Anyone else INTJ w/ADHD?
I'm a mid-level professional and recently came into a realization a career change is in order. Corporate redundancy is dricinf me crazy. Would like to open a thread with others experiencing the same crisis..

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Guest (not verified) says...

I'm close friends with an INTJ who has ADHD, but he's young. His main struggle is keeping up with school--brilliant kid, but requires far too much novelty in his environment to stay with the curriculum.

Are you from 16Personalities?

Sar (not verified) says...

I'm a female intj with adhd. I was an unhappy maladapted child but eventually came into my own. Once I learned how to use the wonderful double edged sword of hyperfocus things really improved.

Charlie_WJ says...

YES! I am a professional female INTJ with ADD. I am extremely unhappy with my career. I would love to be able to use my very expensive education, skills and experiences towards something more fulfilling. Yet, I have no clue where to begin.

SpaceCase (not verified) says...

I'm another mid-level female INTJ with inattentive ADD. Definitely agree that learning to leverage hyperfocus is a major advantage. It also was major to learn what work environment suited me best -- I seek out small creative agencies now, where I am noticed for my strengths and contributions and get a lot of variety and high-level strategic thinking ops, and can see direct impact on my company from my ideas and efforts. Bigger companies, or companies that didn't have the flexibility to jump at new idea, left me miserable.

But the best thing I've done for my professional career (and life in general) is to find a creative outlet outside of work that is completely my own. For the past 7 years I have written speculative fiction novels on the side, and the joy of this creative process has made me feel more satisfied with everything else in my life, too -- especially when I see my efforts there grow into published works, etc. Highly recommend finding your own passion project!

Mike K. (not verified) says...

I'm an INTJ w/ADD (not ADHD). If you haven't explored medication options for ADHD, as well as the other types of support available for attention disorders in general, I suggest you do so. If you have explored your options in this regard, then you probably know that an INTJ w/ADD (or ADHD) is like Sherlock Holmes, while such an INTJ off his/her meds is more like a (distracted) Myscroft Holmes. Career changes are difficult and I wish you the best of luck there; your detached analytical skills will be useful as you negotiate this process, and I would recommend you use them early and often throughout. Good luck.

- Mike

1969GTO (not verified) says...

I was diagnised as ADHD at 48 and am solidly an INTJ.  Firstborn into a religious and academic family, my grades and lack of completed tasks at home led my parents to see me as insolent.  They chose not to spare the rod, for fear of spoiling the child.  I was beaten until 17.  I secretly could not read.  At 19 I started a business.  This was a fit.  I do not believe that I could function as an employee anywhere.  ADHD and abuse is terribly scarring, and I don't know how much of the abuse contributes to success as a sole propriator.  I do tell a lot of people to work for themselves, including 'normal' people.  I believe that my diagnoses have benefitted me.  Art and music are an essential part of my day, and I get tasks done.  I am of the belief that 'we' have to be in a positive work environment.  The clarion cry that we have heard all our life of 'not good enough' of our work, or our selves is destructive.  Forty or more hours a week is a lot.  You deserve better.  Love yourself.

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