As an INFJ I think one of our greatest talents is our intuition when it comes to reading other peoples emotional states. I’ve been called a psychic at a number of occasions because I manage to understand what people will do before they actually do it. I could never explain how I draw my conclusions, to me they just feel obvious when I think about them and surprisingly they are right most of the time. I often experience a profound feeling about people when I meet them for the first time, like a vibe they give off at what kind of person they are. Usually I know in less then 30 seconds if I like or will like them or not. I guess you could say it’s an insight that penetrates the public persona and gets straight to the core of the person.
When I watch peoples expressions and body language, the insight I get from my intuition could almost be described like an ’cause and effect’. I can tell from the expression on their face or their body posture what they are feeling or might be thinking about. I sometimes notice if people are going to get angry or sad even before they feel it themselves. I always wondered if I as an INFJ see things differently through my eyes then other people do. I think having introverted intuition as your primary function and extroverted sensing as your inferior gives you a sixth sense when focusing in on what’s happening in the external world. Compared to most people, I tend to skip the details at first and instead I gather a whole impression of what I am viewing and then afterwards look at the details. I think viewing things in it’s whole, forming a impression is the way we take it in via our intuition. We process it all as one whole and then bring forward a single result from all that data. This is why we also drain faster then most personalities since we are always gathering so much data to calculate situations.
I consider my intuition when handling people highly useful but at times it can also be hard especially when it comes to forming relationships. You don’t feel like giving people a chance when your intuition tells you that it might not be worth it. I find it quite ironic that a lot of INFJs are so talented at reading people, when they themselves as extroverted feelers, might have a hard time hiding their own feelings in facial expressions and body language. I for one, always found it really hard to fake smiles for photographs when I’m not really happy about something. Maybe this is natures way of making sure we are still balanced in our talents.