The INFJ Personality, the Most Rare Personality (According to Carl Jung)

Valeria Sabater

Written and verified by the psychologist Valeria Sabater.

Last update: 15 November, 2021

The INFJ personality, a unique combination of the psychological traits of introversion, intuition, feeling and judgment, represents — according to Carl Jung — only 1% of the population.

This personality is idealistic , serene, firm in its values, highly sensitive, but sure of itself and always oriented towards improving the lives of others.

If you haven’t heard about this personality type, it won’t take you long to find a book. There are all kinds of articles that the list 10 key characteristics of this personality.

INFJ’s are somewhat fashionable in America and Europe. While at first glance it may make you think of a highly sensitive personality, they’re not exactly the same.

To understand the INFJ a little better, let’s take a trip to its origin. The INFJ classification is actually part of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a personality test designed to identify our personal preferences. This test is based on the psychological types developed by Carl Jung, defined throughout his clinical experience.

Today, this indicator is used mainly for group dynamics and personal growth tests. However, we should say that more academic settings and rigorous psychological literature don’t give it much validity.

But Carl Jung’s work on psychological types is always interesting. It’s become quite popular, his contribution to the study of personality especially.

So out of all the Myers-Briggs personalities,  INFJ stands out for being the most rare and unique. Let’s dig a little deeper…


The INFJ personality, or the “lawyer”

The Myers-Briggs is a kind of psychological test that education professionals usually like. It makes it easier for students to get to know each other and to make more informed decisions about their academic and work future.

Through its four scales we can know, for example, how we see the world, how we process our surroundings, or how we relate to each other.

It’s based on 8 types of extroverted personalities and 8 introverted personalities, with the INFJ personality the most unusual of them all. Here are the characteristics.

Oriented towards helping others

The INFJ personality is a “lawyer type” for the following reasons:

  • They are idealistic and have a high sense of what is right and what is wrong.
  • They are guided by their values ​​and beliefs.
  • One of their clearest objectives is to help others.
  • However, they are not limited to “rescuing” others, because the INFJ personality has the ability to inspire, help others improve, progress, and become people who don’t need to be rescued.

They are good at relating to others but they value being by themselves

This type of personality profile has a special ability to build relationships. They know how to make friends and keep them, they are warm and friendly, simple and good conversationalists.

Viewed from the outside they may give the impression that they’re an extrovert. However, INFJ’s control their time spent being social very well and limit it for one very basic reason.

They are introverted by nature and need time alone to recharge their energy.


INFJ's: introverts by nature

They are active dreamers

INFJ’s are tireless dreamers. However, their dreams aren’t merely wishful thinking, like for passive dreamers with idealism so fragile and light that the wind can blow it away. Quite the opposite.

This personality has a natural need to contribute to society, and from there, to dream while awake in order to act with conviction and determination.

At work, these people always show independence, goal-orientation, high creativity and a lot of intuition. Also, they often like both art and science


Their enthusiasm and idealism can exhaust them

INFJ’s have only one problem: society. In a world full of inequalities, closed doors and walls to overcome on a daily basis, it’s easy to get discouraged. Hence, it’s common for an INFJ to end up disappointed and physically and emotionally worn down.

It’s not easy for them to face daily criticism, stress and clashes between their idealism and harsh reality. Also, another fact that characterizes them is that they often forget to take care of themselves.


“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness”.

-Martin Luther King-

a woman in a field of flowers

Given the main characteristics of this type of personality Carl Gustav Jung defines, we can see that INFJ’s are those whose thoughts echo in the world and create revolutions.

That 1% of the population is actually the light of our society. People with clear ideals, dreamers with a purpose who want to give their best to others.

If you think you’re an INFJ, we will give just one piece of advice: persist without neglecting your ideals. We should never give up, because sometimes, that 1% of the population is enough to inspire the other 99%.


This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.