INFJ Profile of Interests - The Rare Personality Type
Hello, my fellow INFJ! The INFJ personality type is about the rarest--only about 2 percent of people (in the U.S.) are INFJs. Being an INFJ means that we have the personality profile
We (I)ntrovert our attention most often and focus on our inner world, and we actually love our time alone. We are energized through reflection on information, ideas, concepts, etc.
By our i(N)tuition we have our own take on people, their relationships, theories and future possibilities. We also like to have a plan ahead of time while not in detail, putting that off until later.
(F)eeling means we are always looking to base our decisions on person-centered values and concerns because we want to create and keep the harmony. Some may think we have a good "gut sense" about people.
We exhibit our (J)udging through our orderliness and our desire to promptly settle or complete things. We like to bring things to a conclusion and are always looking for a way to make that happen.
7 Recommended Job Parameters for the INFJ Employee
We INFJs find work more satisfying where we have these seven parameters included in our job.
- Work in a harmonious environment of like-minded others
- Use a skill in which you feel technically/functionally competent or can become competent
- Be challenged to innovate, identify possible solutions, develop others’ potential
- Exercise analysis of ideas and people and their inter-relationships
- Be a part of a close-knit team that processes and discusses ideas/solutions
- Help others learn and develop their potential, more than manage others’ work
- Include regular variety between working with others and alone
These parameters are based on the INFJ personality's natural abilities and interests. Go here for some job hunting tips.
Some Natural Abilities of INFJs
Natural abilities that INFJs use to achieve job satisfaction, and which define our natural strengths, are like the following. We would be more effective in jobs that incorporate these abilities (listed in alphabetical order).
Evaluate the nature and relationship of the parts to the final goal; seek to thoroughly understand; to dig, ask, and think through.
Encourage others; help motivate people in a good direction.
Mull over data; think about information; exercise and stretch brain “muscles”.
See potential and possibility; see viable/feasible ideas and solutions to problems.
Investigate by close examination; discover and gather more information.
Help people; develop potential in others; positively influence.
Discuss; exchange ideas; learn from others.
Study by close examination; listen, elicit, take note, and check out.
Order and harmonize thoughts and think ahead on a plan towards a realistic goal.
Introduction to the MBTI
INFJs Love Problem Solving for People
We INFJs are invigorated by taking on new challenges to discover new alternatives and possibilities for people's problems. When taking on a challenge, we first seek to clarify what the end goal is to look like when done, and believing it is possible, we take on most any challenging situation and see it to completion. We find satisfaction in actualizing a goal; be it their own or someone elses. All things are possible to the INFJ!
We often take on the role of a coach or counselor and seek to encourage and be a harmonizing influence. We are most productive when working with agreeable others sincerely open to working well together.
3 Interest Areas of INFJs
In another article I explain six areas of interest and those compatible to the INFJ personality usually involve Artistic, Investigative and Social (or AIS). The combination of the three interests can be expressed as "solving problems in a creative way that helps others". Artistic interest is seen in an independent flexibility and idealism, and also in a creative approach to tasks and people. Investigative interests are expressed in the desire to solve problems, as well as abilities to research and analyze. The Social interests are expressed in a focus on helping people. The INFJ is motivated to understand and serve others and enjoys teamwork and listening to and coaching others.
We INFJs employ our interests in the investigation of a creative or innovative way to meet the needs of others. This is what the INFJ finds most satisfying.
The INFJ would rather....
innovate and invent,
test and improvise
apply insights to human development,
to data systems, or the psychologically ill
do investigative problem solving,
help others see new possibilities,
mediate between people
help others develop deeper self understanding,
compete with others
work on something important to them,
just for monetary gain
encourage and come along side,
confront disagreeable employees
Why identify best-fit type?
We INFJs can be one who exudes confidence and competence yet hard to get to know. An INFJ can tend to be quiet, somewhat reserved, soft-spoken. We work well by ourselves, guided by our intuitive sense of relationships between things and people. We often get so absorbed in what we are thinking and/or doing, we don't let others in on it. Our focus on completing something and getting to our end goal makes us look like interruptions are not welcome.
Do you think you, too, are most like an INFJ type?
INFJ Personality Type - The Counselor
Even worse, we INFJs will exhibit a pattern of anxiety symptoms particular to this personality. Our balanced approach as an innovative, insightful visionary can get knocked out of balance when hit with too much detail, unexpected events or times when called on to extravert in excess. We become limited in our thinking and make more factual mistakes. This isn't too bad if we can manage to get relief from these stressors and get back into balance, however, if relief is not found, it gets worse. We INFJs then go extreme. We obsess on the details. Out of character we may also overindulge our senses (like pig out on chocolate!), and become quite obnoxiously adversarial with others. By that point (if not before) we INFJs must take drastic measures to get back into balance. We must get time alone, lighten our load (for the time being) and ... get away from advice givers!
BUT, since we INFJs want to work in an environment with other people around, we will regain our balanced congenial selves once again. People are our motivation. INFJs have such a huge depth of feeling for people that we INFJs enjoy helping others find themselves and see their own potential; gaining in their own confidence and competence. The trick is to keep ourselves in balance and be where people openly seek to work in cooperation.
The NF as the boss:
- Spineless Bosses - NF Personality Type in Employee Management
The NF personality type, a natural nurturer, is gifted for management. They can become ‘spineless' bosses, however, because of their limited toughness with diverse team members.
© 2010 Deidre Shelden