How One INFP Mother Learned to Live in the Moment

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on December 17, 2017

“Can you imagine what this will be like when they’re older?”

I heard it in my voice before I had a minute to say more. There we were, my husband and I, watching our kids play, carefree, on our last night of vacation and I was already living in the future. I was dreaming of something better than this, whatever that might be. We had planned and dreamt of this trip, our first time introducing our children to the beach, and still I was struggling to stay there, in the moment, with the people I loved the most.

So You're an Idealist With a Rational Boss. How Do You Communicate?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on December 12, 2017

Like him or tolerate him, your boss plays a big part in your life. He is single-handedly responsible for your day-to-day happiness at work, and he could also influence your job opportunities throughout the rest of your career. Obviously, there’s a far greater chance that your boss will open rather than close doors for you if you make the effort to get along.

That’s harder to practice than it is to preach.

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

Why Taking A Personality Test Was One Of The Best Things I Ever Did

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on December 04, 2017

I never thought I’d say that taking a personality test changed my life, but looking back I wish I had taken the test sooner.

I’m currently in my early to mid-twenties. Up until I left college I never questioned who I was or why I acted the way that I did. But as I’ve got older I've realized that a lot of people don't really ‘get me.’ I’ve lost count of the times I’ve been told I come across antisocial or been asked why I’m ‘so quiet.’ This surprises me because until a couple of years ago I had no idea I came across this way.

The 4 Types of Stressed-Out Employees—and How to Help Them

No matter what you do for a living, or how well organized and managed your workplace is, at some point, your employees will feel stressed. That's not necessarily a bad thing. A little stress can help us stay energetic, focused, and able to meet new challenges in the workplace. It's only when stress exceeds a person's ability to cope that it becomes a problem.

For INTJs, Owning a Business Can Be a Blessing—Or a Curse

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on November 26, 2017

When we think of entrepreneurs, what comes to mind? We tend to think of somebody who is friendly, fun to be around, quick thinking, brave, creative and a natural leader.

What I’m describing here are the ways in which ENTJs (the Commanders) and ENTPs (the Visionaries) are good at business. There are also a number of other personality types that spring to mind when we think about these energetic entrepreneurial types.

What’s the Formula for a Satisfying INFJ Career?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on November 19, 2017

Most INFJs long for a career that lines up with their personal vision and profound sense of mission. They want to employ their insight into the human mind as well as their abundant creativity to make the world a better place.

For eight years, I've taught elementary school. It's been a good fit for me in many ways, but it’s also been challenging. I work with people all day long, teach the same content every year, and have to manage 25 students from 9:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. By the end of each day, I’m physically exhausted.

Category: INFJ

Could Personality Assessment Reveal Unexpected Leaders?

There is an increasing body of evidence showing that diversity matters, especially when it comes from the top. Leadership teams of varying gender, ethnic and racial makeup perform better financially, experience less employee turnover, and have better customer orientation than their less diverse counterparts. They are also better at recruiting top talent, which leads to a cycle of increasing returns.

9 Essential Self-Care Steps for the Over-Committed Idealist

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on November 12, 2017

Are you passionate about self-improvement? Are you always striving to reach your own potential, but care just as much about the personal development of everyone else? Creative, caring and curious, you will go to any length to find your purpose in life and help others find theirs. If this describes you, then you are an Idealist.

8 Ridiculous Rules About Dating a Rational

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on November 06, 2017

Rationals are one of the four Keirsey temperament groups, comprising the personality types ENTJ, INTJ, ENTP and INTP. These temperaments share the qualities of being abstract thinkers who approach situations in a theory-focused, pragmatic mode. Getting a Rational to open up and show their tender side can be as challenging as the toil of Sisyphus ... and one that you might just find intriguing.

How do you connect with a partner who is known more for his brilliant mind than his brilliant romance? Here are 8 ridiculous but essential lessons for dating Rationals.

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