from what one likes may be creating
the tension that leads them to lower levels of satisfaction overall.”
With INTPs, INFPs were dissatisfied most out of the 16 types with the kind of work they
do, where they work, and future work opportunities. 8. INFPs Make Up 2% of the U.S. Population According to mypersonality.info, INFPs Make
Up 2% of the U.S. Population, Making them the third rarest type in the United States. 9. INFPs are the Most Likely of All the Types
of Report Suicidal Thoughts in College As to why this occurs, it may have to do with
the persistent feeling many INFPs have of being misunderstood.
They have very deep feelings and values, yet they are very private about them and they
can lead lonely lives if they don’t find a confidante they trust very deeply.
Their imaginative Ne-focused ideas may also be met with skepticism by a largely sensor-dominated
population. The INFP Idealist blogger states, “Probably
for most INFPs, suicidal thoughts have something to do with other people’s expectations,
with lack of money, with the feeling of being out of place in
this world, with the lack of energy for a job.” 10. New Zealand Has the Largest Percentage
of INFPs I’m not exactly sure why this is, but they
make up 4.2% of the New Zealand population. In fact, in New Zealand there is a larger
percentage of introverted and intuitive types overall! All in all, that’s the ten Surprising Truths
About INFPs Personality Type. Really cool information isn’t it!
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