Andrea has a background in Myers-Briggs and Western astrology. She mostly writes about relationships.
The Psychic Healer
Myers-Briggs personality type INFJ is the most likely one of the 16 personalities in the typology to show signs of mystic knowledge. INFJ is considered the rarest personality according to MBTI.
Myers-Briggs looks at four spectrums and people’s preferences on each to determine what kind of personality and decision-making they'll have. Those four spectrums are as follows:
- Introversion to Extroversion
- Sensing (information gathering through senses) to Intuition (information gathering through patterns)
- Feeling (social rational) to Thinking (data rational)
- Judging (orderliness and deadline-oriented) to Perceiving (open to chaos)
It’s the preferences on the spectrums that reveal a person’s personality. An INFJ is someone who leans toward introversion, intuition, feeling, and judging. This is someone who is introspective, incredible at finding patterns, studies the past and future, empathizes with those around them, and has a sense of timing and orderliness. Together, this makes for a personality that comes off psychic.
Now, psychic is a broad term — so what exactly is happening in the INFJ mind?
The INFJ is naturally empathetic. They deal with a great deal of energy since their primary functions are to 1.) introvertedly draw in information through patterns and 2.) extrovertedly make sense of their data through emotional expression. To put it plainly, the INFJ’s top function is introverted-intuition and their secondary function is extroverted-feeling. Their tertiary function is introverted-thinking followed by the inferior function extroverted-sensing.
Unlike their cousin, ENFJ ( who leans more into their emotions), INFJs are constantly in a world of ideas and fantasy. Their brains are highly wired and sensitive to the most minuscule of details. They quickly understand what is happening in social situations, and they can think ahead to see where those social interactions will take things. They’re smart when it comes to people, and it can come off mystical.
INFJs don’t initially see themselves as weird. Let's put it this way: they don’t know what it is like to live as another mind, so they don’t realize their constant firing of pattern solving is unusual. After a while of hearing it from so many people that they’re weird, they begin to realize they might have unusual responses to day-to-day situations.
Digging Deeper into Their Mind
The INFJ does well to understand their personality because it is complex. The NF branch of personalities is for the most part… rare. They’re all about idealism and supporting humans. ENFJ and ENFP are super extroverts with big hearts for others. They want people to succeed, find happiness, and be in harmony with others.
INFJ and INFP have it a little harder in this department — because they love people, but they need extra time alone to charge their batteries. They can go days, weeks, or even months without socializing and be just fine. They’re still at heart more charged by ideas than people, but their ideas are strongly about people. It’s somewhat paradoxical to be an INFJ or INFP.
INFJ personalities are constantly taking in information about people. INFJ types are hunters of human emotion and thought. As kids, they’ll pick up on who likes them, and they may be baffled why the other person can’t pick up on their returned affections.
As an adult, they could walk into just about any room of strangers and be able to start map-making the social connections they witness. But they’ll try to keep this to themselves… and they may not even know what they’re doing. They’ll figure out quickly who likes who, who hates who, and who loves who. Not only that, but as they absorb more of the situation, they’ll know how to ask the right questions or coax people in conversation unknowingly to give them the kind of information they seek. These are great skills to have if you’re going in for an interview.
With this in mind, INFJs are constantly making and seeing connections in human interaction. They compare human interactions they see across the board, and they often have a great memory — partly because of how their personality is wired. Seeing all these patterns helps them to know how things are going to go down. They may want to prevent you from a bad situation or can tell exactly where good things are going to happen because they’ve done extensive social math.
Now, this is where things can get frustrating. INFJs when they really adore someone, whether as a friend, mother, father, spouse, etc., they’ll confide in you what they are seeing, and they’ll be directive. They can see how the cards are going to fall in advance, and they want you to avoid trouble, but everyone has free will to do what they want. INFJ will get themselves into a philosophical pickle about whether they should tell someone something or just let them be. They're thinking: should I let people encounter their own monsters or help them stave off the disaster in hiding?
This is incredibly frustrating for the INFJ. It’s like a grown man constantly answering 2 + 2 as 3,928. It’s wrong and it sticks out. Of course, an INFJ can be wrong, and if mature, they’ll own up to that. But before that — they’ll have to grow into their shoes and get a feel for when they are wrong and when they are right, when they should let someone know of doom, and when they should just let things be.
Dreamers, Writers, and Readers
INFJs are by nature cerebral, private, and charming. They listen a lot — and they want to speak, but they’ll want to make sure it’s at the right time. They can be a bit obsessed with timing, which can be their trump card… but it is also how they can shoot themselves in the foot. Sometimes you have to jump into the game and call shots as soon as possible, not right at the edge.
The way INFJs are constantly taking in information will likely cause them to be lucid dreamers or deep dreamers. All of this personality cognitive influence goes down into the subconscious. They often like to dream, as long as they’re not getting nightmares. These dreams are often just carnivals of entertainment but sometimes can lend them information that will happen or closely fit with what’s happening in the present and future. Without all the distractions of waking life, INFJs can really see what’s going on in their heads. That’s why a lot of INFJs are into dreams, and they’re likely to study dream interpretations.
INFJs are strong readers and writers. They are wordsmiths with a pertinacity for eloquent vocabulary — and this can lend to their mystic-like presence. The way they archive information helps them to see how things operate on a social level. They really desire peace. Many of the most well-known peacemakers are this personality.
INFJs are prophets and the councilors of kings. An INFJ can get so into their visionary world that it can overwhelm them and cause a huge outpouring of emotion. An INFJ can intentionally cause themselves emotional stress, such as with the aid of alcohol or sleep deprivation. I don’t recommend INFJ personalities getting too keen on alcohol, this personality can fall prey to addictions and alcohol can mess with your natural giftings. Don’t go bonkers with your drinks!
As for sleep, INFJs need to make a conscious effort to have a sleep routine. INFJs are cerebral creatures who can in the blink of an eye forget their bodies. They don’t pay attention to their body pains. They are the type of people who run into poles and walls because they are so deeply into their minds — that they stop seeing the present world around them. Rank sleep higher than eating. INFJ types need their dreams. (If you’re needing the INFJ to loosen their lips — sleep deprivation works. But fair warning: you may awaken an emotional Phoenix.)
Fitting in Socially
INFJ personalities come off meek because they’re trying to hide their massive emotions that often don’t quite fit in society. They come off as delicate flowers, but they have hard centers. They don’t want people to know certain things about them, so they may set boundaries by creating layers around them. You’ll find with an INFJ that to get to know them, you’ll have to constantly peel back layers. They’ll be annoyed that you’re not as intuitive as them. They don’t understand why you can’t read them more easily. They don’t get why what they see as plain as day isn’t the same for someone else. They see everyone and their emotions fairly naked.
This personality is dedicated, studious, and disciplined. Their constant search for truth and wisdom can cause psychic breakthroughs. They sometimes appear to have direct downloads to their brains from some seemingly unknown place. INFJs have a million epiphanies every week.
They’re not just intuitive — they’re badass intuitive — which means their sensory skills for the present can frankly suck. As mentioned before, they’re prone to walk into walls. Don’t be surprised, however, by their sudden impressive and out-of-this-world observations. Like if you moved one object on a table to a new spot. They may notice the sudden change and wonder why it was done.
This personality both loves their prophetic qualities and also finds them burdensome. Sometimes they can follow something so perfectly and know that they need to step up and say something to somebody that it can cause great anxiety. It feels weird to tell people they’re going down a wrong path and then only have esoteric information to back themselves up. They’ll feel worse if they don’t tell you. To them, there’s a penalty for not telling someone something that could have been prevented. So they’ll want to tell you about the issue ahead, and they’ll hope you won’t disregard their insider information. They’re messengers. They try not to get too deep into your business, but sometimes, they find themselves in the middle of your affairs as if by accidental teleportation. Immature INFJs will be up in people’s business simply because they are intrigued.
INFJs are aware of the harms of gossip. This is another reason they’re private and meticulous about how they live their lives. They will try to keep all their misdeeds out of sight. This can cause them to have perfectionist qualities, and it might make them seem unapproachable or snotty.
© 2015 Andrea Lawrence
Andrea Lawrence (author) from Chicago on November 13, 2016:
So glad this was helpful! It's difficult to use this ability on yourself. You have to become really objective of who you are, and that isn't easy because to think outside of yourself.... you're still essentially going to be you. It's much easier when you can look at someone else with pure eyes. Other parts of ourselves can get in the way and make it difficult to discern what we need and where to go. Practice being kind hearted and it will open up your intuition and make it easier to see yourself. It's a really hard thing to do.
Christy McKee on November 13, 2016:
Oh, wow! It has a name other than empath or a clair. Im amazed almost to tears by this article! Thank you! As far back as I can remember, well 13 or 14, the memory thats always stayed right there with me is, ive always had people, adults approach me and unload their problems or life story on me. At 13-14 i had a lady lay some shit on me and i thought it was odd her being an adult and me so young. I thought the reason was because I didnt gossip...? Also I always seemed to know the reason, the solution and what the likely out come would be, which path a person would take to either resolve or further their situation. For most of my life I thought it was "common sense" and all people were this way. I was wrong (kind of, i believe we all have the ability). When answers, to questions i dont know if i really had (if that makes sense), to put it another way, happening upon articles such as this, i started happening upon confirming what I had thoughts of but am modest and didnt think i had such abilities. So, this personality sure did come in handy as a bar tender. I grin when I tell people who dont believe me that I almost instantly see and know a person either better than they know or will admit of theirselves. The eyes truely are the window of the soul. And it can be very hard to deal with because you cant just approach anyone and everyone and pull out and display what they hide deeply and fear more than anything it being exposed (shame based things that are not their fault, its heart wrenching and i wish i could go around veing the crazy lady that reaches out and gives a loving hug to complete strangers! Haha, true story!) And then there are the oblivious fake asses that must provoke being cocky arrogant assholes, at the same time trying to empress or hit on ya, and the more they try to hide who they truely are the more i see and if pushed i will reach in and pull it out, right infront of everyone. Though they get their big ego bruised and hate me forever, they will deny it of course but prove it with their actions, and dont come back for more. All little humility never hurt anyone especially if their blessed with being humbled by the experience (it happens, but rarely). Its a relieving feeling for me to find such an article. I guess I dont feel like im crazy! Sometimes thats a question though im aware of messages i receive for people and being 100% spot on as confirmed when im inclined to tell them. Im heavily thanked and its appriciated, though i tell them im just the messenger, thank your angels as well. My problem is, it seems i dont pick up on anything for myself or I disreguard it. All of it is a fine tuning. Has been for me thus far. Is a blessing reguardless. I no longer think im crazy or un-modest by thinking it was weird that it seemed i can walk into any space full of people and alter the mood of the place. Which, like I believe we all have the capability to do so. Awesome article. Another piece to the puzzle that is me answered. Grateful!
An INFJ on July 29, 2016:
This is really sweet.
Here are a few areas I didn't fully relate:
"Not only that, but as they absorb more of the situation, they'll know how to ask the right questions or coax people in conversation unknowingly to give them the kind of information they seek."
I don't actually ask alot of questions or do anything to coax people into giving me information- I just kindof pick up on things. It's super abstract and hard to explain... I just observe things that I think alot of other people miss. I am somehow able to put these things together into an accurate depiction of what is going on, based on... other "feelings" or observations I have made over time that have turned out to be one thing or another. I am usually right... though, I don't actually know alot of times what to do with the information to help people (yet) I am still working on that...
The 2+2= 3,928 (or something like that)
It's more like we are saying 2+2=4, and lining up the sticks into two groups of two then counting them all and showing them and people are saying "nah, it is still just two groups of two". It takes all of the sticks being finally mixed together in a pile and then counting them for them to actually say "Ooooh, now I see what you were telling me all along". The most frustrating thing about this, is that when we are telling them 2+2=4, we are trying to often times protect them in some way shape or form...or to remedy a situation/problem that will happen that hasn't happened *yet** so they don't see the big deal. (Hope that is making sense)
They will keep the dirt on themselves from others
Not really. I think I went forward more than just about anyone at altar calls as a child. I would repent that I thought a very mean thing, like, that I almost hated someone who was mean to me at school. I would do this over and over and over again. I was told I had a very soft heart. I have learned in adulthood that sometimes really nasty people will try and take advantage of that, so... I do try and not always be so publicly soft/vulnerable.
Something really accurate was that we would choose sleep over food. That is ridiculously accurate for me, and has been for... pretty much all of my life :P I do need my dreams! :)
Thank you for writing this.
Tricie on July 07, 2016:
So, so true
DrWho on June 06, 2016:
Well written and thought out!! Thanks!!
Lynn on June 07, 2015:
This is so spot on its incredible.
Carisa on March 28, 2015:
Fellow INFJ here.. The description of that intuition thingy is spot on. In fact if I drank a shot every time I read the word intuition.. Oh wait- as mentioned alcohol is not my friend.
Buildreps from Europe on March 28, 2015:
Doesn't matter, Serenity! Thanks anyway.
Andrea Lawrence (author) from Chicago on March 27, 2015:
I'm not sure if I can delete the first one since I already approved it. Now I've accepted all of them? I might be able to delete them on a computer browser rather than my phone.
Buildreps from Europe on March 27, 2015:
Nice subject! INFJ types are great. My wife is an INFJ type. I wouldn't exchange her for anyone :)
Buildreps from Europe on March 27, 2015:
Oh shit, thanks for the correction! Can we start all over again? I'll post a new comment. Can you delete my other two ones? Thanks!
Andrea Lawrence (author) from Chicago on March 27, 2015:
I'm pretty sure you meant wouldn't. :)
Buildreps from Europe on March 27, 2015:
Nice subject! INFJ types are great. My wife is an INFJ type. I would exchange her for anyone :)