Should an INFJ Accept a Management Position?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on September 16, 2018

You’re principled, organized and driven – so why, as an INFJ, are you not encouraged to pursue leadership roles?

The INFJ’s steady reputation often earns us positions of responsibility such as life coach, counselor, or employee relations officer; but positions of actual authority tend to evade us (or we avoid them). It’s an odd one, and it may have as much to do with the way our culture understands hierarchical structures as it does with our abilities.

Why INFJs Are Both Thinkers And Feelers (And How To Find a Balance Between the Two)

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on July 22, 2018

INFJs are sensitive, compassionate people who care about other people’s feelings and want to make the world a better place. But they are also deep thinkers with a clear sense of logic and, often, a love of science. This combination of artistic vision and fact-based reasoning can make INFJs appear to have two distinct personalities, and can confuse even INFJs themselves, especially when it comes to making career choices.

The Dangers of Idealizing Personality Type

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on April 15, 2018

On the 16-type scale, I type as an INFJ. This is one of eight introverted types, and it’s not a common type of Introvert. Yet do an internet search on “INFJ,” and you’ll see that it’s promoted as the holy grail of personality types. The way some commentators describe my personality, you’d think it transcends humanity itself!

It’s not just INFJ, either. Many types have this hyperbolic appeal to them. It’s their relative rarity that gives them their appeal.

Does Age Matter More When You’re An Introvert?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on April 01, 2018

In many cultures around the world, youth is associated with energy and passion. Reflective and calm personality traits are associated with being older and wiser. We are comfortable with these stigmas; however, we are slightly less comfortable when someone flips the switch.

How to Succeed as an Introverted Trainer

You’re telling the room: any type can do anything. Personality theory is about understanding yourself better, playing to your strengths and broadening your horizons. It was never intended to pigeonhole anyone.

On the inside, you’re thinking. How can I, someone with a preference for Introversion, train groups of people as my job? My energy comes from in-depth, one-on-one conversations, not noise-filled, overstimulating group work. I’m much happier working and spending time alone.

Categories: INFJ, INFP, INTJ, INTP, ISTJ, ISTP, ISFJ, ISFP

6 Ways to Thrive as a Sensitive and Ambitious Introvert

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on February 11, 2018

Are you a hard worker who feels like your work regularly goes unnoticed or underappreciated? Do you set many goals but keep most of them to yourself for fear of judgment and failure? Are you desperate for success but get exhausted just thinking about attempting the traditional routes to getting there — networking and ladder climbing, among others? If you found yourself nodding along to each of these questions, you may be a sensitive and ambitious Introvert.

Categories: INFJ, INFP, INTJ, INTP, ISFJ, ISFP

What Business You Should Start, Based on Your Personality Type: Part 1 - Rationals and Idealists

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on January 22, 2018

If you believe what you read, then running your own business is an option reserved for just a few personalities. ENTPs (Steve Jobs), ENFPs (Arianna Huffington), ENTJs (Warren Buffet) and INTJs (Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg) are hailed as the “street smart” types most likely to do well out of entrepreneurship. The thread here is the bias towards Intuition over Sensing – a tendency to focus on the future and take risks.

Why Do Intuitive Introverts Know So Much But Achieve So Little?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on December 10, 2017

I love to learn. In fact, when I took the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment earlier this year, Learner was listed as my top strength. I can spend hours at a time, days even, reading books about psychology and personal development and exploring inspiring ideas. I crave solitude because it means more time to feed my mind new information.

Categories: INFJ, INFP, INTJ, INTP

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