INFJs have a unique way of observing the world that is both problematic for them in that it makes them so intensely sensitive to the pain of life, but it also gives them divine insight into other people’s emotions.
Because their Ni is tied to their Fe, INFJs are more likely to direct it toward people than impartial systems in the way INTJs do; they are quick to understand things, often without needing to do extensive research about them, but deal heavily in metaphorical symbolism rather than tangible details. Yet, while they are very mystical in their thinking and very much in their imagination most of the time, many of them also desperately crave a connection to something tangible and real, which is where their Se comes in: a connection or anchor to the outer world, which steadies them through their intense ideas and emotions.
Because their Ni is so introspective, it likes to process information subconsciously while directing them toward a final conclusion or assessment; unlike the INFP’s Ne, which keeps building outward, Ni filters information down to its naked form and then synthesizes it. This serves dual roles in their life: when applied to their own interests and dreams, Ni gives them a direct line to a larger goal or purpose for their life, which they pursue with single-minded determination, often knowing automatically in what order to do things so as to reach those goals; and, when relating to Fe, gives them an intense ability to imagine what other people, animals, etc., are feeling… to feed off their emotions, and take those emotions into themselves. That’s why they are known as “The Empaths,” because their big, intense, soul-searching Ni looks inside others and their Fe connects to and mirrors their emotions.
INFJs are very sensitive to any kind of cruelty and often avoid things that have intense themes that are especially unkind or painful, because their emotions are so easily influenced by their imagination and environment. The older they get, the more their analytical Ti causes them to search for reasons “why,” and to seek greater understanding, both of themselves, of ideas and concepts, and the world and people around them. Some of them learn to access their Ti and halt emotions that are not necessary, or to question their Ni-conclusions about others, but that takes time and diligence.
Their inferior Se desires an environment that is clean and free of distractions, but also takes a vested interest in beautiful things… especially nature. INFJs enjoy spending time outside, where the atmosphere both calms them down and stimulates their imagination. However, since they don’t have good access to their Se, too loud, too busy, or too adrenaline-driven environments can cause them to have overload; in those instances, they need to get away to a more peaceful place in order to calm down.