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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Personality & Career: INFJ

    Introvert, iNtuitive, Feeling, Judging - INFJs represent approximately 1% of the population. INFJs place great importance on having things orderly and systematic in their outer world. They put a lot of energy into identifying the best system for getting things done, and constantly define and redefine the priorities in their lives. On the other hand, INFJs operate within themselves on an intuitive basis which is entirely spontaneous. They know things intuitively, without being able to pinpoint why, and without detailed knowledge of the subject at hand. They are usually right, and they usually know it. Consequently, INFJs put a tremendous amount of faith into their instincts and intuitions. This is something of a conflict between the inner and outer worlds, and may result in the INFJ not being as organized as other Judging types tend to be. Or we may see some signs of disarray in an otherwise orderly tendency, such as a consistently messy desk.

    INFJs have uncanny insight into people and situations. They get "feelings" about things and intuitively understand them. As an extreme example, some of them report experiences of a psychic nature, such as getting strong feelings about there being a problem with a loved one, and discovering later that they were in a car accident. This is the sort of thing that other types may scorn and scoff at, and the INFJs often don't understand their intuition at a level which can be verbalized. Consequently, most INFJs are protective of their inner selves, sharing only what they choose to share when they choose to share it. They are deep, complex individuals, who are quite private and typically difficult to understand. INFJs hold back part of themselves, and can be secretive. INFJs are sensitive, reserved, intense, creative, conceptual, concerned, compassionate individuals.

    An INFJ's Career Choice Should Probably Include...

    • Using their intense inner vision, ability to establish harmonious relationships with others, and their skills in oral and written communication to obtain their goals.
    • Work that they believe in which allows them to use their imagination and creativity daily.
    • A caring and supportive environment where they are encouraged to learn, grow and develop their talents and skills.
    • Human contact and working with abstraction, symbols, and imagination.
    • The opportunity to work on a variety of issues, creating new programs, services, or solutions to challenging problems that help others.
    • A position where creativity and tending to human development are their primary focus.
    • An environment where their integrity is respected and where they are appreciated for their unique contributions.
    • Plenty of time to prepare and produce work they are proud of, organize their own time, and retain control and responsibility for their projects.
    • A position that does not entail a great deal of technical, hands-on work work or attention to details.

    An INFJ's Strengths Are:
    INFJs are complex, creative people with deep feelings and strong convictions that guide their lives. They are fascinated with original ways of looking at the world and are inspired by innovation and the chance to solve problems in creative ways. They are good at leading others toward positive changes with their gentle yet unswerving example. INFJs use their own inner vision to find meaning and new possibilities all around them.

    Often somewhat reserved, INFJs have a capacity for great warmth and empathy but are most comfortable sharing those feelings once they feel they know the person. They are thoughtful and careful decision makers, often needing plenty of time to reflect on issues in depth and consider the many implications before taking action. Bound by their convictions, INFJs are people of great integrity, willing to face resistance from others without backing down. They value harmony and cooperation and use praise and affirmation to motivate and win the loyalties of others.

    INFJs are good at...

    • understanding how others are feeling
    • being insightful and seeing new ways, that are not obvious to others, of approaching problems
    • using their creativity and encouraging it in others
    • always striving for the best
    • Expressing ideas in ways that excite and inspire others
    • understanding complicated issues and simplifying them for others
    • grasping difficult ideas and concepts
    • creating and maintaining a harmonious and caring team spirit
    • seeing problems from many different angles
    • listening to the concerns of others and helping them see alternatives

    An INFJ's Weaknesses Are:
    Because INFJs are so committed to their ideas and vision, even when others disagree, they can be stubborn and single minded. They are much more excited by their own ideas and may not bother to notice the realities around them. They can become frustrated when they finally realize that their ideas are not workable. They are least interested in details and need to pay close attention to their facts to avoid making mistakes in judgment.

    Since INFJs are very aware of the feelings of others, they are sensitive to criticism and adversely affected by unresolved tension or unhappiness. Because INFJs have such passionate feelings, they can be very strong-willed and may run the risk of being judgmental and riled in their views. Once they've made up their minds, they sometimes have trouble seeing any conflicting information.

    Things to watch out for...
    The agreeable nature and quiet personality of INFJs makes them particularly vulnerable to hurt feelings. Distress within close relationships can shatter the INFJ. Like all NFs under stress, INFJs feel fragmented and lost — as if they are acting out a part rather than simply being themselves. This disassociation can be related to physical symptoms for the INFJ, whether real or imagined. Feeling split off from their physical natures, INFJs may become virtually immobilized by repressed feelings.

    Although INFJs may feel like remaining still and stationary until the chaos and confusion of a stressful situation dissipates, it would be best for them to actively sort out their needs from others. Being excessively cooperative and agreeable, the INFJ has a tendency to adopt values and beliefs of others as their own. When external conflicts grow, so does the INFJ's sense of personal disharmony. Disassociating themselves from others takes a great deal of effort for the INFJ. Other concerns to watch for:

    • being cuttingly derisive and sarcastic towards others
    • spending more time considering possibilities than acting on them
    • ignoring the less interesting but important practical concerns
    • not admitting an error and resisting changing directions when appropriate
    • quickly dismissing input from others without really considering it
    • holding grudges and having difficulty forgiving people
    • focusing only on personal goals and missing other opportunities along the way
    • expressing personal values in ways that pass judgment on others
    • being inflexible about plans and arrangements

    Developmental Needs: It is important for INFJs to become more active in both giving and accepting constructive criticism instead of seeking harmony above all else. Ideas that conflict with their values should be reviewed for merit instead of being dismissed out of hand. They need to consider a full range of facts, figures, and problems and avoid a single-minded concentration on personal vision.

    Careers INFJs Might Consider:

    • Psychologist
    • Dietitian/Nutritionist
    • English Teacher
    • Crisis Counselor
    • Media Specialist
    • Job Analyst
    • Doctor: Osteopathy
    • Social Scientist
    • Mediator
    • Social Worker
    • Educational Consultant
    • Mental Health Worker
    • Architect
    • Human Resource Manager
    • Librarian
    • Marketer
    • Director of Religious Education
    • Organizational Consultant
    • Job Analyst
    • Environmental Lawyer
    • Artist
    • Health Care Administrator
    • Psychodrama Therapist
    • Psychiatrist
    • Special Education Teacher
    • Priest/Clergy/Monk/Nun
    • Occupational Therapist
    • Pharmacist
    • Home Economist
    • Sales Manager
    • Graphic Designer
    • Psychiatric Rehabilitator
    • Teacher: Humanities/Arts
    • Social Services Director
    • Playwright
    • EAP Coordinator
    • Novelist
    • Interpreter/Translator
    • Poet
    • Career Counselor
    • Designer
    • Dental Hygienist
    • Consultant
    • Surveyor
    • College Counselor

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    INFJ - The Protectors


    As long as it is constructive criticism....I don't mind being that I am type 1 and a perfectionist (Finally I admit it....I'm much better than I once was about certain things) but I think they should give a course to everyone about constructive criticism and what to do with it once you got it because we all as a society would benefit Certainly be a lot less conflict. Oh and the time and place for it as well LOL....some people are very good at making a laundry list of what we can be doing better yet provide little guidance in how to go about arriving at a solution or providing resources. I tell people...give me your top 3 out of that list because that is more realistic in actually getting some progress from both sides
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I'm very curious as to why (we) INFJs "express personal values in ways that pass judgment on others" and are "cuttingly derisive and sarcastic towards others"; isn't this in direct conflict with our valuing harmony and worrying so much about not hurting people's feelings... ??

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Quote Originally Posted by Adamantya View Post
    I'm very curious as to why (we) INFJs "express personal values in ways that pass judgment on others" and are "cuttingly derisive and sarcastic towards others"; isn't this in direct conflict with our valuing harmony and worrying so much about not hurting people's feelings... ??
    Yes, this follows towards we are our own worst enemies. I do feel like a hypocrite probably at least 70% of the day.

    The thing that makes us strong is also the thing that makes us weak.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Because INFJs are so committed to their ideas and vision, even when others disagree, they can be stubborn and single minded. They are much more excited by their own ideas and may not bother to notice the realities around them. They can become frustrated when they finally realize that their ideas are not workable. They are least interested in details and need to pay close attention to their facts to avoid making mistakes in judgment.
    This happened to me a few days ago. I had a great idea for a series of photographs, but I didn't consider lots of things, so at the end I decided to change the subject. Even though, it's really, really frustrating to have the perfect picture in your mind and not being able to take it out of it into something physical.

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    Unknown Personality

    The career list described me exactly. Some of this stuff doesn't apply to me but all the bits that aren't relevant to me are relevant to my best mate who is also an INFJ. She has a stronger F than me and I have a stronger N than her. She can be stubborn once she's made her mind up (so can I but about different things) and she is easily upset by constructive criticism. I go out of my way to be criticised (in a helpful manner of course) because my main aim in most things is to be the best I can be. My life just basically revolves around self-improvement so I love learning. That doesn't mean it doesn't give me a little knock if I'm proud of something and someone says it isn't good enough, but I get over that quickly because it's better that I can improve than produce sub-standard work. But then my F is very borderline and I have some T traits. My weakness is definitely in the social world. My INFJ mate has the lion's share of all that interpersonal stuff they talk about in these things. I'm completely lost when it comes to socialising!

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I know this thread was started quite a while ago, but I wanted to comment anyway.

    I commented on the OP's thread about ENFJs 2 years ago when I first joined PerC and tested first as an ENFJ. The career world is one that has given me some of my greatest personal challenges and confusion in life. I think I'm starting to understand why as I've moved past just the basics of MBTI and into studying Enneagram and instinctual variants on top of being INFJ. I am pretty sure I am a 2-5-1 with sx/sp/so. Having the social instinct blindspot is Baaad in the workplace LOL! I watch reality shows like Survivor or The Biggest Loser and it is amazing to me how the 'game play' that happens there is so much like what I saw happen in past workplaces. It feels that so much of the career world in society is run and ruled by So-doms and it freakin' scares me to death to 'go back there' someday. I am a stay-at-home mom of 2 girls. I volunteer at the school and at a rest home right now. I really do find that just connecting one-on-one with the teachers and being able to do my own thing is my happiest 'public' role. Any INFJs or Type 2s or Sx/Sp's out there in careers they love? I feel like this area of my life is something that really holds me back and I know I can't stay in my comfort zone forever . . . . Thoughts?

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Sorry for bumping this thread, but I have a question:

    I work at a local news station, but I'm wondering if I should stay in this field. While I enjoy the creative side of news and watching history unfold, news is a tough business to be in. Its well-known for its cut throat nature and I guess I'm just too sensitive for that. I'm thinking about being a teacher, but I'm not quite sure yet.

    Honestly, does an INFJ have any place in a tough career?
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    INFJ - The Protectors


    Quote Originally Posted by CielArdent9 View Post
    Sorry for bumping this thread, but I have a question:

    I work at a local news station, but I'm wondering if I should stay in this field. While I enjoy the creative side of news and watching history unfold, news is a tough business to be in. Its well-known for its cut throat nature and I guess I'm just too sensitive for that. I'm thinking about being a teacher, but I'm not quite sure yet.

    Honestly, does an INFJ have any place in a tough career?
    I worked an internship at the local NBC affiliate in Anchorage, and the short answer? No.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    That tough for you?

    Yeah, I do find it hard to deal with the fake people, the backstabbers, and all that. It's like I enjoy the work but I don't have the personality for that field.
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