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This article not only lists the top 11 INFP famous people but also provides you with interesting facts about these celebrities and their inspiring quotes.
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Definition of an INFP
INFP is the acronym used by the Myers-Briggs (MBTI) to describe introverted people who prefer to use their sensing, feeling, and perceiving preferences. These preferences are used by INFPs to receive information, make decisions, and interact with the outside world.
Introverts tend to be quiet, serious, reserved people who like solitude and spending time with a small group of friends
While INFPs don’t draw attention to themselves or easily reveal their deepest secrets, they are warm, friendly, and considerate.
INFP personality characteristics
People who have the INFP personality are also called Idealists and Mediators. They are passionate about their ideals, and they have a strong value system. Their refusal to compromise their beliefs makes them seem stubborn and unyielding, but their dream for a better world inspires others to join them in their utopian quest.
As mediators, INFPs are highly sensitive to the feelings of others, and they are compassionate, empathetic, and non-judgemental.
Despite their introverted nature, INFPs are effective communicators, so it is no surprise they are drawn to the creative arts.
These types of people have a strong connection to their emotional world. Whether they express their thoughts and feelings through words, music, or art, their work evokes a powerful emotional response in others.
Even though they have high-profile careers, famous INFPs value their privacy just like we do. Regardless of the demands of their celebrity status, their jobs can make them exhausted and stressed, so to be able to recharge their batteries, they prefer to spend time on their own or with friends and family.
The intuition preference is extremely important for famous INFJs as it helps them to discern people’s true motivations and create a healthy life/work balance.
INFPs are primarily motivated by their emotions so any decisions they need to make will depend on how they feel.
Famous INFPs need to be very careful when using their feeling preference as emotionally motivated decisions can make or break their careers, or even ruin their reputations.
Working in demanding careers that attract media scrutiny and the intense public gaze is very challenging for famous INFPs. But fortunately, they can use their perceiving preference to adapt quickly to changing circumstances or environments and stay calm in a volatile world.
Famous INFP People
Princess Diana was a member of the British royal family, the first wife of Prince Charles, and a humanitarian.
Diana was one of the most popular royals and she is still a beloved public figure all around the world. Her classic beauty and elegant fashion sense made her the most photographed woman in the world.
Upon her death, at her funeral service, to honor Diana’s memory, the Queen ordered the Union flag to be lowered. Princess Diana was the first person in history, other than a monarch, whom the Union flag was flown at half-mast for. This action signified her importance and showed how influential she was.
Princess Diana is the perfect example of an INFP.
She was well named the “People’s Princess” as she cared more for people than the fame and privilege that went with her royal position.
Despite the media reports about her health problems, marriage challenges, and relationship scandals, Diana remained wholeheartedly dedicated to her calling as a servant to humanity. Princess Diana was always eager to meet with people of all ages and backgrounds, and she often spent hours with people in hospital.
She broke all the rules associated with royal duties and refused to wear gloves when meeting people, as she wanted to have direct contact with people.
As an idealist, Princess Diana wanted to make the world a better place. She supported humanitarian causes and was not afraid to take on controversial social issues such as HIV/AIDS, which was a taboo subject at the time, as well as leprosy, and mental health.
Like other mediators, Diana often felt lonely, insecure, discouraged, and misunderstood. However, her struggles did not stop her from meeting people and her challenges made her a more sympathetic person.
Even though she had a short life, Princess Diana’s humility, courage, kindness, generosity, compassion, warmth, and humility are still remembered to this day.
“Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society. It is a goal and an essential part of my life – a kind of destiny.”
“I lead from the heart, not the head.”
Helen Keller was an American author and educator. She was deaf and blind which was possibly due to scarlet fever which she contracted at 19 months old.
Helen first learned to communicate by feeling objects and associating them with words by using finger signals on her palm. She also learned Braille and used a unique method whereby she placed her fingers on the lips and throat of the speaker while the words were spelled out for her.
She wrote articles about blindness in the Ladies’ Home Journal, The Century, and The Atlantic Monthly, as well as writing about her life in several books: including The Story of My Life, The World I Live In, Light in My Darkness, and My Religion, Helen Keller’s Journal, and The Open Door.
Despite her disabilities, Helen Keller was determined to live a full life as much as possible. Her desire for self-improvement helped her to achieve most of her goals, except for being able to speak clearly. She also successfully campaigned for the improvement of the quality of life for deaf and blind people.
Helen had a strong desire for self-expression and used her creative writing talents to tell her story and encourage others.
Helen Keller had many other INFP characteristics. She was kind, caring, sympathetic, intuitive, idealistic, and independent. Although she was a quiet, softly spoken woman, she spoke boldly about her ideals, convictions, and values.
“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.”
“True happiness…is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.”
J. R. R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien was an English author, poet, and scholar. Tolkien is most famous for his wildly successful novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. These books not only delighted readers around the world, but they were made into award-winning films.
The Lord of the Rings has been called the best book of the 20th century and has sold more than 50 million copies in 30 languages by the turn of the 21st century.
Tolkien was an avid linguist, and his Elvish language was heavily influenced by the Finnish language.
J.R.R. Tolkien has been identified as an INFP for many reasons. In true introverted fashion, he loved spending hours creating his fantasy worlds, conjuring up interesting characters, and drawing intricate maps to highlight the hero’s journey.
Tolkien had an intense curiosity for the world around him and much of his literary inspiration came from the English countryside, quiet country folk, the study of myths and legends, and personal experiences during World War I.
His idealistic view of a world that is free from war and injustice is evident in the LOTR saga. Although a dark and sorrowful tale at times, the LOTR narrative contains “triumphant themes of courage and friendship” (Sterbenz, Business Insider, 2014). But it’s the unlikely heroes, the hobbits that exhibit human-like indomitable spirits that cannot be extinguished during fiery trials.
Tolkien was a romantic at heart, but he also possessed a fierce determination to uphold his values of moral, religious, and political truth.
J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic tales are a source of inspiration for aspiring fantasy fiction authors, and the words of wisdom his characters speak have become part of our popular culture.
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”
“The wide world is all about you: you can fence yourselves in, but you cannot forever fence it out.”
Virginia Woolfe was an English author, critic, and essayist, and she is regarded as one of the most important modernist 20th-century authors.
Woolfe was not only famous for her novels that used innovative narrative techniques, but her feminist themes challenged established ideologies.
She was best known for her novels, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and Night and Day, and her autobiographical novel Adeline. She wrote many essays on artistic theory, literary history, women’s issues, and the politics of power, and she was an avid letter writer.
As well as writing books, she also made books. As a teenager, she used the hobby of bookbinding to relieve stress. After she married, her book-binding business was named the “Hogarth Press”, which published books on psychoanalysis and translations of foreign works.
Virginia Woolfe is believed to be an INFP as she had an introverted personality. She “disliked sitting for pictures” and often displayed a “girlish awkwardness in company”. The only time she could fully relax was in the company of family and friends. (Shone, The Guardian, 2014).
A complex personality, Virginia Woolfe was a person of deep perception, a keen observer of everyday life, a lover of truth and honesty, and she possessed a great sense of humor. She was also gentle and generous but she was so passionate about her ideals, that she was critical of others who did not hold the same values as hers.
Virginia Woolfe also battled with manic depression and had several breakdowns throughout her life, so her writing was a refuge from her mental demons.
Her works are a testimony to her brilliant intellect and her socially-minded narratives are a challenge to writers all around the world to use their writing skills to change the world.
“Every secret of a writer’s soul, every experience of his life, every quality of his mind is written large in his works.”
“Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.”
William Wordsworth was an English poet. He has been called the Great Natural Poet and has helped launch the English Romantic movement.
Among his many poetic accomplishments, his most loved poems are I Walked Lonely as a Cloud (commonly known as Daffodils), Lines Written In Early Spring, Tintern Abbey, My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold, The Solitary Reaper, and the mysterious Lucy poems.
Wordsworth was born in the Lake District, and it was his love of nature and the English scenery that inspired much of his poetry.
In 1843 Wordsworth became the UK Poet Laureate.
Poets tend to be introverted and they embrace the quiet life so that they can find the inspiration for their poetry. Wordsworth’s love of quiet solitude and nature, and his need for contemplation are evident in the poem I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud.
He possessed a powerful imagination, and a quick, intuitive mind. Poetry was the best art form for his self-expression and his clever use of poetic techniques such as imagery, figurative language, and rhyme, create vivid word pictures that captivate the reader.
As well as celebrating the beauty of nature, many of his poems are philosophical and draw insightful correlations between nature and the human experience.
He was an empathetic man who was sensitive to the plight of humankind, especially the simple rural folk that he saw every day. He used the power of poetry to draw attention to social issues in his Salisbury Plain poems.
A master craftsman of poetic composition, William Woodsworth’s poetry also teaches us about the beauty and versatility of the English language.
“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity.”
“With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.”
John Milton was an English poet and prose writer, pamphleteer, and historian. He has been called the Greatest English Author.
Next to William Shakespeare, John Milton was the most significant and influential author of the 17th century.
His most celebrated poem was the epic poem Paradise Lost, which is a vivid tale of the war for heaven and Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Eden. The poem also explores the themes of war, love, and heroism.
An as INFP, John Milton was deeply concerned about the state of his world and the suffering of the common people. He refused to stay silent and used his poetry and prose to address the issues that were important to him.
His idealistic “worldview was forged by personal and political struggle” (Ramm, BBC, Culture, 2017). He struggled with poor eyesight for years and then went completely blind in both eyes. His wife Mary died after giving birth to their fourth child, and his third child, an only son, also died.
Milton lived in one of the most turbulent periods of British history which included The Gunpowder Plot, the Great Fire of London, rampant disease, and social upheaval. His political/religious views were penned in the controversial pamphlet Areopagitica, which argues against censorship of books and calls for freedom of speech.
Although Areopagitica had little impact when he wrote it, in 1695, the laws of printing were relaxed, which allowed for more newspapers to be printed.
“Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.”
“The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.”
Audrey Hepburn was an English actress and a humanitarian. She was not only a legendary actress on the stage and screen, but her beauty, grace, and elegant style made her a fashion icon. Her most celebrated films were Sabrina, War and Peace, The Nun’s Story, and My Fair Lady.
Audrey Hepburn first caught the media’s attention in the stage adaptation of Gigi. Even though Hepburn was inexperienced, the play had rave reviews when it debuted on Broadway in 1951.
It was the film Roman Holiday with Gregory Peck that kick-started her Hollywood film career. She not only charmed audiences, but she also won an Academy Award for best actress.
The famous scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s where Hepburn’s character puts her tabby, named cat, out of the cab into the rainy streets of New York, resulted in an extraordinary demand for orange cats from animal rescue leagues and pet stores.
Audrey Hepburn also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her charitable work as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. After she died, she received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Audrey Hepburn has described herself as having an introverted personality. She said “I’m an introvert… I love being by myself, love being outdoors, love taking a long walk with my dogs and looking at the trees, flowers, the sky.”
Despite her introversion, she had a heart for people. She was a kind and generous person whose gentle nature captivated people wherever she went.
Audrey had strong ideals about how the world should be and that those who have much should give to those who don’t. She visited Latin America, Africa, and Asia, alerting the world to the ravages of war and disease.
Her revolutionary humanitarian work has also influenced other famous people to follow her example and engage in charity work.
Despite her troubled life, heartbreak, and challenges, Audrey rose above those challenges to help make a difference in other people’s lives.
“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible!”
Johnny Depp is an American actor, producer, musician, and painter. He has become one of the most popular and best-loved character actors in Hollywood. For over 30 years, he has portrayed a plethora of quirky, unconventional characters in a wide variety of films.
His most loved movies are Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dead Man, Donni Brasco, From Hell, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
As well as his acting ability, Depp used his vocal talents in Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Depp also played acoustic guitar in the film Chocolat and on the soundtrack to Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
Johnny Deep has been nominated for 3 Academy Awards, but he has never won one. He has won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor.
In 2016, Depp joined other artists in the “Imprisoned for Art” campaign which raises awareness about imprisoned artists.
As an INFP, Johnny Depp possesses an incredible imagination and an ability to tap into his emotions which has helped him create the most unusual characters that have ever graced the silver screen. Unforgettable characters like Edward Scissorhands and Captain Jack Sparrow and even the opiate-dependent detective who is haunted by the visions of the crimes he later solves.
As a feeling person, he is led by the heart. Unfortunately, feelings can be notoriously unreliable, and we can see from Johnny Depp’s relationship history that making decisions based on feelings alone can be disastrous.
Much like the colorful characters he portrays, Johnny Depp is a complex personality. He is a quiet and reserved person and is uncomfortable in the spotlight. He dislikes making speeches and has also displayed some bizarre behavior at the Hollywood Film Awards. However, he has also been called charming and considerate.
“I am doing things that are true to me. The only thing I have a problem with is being labeled.”
“With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it’s just not acting. It’s lying.”
Marlon Brando was an American film and stage actor. He has been called one of the best actors in America and was the most celebrated and influential actor of the 20th century.
His impressive acting career spanned six decades, and he has won two Academy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, one Cannes Film Festival Award, and three British Academy Awards.
Among his legendary performances, Marlon Brando is best remembered for his iconic portrayal of the organized crime boss Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather.
Marlon Brando was not the first choice for the leading role in The Godfather, but the film executives changed their minds when they saw his screen test. He stuffed his mouth with Kleenex and smeared shoe polish in his hair to transform himself into The Don.
Marlon Brando is an interesting INFP. He has been described as a brooding angry man, elusive, and eccentric, but also laid back, vulnerable, compassionate, and a family man who fiercely guarded his privacy.
He was passionate about his beliefs. Marlon Brando even rejected his Best Oscar Award and turned it into a protest against Hollywood’s misrepresentation of Native Americans.
Despite his career success, he was a man stalked by personal tragedy. But though he had family problems and was stricken by grief, paranoia, and doubt, he used his challenges to “create the greatest cinematic performances the world has ever seen.” (Heaf, GQ, 2020)
“An actor is at most a poet and at least an entertainer.”
“To grasp the full significance of life is the actor’s duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.”
Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer, musician, and songwriter. He was a pioneer of reggae music, a hugely influential musical figure, and the most recognizable performer in the world.
Marley was known for his distinctive vocal sound and ground-breaking fusion of reggae, ska, and rocksteady music styles. But most of all, he was famous for his protest songs.
His most iconic songs are Everything’s Gonna Be Alright, Get Up, Stand Up, Burnin’, Is This Love, Buffalo Soldier, I Shot the Sheriff, One Love, Redemption Song, and No Woman No Cry.
On 3 December 1976, Marley was shot in the chest and arm in a politically motivated assassination attempt but he survived.
His greatest album was called Legend and it has sold 27 million copies worldwide.
Like many introverted famous people, Marley was a quiet, private man who felt most comfortable when he was performing on stage.
Although his public image presented him as a laid-back Rastafarian who loved to smoke “Ganja”, the Rastafarian word for marijuana, Bob Marley’s song lyrics speak volumes of his longing for a better world that is full of peace, love, unity, and freedom.
Bob Marley has been described as a revolutionary “counter-culture prophet [who] sang about tyranny and anger, about brutality and apocalypse, in enticing tones, not dissonant ones…and his artistic fearlessness” (Rolling Stone, The 50 Greatest Bob Marley Songs, 2020) continues to inspire budding songwriters and social activists.
“Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, don’t give up the fight.”
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”
Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch painter. He is considered to be the greatest of the Post-Impressionist artists and he helped to lay the foundations of modern art.
Although his artistic career was short, lasting only 10 years from 1880 to 1890, Van Gogh left behind an impressive body of work and his distinctive painting technique influenced other artists of his time.
Before Van Gogh became an artist, he volunteered to be a preacher in a small mining district of Belgium, but he was dismissed because of his overzealousness. After working in other jobs, he finally studied art and fulfilled his calling as an artist.
Vincent Van Gogh is the epitome of an INFP. He was a creative genius and a true visionary. He was highly emotional, had a nervous temperament, and made decisions based on his feelings, which resulted in many unhappy relationships.
He suffered from many psychiatric illnesses throughout his life and it is believed that his manic depression disorder may have led to his suicide in 1890.
Van Gogh has always been viewed as a troubled and tormented artist who even cut off a portion of his ear after an argument with fellow artist and house-mate Gauguin.
But he will always be remembered as a brilliant artist who saw beauty in common everyday things.
“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”
“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
Famous people fascinate us, and they captivate our imaginations. But famous INFPs do so much more than just dazzle us with their creativity and amaze us with their humanitarian achievements. It is their undying belief that the future will be brighter and filled with unlimited possibilities that grabs our attention.
But don’t think that you must achieve celebrity status to use your creative talents for the good of humanity. You just need a bit of courage and tenacity to embrace your destiny and turn the world upside down.
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