‘INFJ’ is an acronym for ‘introversion, intuition, feeling and judging,’ qualities which are possessed by INFJ people. Here’s a list of the most famous people having this personality type and the impact they have created in their generation.
1. Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997)
Gonxha Agnes, Mother Teresa’s real name, was born in Skopje, Albania. She started her mission work at the age of 18 in Calcutta, India where she was given the name Sister Mary Teresa. She later became Mother Teresa after her making her vow as a nun. It is said that through a vision, Jesus told Mother Teresa about His sorrow for the poor and the neglected in society. This prompted Mother Teresa to establish a community to serve the poorest of the poor. Mother Teresa’s extraordinary works of charity were rewarded with many awards and recognitions by different local and international organizations, among them the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize of 1979 and the 1962 Indian Padmashri Award.
2. Nelson Mandela (1918- )
This son of a tribal chief in South Africa is one of the most important figures of his time. He is known for his staunch fight against apartheid in his country which led to his imprisonment in 1961. Mandela became a popular symbol of freedom and equality in the world because of his firm stand against apartheid. He served as the first black president of South Africa in 1994 to 1999. After his term as president, he continued to lead different social and human rights advocacies, among them the fight against AIDS.
3. Martin Luther King (1929-1968)
This Baptist minister was considered the most influential African-American leader in the 1960’s. He advocated peaceful solutions to the racial tensions raging in the U.S. during that period. However, his non-violent stand came into opposition with other black leaders. They considered his activism as not powerful enough to produce the reforms they wanted. King was assassinated on April 3, 1968 by a former convict, James Earl Ray. He is honored in the U.S. through a national holiday, and public buildings were also named after him.
4. Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
He is revered as one of the greatest advocates of peace in history. He fought for India’s independence and the rights of his countrymen through non-violent protests. He was also India’s greatest spiritual leader. His advocacies included social and economic issues such as the rights for Indian women, the alleviation of poverty, and the removal of the caste system in his country. He was assassinated by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu fanatic, in 1948 because of his campaign against the Hindu-Muslim conflict in Bengal. Gandhi’s words are often being quoted by many peace lovers in all parts of the Earth.
5. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)
This strong-willed woman possessed an extraordinary love for the poor and suffering as shown by her remarkable works with this section of society. She pioneered modern nursing and is acknowledged for her remarkable contributions to the nursing profession. She was called ‘The Lady of the Lamp’ and ‘The Angel of the Crimea’ because of nursing the wounded and sick soldiers during the Crimean War. Nightingale also wrote books which made recommendations on how to improve hospital practices.
6. Jimmy Carter (1924- )
This 39th president of the U.S. is also a 2002 Nobel Peace Prize recipient for his works to promote international peace, improve human rights, and further economic and social developments. As governor of Georgia, he pushed for more black officials to work for the state government and worked for the improvement of education and prison conditions. His main foreign policy as U.S. president was to promote international human rights. Carter is considered one of America’s most effective presidents and a great, social activist.
7. Dalai Lama (1935- )
The present spiritual leader of Tibet is Tenzin Gyatso, a Buddhist monk, and Tibet’s 14th Dalai Lama. A Dalai Lama is believed to be the reincarnation of Chenzerig, Tibet’s patron saint. Gyatso drafted the Tibetan Constitution in 1963 and instigated reforms in his country. He has traveled to many parts of the world to talk with government leaders about his advocacies. He has received numerous awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 1985,for his various contributions to world peace.
8. John Lennon (1940-1980)
He was a member of The Beatles, the most successful musical group in history. Despite their success, this group later disbanded and each had their solo careers. John’s music continued to be patronized by fans despite his going solo. He was a strong advocate for peace as shown by his opposition to the Vietnam War. Lennon’s message of peace is relayed to the public through his songs, such as ‘Give Peace a Chance’ and ‘Imagine.’ He also showed concern for mentally handicapped children when he performed for their benefit at Madison Square Garden in 1972. He was assassinated by a crazy fan in 1980. His songs as well as the music of The Beatles have become classic favorites through the years.
9. Princess Diana (1961-1997)
She was called the People’s Princess because of her concern and love for people. Her life had a fairytale beginning because of her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981. However, their union ended in a bitter divorce because of Charles’ infidelity. Diana espoused many worthy causes such as her fight against AIDS and the removal of landmines. She struggled with depression and bulimia, and for this reason she became a role model for people with the same afflictions. Diana died in a car accident in 1997, but her legacy continues to live on for those people whose lives she had touched.
10. Oprah Winfrey (1954- )
Forbes magazine named this famous television host and producer as the wealthiest African-American woman of the 20th century. Many also regard her as the most influential woman of her time. She has contributed millions of dollars for her charitable projects, making her as among the greatest black philanthropists in history. Oprah is a strong advocate for the rights of children. Her proposed bill to Congress against child abusers was signed into law by Clinton in 1994.
Each era produces remarkable men and women whose lives and works have greatly influenced people and events. INFJ people have shown us that despite the evil and sufferings in this world, all is not lost for mankind. They have demonstrated with their examples how to be compassionate, peace-loving, and caring not only through words but, above all, through actions. For this, they inspire us to become more caring individuals and better citizens of this planet.