INFP Learning Style

How INFPs acquire, memorize and recollect information

An INFP’s interest in learning a subject is related to the question, “Are we doing the right thing?” The more complete and in-depth the answer they receive during the learning process, the stronger their interest in the topic and the greater their desire to delve deeper into it. Their desire to study something is driven by their desire to find solutions to issues facing humanity.

INFPs easily grasp material, especially if a large part of it is devoted to how the topic relates to human behavior or activity. They are good at retaining theoretical material, especially when it actively engages their feelings. Needing to understand material that is purely logical or not related to the humanities or social sciences is boring to an INFP. For example, they may find studying the rules of the road to be a tedious task.

INFPs understand new material with great depth and breadth. They are able to deeply grasp material independently. INFPs are capable of mechanical memorization, but the amount retained this way is less than in memory based on understanding. They are able to accurately reproduce received information, especially if they associate it with any feelings.

Group work on study material does not give INFPs any advantage in comparison to individual work. Visual aids, though they do improve their capacity for learning, are not a very significant factor.

INFPs are able to actively work with material they have learned well and understood. They are capable of applying it in obvious, straightforward ways or creatively developing it beyond what they have been taught.

INFPs do not have a high level of tolerance to high levels of learning related stress.

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An INFP’s learning is improved when:

  • Material is delivered on a theoretical basis, especially as it applies to the humanities and social sciences
  • Concrete material touches on the humanities
  • They work independently with the study material
  • The same material is delivered from varied viewpoints (improves retention)
  • Material is delivered at a moderate pace
  • Material is complex (often intensifies their drive)

An INFP’s learning is hindered when:

  • They do not consider the material to be of personal importance
  • They need to understand material that is purely logical or not related to the humanities or social sciences
  • Large amounts of information lacking substantial conceptual connection are delivered at a fast pace
  • The information received does not significantly deepen their understanding in the area of study (reduces interest)
  • The material does not appeal to their feelings and emotions
  • Studying is left until the last minute (can be stressful)