Here is part of the profile
INFJs are distinguished by both their complexity of character and the unusual range and depth of their talents. Strongly humanitarian in outlook, INFJs tend to be idealists, and because of their J preference for closure and completion, they are generally “doers” as well as dreamers. This rare combination of vision and practicality often results in INFJs taking a disproportionate amount of responsibility in the various causes to which so many of them seem to be drawn.
INFJs are deeply concerned about their relations with individuals as well as the state of humanity at large. They are, in fact, sometimes mistaken for extroverts because they appear so outgoing and are so genuinely interested in people — a product of the Feeling function they most readily show to the world. On the contrary, INFJs are true introverts, who can only be emotionally intimate and fulfilled with a chosen few from among their long-term friends, family, or obvious “soul mates.” While instinctively courting the personal and organizational demands continually made upon them by others, at intervals INFJs will suddenly withdraw into themselves, sometimes shutting out even their intimates. This apparent paradox is a necessary escape valve for them, providing both time to rebuild their depleted resources and a filter to prevent the emotional overload to which they are so susceptible as inherent “givers.” As a pattern of behavior, it is perhaps the most confusing aspect of the enigmatic INFJ character to outsiders, and hence the most often misunderstood — particularly by those who have little experience with this rare type.
Due in part to the unique perspective produced by this alternation between detachment and involvement in the lives of the people around them, INFJs may well have the clearest insights of all the types into the motivations of others, for good and for evil. The most important contributing factor to this uncanny gift, however, are the empathic abilities often found in Fs, which seem to be especially heightened in the INFJ type (possibly by the dominance of the introverted N function).
In their own way, INFJs are just as much “systems builders” as are INTJs; the difference lies in that most INFJ “systems” are founded on human beings and human values, rather than information and technology. Their systems may for these reasons be conceptually “blurrier” than analogous NT ones, harder to measure in strict numerical terms, and easier to take for granted — yet it is these same underlying reasons which make the resulting contributions to society so vital and profound.
Copyright Â© 1996-2005 by Marina Margaret Heiss and Joe Butt
Here’s a description of an INFJ that I found more insightfull :
With their preference for Feeling, INFJs are quietly perceptive, emotionally deep, individuals. However, being inner directed, and inclined to focus on their own abstract thoughts and ideas, they may keep their great interpersonal warmth hidden from those they do not know well. Idealistic and introspective, they focus on the deeper hidden patterns and meanings behind surface forms and structures. However, being sensitive to othersÂ¹ needs, they do not approach life in an unduly cool, analytical or distant way. Having a strong sense of duty and responsibility, they believe it is important to adhere closely to established methods and procedures. Inclined to focus on the fundamental principles underlying a task, they will attend closely to detail, and be committed to complete tasks on schedule and to the required standard. While they approach problems in a theoretical and abstract way, their empathic concern for others enables them to keep a human perspective on events.
Orientated towards the Introverted world of abstract concepts and ideas, INFJs may sometimes need to be drawn out in social settings. Thoughtful and considerate, they may not be the first to put forward their own ideas, preferring instead to consider the deeper theoretical issues before contributing to a debate or discussion. Enjoying working with fundamental principles and theoretical concepts, they will be most comfortable when discussing their ideas with a small group of like minded colleagues. Averse to conflict and discord, they will work to resolve disagreements by actively seeking compromise and consensus. When working in teams they will wish to have a well defined role and clearly defined goals. Disinclined to discuss their deeply held values and ideals with people they do not know well, those around them may not always fully appreciate the true depth of their feelings. Dependable, reliable and egalitarian in nature, they will be committed to working for the common good.
Although they are inclined to approach problems from an abstract, theoretical perspective, their Feeling function means that INFJs maintain a strong awareness of the interpersonal dimensions of the task. More interested in understanding why things work, rather than simply perceiving how they work, they use their Intuition to look beyond the superficial facts in a given situation in search of deeper principles and truths. Thus, they approach real-world practical, problems by first attempting to understand the theoretical principles that govern the problem at hand. Approaching tasks in a clear, orderly and methodical way, they will not lose sight of the detailed aspects of the task. Attuned to the feelings of others, they will be sensitive to the impact their actions will have upon those around them. Organising abstract, logical arguments in an orderly, systematic manner, they may be at their best when communicating on a one-to-one basis, with supportive colleagues who value their methodical, structured approach.
HOW OTHERS MAY SEE YOU
Well organised, dependable and reliable, they will be trusted to see tasks through to the end. Known for their sound grasp of fundamental concepts and principles, colleagues will respect their ability to approach problems in a systematic, orderly and logical manner. However, more down-to-earth colleagues, who are less interested in the subtle nuances of a problem, may sometimes worry that they may lose sight of practical, day-to-day realities. Committed, co-operative, and happy to oblige, they will be respected for their ability to persevere with tasks that require attention to detail. However, if others take unfair advantage of their genuine offers of help, this may generate feelings of resentment. Perceptive and sensitive to othersÂ¹ needs, they will be viewed as thoughtful, considerate and understanding. However, their egalitarian style and desire to manage by consensus, may sometimes be misinterpreted as indicating an inability to take difficult, unpopular decisions.