Marie Kondo taught us about the importance of decluttering or letting go of things that don’t ‘spark joy’. More than anything else, she taught us how we should create room for the new by getting rid of the old.
Marie Kondo is one of the rarest personality types on the MBTI or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, the INFJ personality type. INFJ personalities are the Advocate personality type with unique traits, characteristics, strengths and weaknesses.
Learn more about the MBTI, its elements and INFJ personalities.
The MBTI Personality Test
The MBTI or the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was developed by a mother-daughter duo in the early 20th-century. Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs-Myers developed the MBTI as a means to assess 16 personality types. The test is widely used across the world as a way to understand yourself or your employees a little bit better.
Carl Jung’s theory of extraversion and introversion inspired Katharine Briggs to create the MBTI. Each personality type is either extraverted (E) or introverted (I). There are four letters that make up a personality type, chosen from this list:
- Extroversion (E)
- Sensing or Observant (S)
- Thinking (T)
- Intuitive (N)
- Judgment (J)
- Feeling (F)
- Perception or Prospecting (P)
- Introversion (I)
The INFJ personality type is introverted (I), intuitive (N), feeling (F) and judging (J). INFJ personalities are imaginative. They’re dreamers. They’re altruistic and like to lend a helping hand to those in need. Highly empathetic, those with an INFJ personality type are Advocates in the truest sense. They also like to take concrete steps toward their goals even if they may be dreamers.
What Are INFJ Personality Traits?
The INFJ personality type is a rare personality type. People with this personality type are passionate, but at the same time, they’ll willingly take a step back and retreat. As introverts, they like to take their time to get used to the people around them.
Not only do INFJs like to do what’s right, but they also want others to do the right thing. They’re highly compassionate, trying to create an equal world for all.
Here are some INFJ traits shared by INFJ personalities:
- The Advocate personality type is always searching for their purpose, their mission that they can work toward
- Sometimes, people with the Advocate personality type forget to take care of themselves in an effort to take care of those around them
- Advocates don’t do well with conflict, shying away from situations that may get out of control
- INFJ personalities can be very private, keeping their conversations to a minimum or holding back from sharing their problems, unintentionally pushing people away
- They settle for nothing less than what they aspire for, they go head-on for their passion and mission, pursuing it against all odds
- Sometimes, an Advocate personality type may get overwhelmed by their own idealism because the everyday tasks required to achieve those goals may seem too tiring
- INFJ personalities are true pacifiers because they like to get to the bottom of things before jumping to conclusions. They take their time to understand different perspectives and people’s feelings, making them great confidantes
The INFJ personality type seeks a specific kind of work environment where they can thrive. They want creative freedom and independence to do their work to the best of their abilities. INFJs adapt well, making them excellent employees who wear many hats. They seek seniors who can guide them but also trust them to make their own decisions.
Navigating Your Workplace As An INFJ
You may have an INFJ personality or perhaps someone you know is one. You may find that INFJ personality traits work well in a free, creative and easygoing workplace. As leaders, INFJs like to treat their employees with equal respect, giving them equal opportunities instead of being authoritative. At the same time, they expect people to be fair and just, respecting their work and others.
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