INFJ Relationships: 8 Reasons They Are Extraordinary And Powerful

INFJ Relationships

I've always been fascinated by the Myers Briggs personality types, and I frequently use the type assessment in my work as a coach and self-improvement teacher.

Your personality type definitely influences how you relate to other people, and understanding your type can make a huge difference in your choice of friends and romantic partners, as well as your ability to empathize with the people you care about.

In case you don't know much about personality types, here's just a little background. Isabel Briggs Myers, and her mother, Katharine Briggs, created the Myers Briggs assessment to make the theory of psychological types, first described by Swiss psychologist 'Carl Jung, understandable and useful in people's lives.

Jung describes four distinct preferences that make up our personalities, and these preferences can be arranged into 16 different personality types. Here are the four preferences as described by the Myers Briggs Foundation:

Introverted (I) or Extraverted (E): Do you prefer to focus more on the outer world or on your inner world?

Sensing (S) or Intuition (N): Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in, or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning?

Thinking (T) or Feeling (F): When you make decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances?

Judging (J) or Perceiving (P): In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided, or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options?

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Once you know your preference in each these areas, you have a four-letter type, and each of the possible 16 types has very unique and distinct characteristics and traits. (Here's a free personality test based on Jung's typology.) I happen to be an INFJ (introverted, intuitive, feeling, judging) personality type. INFJ is the least common of all types, occurring in only about 1.5% of the population in the U.S., according to the Myers Briggs Foundation.

Although they are the rarest type, INFJs tend to be particularly interested in self-awareness, personal growth, and relationships. So my guess is that many of you reading this post are INFJs because you've been seeking out information about who you are and what makes you tick.

Here's the Myers Briggs Foundation's general description of INFJs:

Seek meaning and connection in ideas, relationships, and material possessions. Want to understand what motivates people and are insightful about others. Conscientious and committed to their firm values. Develop a clear vision about how best to serve the common good. Organized and decisive in implementing their vision.

Did you notice that very first two sentences in the description reveal the INFJs keen interest in relationships? Of all of the types, we are particularly intrigued with and motivated by our relationships with other people.

Here are 8 reasons INFJ relationships are extraordinary and powerful: (more…)