Can INTJs Find Fulfillment In Writing Careers?

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” - Jorge Luis Borges

Since childhood, I knew there was something wrong with me. I was a girl, but I never played with dolls. I was only a child, but already I enjoyed work and looked for satisfaction in other places. I liked playing with other kids, but they sometimes made me feel bored. I would often go out alone, play with dogs, feed and observe farm animals, investigate nature and implement the most creative ideas that popped into my head. I searched for lonely activities as much as I searched for the one friend who would accept me the way I was.

So many years have passed, and I still feel I’m being judged for the fact that I like spending time alone and I avoid social events. My acquaintances still can’t believe that I might actually choose to spend time alone rather than have a beer and flirt with guys at a party. For INTJs (especially women), it’s nothing other than a complete waste of time and strength.

We find it hard to make friends. We find it hard to fall in love. We find it hard to talk to people. We get tired, frustrated and bored with all the small talk that others adore so much, the unoriginal and shallow topics they enjoy discussing, and the emotions they project onto others. That’s why we tend to live in an invisible bullet-proof bubble and don’t allow anyone in. We need distance, solitude, appreciation, achievement and possibilities to learn and improve as much as we need air to breathe.

The question is, how and where can we find fulfillment? At home with kids? Most INTJs don’t put family on the first place of life achievements and success. Pursuing a romantic relationship? That doesn’t really correspond to our “rational thinking” feature, does it? So, what do we actually want and need? Where we can cope with living without friends and partners, we can’t cope with wasting our time in a job that doesn’t suit our skills, talents, abilities, and above all, our personality.

I have had a few jobs in the past few years, which paid my bills but left me exhausted, depressed, unhappy, unsatisfied and unfulfilled. There is nothing worse for an INTJ than to stop developing or learning, do a repetitive and boring job, or not being able to use their natural skills in practice.

If you’re an INTJ searching for a perfect job, I’m going to tell you about the job that made me feel fulfilled.

Becoming a writer

I have always loved reading and I’ve always enjoyed writing. As a child, I dreamed about becoming a writer, but society taught me that writing was not a serious job. Also, my parents would often tell me that it would not pay my bills. So, I learned to treat it as a hobby and I pursued a career in sales instead. That was the biggest mistake of my life.

I lost two years trying to be a person I wasn’t. During that time, I learned that the key to finding the perfect career is to stop listening to others and start doing what you enjoy. Simple.

Thus, I decided to study journalism and become a writer, and that was the best decision I made in my entire life. Although writing has always been my hobby, it’s now my job. In my work hours, I write texts for various companies and in my free time, I run a blog and publish articles all over the web where I teach others how to write perfect posts, how to overcome workplace problems and how to find a fulfilling job.

Writing makes me feel:

  • Special 
  • Satisfied and; 
  • Happy.

Is writing a good career for INTJs?

There are many careers that INTJs can excel at. So, why should you consider being a writer? Let me share five reasons why this job is perfect for an INTJ type:

1. You can work in solitude 

Since INTJs are Introverts, they need to spend time alone in order to recharge after social interaction. Also, they prefer lonely activities and hobbies like running or reading books, to team sports and parties. Thus, jobs that require human contact and teamwork are problematic for INTJs. Writing, on the other hand, is perfect. You can work alone and the required human interaction can be done through the Internet. Isn’t it wonderful?

2. You can solve problems

What’s the difference between Feelers (F) and Thinkers (T)? When a Feeler sees that their friend is crying, they will immediately offer emotional support and sympathize with them. Thinkers, on the other hand, want to know why their friend is crying and as soon as they find out, offer a rational solution to their problem. That feature of character, problem-solving, is common to all INTJs, and can be used while writing. For example, I often educate my readers through my posts and offer solutions to their problems. Nothing makes me feel better than knowing my help was appreciated.

3. You can be creative

INTJs’ heads are full of original ideas. They also want to improve themselves, as well as everybody around. Wouldn’t it be great if your job consisted of polishing your skills, being creative and educating others? Writing gives you such an opportunity. For instance, you can improve other people’s writing by editing their work or share your ideas by writing articles or books. The possibilities are endless.

4. You can read and learn even more

Having a thirst for knowledge, INTJs love to have their noses in books. Often called bookworms, they are proud of how much they learn, understand and know. This very feature of enjoying reading and educating themselves makes INTJs great writers.

5. You can keep yourself challenged

INTJs demand challenges. They need to feed their minds with originality and novelty. Thus, writing makes for a perfect occupation, as it allows you to express yourself. If you write a book, the topic can be anything that interests you most. If you do SEO copywriting for a company, you can polish your skills and be creative. If you need to write about a topic you don’t know, you can learn something new. You’re never bored when writing.

Final thoughts

Is a writing career best for all INTJs? Of course not. We each have different skills, interests and talents. However, writing is worth considering, for it suits your personality features. Since it made me feel happy and fulfilled, there’s a chance some of you will find satisfaction in it as well.

Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson is a blogger and a content strategist at omnipapers.com. She is also a contributor to many websites about career advice, productivity, work issues, blogging and writing. You can always find more works of hers on Twitter.

Comments

Diane G (not verified) says...

I never thought about writing as a career.  For some reason, I have always felt that my writing was not good.   I tended to have run on sentences and repeated myself regularly.  As a result of this, I had lower grades in English.  However I could seem to write papers well once I was in my masters degree.  Thank you for this article.  It really made me re-think myself!

Darrell Baldwin (not verified) says...

This article is right on the money, that is exactly how I am...I guess that's why I'm a 40 year old male with no children and never been married.  But anyway, when I'm not reading a bunch of Christian related literature or listening to Christian music, I do find myself trying to write Christian songs. Is songwriting something that I might be able to do?

Thank You!

Rin (not verified) says...

Thank you so much! This blog post couldn't have come at a more perfect time. I'm feeling so unfullfilled at the moment and I found that I love to write fiction, but I fear that it isn't a viable option or if it would be right for me. Your post has made me feel tons better in making me realize that I will never be happy where I am now--not learning/growing and not being able to have some solitude during the day. I'm going to save your post so I can reread it everytime I feel doubts creeping up. Satisfaction can be found, despite how "fanciful" others say my dream is.

Lindsey (not verified) says...

I am a professional writer too! This article really spoke to me because I've found so much satisfaction in my work for all the reasons you mentioned.  When I'm dissatisfied it's because I'm being underutilized.  To solve that dissatisfaction I do side projects at work usually related to continuous improvement.  Emily,  thanks for being the voice the universe used to speak to me today.

Mary J (not verified) says...

As a female INTJ I can totally relate to your views on growing up. As a child I couldn't wait for the Americana Annual Encylopedia update to arrive so I could hunker down in my room to go through it cover to cover.  I also think that wrting comes naturally to INTJs since we tend to be voracious readers who can retain huge amounts of facts and figures.  Writing, usually non-fiction, gives us an outlet to tie together this huge amount of data and the consolidation of ideas that happens during the writing process can often uncover errors. Thus the end product is often big-picture assessments that are helpful to those types not so focused on data or complexities.  My friends will often say "how do you know that stuff" or "how on earth do you remember those things."  I can often cite the periodical, book or documentary, some of them 50 years ago, where the idea first appeared.  I only came to understand that this trait is not common by having so many people tell me over the years that it was weird. 

Sharon McIlhargey (not verified) says...

Emily, I think we're twins!

I could've written today's article " Can INTJs Find Fulfillment In Writing Careers?" verbatim. 

The question is what do you do for an income to supplement writing as a career? I don't own a car. And I'm not data entry, proofreading, medical or other transcription trained. I'm also heavily in debt from student loans for a profession that's saturated. 

Like you, I've done sales and hated every people-centric second. 

I've invested in webinars, books but I need to pay for the day to day necessities now. 

Any viable options will be considered. 

 

Sarah Smith (not verified) says...

Hi,

Enjoyed this post! I have done some freelance writing, and am currently working on my first novel....being an INTJ, I agree that writing is an ideal career for us!

Vladimir Nešić (not verified) says...

I think this was an article perfectly made for me. I never enjoyed reading something on Truity like this article. It's probably because my hobby is writing. In fact, I finished writing a story last month and I'm pursuing ideas for the next one. However, as I said, it is a hobby. Society filled my mind with exact same thing: “You can't afford life with that”. That's why I'm studying something else. I do like both jobs though. I think I'll stick to this one since, as you already said, INTJs want good careers. Sorry writing, you will always be my number two! I do love expressing my imagination since I love composing and playing various instruments, but my number one goal is money. Journalism was never that cool for me either, only novel writing. 

Jim Stiene (not verified) says...

For a writer, you misuse the word "Lonely." Which is a state of desiring company. (INTJ programmer.)

Haiden (not verified) says...

This makes complete sense! I excelled during my undergraduate program where reading/researching a multitude of information was a requirement to create pages of strictly formatted stories. I really did enjoy it. There’s not much writing so far in my graduate program so I have grown slightly bored and looking forward to the future classes where writing is a requirement. Thank you for the story.

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