Are you the INFP personality type as defined by Myers-Briggs personality testing? This article will reveal the personality types that are ideally matched to you for romantic relationships. It will also advise on the worst matches for your personality type to date.
What are Myers-Briggs personality types?
Myers and Briggs were a mother-daughter team specialized in psychology. They separated people into 16 predominant personality types. The 16 personality types derive from how different people prefer to relate to the world. There are four characteristics of personality they examined. Each characteristic has a predominant style as briefly described below.
a) Energy. This characteristic relates to how people build up their energy when they are exhausted. For some people, when their energy is totally depleted, the only way to rebuild it is to be among others. These are extroverts (E). For others, when they are tired and depleted, they need time alone to recharge. These are introverts (I).
b) Information Processing. This describes how people most enjoy taking in information. Some people prefer lots of the basic information such as statistics and facts to make decisions. These people are called sensing (S). Others take impressions from limited information and draw conclusions from there. They are able to get a hunch or a feeling off of limited factual information. They prefer less detailed information. These people are called intuitives (N).
c) Decision making. Some primarily use logic and consistency to form the basis of decision making. These people would be categorized as thinking (T). Others primarily look at how decisions impact people-especially emotionally- before they make decisions. These people are categorized as feeling (F).
d) Structure. People described as judgers (J) prefer structure and to have things decided quickly most of the time. They also tend to be on time most of the time. People described as perceivers (P) like to “go with the flow” and like to keep their options open. Perceivers tend to be late more often than judgers.
The combination of these four letters make up the 16 Meyers Briggs personality types. You can find out much more about this Myers Briggs personality typing over at Truity website.
The INFP Personality Type (also known as “the Healer”)
The four letters for the INFP stand for: Introverted (I), iNtuitive (N), Feeling (F), and Perceiving (P). INFPs are rare making up only 4% of the population. INFPs tend to be very sensitive souls. They can tend towards singleness or may marry later in life. You will often find them in careers such as writing, counselling, psychology, and the arts.
Key Characteristics of the Healer/INFP
-Strongly held core values and beliefs
-Tend to see the best in people and situations
-Obsessed with meaning and purpose
-Caring and compassionate
-Concerned with personal growth and personal expression for themselves and others
Princess Diana, Mr. Rogers (if you are old enough to remember the TV show “Mr. Rogers Neighbourhood”), actress Lisa Kudrow, and William Shakespeare are examples of INFPs.
What personality types are the ideal dating match for INFP?
Although two well-developed individuals of any type can enjoy a healthy relationship, INFP’s natural partners are INTP (“the architect”), INFJ (“the counsellor”) and ENFP (“the champion”). These pairings are believed to have a lot in common in important areas. These areas include things like values and approaches to life. Psychological compatibility does not guarantee a conflict-free relationship. However, such compatibility makes the chances of getting along when dating higher. Head on over to Truity’s description of these three other types here to see the details on these matched personalities.
The Worst Dating Matches for INFP
Due to many core differences, these types are most likely to have conflict with INFP: ISTJ (“the inspector”), ESTP (“the dynamo”), ESTJ (“the supervisor”) and ESFJ (“the provider”). If both parties accept to learn and adapt to one another there is great potential for growth. I am an INFP and I can attest to some of the biggest conflicts I have had in my life have been with ESTJ personality types (opposite in every area).
What about Other Matches?
All other personality types are in the middle of the road for a romantic pairing with INFP. They can all be good matches.
So What Does this Mean?
While it is helpful to know which personality types an INFP person may most easily pair with, what is most helpful is to understand the differences between the various types and to learn to relate to people in ways that minimize misunderstandings.
Since I am an INFP and an extreme introvert, when I was dating, I veered away from extreme extroverts. We just had completely different interests (I wanted quiet walks in nature and they wanted to go to crowded concerts). I also found it hard explaining to someone in the sensing group how I made decisions. Intuition made no sense to them. Sensors need a lot of hard facts and they perceived me as illogical.
If you are single and dating, it helps to know about this personality typing. It will help you make sense of why some relationships are naturally much easier than others.
Please also remember, two people who are committed to understanding each other and communicating in ways that respect the differences can certainly make any pairing work. This article just gives some guidance on personality pairings for the INFP personality type. It is also important to note that in the field of psychology, like many sciences, different psychologists may draw different conclusions.
This article describes the “Healer” INFP Meyers-Briggs personality type. It gives the best and worst matched personality types for dating relationships for the INFP.
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