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What strengths do INFPs bring to their work?

At work, the INFP is not particularly driven by money or status, preferring work that aligns with their personal values and allows them to help others. INFPs are typically motivated by vision and inspiration, and want to engage with projects and causes that feel important to them.

INFPs enjoy the process of creative problem-solving, and want to understand complex issues. They appreciate innovation, and want to come up with original ideas to improve circumstances for people. An ideal job for a Healer allows them to express their individuality in the way they work, and takes advantage of their ability to see unique solutions.

INFPs enjoy working autonomously and having control over how and when to complete a project. They often enjoy participating in teams, although they want to be free to put their own personal stamp on their work. When they do work with other people, it's important to the INFP that they be cooperative, supportive, and flexible, and that they have similar passion for their ideals.

INFP career facts

What are some good careers for an INFP?

Top careers for the INFP include:

Arts and Design
Community and Social Service
Education and Library
Health Care
Business and Management
Sciences
Communications

How can an INFP find the right career?

INFPs, like all personality types, are most satisfied and successful when they choose a career that takes advantage of their natural strengths, talents, and interests. If you're searching for the right career, check out the Career Personality Profiler test, which provides a complete assessment of your personality, interests, and aptitude.

What careers should the INFP avoid?

It is important to note that any personality type can be successful in any occupation. However, some occupations are well suited to the natural talents and preferred work style of the INFP, while other occupations demand modes of thinking and behavior that do not come as naturally to this type. Occupations that require the INFP to operate outside their natural preferences may prove stressful or draining, and often sound unappealing to INFPs who are choosing a career.

The following occupations have been found to be unpopular among INFPs, based on data gathered from surveys of the general population.

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Guest (not verified) says...

This is great! I am having so much fun! This is shedding so much light on how I see the world. Thanks!

The Healer (not verified) says...

Same!Love it!

Guest (not verified) says...

This analysis is pretty good.

Some additional thoughts:

The descriptions of both INTP and INFP are overly simplistic when they imply you are either only understand technical systems (INTP), or that you are an illogical idealist that bases your decisions on feelings (INFP). Some people in both groups are most concerned of finding meaning and are conceptual thinkers and deductive learners that think in absolute truths. Some INFPs objectively understand how different people can effectively, realistically work together peacefully and happily. Many of these people can also transfer between what system they are interested in or change what system they are interested in over time. Like math, everything works in relationships the difference and there are rules that cannot be broken.

At least some of the people in both groups are big picture thinker/system designers. Everything is a system (people systems, government systems, technological systems, the ecosystem, etc.)- the difference between some of the people grouped in these categories is the system they choose to focus on. ****the relationships between things and the relationships between these systems***

Guest (not verified) says...

YES! Thank you.

Guest (not verified) says...

It was hard to distinguish my own personality when it came to the "thinking" or "feeling" type. I'm very balanced in both of those categories so I totally see what you are saying here.

Guest (not verified) says...

I had the exact same problem!

Guest (not verified) says...

When someone speaks with you regarding inward things in themselves--pain is easiest to decipher, I think-- do you hear them and understand... or can you feel them?

Guest (not verified) says...

I can feel them - and often times words aren't required.

Russell_P (not verified) says...

If I understand correctly... you are describing the difference between empathy (understanding what they feel) and sympathy (feeling what they feel). I think we can choose to do either (or both) in a given situation. Does that sound right? I am learning about counselling, and am lead to believe that counsellors need to practice empathy over sympathy. Empathy will help a person feel understood (what they need) where sympathy is more about what the counsellor is feeling and needs to be carefully filtered trying to help some-one. Tell me if I am wrong.

INFPs (among other types) are attuned to feelings, in ourselves and others. Is sympathy vs empathy what more about how we choose to deal with these feelings? They are related, but not the same, and not mutually excusive... and are tools INFPs more naturally have at their disposal.

 

Leo7Seven says...

I agree ! I used to see my emotions as weakness but through learning and experience I have been able to balance feeling and thinking appropriately.  Understanding what people feels comes to me naturally and according to the degree of relationship. Also having gift of psycho-analysis; meaning i can psycho-analyse situations through ignoring some elements of an information given to me and inventing or adding another chunks of information to fix the puzzle in order to arrive at my own "truth"- I can empathize and sympathize at will. 

Drishti mittal (not verified) says...

How did you learn to keep balance? 

Somnath (not verified) says...

By knowing you self with help of meditation and finding the truth and happiness... 

Guest22145 (not verified) says...

Are you sure that's psychoanalysis or are you being delusional? Ignoring given element and inventing and adding chunks of information to form your own truth does not seem to help anyone else. 

Guest (not verified) says...

Yes...I see what you're saying here. I find when I am relaxed I end up being sympathetic. I don't necessarily think about the bigger picture and end up suffering along with the person I am with. When in 'counsellor mode' I am empathetic and find myself experiencing the "zoom out" where I understand their pain and immediately relate it to the bigger picture and the people surrounding to and connected to the individual and their pain. I am not bogged down by the weight of the emotion as much as I am able to process it and know how to help the individual. It is when I am in this "mode" that I feel most vibrant and alive. I feel like I am operating as an entire being. I suppose this would be a good example of accessing our entire function stack from the top to the bottom? To only feel what the individual is feeling means we do not process it through our function stack...am I correct? I'm new to the MBTI typing and only recently nailed down my INFP vs INFJ as a P. It was very hard as I can relate well to much of what is stereotypical of an INFJ.

Guest (not verified) says...

Thanks for your comment. So what makes you think you're more P than J?
 

SW (not verified) says...

I really couldn't nail it down until I understood the function stack. Even then it took a little bit. I've been living my whole life watching successful people and trying to replicate their ways in my life that I had no idea how I actually functioned. I really felt I needed to know which type I was closest to, though, in order to understand how to "be me" in a way that is both authentic and grounded. I don't want "being me" to simply be a manifestation of how confused I am about who I am (if that makes sense).

INFPs lead with introverted feeling backed up by extraverted intuition whereas INFJs are the complete opposite. 

I didn't really realize I was so inwardly focused and tbh I didn't align well with stereotypical INFP who lived stubbornly by their values. It has taken me a long time to realize my values! But when I account for a lot of childhood struggles and different things I've battled all my life I realized I just had no confidence in my ability to think for myself. When a sensitive, introverted dreamer like me grows up with a lot of TJ authority figures it makes it hard to believe in yourself. All of these people meant well but they just didn't have experience outside their effective, logical world to see any place for a kid who couldn't seem to focus or get anything done. If they had understood that we are all naturally different instead of seeing me as stupid and worrying about my ability to make my own way in the world it would have been different. But they had never been taught any differently either.

Now, as I've grown and learned to face "who I am" and to cast down the lie that the only people in this world who matter are the TJ types I've realized more and more about myself. I've learned to accept my "base self" and am embracing my creativity and ability to love and care for people beyond what is considered normal.

I still struggle with expressing my feelings. As is typical with the INFP I'll submerge the truest of my feelings and lead with my Ne around people and often show my quirky and fun-loving side (I think anyways). Even when I deeply care about someone I very rarely make that openly known but prefer to show it in small, understated actions or through very guarded language. Although this could be taken as cold and uncaring I find those I am closest to actually develop a greater attraction to my veiled display of intimacy than to open shows. I would venture to guess it reaches below the surface to their hearts rather than always using their senses. Even the sensing types can use intuition but are weaker in that area. I think the love of an intuitive person is the warmest that can be experienced. It goes far deeper than the senses and accesses the heart (not discrediting those who lead with sensing and are perfectly satisfied with sensed love) and usually leaves people with a profound sense of depth.

So, essentially, paying attention to how I processed my world helped me determine my INFPness. I have tested as only 4% more P than J but I think most of my J preferences are learned. If I was to go down to my base self I am a P who operates best when using the full function stack in order.

Hope that makes sense. I really am so new to all of this but once something tweaks my curiosity I can't let it rest until I understand it so I've been geeking out about archetypes :D

Bankeg (not verified) says...

This is so helpful, thank you! We have a lot of similar interests and like you, growing up I wasn't really aware of my personal values and was very confused about who I was

Caroline_W (not verified) says...

I can relate to this so much! You could easily have been describing me in this post. Thank you for making me see myself clearer! 

Rodney (not verified) says...

Loved your story. I think your last paragraph tells me you are an INFP. Like you my score on P was low. So low it was J. ;D Your very last sentence says it all to me. I discovered this test when an older couple I know well said to me one evening. "you know, just when we think we know you, you go to new depths, and we lose you. We realize, we have no idea of your depth and knowlegde ( passion for conviction)." A night or two later they felt the need to apologize, and explain what they meant. Intially I took it as a complement I think. I know that would've made me feel uncomfortable at first. And then changed the subject. I just assumed everybody had depth and passion (intensity), but just didn't show it for some reason. I explained to them, I was not offended at all and thanked them for their thoughts. It made me come across this test about 7 months ago, and it has had a profound effect on me. I always knew I was different and seemed to own it. I just didn't know to the extent of the differences. Also it has helped me explained why I could never get the depth I saught from my Mother, to this day. But it makes it easier. In regards to expressing feelings in my intinate relationships, I assumed I was. But now I see it wasn't always percieved as expressing my feelings. My feelings come through the things I do. This is how the last relationship broke down. She asked to see my feelings, and just couldn't see them. But they were there for all to see. My heart was on my sleeve, and in my actions, and my words were misunderstood. She just saw a sturdy rock, calm under adversity. In control of all emotion, at all times.The damage was done, she'd already pushed me away over time. Hurting me little by little, and because of my avoidance of confrontaion, you can guess the rest. She felt like she was just another of my causes, under my wing. She felt that it wouldn't matter who she was, I loved all equally. Which I guess is true to a degree. But she was the one I chose to be with, but that must not have mattered enough. She thought I loved her like a sister, more than a lover. When she explained that at the end, I suggested that wouldn't be such a bad thing, as I love my sisters more than life itself. I don't live with my sisters I live with you and your 5 children. We are close but we don't live in each others pockets. I have always been the Father figure for my sisters as we lost our Father young. Anyway, you don't need to know all this. Just thought I add some relationship challenges as a male INFP. Thanks for your story.

Nick Dale (not verified) says...

I don't think that's correct. 
Empathy is the ability to 'feel' what others are feeling, to 'put yourself in their shoes', so to speak. Sympathy is simply feeling pity or sorrow for someone's situation. It's more distant but not visceral, as empathy may be. 
I would imagine counsellors would need to be empathetic for sure, at least it would certainly help. But there would need to be ways to protect themselves from going too far into empathy and remaining objective. 

Guest (not verified) says...

This is an interesting observation.. as my spouse and I both bridge two types as well along the "thinking" and "feeling" axis. He's an INFP/INTP... and I'm an INFJ/INTJ.

Guest (not verified) says...

It isn't that INFPs don't think. It's more about how decisions are made.

Bob Veats (not verified) says...

Same

Guest (not verified) says...

You're absolutely correct about this.

10 years ago I scored at INTP and last week I scored at INFP. When I took a look at where I fell along the scale for thinking and feeling my score was almost dead center, with just a small fraction leaning in the 'feeling' side of things. I was told by a psychologist that the labels themselves do not reveal as much as where you fall along each scale of the spectrum and that you also have to consider how different situations can exercise (or bring out) different aspects of our personality.

Guest (not verified) says...

This is true. I feel like I'm in-between INFP and INTP and can be interchangeable when it comes to interests

Guest (not verified) says...

Actually, one common mistake with MBTI is that they define feeling-types as those who prefer emotions over logic. However, the term feeling means that we prioritize our values over logic.

Kerim (not verified) says...

So true!

Guest (not verified) says...

Thank you so much, I've been wondering about this too! I've taken the test so many times, and it's always a 50/50 between INTP and INFP.

Guest (not verified) says...

INFP's and F's for that matter "prioritize" emotions, human relationships, and morals. This is not "illogical" but highly logical due to the need for positive human relationships in this life and maybe the next. INTP's and T's for that matter "prioritize" logic, cause and effect, and principles. That's the difference and no individual is 100%.

biggity (not verified) says...

This is a great observation. I live in a deeply emotional and relational world, and I seek out facts and data and apply logic to them with a high degree of rigor and consistency because I find it is extremely helpful in revealing what the emotions I'm feeling or perceiving from others actually are. I'm constantly seeking for better ways to more accurately 'see clearly', if that makes sense, as seeing the accurate context surrounding emotions or reactions helps me tease out the nuances, and that's exciting to me. If I don't seek out facts and just really on my perceptions, then I am prone to building an entire understanding of things based on my assumptions, and that can lead to decisions and behaviors that aren't in alignment with who I want to be.

I'd say it's a learned skill, but not especially difficult. The first time it really pays off because you asked someone to clarify something you thought you knew, and it turns out you were wrong and the follow up conversation helps you get better insight - well, you'll be hooked.

This dude (not verified) says...

Good elaboration :3

Lisa from WI (not verified) says...

I agree and disagree. The thing to remember is that the types are all on a spectrum.  I personally test close to the midpoint between N and T which makes people perceive me as being very logical at times. And I do like facts, but I struggle when my logic and intuition are at odds.  

Personality is never clear cut and is ever evolving. The descriptions would help my coworkers understand me better. And being 4% of the population explains why I almost always feel that I don’t fit and people don’t understand me.

Somnath (not verified) says...

Yes I agree with you Lisa it's been very hard to someone express my feeling. I'm thinking about universe and society the creater I'm always been alone thinking and doing meditation...

Heather B_3 (not verified) says...

Also, remember that there is a spectrum for each set of traits. For example, I utilize both my F and T function equally depending on the environment I will use one or the other more dominantly. When I was younger I used my F more until I harnessed my T ability. Now I’m more comfortable utilizing my T function. Some people say I sound robotic at times, because I’m so fact/logic based now.

Andi M (not verified) says...

It's not that we're illogical idealists, I think it's more like we rely on our gut feelings to head us in the right direction. We are idealistic but we also hurt deeply because few ever meet our ideals, especially society as a whole. I keep saying we when I should say me or I. Just because someone feels something deeply or follows their gut doesn't mean we lack the ability to think logically or that we don't use logic. Hope that helps a few understand a little better. 

not a person bot05 (not verified) says...

I TOTALLY WANTED TO BE A DESTIST I AM DISAPOINTED

KaiIsMyName (not verified) says...

Awesome!

vpvenkatesh says...

This is awesome! I can see who am I? Excellent!

Guest (not verified) says...

Very cool and dead-on-accurate!

lovelymelody1 says...

This is exactly how I feel!!!

Giannina (not verified) says...

I am impressed

Guest (not verified) says...

this is freakishly accurate 0.o

Guest (not verified) says...

for me too. it really is quite weird

Abyss (not verified) says...

this is so much accurate! now i know who i really am and thanks for everything!

idcocias says...

So true

Guest (not verified) says...

This describes my friend really well! I also think that this could be the personality type of Luna Lovegood from the Harry Potter series.

Guest (not verified) says...

:)))

Guest (not verified) says...

It is!! I always felt like I connected with her. Lol.

Guest (not verified) says...

With a name like "Lovegood" it better. Lol =)

Guest (not verified) says...

It's Lupin too.

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