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Hi everyone,

I thought I'd introduce myself. I've been going through a career crisis that has lasted several years, and in my search for meaning and "getting to know myself" again I completed the Myers Briggs test. I've tested as an INFJ which I think is pretty correct. I constantly beat myself up, and part of my career crisis is that I've become paralysed by indecision, but feel like I should have achieved some measure of success by now.

I work in Science, which is really poorly suited to my personality. I got in to it because I wanted to do something good and worthwhile, and thought that I could cure the big diseases (hello idealist!), but the reality is that I find the minute detail and the repetition soul-destroying. The good news is that it's really helped bring out a logical and analytical side in me, so I'm not as tragically warm and fuzzy as I used to be!

I am currently trying to get into medicine, which is better suited to my personality. If that fails I'm going to look at bioethics, maybe academia. I also love fine arts and have sold several photographs and paintings in exhibitions. Until recently I found the academic vs the fine arts split in me very confusing. But now I've come to terms with the fact that I'm complex and see the world differently to most people, and now I'm at peace with being strange and deep :laughing:

I'm finding out a lot about myself, for example I had no idea I was a perfectionist as I'm quite messy (my desk and house is usually in disarray). However, I've realised that I feel that anything less than the highest academic pursuits are unacceptable for me. Hm. We INFJ's certainly know how to make life unnecessarily complicated and difficult for ourselves!

It's nice to find a place with active dialogue on these things, I'm looking forward to joining in to the other discussions.
 

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Velcome! Hope you find your answers and that you connect with others here. :happy:
 

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:laughing: Welcome, Infj Ariadne. My best friend is an Infj and I just had to welcome you personally because what you said reminded me of her. I'm new as well, but I've already come to enjoy this forum greatly. It can be very enlightening and I hope that you'll think so too.
 
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