Curious and restless, they enjoy entertaining new ideas and possibilities. Like the INFJ, INFPs want to understand who they are and their purpose in the world.Counselors are both kind and positive in their handling of others; they are great listeners and seem naturally interested in helping people with their personal problems.Not usually visible leaders, Counselors prefer to work intensely with those close to them, especially on a one-to-one basis, quietly exerting their influence behind the scenes.have an exceptionally strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others, and find great personal fulfillment interacting with people, nurturing their personal development, guiding them to realize their human potential.Although they are happy working at jobs (such as writing) that require solitude and close attention, Counselors do quite well with individuals or groups of people, provided that the personal interactions are not superficial, and that they find some quiet, private time every now and then to recharge their batteries.It's as though they live at the edge of a looking-glass world where mundane objects come to life, where flora and fauna take on near-human qualities.INFP children often exhibit this in a 'Calvin and Hobbes' fashion, switching from reality to fantasy and back again. And running up after me, she caught me as I was again trying to force open the door. "Have to burst it open," said I, and was running down the entry a little, for a good start, when the landlady caught me, again vowing I should not break down her premises; but I tore from her, and with a sudden bodily rush dashed myself full against the mark.--(Melville, Of course, not all of life is rosy, and INFPs are not exempt from the same disappointments and frustrations common to humanity.
Not that Counselors are flighty or scattered; they value their integrity a great deal, but they have mysterious, intricately woven personalities which sometimes puzzle even them.
In each new experience, INFPs see an opportunity to not only learn about the world, but about themselves and their life’s purpose.
Their curiosity about the world, including its potential role in clarifying their identity, can inspire INFPs to travel or adopt a peripatetic lifestyle.
With few exceptions, it is the NF child who readily develops imaginary playmates (as with Anne of Green Gables's "bookcase girlfriend"--her own reflection) and whose stuffed animals come to life like the Velveteen Rabbit and the Skin Horse: "... As INTPs tend to have a sense of failed competence, INFPs struggle with the issue of their own ethical perfection, e.g., performance of duty for the greater cause.
Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. An INFP friend describes the inner conflict as not good versus bad, but on a grand scale, depicts this conflict in his struggle between the two sides of "The Force." Although the dark side must be reckoned with, the INFP believes that good ultimately triumphs.