Introverts are sticklers for authenticity. When it comes to their jobs and careers, they strive to “do what they are.” Despite the beauty of this ideal, they often run into difficulties when it comes to its real-world actualization.
In a study of University of Wisconsin Colleges students, participants with Feeling preferences were more likely to believe in creationism, while students with Thinking preferences favored secular evolution.
Most of us were encouraged to be artistic when we were children. From drawings and dioramas to noodle jewelry and collages, art is an integral part of a child’s life and no school day is complete without time for arts and crafts. As we grow older, however, we are counseled to settle into practical careers and to confine our artistic impulses to hobbies, if we pursue them at all. There is definitely some wisdom to this advice, as it is very rare for the average person to support oneself as a full-time artist. Therefore, if you feel that you are an artist at heart, it is likely that you also feel torn between pursing your passion for art and finding a well-paying and stable career.
INFPs, with their natural tendencies toward creative expression, are well-suited to artistic careers. Indeed, many INFPs who work in more traditional careers delight in such pursuits as creative writing, painting and theater as hobbies. When INFPs are able to build a career from their passions that is both personally and financially rewarding, they are fortunate and happy people indeed. Artistic careers for INFPs are those that give these sensitive, artistic souls the chance to fully express and explore their creative potential.