People with the Introverted Intuitive Feeling Judging (INFJ) personality type make up just one percent of the population, making them the rarest of the 16 personalities. They are part of the Diplomat group. If you identify as an INFJ, your main method of assessing the people and situations around you is intuition. Since your primary focus is inward, you deal with things according to how you feel about them. The facts of a situation are secondary to how it aligns with your feelings and values.
Other people describe you as gentle and caring, while you see yourself as a highly intuitive and complex individual. It is extremely important to you to have order and systems in place in your outer world. You spend a lot of time devising the systems that work best for you only to change them when your intuition dictates that something isn’t right. More than any other personality type, you have amazingly accurate insights into situations and people. It doesn’t take you long to size things up correctly.
Strengths and Weaknesses of INFJs
INFJs can be secretive and private, allowing only a few people into their inner world. If you can relate, you probably also understand feeling lonely and misunderstood a good portion of the time. Although you don’t have a large circle of friends, you are very close to the ones you do have, truly treasuring them. You tend to dread conflict and avoid it at all costs. Unfortunately, this can manifest itself in physical health problems as times goes on. Because you rely so heavily on intuition, it can be difficult to see that others have valid points and beliefs as well.
An INFJ in the Workplace
Most INFJs are highly creative and independent people. They have a natural tendency to seek careers in the arts and science. While these may seem like opposite extremes, it makes sense to you as an INFJ. An artistic career allows you to express your creative side, while a career in science gives you the opportunity to draw on your intuition to solve complex problems. Service-oriented careers are another good fit.
Other career possibilities include counselor, psychologist, teacher, and alternative healthcare provider. You would need to be careful to allow others to come to their own conclusions even when you have an entirely different opinion. Like many of the other personality types, you dislike mundane details and repetitive tasks. Therefore, it’s best to avoid jobs such as inputting data or accounting. You would also feel uncomfortable in careers that required regular meetings and dealing with conflict, such as a management position or a lead customer service role.
Knowing your personality is important aspect in making smart career choices. Better understanding yourself can help you find the work that matches your interests and talents. The Career Project performed one-on-one interviews with professionals in your fields of interest to create unique career profiles. Browse our career profiles today to learn more. For more information on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, see our first post.