Tritype and Careers - 459/495/549/594/945/954 The Contemplative

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This is a discussion on Tritype and Careers - 459/495/549/594/945/954 The Contemplative within the Enneagram Personality Theory Forum forums, part of the Personality Type Forums category; Hey tritype fans. What types of careers/majors tend to be good for 459s? I'm an INFP 4w5-5w4-9w1 Sp/Sx studying psychology, ...

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    Type 4w5

    Tritype and Careers - 459/495/549/594/945/954 The Contemplative

    Hey tritype fans. What types of careers/majors tend to be good for 459s? I'm an INFP 4w5-5w4-9w1 Sp/Sx studying psychology, and it's really interesting, but I keep thinking about what I'm going to do once I graduate. I wanted to be a therapist, but now I'm thinking that I might be too withdrawn to make something like that happen. I'm interested in writing and the arts but don't think I'd be able to survive as a starving artist. I'm just so indecisive about everything and always end up overthinking my decisions and second guessing myself.

    Any Contemplative tritypes want to share their thoughts and majors/jobs?

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    Type 4w5

    Hello there! There's an old thread that might interest you here:
    It's long dead so there's little conversation to be found there, but it might sate some of your curiosity.

    I'm also an INFP 4w5-5w4-9w1 Sp/Sx. It seems we have similar interests.

    I'm graduating from a classical painting atelier in which i studied mainly oil painting. Think of the kind of realism that people did 200 years ago. I'm almost burned out because it's very constricting an environment, and simply learning the technique itself requires you to be too anal and careful for my tastes.

    If I were to continue oil painting I would liberate myself of too much precision. I appreciate looking at good technique but I don't care to poke at every single little groove in the canvas. These things aren't mutually exclusive however, so I need to find some happy medium and/or another mode of expression more suitable to me. I think impressionism might be very fun to do.

    If not a full focus on fine art, I might learn how to draw from imagination and do illustration or concept art for games, books etc. That specific skill has been a little dream of mine since childhood. Realist painting and illustration work together so I could well do both.

    If I don't do art full time, my plan B is pursuing psychotherapy. Art is, in a way, a selfish job, and I'm not sure if I would be satisfied doing something without a "real world" application. I'm very much into existential psychotherapy, so that's one thing I would definitely like to spend some time studying. I might also be interested in group therapy, relationship counseling and children's/family counseling. Maybe I could study and teach mindfulness too, for an all-rounder healthcare kit while I'm at it. Haha!

    Honestly I too am worried I'm not good enough with people for the job... I'm no saint and I have my own problems. But I'd rather try it if I have the chance, because then I'll actually know rather than worry and regret later. I'm grateful that education in my country is free.

    But honestly I am very nervous about the future. I'm interested in both art and psychology and the ideal would be to do both, but I'm not sure if it's possible to attain a personally satisfying level of mastery in these two demanding skills if I don't dedicate myself to one. Ah... No use worrying.

    Other 459ish things I do are singing, writing and handicrafts... But so far those things don't look like serious career prospects (for me). For another 459 they might be good, depending on what they've spent their time developing.

    I tried to find specific career advice for the type but pretty much all they say is "you are attracted to the healing professions or arts". No shit! That doesn't help at all! Hahahaha :).


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