INTJs and INFJs share a lot of the same traits. In fact, people often mistype as one over the other. In this article and video, I’m going to talk about some of the similarities and differences between the INTJ and INFJ personality type.
According to capt.org, INFJs are the most rare personality type (collectively), coming in at about 1-3%, as compared to the INTJ estimate of 2-4%. However, INTJ females are the most rare type for women, coming in at around 1-3% (tied with INTPs), whereas INFJ females come in at around 2-4%. INFJ males were the most rare type 1-2%, and INTJ males make up about 2-6%.
INTJs and INFJs both share the same dominant function, which is introverted intuition. However, their auxiliary (secondary) functions are different. The INTJ’s auxiliary function is extroverted thinking, whereas the INFJs auxiliary function is extroverted feeling. Extroverted feeling seeks to have harmony with people in the surrounding world, whereas extroverted thinking seeks to control and influence the environment.
INTJ vs INFJ Similarities
- Both INTJ and INFJ are conceptual thinkers.
- Both types are intellectual and perform well in academia.
- Both are very introverted types who tend to be independent and private.
- Both feel misunderstood.
- Both are skilled writers. INTJs will probably write more direct, technical, or argumentative (essays) material, whereas INFJs may be more drawn to poetic or fictional writing so that they can express their artistic and emotional side.
- INFJ and INTJs may have a deep side that few people get to know. My INFJ niece was very quiet. I didn’t think much of it. Yet, one day my mom was showing me something on her Facebook, and she clicked on my niece’s account. I was surprised at the deep thought process going on. I didn’t know that was there. She was very intellectual and emotionally deep. She also loved memes!
- INFJ and INTJs are both known to cut people off, but INTJs may do this a bit more.
INFJ vs INTJ Differences
However, here are a few differences between INFJ and INTJ types:
- INFJs are more artistic, INTJs are more analytical and technical.
- INFJs and INTJs are both perfectionists. However, INTJs tend to be perfectionists about things, whereas INFJs are perfectionists about people and relationships.
- INFJs easily feel other’s emotions. While INTJs can feel emotions, they often feel as if they are messy or uncomfortable. INFJs perform better as counselors because they empathize with people easily. INTJs just want to fix things or situations. Their advice is going to be more objective and less empathetic.
- INFJs are more reserved and passive, whereas INTJs tend to be more assertive or bold.
- The INFJ is more people and service oriented, whereas INTJs are more action oriented.
- INFJs make decisions that are directly related to people and relationships, whereas INTJs are able to separate those things and make decision based on more logical analysis. INFJs can still be very logical, but that’s not their first priority.
- INFJs read people better than INTJ. INFJs and INFPs are sometimes referred to as psychics. INTJs can also pick up bad traits very quickly, but not so much on a personal level. INFJs will literally absorb other people’s emotions. INTJs can sense other people’s emotions, but they do so from a more objective standpoint.
- INFJ use more metaphors when talking, and they also have more facial expressions and gestures. INTJs use more direct language and not as many gestures or facial expressions.
- INTJs are less patient with others and tend not to like people as much. INFJs are still introverts but tend to like people. Unfortunately, some people will dump all of their problems on an INFJ friend. This can overwhelm the INFJ.
- INFJs tend to like babies. INTJs? Not so much.
- INFJs may have dreams and goals, but they struggle more in making them happen. They can be very diligent workers once they do get going, however. INTJs are a bit more action oriented and can put their goals into action.
- INFJs are interested in learning about other people. As an INTJ, I’m generally not that interested in other people, unless there is some purpose (ie, I’m starting a friendship, business relationship, etc.).
- Estimated Frequencies of the Types in the United States Population. (n.d.). Retrieved January 15, 2016, from www.capt.org/mbti-assessment/estimated-frequencies.htm