MBTI Diplomat Types
Carl Jung was an INFJ!
Making up only 1% of the population, INFJs are the idealistic and morally conscious personality type. They want to help others, and while you can find INFJs helping society by doing charity work, many will try to get to the roots of the issue so that charity work isn’t required. Even though they’re soft spoken, INFJs have strong opinions and will defend them. A true “Harry Potter” personality, they believe that love and compassion can warm the hearts of the cruelest and most tyrannical of individuals. INFJs use their creativity and imagination to create balance equal to advantage.
Karma, the Golden Rule, and egalitarianism are attractive fundamentals to INFJs. It’s easy for someone of this type to make connections with others, and they speak with emotion, “human terms”, better than logic and fact. They take great care of others’ feelings, and they expect the same in return.
“Because if you can’t even clean up your own room, who the hell are you to give advice to the world?” –Jordan B. Peterson
INFJs need to remember this, as they have a tendency to help everyone but themselves. INFJs will push themselves past their breaking point, leading to exhaustion, unhealthiness, and stress. Their sensitivity during conflict and disagreement can make input seem like a personal attack, leading them to fight back irrationally. While they are busy helping the world, INFJs need to help themselves too.
Combining creativity and imagination with a strong sense of compassion, INFJs use this to resolve “human” problems over technical ones. INFJs are insightful, seeing through sales tactics. This personality type is generally hard to manipulate. They see how people and events are connected, which gives them a good idea of how to change things for the better in the future. Emotionally, INFJs are fluid, inspirational writers with a direct connection to passion. Don’t ask an INFJ to write you a business plan unless it’s helping someone though. These strength are used for good. INFJs take the actions they do to better the world, they don’t invest themselves in anything that will do harm.
Taking constructive criticism is hard for anybody. But it is especially hard for such a sensitive type like INFJ. When someone calls out a problem with an idea an INFJ is considering, they will most likely receive a startling response. Questioning the motives of an INFJ is a dangerous path. INFJs, being introverted, are extremely private. Trusting a new friend, or opening up to anybody for that matter, is tough for INFJs. Being idealists, INFJs need a cause, something to believe in, to get anything done. They dislike the technical aspects of ideas, pushing administrative work and maintenance to others. Perfectionists by nature, they always try to achieve the “ideal” situation, even though it may not always be feasible. Without some sort of balance, INFJs burn out quickly and can exhaust themselves without some sort of routine.
William Shakespeare was an INFP!
Taking up 4% of the population, INFPs look for good in even the worst of people. They are motivated by the purity of their intent, and when looking for options, they look to honor, beauty, morality, and virtue. Not everyone understands the drive behind this way of thinking, and, as such, many INFPs feel isolated in their beliefs. Fantasy worlds are an INFPs’ best friend, as many INFPs are poets, writers, and actors. Their understanding of themselves and their place in the world is projected by their work, and many INFPs have a talent for self-expression, revealing beauty through metaphor and fiction. They, like most Diplomat personalities, have a certain ability for communication, making learning a second or third language easier. Like INFJs, INFPs can drift into deep thought, ceasing to take care of themselves. Not unlike spring, their motivation comes back after a time, and friends or partners may spend a long time attempting to help them with this.
INFPs are idealistic, and many depend on this personality types’ optimism. The belief that all people are inherently good can be mistaken as weakness, but this leads to an incredibly resilient attitude in times of stress. This type of person doesn’t hold interest in having power over others, and doesn’t really like people who do have this interest. Democracy is reality to an INFP. INFPs dislike rules, but are flexible and will abide by any who do not disable good people from doing what they think is right. They can connect many far off ideas together for deeper meaning, which is why many are authors, poets, and actors. While this type of person rarely leads, they aren’t afraid to lend a hand wherever it’s needed.
The biggest challenges that INFPs deal with are things like idealism, altruism, and impracticality. They have a tendency to take their ideals too far and they also neglect others for a singular cause, forgetting maintenance and day to day tasks. They spend so much time thinking about the large picture, rather than focusing on the smaller details, that they forget that the large picture is complex, and needs to be investigated part by part. INFPs tend to take things personally, because their principles can get into the way of criticism. This can make them difficult to get along with, but fear not, as many with this type are private, reserved, and self-conscious.
Nelson Mandela was an ENFJ!
Natural born leaders, ENFJs are our politicians, coaches, teachers, and our guides in the world. Full of charisma, and pegging in at only 2% of our population, they take a great deal of pride in guiding others to work together and improve the world around them. ENFJ types radiate authority and credibility, and they’re not afraid to stand up for something or someone when they feel that it needs to happen. ENFJ wants to see the world become a better place, whether it’s by leading the nation or leading a class.
Tolerance, reliability, and altruism make an ENFJ. They’re team players who listen to ideas, even when the ideas don’t line up with their own. They can charm most people, because they can pick up on a mood and communicate based on the necessary response; reason, emotion, passion, restraint, whatever they may need to motivate their audience. These qualities make leading easy for an ENFJ, as their many admirers request their skillset more often than not.
One of ENFJ’s biggest strengths is also their weakness. They’re so idealistic that they can be surprised by the fact that people will fight against their principles, no matter how well intentioned they are. People of this personality type are more inclined to take criticism more heavily than most, being a more sensitive personality type. They can be too selfless as well as too sensitive. It’s easy for an ENFJ to spread themselves too thin, rendering them useless in helping anyone. In a stressful situation, especially where lives are at stake or well-being is at stake, this type of person will generally freeze up, imagining what can go wrong rather than what will go right. Because of this, ENFJs have trouble with self-esteem, always wondering what could have been done better.
Charles Dickens was an ENFP!
Making up 7% of the populous, ENFP are considered “free spirits”. They enjoy the social and emotional connections they make more than sheer excitement, but like the Explorer types, they are the life of the party. They see life as a big, complex puzzle, everything is connected, but they don’t see it as a mechanism or machine like the Analyst types do. ENFP sees the world, and life, through a kaleidoscope of emotion, compassion, and mysticism. ENFP types will spend a lot of time in social situations, but once they have an idea of what they want to do, there’s no stopping them.
An ENFP’s biggest strengths are their curiosity, how observant they are, their energy, and their communication skills. One of the most curious types, ENFP uses this to remain open-minded, seeing life as a mysterious puzzle to be solved. This also ties into their observatory skillset, as curiosity leads to the best observation. They are excellent at communicating, being a part of the Extraverted group, and they’re very good at directing conversation towards an end goal.
Being better at emotional connection, ENFP has poor practical skills, things like upkeep, administration, and following up are tasks best suited for an Analyst to take on than a Diplomat, ENFP types tend to be stressed out easily, because they generally over-think things. They’ll lose sleep over simple things, why someone did something, what it means, what to do about it, etcetera. All of this causes ENFP types to want independency and to be the master of their own fate. However, in a world of fact checkers and check and balances, this doesn’t work.
These are the Diplomat types, and this is one of four groups of personalities. Stay tuned to MasterSelf for the Analyst, Sentinel, and Explorer personality group articles, out now or coming soon!
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