INFJ (The Counselor)

As an intuitive and a deep thinker, the INFJ balances both high IQ (intelligence quotient) and EQ (emotional quotient). They want to wholly understand and bring out the best in each individual, one kind gesture and comment at a time. ISFJs are typically creative, dedicated and show a talent for helping others. They are also idealistic, compassionate and able to intuit others’ emotions and motivations.? However, despite their ability to help others, they are sensitive and reserved, meaning that are selective about sharing their own problems, thoughts and feelings.

The INFJ personality is one of the ?16 personality types? that we see in several different models based on the work of Carl Jung.? These models include the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI?) and Keirsey Temperament Sorter, among others. It represents an individual who is Introverted (I), iNtuitive (N), Feeling (F) and Judging (J). This indicates that they are a person who is energized by spending time alone, who focus on ideas and concepts rather than facts and details, who makes decisions based on emotions and values, and who prefers to be planned and organized as opposed to spontaneous and flexible.

The INFJ is often referred to as the ?Psychologist?, “Counselor” or ?Psychic? because of their natural ability to read and understand others? emotions better than their own. INFJs are typically intense, mystical, caring, and soothing. They contemplate the meaning behind each action and plan their lifestyle to reflect their deep values to better humanity.

INFJ key characteristics:

  • Highly interested in psychology and the social sciences
  • Emotionally and logically attuned to people and events
  • Can ?read? the energy in a room; readily absorbs feelings
  • Desires deep, meaningful connections with people
  • Often has and nurtures a spiritual side to help rebalance their mental health

INFJ Careers: Work Considerations for INFJs

The INFJ typically prefers a long, thought-out approach to career direction, which encompasses all of their personal missions and values. With their deep understanding of emotions and the human condition, they excel in counseling, psychology, teaching, as well as creative industries.

Natural strengths in the workplace:

  • Multipotentialite; Jack (or Jill) of all trades
  • Helping others realize their innate talents and skills
  • Cultivating a positive and respectful atmosphere
  • Listening attentively to feedback and suggestions
  • Embracing and celebrating the differences in each individual

Areas for improvement:

  • Tapping into the nitty-gritty logistics of projects
  • Powering through tasks that may be less than ?meaningful?
  • Managing unpleasant emotions before jumping into the workday
  • Embracing the ebb and flow of creative energy throughout the day
  • Cherishing the present moment and being attentive

Career suggestions:

  • Psychiatry, social work
  • Literary or performing arts
  • Teaching, religious ministry
  • Linguistics, cognitive sciences
  • Music, dance, or art instructing

General career paths to avoid:

  • Banking, financial services
  • Sales, marketing, public relations (PR)
  • Gambling, high-risk industries
  • Militia, law enforcement
  • Prison security services

Type:  [Introverted – Intuitive – Feeling – Judging]

Keirsey temperament group:  Idealists (NF)

INFJ Jungian cognitive functions stack:

  1. Introverted Intuition (Ni)
  2. Extraverted Feeling (Fe)
  3. Introverted Thinking (Ti)
  4. Extraverted Sensing (Se)

Career matches for INFJ's:

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