Deidre has a Masters in applied linguistics and translation for her 20 years overseas, then she worked as a certified provider of the MBTI®.
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.
Is This Your Personality Type?
Are you a rare INFJ? Have you ever had employee screening and taken a "personality type" test or other tests for employees? If not and you want to know what your Myers-Briggs personality type® is, here's a free place to start.
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....||than...|
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.
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
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on August 23, 2012:
sapphire, Yes, since INFPs and INFJs have that artistically creative bent, they often like to express it through writing (as well as other artistic outlets).
sapphire99336 from Kennewick, WA on August 23, 2012:
Interesting. I'm an INFP but fairly even on the J-P scale, and I could relate to a lot of this. I was told at a writer's conference that a lot of writers are INFJs.
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on July 22, 2012:
Tammy, Your experience of what it is like as this personality type (or close to it) is very valuably shared, so thanks! With the INFJ's focus on judging what or how people are impacted, any 'data' from their outer world that needs some focused processing doesn't get done 'on the fly.' So we need a good amount of down time to reflect and process. This includes me! :)
Tammy on July 22, 2012:
I am an INFP and totally relate to so much of what has been written. I work as a counsellor and love it but sooooo need down or alone time to recoup. However, I have an inner struggle with ideas about career and find Im really great in the forensic arena. I have always felt like a loner but have some good friendships, very few but very close. I can suffer from anxiety overload if too many demands are placed upon me. I am an extreemly devoted and loyal mother and will do anything for my husband and children. Thanks everyone for posting their comments.
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on March 27, 2012:
I meant to also say that at the website I mentioned in my first response, you could also try the I, A and S interest areas in various orders; e.g. S, I, A.
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on March 27, 2012:
Your descriptions definitely do seem to be that of an INFJ :). Where I would suggest you start looking for guidance first is a website that looks at occupations through the grid of the six interest areas. In the above, I suggest that the three interest areas for the INFJ personality are usually Investigative, Artistic and Social--in that order. These can be plugged into the website http://www.onetonline.org/explore/interests/Invest...
This will produce a list of occupation areas. Click on each that is IAS and then look at the top of the page each takes you to and see other possible occupation titles. There is lots of information on those pages. I'm thinking this could possibly start generating some ideas in your mind of how to alter your career path in a way that makes use of the college education you already have. If you could somehow move towards a business consultant of some kind, analyzing business problems in some way, that would be the generic idea. Hope checking out that website helps with ideas.
Carolyn on March 27, 2012:
I have tested myself numerous times and I always come up with INFJ. People always surprised when I tell them I am more of an introvert because I want to be around people and talk to them, however I find being around a lot of people all the time exhausting. It is confusing cause I deal with things very internally but I need to “talk out” my emotions or whatever I am feeling. I really need a lot of alone time to recover my energies too. If I see people both nights of the weekend I need the rest of the week alone. I like orderliness too- plans, I don’t like a mess to build up around me however too much focus on details stresses me out. I like to have a general plan but I get very anxious someone tries to plan the “overall idea” into a detailed course of action. I am super laid back about a lot of things however I become very overwhelmed in others. I have a very low tolerance for conflict and stress and I get very hard on myself when my efforts don’t match my expectations, which can get overwhelming and lead to anxiety attacks (hard for others to understand where all the pressure is coming from).
This takes me to me career, I’ve always felt inner conflict regarding my career due to my passion and desire to be creative however very strong analytically and strategically. Its like I am in a constant battle between my ideal and being practical and realistic. I did Business in university and then another program for Fashion Merchandising however things didn’t work out in my efforts to fuse the two into a creative/strategic business career. Since graduation, I have been working administrative & financial contracts with the government. This is satisfying to a certain extent however not fulfilling. I’ve had trouble finding a solid career path since and have constantly been contemplating different ideas that complement my creative self yet satisfy my strategic, practical and analytical self. I have been often told I missed my calling as a counsellor or therapist however, I don’t think I am in a position to go back to school at this point. Could you provide insight or guidance into a career path I could follow that complements my existing background and INFJ personality?
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on March 15, 2012:
Daniel, so you've felt a bit of a loner, too, as an INFJ. Your planned career change makes sense for this personality type. That is so great this information helped confirm the new purpose you have found!
Daniel Pinkney on March 14, 2012:
Hi, great INFJ article. Always felt a little bit of a loner (or 'different' rather) and finding out I was an INFJ a year or so back proved very insightful. Reading through this and many others the traits describe me to a tee. Interesting that I'm an Aquarian which possess similar 'creative' traits - also love reading in particular about Metaphysics. I am a graphic designer/marketer by trade but am now looking at a change in career - as a Personal Trainer. Looking through the job paramaters listed here I now feel it is a perfect role for me and feel even more determined to see it through. Would love to be able to guide, mentor, coach and train youngsters (and their parents!) as well as work with youngsters wanting to break into a particular sport. After a few years of meandering and working in design and other businesses without much focus I now feel I have a purpose (or calling) to work towards. And this page has encouraged me no end... so thanks Ms Dee! :)
Catherine on February 14, 2012:
I found this the most informative page about INFJ's so far, thank you so much for writing it! It's helped with an all-consuming desire to know what type I am recently, because after finding out about the myers-briggs type indicator a few months ago, I thought I was an ENFJ until yesterday. My twin sister (ENTP) pointed out that I am actually an extraverted intravert, often mistaken for the wrong type because we are extremely drawn to people and 'rescuing them from themselves' (excellent way that you put it). So I was still hesitating until I read this article, particularly regarding how INFJ's act under stress. I like how you said we are the 'one who exudes confidence and competence yet hard to get to know', because so frequently people insist on how confident and 'extroverted' they find me, and yet I find myself particularly susceptible to doubt and worry, needing to be alone.
Anyway, this was all extremely rambly but I was excited to find such an insightful article, and so many interesting comments from other people that make me feel less alone!
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on February 13, 2012:
Shan, Danny and Lacey, your responses add further validity to the information presented here. We INFJs certainly do feel different than other more common types. I think, too, it is because INFJs are such good readers of how people relate and so easily pick up on this.
Lacey, you ask about your current direction of study in Research and Development in Medicine. This does make sense to me. I see it as becoming expert in a highly challenging area that has the potential to really help people. Should it get very involved in technical detail, it is good that your the creative/artistic outlet in your off work hours to re-energize yourself, particularly when the technical detail at work become overly draining.
lacey on February 13, 2012:
I found this article to be very interesting. I always thought that there was something different about me then everyone else. This is when I started to write in my free time. I am a very private person. I have always been fascinated how just about everyone I know always calls me for advice. I've always felt I am past my time, or feeling older than I am. Even though I'm intelligent in these ways, I don't want to further it into a career. I'm currently in college studying Research and Development in Medicine. I guess I am just curious as to your opinion on my choice of study? Do you think it is a successful decision for being and INFJ?
Danny on January 30, 2012:
I've always known my type as an INFJ but stop thinking into it until recently. I kept wondering why am I having such a hard time for me to get to know this mutual friend (INTP) after 6 years. It prompted me to look into this and I am now so comfortable in my own skin, knowing I am just very different and rare. I always knew it in gut though.
Shan Sunshine on December 29, 2011:
I must say ALL of this is very accurate and very informative! Thanks for posting this article!
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on December 18, 2011:
Hi Melissa, when relieved of an overly stressful environment, I do know that the "real you" inside a person can then tend to come out and blossom. INFJs do most naturally take a counselor-type role, in whatever they do, and really need good amounts of alone time. INFJs also tend to be more SC on the DISC Profile (Steady-Relaters/Conscientiousness Critique-ers)
Melissa on December 18, 2011:
Hi Ms. Dee, I took the DISC test years ago and was a High I - a promotor. After a divorce and stressful home life, I've changed. I know personality is not something considered to have the ability to change. However, today I come out as a counselor. As someone in the spotlight for work many, many years - I craved privacy. I now have my privacy outside of the former communications job and I absolutely love the new job and situaton where I work with others --- or may work in a solitary environment to plan and detail my objectives. Does that sound like this personality type?
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on November 09, 2011:
Melbel, I know both INFJs and INFPs are great at mimicking others. ENFJs want so strongly to meet the needs of others that they can choose too readily to not listen well to their own needs and their own common sense.
Were you my client, I would suggest you take the MBTI Step II Form Q. It breaks down each of the preferences into five sub-parts; for example, the Judging preference would have five parts and the Perceiving preference would have sub-parts counter to those five. We would then be able to see if for maybe some of the five your prefer Judging and some Perceiving. If so, we would explore what situations your behavior would tend to the Judging preference and in which situations you would tend to the Perceiving preference.
This is what I think would be going on more than your hypothesis, though an interesting one, I must admit :). The statistics for the percentages of each type are based on reports of this kind of careful clear determination of a client's type with a trained provider of the MBTI instrument. This does not mean, though, as in our example that some may not be 'pure' INFJs, but more INFJ than INFP.
Melanie from Midwest, USA on November 09, 2011:
Ms Dee, consider this: I tested as an INFJ several years ago. I made friends with an INFP and I sort of did this hmmm thing where I started taking on aspects of this person's personality. I know an ENFJ has the tendency to be hmm easily influenced....
Ever since I've been friends with this person I've been testing INFP.
Anyway, now that the friend and I have grown apart, I am testing as INFJ again.
Do you think that this sort of "influenced" behavior I had is something that can happen to an INFJ? If so, do you think that the number of INFJs could be higher due to this occurrence?
I'm not saying my personality type had temporarily changed. I just think my perception had temporarily changed. Thoughts?
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on October 30, 2011:
INFJs best fit the occupation of a counselor. I suppose this the job role that is the closest to that of a matriarchal role. :)
juice on October 30, 2011:
INFJ would be most helpful in a matriarchal role of a large extended family. Feminism killed the matriarch in the U.S., so now INFJs have an even harder time finding a niche.
Daniel on October 17, 2011:
I wonder why it is that the INFJ type is so rare, when it seems that these traits would be essential to helping communities achieve progress and grow together. Is this type rarer in America versus other less capitalistic societies?
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on October 13, 2011:
Enrique, well said. This sums it up for us INFJs in just your two sentences :). Knowing this about ourselves can help us be aware of when we are obstructing our own selves in what we truly like to do. This gives us a chance to try to push ourselves more to get out there, those times when we feel up to taking a bit more risk.
Enrique on October 12, 2011:
I loved this article, it completes my profile, this is me, really me,,I like to help people, develop, add value to their lives.but it is difficult for me getting out there and do what I really love to do, it is difficult to expose myself and my ego to difficulties, problems and possible conflicts with people.
Jayson on October 12, 2011:
I really enjoyed reading your page here Ms Dee. Thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful article.
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on October 10, 2011:
Welcome to the odd club, Andy, of the rarest personality type. It's okay to be odd, isn't it :).
Andy on October 10, 2011:
I just found out today during a firearms assessment and a subsequent self test online that I'm INFJ. it is a big relief I thought I was bloody odd but it seems the more I read about it the more it makes sense. I'm happy to be INFJ!
kayelleallen from at the keyboard on September 17, 2011:
Perceptive! I'm constantly involved in new ways to do things. Hope to add a lot of value to hubs with some of my ideas and plans.
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on September 17, 2011:
kayelleallen, my first thought is, how like an INFJ :). They/we look for strategic ways to bring out the most potential in a situation. How neat you got '2 birds' at the same time!
kayelleallen from at the keyboard on September 16, 2011:
I'm working to leverage the INFJ strengths by finding ways to use them in social media. Hubpages is my latest "find" and I was tickled to see an article that not only addressed the INFJ personality, but was also on hubs. That was a two-birds one stone moment. =^_^=
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on September 15, 2011:
Maralexa, what an encouraging comment--thank you! Yes, we all adjust our behavior slightly over time. It is so interesting that our basic personality, though, does not change :).
Marilyn Alexander from Vancouver, Canada on September 15, 2011:
Hi Ms Dee. This is an axcellent article. Thanks for the great write up. I remember taking the "test" to determine my personality type many years ago. I noticed I changed slightly over time and certainly adjusted when under pressure! Up and awesom.
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on September 14, 2011:
kayelleallen, welcome to HubPages! How wonderful to have your comment here :). As a fellow INFJ, I can relate to what you say about accepting who we are as this personality type, and that it is okay/normal to take that time away from others. (I too had wondered at one point in my life if I was a blossoming "E", or ENFJ.)
kayelleallen from at the keyboard on September 14, 2011:
I found this by searching with Google for INFJ profiles. I took the MBTI a number of years ago, and recently retested. I'm still within the parameters, and your description certainly fits! I'd expected to see a change, and there was some, but it seems I've actually become a more engaged INFJ rather than gravitating toward ENFJ as I'd thought. Perhaps the fact that I know myself better has helped me feel less drained when being around others. I've become more accepting of my need for time away to recharge, whereas I used to think I was a bit antisocial. How nice to meet others online who have similar abilities and attitudes. I'm glad I happened upon this site.
I'm brand new to Hubs - this is my first comment, but I've been meaning to join.
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on September 08, 2011:
Very good, Exogen! Glad you looked at the ENFJ article, too. Oh, right, your prospective career--my apologies for not remembering that from your first comment. Thanks for letting me know this was helpful.
Exogencontainment on September 08, 2011:
Thanks ENFJ sounds more like it.
BTW I'm not in pararescue yet - i still have about 4 years before that happens - I mentioned it was my prospective career. Your input was very appreciated.
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on September 07, 2011:
Exogen, I also have a hub article on the ENFJ, in case you'd like to consider what it says, too. (Search HubPages for The Enabler ENFJ Personality Type - a Profile.) It would be very hard for that type of personality to avoid a lot of communication. It could be that you are kind of in between these two types. I would not know unless you took the MBTI Step II inventory, which would help clarify this.
When you say you are torn apart by having to avoid communication in your current job role, it makes me wonder how much that is going to drain you, more and more. You may have to eventually move on to something else that allows for more communication between team members.
Exogencontainment on September 07, 2011:
Thank you for your comment!
I know what you mean about needing that "decompression" time.
However, I think I'm more of a Ambiverted (more or less in between extra & intro-version). It's kind of hard to really put my finger on it because I'm a stutterer and well...
we tend to shy away from a lot of communication of possible. But shying away tears me apart - like it's going against my programming. I don't know
Thank you for your response
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on September 06, 2011:
Hello Exogen! Yes, it is. Wow, first, thank you for serving our country.
I can see an INFJ being energized by working in a close-knit team. And since we tend to assume counselor/teacher type roles in whatever we do, being in a trainer or even leadership role could work well. This would be as long as he or she could get alone often to have quiet reflection down time to recharge from the high intensity. INFJs really want to help others live out their potential, and kind of rescue others from themselves. I'd not thought of rescuing others from literal combat :). The team situation, mission to rescue in tangible ways, leading through training others may be a workable combination. However, if it involves too much detail, too many unexpected events getting in the way of your efforts to help, or times called on to extravert in excess, it may wear you down too much. Consider how often such stressers may be involved on a daily basis and whether this would negate too much of the enjoyable parts of the job.
Exogencontainment on September 06, 2011:
Hello Ms Dee!
I hope this discussion is still open...
Almost everything about the INFJ personality type fits me.
I have seen the career fields that one with this personality would excel at; however, I don't really fit the bill. My prospective career is Combat Search & Rescue for the USAF (Pararescue). What is your view on an INFJ taking on a high intensity leadership career? Thanks
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on September 02, 2011:
So glad, Jerica, to hear back that you chose Occ Ther and you have parental support, too! It is often true that one does not know until you try it. I admire, though, your effort to get as much good information as possible for making such a big decision. :)
Jerica on September 02, 2011:
Hi, Ms. Dee! Thank you for the information, i actually made my final decision to transfer to Occupational Therapy. My mom is also more in favor to this than to Pharmacy. Yes, i would also be using the link above if i still have further questions. BTW, you will never know if the course fits you unless you enter it. So now, i surely know that Entrepreneurship is not for me. Thanks, again.
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on September 01, 2011:
Jerica, I'm back with some more information. Pharmacy does not focus any of the 3 interest areas that I list in this article for INFJ. However, occupational therapy does--it focuses on the Social and Investigative interests. Also, this occupation has a bright outlook for the future job market. I found this information on ONetOnline.org.
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on September 01, 2011:
Hi Jerica! Up under my profile photo on the top of this page is an ad and under a link "contact Ms Dee". I'd like to invite you to use that, because I'm guessing you will have several questions related to your specific situation. I can tell you in general for my initial response that I applaud your decision to not continue in Entrepreneurship. Yes, INFJs really fit with the Pediatrician job role! I also hope you did not miss my link in this article to INFJ job hunting tips. More later. Do write at the above contact link, too.
Jerica on September 01, 2011:
Hi! I am sure i am an INFJ. And i took the riasec personality test and my result was 1st- INVESTIGATIVE, 2nd- SOCIAL and 3rd- ARTISTIC. Right now, i am taking Entrepreneurship since my parents told me that i would have more opportunities on that academic program. But now, I am planning to shift next semester and i want to pursue my dream of being a Pediatrician even if my parents were against it. Anyway, i would like to ask for your advice if i should take up Pharmacy or Occupational Therapy as my pre-med, and also considering the career paths of each. I would also highly appreciate other courses related to my riasec personality and INFJ. Thank you so much. :)
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on August 13, 2011:
LOL, melbel! I love this comment! :) What is the difference? Try this: The J-P dichotomy tells us which of our two preferred mental functions are used in our outer world. (The mental functions are the two middle letters; N or S and F or T.) This means that the INFJ uses his/her F in their outer world, and so what most people see is kind consideration for others. The INFP uses his/her N in their outer world, and so what most people see is ever generating new ideas and possibilities for the world-at-large.
Note: These are introverted personality types so what they use in their outer world is their *second* favorite mental function, not their first. They save their most favorite mental function for their inner world; the INFJ being the ideas and possibilities of the N about themselves, and the INFP being their own values and emotional thinking.
Melanie from Midwest, USA on August 13, 2011:
Heya, sometimes I feel confused as to whether or not I'm an INFJ -- what are the differences between an INFP and an INFJ? I mean, I know the difference between a P and a J, but I identify almost completely with both INFP and INFJ. The first time I took the test, I scored INFJ, but then years later I took it again and got INFP. Confused upon reading a thing that says "your personality doesn't change" I continued to take the test -- still INFP. I even took the test with my family answering for me which is an MBTI no-no... INFP. I took the test and bargained with each answer, "Well... maybe... sometimes I do this..." Thinking I would get a completely different response, I was surprised to see INFP. The only other time I didn't get INFP is when I randomly chose answers in order to "scrape" a test to figure out which answers meant which type for a programming project I'm working on.
Charlotte B Plum on March 05, 2011:
I totally loved reading this - and this is one of the more accurate and comprehensive articles about infjs that I have come across. thank you so much for sharing this.
I totally love music, people and it is so true that i need my time away to be alone very badly too. I look forward to reading more of your hubs!
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on December 03, 2010:
Amy, here's a BASIC list of jobs INFJs tend towards: Religiously oriented occupations, Counselor, psychologist or social worker, Psychiatrist, Teacher, Constultant (in education), Medicine, Architect, Fine Artist, Research Assistant, Marketing Professional.
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on December 02, 2010:
Hello Amy! I'd say, being one, that INFJs are most commonly drawn to working in the wide category of language and communication in some way that allows an outlet to inspire others to do/be more than they would otherwise. It also would best require some investigation into knowledge that would be inspiring enough to others to pass on to them. This is real general terms, I know. I and other INFJs I know do not enjoy being the top decision maker, but if communicating inspiration to others is somehow involved then some middle-management environments might work. INFJs are quite independent in that we need room to discover that inspiration with which to inspire others with, so while we like a structured environment and expectations clearly lined out, we need some flex in the work environment, too.
I'm speaking real general, I know. I would be glad to give more specific feedback to your situation if you'd like to email me. I'd want to ask you a few questions to tune in better to your stage of life, etc. Blessings!
Amy on December 02, 2010:
Hi Ms Dee, I came across your article a couple months ago and have been thinking about it ever since. It is a very observant and insightful article. Your description describes me almost perfectly, and I was wondering if you have any suggestions for careers that would fit within the job parameters. I started working full-time about 2 years ago and am in the process of deciding what is the next step for me. Thanks!
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on October 16, 2010:
How fun, richtwf! I can relate in that it did take me a while to sort out whether I was an Extravert or Introvert. The ENFJ and INFJ do seem to be quite similar. For myself I eventually realized I preferred my inner world more than my outer world. I am focused more on my introverted iNtuition of analyzing global possibilities of interrelationships than I am on my extraverted Feeling of drawing conclusions about the value of those global possibilities for people. Wonder if you can tell which you tend to focus on more.
richtwf on October 16, 2010:
Hello Ms Dee,
Thanks for sharing your lovely hub with us. I enjoyed reading it very much. I did a Myers-Briggs Personality Test about nine years ago just before setting off overseas to begin a few years of voluntary work and I discovered I had an ENFJ profile type. The INFJ profile fits me in many respects too so it makes me think now but for sure I'm one of these two profile types or maybe a cross-breed!
Great hub and did a little tap dance over your keys!
Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on September 28, 2010:
Yes, INFJs compete with themselves :) We want to inspire others, instead. Hey, neat to hear, nikita, you are an artist, too. LOL! ...on the "blow everyone else's out of the water"...yes, not at the expense of others. Right, the nature of the INFJ is to inspire, not aggressively compete. What a thrill you found this hub inspiring! :)
nikita77489 on September 28, 2010:
Wow! I finally know what personality type I am. My mother used to be furious with me because I was not competitive. I compete with myself to get better and better. But I like to help and encourage others rather than compete with them. I am an artist and recently I wrote a murder mystery. I think I like writing better than painting. It is more solitary. Hopefully I will find a great literary agent and embark upon a new career. My husband encourages me by saying I am the best and my book will blow everyone else's out of the water. I shudder to hear this because I don't wish to blow anyone out of the water. I love reading other writers just as I have purchased other artist's work. I strive to be the best I can be but never at the expense of others. I am glad there are other shy people out there like me that can still be successful. My family thinks I need to be more competitive and aggressive. It is not my nature. I can't wait to show this to them. Thank you for your article.
BennyTheWriter from Northeastern U.S.A. on August 07, 2010:
Excellent hub, Ms Dee!
I can relate to almost everything here! I definitely see those four core traits in myself; they pretty much define the persona that I express on a day-to-day basis. I've been told that I possess every one of those "natural abilities" you describe. I'm kind of an improviser since I study jazz music performance, but I can also very strongly relate to those things INFJs would "rather" do. And everything under "Caution" is spot-on as far as I'm concerned. I'm starting to think that I might just be an INFJ...
Once again, great hub, very well-written and organized. Rated up!