MBTI: NF, the Idealists


Last week, Suzanne gave an overview of the MBTI SJs, and this week I’ll be discussing the NFs–ENFJ, INFJ, ENFP, INFP.  NFs are imaginative and altruistic.  They have a strong sense of self, basing their actions on their internal values and feelings.

ENFJ–The Teacher

ENFJs are charismatic and influential, easily able to communicate their thoughts and feelings onto a listening audience.  They know how to use their words and actions to get a desired reaction from people, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but it can be used to manipulate people.  They are also intuitive, which means they understand what people are thinking/feeling and are able to pander to the other people’s desires.  They are generally popular and naturally make good leaders.  They may have a tendency to be too idealistic (which is definitely the combination of the NF traits), which could make them a little naive when it comes to reality and things not always going their way.

BilboPresident Lincoln and President Reagan are two famous examples of the ENFJ; Bilbo Baggins (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings) and Edmund Bertram (Mansfield Park) are two fictional examples of the ENFJ.

Keegan is more of a secondary character that will be introduced in Poisoned.  We are still developing his character, but as I was writing the above description of the ENFJ, I kept thinking how perfect of a description it was for him.

INFJ–The Counselor

INFJs are one of the rarest types, making up less than one percent of the population.  They can also be one of the most extroverted introvert types.  I think this is because when their inner ideals line up with a cause, there is nothing stopping them from pursing that goal.  They are very passionate about their causes, inspiring others to follow and help them.  However, they are still introverts, and they do need down time, lest they burn out, which is not good for them or their causes.   They are also very private, probably more willing to talk about their current cause than themselves.  Again, they are idealistic, which could lead to their being a perfectionist (though, everyone is a perfectionist about something, right?).

ElphabaTom Selleck and Carrie Fisher are two famous examples of the INFJ; Elphaba Thropp (Wicked the Musical) and Jean Valjean (Les Misérables) are two fictional examples of the INFJ.

Eirwen is more of a secondary character in Poisoned, though she will be having a bigger part later on in Thíortha.  She is very introverted and sheltered, but once she latches onto her cause there will be no turning back!

ENFP–The Champion

ENFPs are fun-loving and friendly people.  They are open minded and relate easily to others. They are driven by their emotions, which could cause them to over-think situations and stress out.  They observe every thing in from their surroundings–people, nature, or otherwise.  Their observations sometimes distract them from important things (i.e. pretty much anytime Calvin [Calvin and Hobbes] was in Miss Wormwood’s class). They are curious and creative, not really afraid to try new things.  They are highly independent, hating being tied down by rules or regulations, which does not necessarily work well with school and a job.   They can be hard workers if they put their mind to it, but they know how to put the stress from work or school behind them to relax and have fun.

PippinSandra Bullock and Robin Williams are two famous examples of the ENFP; Peregrin Took (The Lord of the Rings) and Emma Woodhouse (Emma) are two fictional examples of the ENFP.

Lana is (again) a secondary character in Poisoned.  She got hurt by someone and reacted rashly.  She regretted her actions and was unable to return to the life she had known for so long.

INFP–The Healer [Marie’s type]

We INFPs are very private people, only letting ourselves have a small number of close friends.  We can be quiet and shy, unless you get us talking about something we’re passionate about (for me, one of those things would be books) because then we will not shut up.  We may disconnect from reality for a while, going into the fantasy world inside our mind (people are nice there and there is no small talk).  Unfortunately, that happens at inopportune times, so when we do eventually snap back to the conversation, we’ve missed about five topics.  We ABHOR conflict and do everything in our power to avoid arguments, looking for a more diplomatic way to absolve the disagreement.  We do not take criticism well–none of the NFs do–and usually we view it as a personal attack, and we could react accordingly (this does not apply to all of us, I’m just speaking generally).

AnneJ.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling are two famous examples of the INFP; Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) and Eragon Shadeslayer (The Inheritance Cycle) are two fictional examples of the INFP.

There are no prominent INFPs in Poisoned, but eventually there will be two main characters who are INFPs.  I am obviously excited to get to them, but they have to wait their turn to appear in our books.

Next week, Suzanne will be giving you an in-depth look at the NTs and concluding our MBTI series.



One thought on “MBTI: NF, the Idealists

  1. Aww, Anne Shirley, beloved heroine of my heart. Such a chatterbox. So romantic. So idealistic. So easily hurt. Wonderful character.

    I write occasional NF’s. Had two characters in my last books that were NF’s — an INFJ and an INFP.

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