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    Another INFJ Description

    A personality type from the Myers-Briggs (Jungian) typology (MBTI).
    The Protector/Counsellor

    The dominant aspect of this type is introverted intuition.

    This type perceives the inner world or functions of people and ideas. They realise the abstract, psychological and hidden aspects of everything, rather than the immediately observable. They respect and believe in their instincts and intuition and will make decisions based on these. If the person is particularly tuned into their abilities, they are capable of such insight that borders on psychic ability. They have a connection with others that is uncanny.
    They will often be unable to give others the reasoning or details behind what they know. This can be frustrating for them only because it can be so for others. In fact, this type is not so much unconcerned with details but rather uninspired by them. As they are capable of seeing possibilities, it is understandable that the fragmentary nature of details is an obstacle to them. They perceive patterns, relationships and connections between entities. They perceive the whole and beyond and that is what interests them about the world. At other times, when they are forced to attend to the details, their profound focus will deliver. However, this results in the eclipsing of their talent for a wide and insightful perspective. They struggle to do both and in a world that honours facts, they are in constant battle.
    INFJs, with their complexity, inner-depth and profound intuition, are only approximately 1-2% of the population. This can lead to intellectual loneliness. This is partly because finding another person that understands is statistically rare and partly out of self-protection. They are often told they are complex and difficult to understand, so they are selective in choosing friends.

    Despite their complex inner worlds and selectiveness over friends, as humanitarians they are warm and deeply concerned about others. Their unique intuitive ability naturally extends to profound empathy. While many people need to have experienced a situation to understand another person's feelings, an INFJ does not. This level of compassion is rarely exploited, as most people do not understand or accept it. Close relationships will always be intense and/or meaningful. They are bored with lengthy superficial interactions.
    As the natural protector, counsellor and visionary, they thrive on helping others and seek to `make a difference'. They are wonderful listeners and are therefore often asked for advice or a sympathetic ear. These aspects help them do well in service-orientated fields. They seek to understand themselves and others. They are usually the peacemakers in conflict and in a team, work well as observers of group dynamics. They sense people's intentions and motives and experience usually proves them correct.

    They are idealists and have deeply held ethical values. They look towards the future and seek to be part of positive change. Yet they are rarely the implementers but the theorist behind them. This does not mean they are not doers; on the contrary, they usually wear themselves thin by over-doing. Yet they are happy to leave others to the details. Stress is the primary health concern for this type. As introverts they will internalise their stresses, which can lead to insomnia, over-eating, ulcers, arthritic pains, and nervous disorders.

    As idealists, INFJs are perfectionists and they are hard on themselves. They are in constant search for self-improvement. They are acutely aware of who they are and strive for who they can be.
    This type is highly creative and imaginative. They have rich fantasy worlds and so reading is suited to them. As creativity is focused on thought, you will find INFJs tend to gravitate towards writing. They are problem solvers and organisers. Their value system insists on work that is in harmony with their ethics. Their idealistic and compassionate nature requires work that feels meaningful. They are naturally leaders but loyal and trustworthy supporters of those that are in accordance with their beliefs or ideas. They are great communicators, diplomats and

    What to work on:
    INFJs have a tendency to believe that they are always right, yet they are never arrogant with their insight. However, as they are so often proven correct they can be quite stubborn.
    As perfectionists they are hardest on themselves but are often highly critical of low standards. They have high expectations, often too high, of those they encounter. They are often unrealistic, which leads to much disappointment in their lives. Additionally, their desire for growth makes them believe, or blindly hope, that everyone wants self-improvement. They often speak when it is best they had remained silent.
    They are impatience with details and careless with facts. Seeing only the bigger picture, they can act impulsively without appreciating the real consequences
    They are champions at denying physical reality; forgotten housework, the incomplete essay due tomorrow, weight gain.
    They easily over-work themselves and need to take time to relax.
    They rarely care what others think of them and this can have anti-social effects.

    The natural partner for this type is: ENTP and ENFP

    For the noder:

    As an INFJ and writer, you will probably find that you have several good to great ideas for w/ups, novels, poems or script. However, many will never see fruition for the simple fact that the details involved in writing these ideas down does not interest you. One way to combat this is by `free-writing'. Write ideas, disjointed thoughts, fragments of feelings and half-formed theories. Leave this and as you visit these over time you can begin the chore of piecing it all together. Another option is collaborative work. A difficult route as finding a trusted partner is not easy for you. But if you locate the type that you fit with, this can be an amazing writing partnership.


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    resources:
    Bentz, L. T. (1998) Personality Type: An Owner's Manual
    Quenk, N. L. (1999) Essentials of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment (Essentials of Psychological Assessment)
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    I don't think I've read this one before. But it's really helpful.

    They have a connection with others that is uncanny.

    This has often lead me astray because sometimes I don't pick up people's "two-faced" behavior. Probably because I try so hard to keep the positive side of people in check and it backfires.


    INFJs, with their complexity, inner-depth and profound intuition, are only approximately 1-2% of the population. This can lead to intellectual loneliness. This is partly because finding another person that understands is statistically rare and partly out of self-protection. They are often told they are complex and difficult to understand, so they are selective in choosing friends.

    Well, that explains the whole "feeling alone" thing. And I am very selective. It's not like I want to be, but I've been burned too many times and it eventually it gets to you. And sometimes it's not even about getting burned, I just need people around me with similar understandings just to get by.

    Close relationships will always be intense and/or meaningful. They are bored with lengthy superficial interactions.

    I didn't realize I was being an intense friend, lol. And yeah, when conversations go stale, I move along. There's no point in speaking about a lame topic for endless minutes.

    Stress is the primary health concern for this type. As introverts they will internalize their stresses, which can lead to insomnia, over-eating, ulcers, arthritic pains, and nervous disorders.

    I experience insomnia on and off throughout the year. Last year it was really bad for me, I just couldn't function. I think I was worrying ten times more than I usually do, lol. As a teenager I did have a problem with over-eating, but then I'd balance it out with working out (maybe perfectionism was involved in that, I don't know).

    What to work on:
    INFJs have a tendency to believe that they are always right, yet they are never arrogant with their insight. However, as they are so often proven correct they can be quite stubborn.


    I don't know if I experience this. Maybe in my subconscious I do. I've had people tell me that I am the "my way or everything will sink type". But of course I don't see it, lol.


    As perfectionists they are hardest on themselves but are often highly critical of low standards. They have high expectations, often too high, of those they encounter. They are often unrealistic, which leads to much disappointment in their lives.


    My high expectations get the best of me, I know this. I don't see myself as being unrealistic, I just feel that I'm longing for truth in nature. Does that make sense? I don't know, maybe.

    Additionally, their desire for growth makes them believe, or blindly hope, that everyone wants self-improvement. They often speak when it is best they had remained silent.

    Okay, guilty.

    They are impatience with details and careless with facts. Seeing only the bigger picture, they can act impulsively without appreciating the real consequences

    I do catch myself doing this and for the most part I've learned to control my impulsive behavior.

    They are champions at denying physical reality; forgotten housework, the incomplete essay due tomorrow, weight gain.

    Again, guilty.

    They easily over-work themselves and need to take time to relax.

    I'm still learning how to relax, lol. My brain is constantly thinking and I can over analyze things when I'm stressed out.

    They rarely care what others think of them and this can have anti-social effects

    This definitely had lead me to be partially anti-social. I just want to be understood in the best way possible. And if I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere close to having someone who actually cares, then yeah I shut down and break away from it all.

    The natural partner for this type is: ENTP and ENFP

    Well, since I'm still on the fence between INFP/INFJ, I think an ENFJ, INFJ, or an INFP would be more suitable for me. After reading about these types I think I'd have less stress, lol. And to be understood deeply is what I'm after.

    As an INFJ and writer, you will probably find that you have several good to great ideas for w/ups, novels, poems or script. However, many will never see fruition for the simple fact that the details involved in writing these ideas down does not interest you. One way to combat this is by `free-writing'. Write ideas, disjointed thoughts, fragments of feelings and half-formed theories. Leave this and as you visit these over time you can begin the chore of piecing it all together. Another option is collaborative work. A difficult route as finding a trusted partner is not easy for you. But if you locate the type that you fit with, this can be an amazing writing partnership.

    I've never even realized that I do this, lol. I free write because I do find it easier to put the pieces together. And I don't gravitate towards the thought of collaborating. I can already imagine a broken down scenario of me wanting to control the project, lol.

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    You are still young Luke Skywalker...you forgot the previous sentence:
    If the person is particularly tuned into their abilities, they are capable of such insight that borders on psychic ability.

    Trust...you are going to get more tuned in. The closer you are to a person the more tuned in you get. It is and can be very much like a psychic connection and it's magical. But, you must learn that this intimidates people that you can see right through them. I'm still trying to harness this as I am still scaring the shit out of people.
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    I'll comment more tomorrow! I have to get to bed! Ack!

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    You're so awesome. Any Star Wars reference is destined to get my attention, lol. And I get what you mean. I know that I'm still young, but I guess I wanted this ability to appear sooner than later. I get upset when I think about past occurrences that could have been avoided if I had taken a closer look or felt it coming. And I hope that I can get to that level of awareness that you have. I've definitely experienced looking through someone, but maybe it wasn't the full picture? I can't really explain it, lol. I really do have a lot to learn...

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    INTJ - The Scientists

    Quote Originally Posted by CJay3113 View Post
    You're so awesome. Any Star Wars reference is destined to get my attention, lol. And I get what you mean. I know that I'm still young, but I guess I wanted this ability to appear sooner than later. I get upset when I think about past occurrences that could have been avoided if I had taken a closer look or felt it coming. And I hope that I can get to that level of awareness that you have. I've definitely experienced looking through someone, but maybe it wasn't the full picture? I can't really explain it, lol. I really do have a lot to learn...
    Don't worry about the ability coming sooner, if you want it sooner harness it, and focus on developing.
    I recently experienced twice great psychical phenomena. The first one was while watching an Episode of "Lost" (The new season, that i haven't really seen whole, but well...). I started to fantasize about some possible near futures with my family, this really fast. They had nothing to do one with another, they where just possible, and and the end of each of them i started feeling in some way (because of the possible result of each future). Which was exactly the feeling projected 30 seconds later by the character speaking in the show.... This was awesome

    The other one was while watching the football playoffs with my brother, i was somewhat concentrated, but actually really at ease. It happened like this: i would think about something and develop a perspective. This exact same perspective would be told 3 seconds later by my younger brother, with the exact same words. I din't tell him anything it just persisted for hours. Then i found out i was for a very long time understanding my brother again, and i actually was concerned about him, so i guess these things all happen for a good previous auto-programmaing

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    I've experienced little things like this, but nothing on a grand scale. I think that's what I'm waiting for, maybe. I push myself too hard to find something and I stop and assess the nature of these occurrences. That's just me over analyzing.

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    Thank you very much for this great post Jenn. I shall sticky this.
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    "The natural partner for this type is: ENTP and ENFP

    Well, since I'm still on the fence between INFP/INFJ, I think an ENFJ, INFJ, or an INFP would be more suitable for me. After reading about these types I think I'd have less stress, lol. And to be understood deeply is what I'm after."

    --Yes but the ENTP may use their intuition and combined with their thoughts to greater understand your your dilemmas.

    There is a lady at work whom I believe I am falling for...I believe an INFJ. Friday it was surreal..it was like we had a an intuitive conversation..no words..just body language and intuition..

    We've been flirting for some time now..She looked at me and her eyes said "Don't you think I'm pretty enough for you?...I immediately, and like my mind wasn't part of the equation here..My whole being was like on autopilot whence I experienced my entire being surge of love up from deep within and expressed outwardly on my face said to her "I Love You". That experience was very reassuring to me. (for her)

    I believe she wants me to show some action and ask her out to dinner or something comfortably nice yet shows I invest and value our time together. Just a guess these things are so difficult when you're in love. I better do it though, better I find out sooner than later whether she likes me or not.

    I know you may not be led easily, but with all my best intentions I would suggest a very personable, kind, compassionate, considerate ENTP.
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    Alone and often misunderstood

    I have always considered myself as being different and i am quite used to this reaction from others. I have always perceived what other people felt and to me it was always funny because i would in turn do something that caused them to reconsider what they previously thought and in the end it always ended in great admiration,respect,and more confusion.lol! The road have been long,hard,and rocky,my only challange now is relationship and finding one


     
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