The MBTI® Test INFP Personality Type and Emotional Intelligence

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A person’s emotional intelligence can greatly affect how they perceive themselves and others, as well as how they manage their own emotions. Knowing your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI® Test) personality type can give you insight into your level of emotional intelligence, and help you be more open to others and your own emotions as a result. This week, we’ll learn about the emotional intelligence of Introverted Feeling with Extraverted Intuition (INFP) MBTI types.

We’ll define emotional intelligence as “a complex ability to regulate your impulses, empathize with others, and persist and be resilient in the face of obstacles.” (Pearman, 2002, CPP)


INFP personality test types are incredibly devoted individuals, to themselves and to others. They are big believers in the ideas, opinions, and people that are crucial to their wellbeing. They use their mental and emotional energy to help others realize their strengths and work toward bettering themselves. They have a distinct enthusiasm and zeal for everything that they hold dear to their hearts. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

MBTI INFP’s are self-reflective, looking inward to the aspects of themselves that may require extra energy to reach self-actualization. They find excitement in working with others to achieve a goal, which gives them a great sense of camaraderie and self-worth. They are often accommodating and flexible, and especially excel at achieving goals in areas that align with their beliefs and desires. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

When it comes to others, INFP’s act as great motivators, in the most literal sense. Literally, INFP’s encourage and inspire their peers to do the most with what they have, and when in groups, can help act go-getters for achieving results or stimulating ideas. They often have a very specific group of people with whom they enjoy spending time with, and are always incredibly supportive of their friends, even if they seem to be on the quieter side in the group. Oftentimes, INFP’s deepen bonds with others by making them laugh or sharing their sense of humor, showing their fun side even if they aren’t the most talkative. Myers Briggs INFP’s are thoughtful and considerate of the emotions of others, and can often make friends feel relaxed and open in their presence. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

To show others they care, INFP’s will often work toward helping their friends and peers in some way. They approach conflict cautiously, only reacting negatively if they feel that a core part of their belief system is being threatened. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)

One area where the emotional intelligence of INFP’s could use improvement is in taking an analytical approach to certain situations and difficulties, instead of relying mostly on their intuition. MBTI INFP’s could also benefit from receiving outside criticism or feedback for their actions, emotions, and thoughts, allowing them to see themselves through another’s eyes. Allowing others to see that they are having a good time or speaking up about how they are feeling in certain moments can also help deepen the connections between INFP’s and their friends. (Pearman, 2002, CPP)


Discover how your personality best manages conflict, how the different parts of your personality work together to make decisions or gather information, how your personality type best communicates with others, and how you best deal with change in your life.


Learn to communicate more efficiently by understanding how your personality type best interacts with others with the MBTI test below:



Introduction To Type® and Emotional Intelligence. (Pearman, R. CPP, 2002)

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