Phoenix INFP Meetup Group Pages

This group exists to bring people together that share the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality-preference profile of INFP (Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving). Though, anyone with an interest in personality type, philosophy, psychology, etc. is welcome to join us!

If you're not sure of your basic personality type, there is a fairly comprehensive list of traits typically used for helping people determined their personality preferences, accessible by clicking the "files" link located on far left of this page; and then clicking on the link entitled "Personality Trait Comparison Lists." Feel free to save a copy of that document to your hard drive for future reference.

Common traits of people with the personality profile INFP (aka I Never Find Perfection), which accounts for less than 2% of the population, are listed below; as well as a further description typical of the type; and at the bottom of this page some traits of Idealists (FP's) are listed:
Their quest is for meaning, purpose, and inner harmony
They are driven by deeply felt values
Seek self-actualization in life
Are creative and imaginative
Are committed to a balance between beliefs and actions
Have a strong need for authenticity and integrity
Like new and unusual forms of self-expression
Feel out of sync with the rest of the world
Are usually supportive and tolerant of others as long as their values are not compromised
Are not considered realistic or practical by most of humanity because of their idealism
They find mundane areas of life unfulfilling and find it difficult to stay on top of things
Are typically very sensitive and caring
May appear cool and aloof to people who don't know them
Are devoted to few people that they take into their hearts
Have difficulty being objective
Have feelings hurt easily and have trouble letting others know they've been hurt
Prefer to avoid confrontation and conflict and keep feelings to self
Prefer to drop people from their lives rather than try to work things out
Are disappointed when others do not live up to expectations
Need time to consider another's ideas
Have a natural talent for poetry and creative writing
Are ambitious about their own projects, which they're protective of, and they work tirelessly
Typically have several projects going on at once
Are much better at starting projects than finishing them
They like to help people and are natural counselors
They share true selves with very few people
Are drawn to the arts, music, painting, literature, psychology, and philosophy
They need plenty of time to do their best work
Do not rush into relationships
The do not like deadlines, though that does force them to turn work in that is "good enough"
They like being alone: reading, writing, reflecting
They are the most happy when immersed in interesting, meaningful projects
They typically deal with anxiety and ego-threatening situations by putting on a mask of inauthenticity; which has the opposite effect of what they claim to want (which is to be authentic and have integrity).

INFPS They are naturally drawn to ideas that embody a concern for human potential. They live in the inner world of values, ideals, and concern for the possibilities.

INFPs deal with things according to how they feel about, and how they fit into their personal value system. More than other NF (idealist) types, they are focused on making the world a better place for people. Their primary goal is to find meaning in their life. What is their purpose? How can they best serve humanity in their lives? They are idealists and perfectionists, who drive themselves hard in their quest for achieving the goals they have identified for themselves.

INFPs are highly intuitive about people. They rely heavily on their intuitions to guide them, and use their discoveries to constantly search for value in life. They are on a continuous mission to find the truth and meaning underlying things. Every encounter and every piece of knowledge gained gets sifted through the INFP's value system, and is evaluated to see if it has any potential to help the INFP define or refine their own path in life. The goal at the end of the path is always the same: the INFP is driven to help people and make the world a better place.

Generally thoughtful and considerate, INFPs are good listeners and put people at ease. Although they may be reserved in expressing emotion, they have a very deep well of caring and are genuinely interested in understanding people. This sincerity is sensed by others, making the INFP a valued friend and confidante. An INFP can be quite warm with people he or she knows well.

INFPs do not like conflict, and go to great lengths to avoid it. If they must face it, they will always approach it from the perspective of their feelings. In conflict situations, INFPs place little importance on who is right and who is wrong. They focus on the way that the conflict makes them feel, and indeed they don't really care whether or not they're right. They don't want to feel badly. This trait sometimes makes them appear irrational and illogical in conflict situations. On the other hand, INFPs make very good mediators, and are typically good at solving other people's conflicts, because they intuitively understand people's perspectives and feelings, and genuinely want to help them.

INFPs are flexible and laid-back, until one of their values is violated. In the face of their value system being threatened, INFPs can become aggressive defenders, fighting passionately for their cause. When an INFP has adopted a project or job which they're interested in, it usually becomes a "cause" for them. Although they are not detail-oriented individuals, they will cover every possible detail with determination and vigor when working for their "cause."

When it comes to the mundane details of life maintenance, INFPs are typically completely unaware of such things. They might go for long periods without noticing a stain on the carpet, but will carefully and meticulously brush a speck of dust off their project booklet.

INFPs do not like to deal with hard facts and logic. Focusing on feelings and the Human Condition makes it difficult for them to deal with interpersonal judgment. They don't understand or believe in the validity of impersonal judgment, which makes them (naturally) rather ineffective at using it. Most INFPs will avoid impersonal analysis, although some have developed this ability and are able to be quite logical. Under stress, it's not uncommon for INFPs to misuse hard logic in the heat of anger, throwing out fact after fact (often inaccurate ones) in an emotional outburst.

INFPs have very high standards and are perfectionists. Consequently, they are usually hard on themselves, and don't give themselves enough credit. INFPs may have problems working on a project in a group, because their standards are likely to be higher than other members of the group. In group situations, they may have a "control" problem. The INFP needs to work on balancing their high ideals with the requirements of everyday living. Without resolving this conflict, they will never be happy with themselves, and they may become confused and paralyzed about what to do with their lives.

INFPs are usually talented writers. They may be awkward and uncomfortable with expressing themselves verbally, but they have a wonderful ability to define and express what they're feeling on paper. INFPs also appear frequently in social service professions, such as counseling or teaching. They are at their best in situations where they're working towards the public good, and in which they don?t need to use hard
logic.

INFPs who function in their well-developed sides can accomplish great and wonderful things, of which they rarely give themselves credit. Some of the great, humanistic catalysts in the world have been INFPs.

Traits of Idealists (FPs) 15% of population
Gentle, prefer cooperation, easygoing
Have deep feelings, but do not easily share them with others
Extremely sentimental
Extremely sensitive; outwardly friendly, they can become suddenly moody
When things go wrong, they tend to look inward and blame themselves
Flexible with things of little importance, but inflexible when dealing with values or something important to them
Tendency to hold grudges when they've been deeply offended
Communicate values through actions more than words
Dress to please selves, not others
Can be self-deprecating and uncomfortable receiving compliments
Are often described as "artsy"
Value uniqueness (unusual and different) and originality
Mission is to understand themselves and others; understand the meaning of life; and to achieve their potential
Having integrity is highly prized
Seek to maintain connected, harmonious relationships
Are perceptive and sensitive to others' feelings
Communication centers on personal concerns, especially relationships
Solving problems with global or far-reaching concerns in creative ways is especially enjoyable to idealists, as it allows them to develop their greatest potential as: an artist, psychologist, counselor, social worker, humanities teacher, etc.

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