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INFP Strengths

Idealism. INFPs care deeply for others and believe it is their duty to make a positive impact on the lives of other people in any way they can. Because of this unbreakable commitment, INFPs are capable of great self-sacrifice, and they won’t compromise their ethical standards for personal benefit. INFPs are firm believers in the unlimited potential of human beings to achieve remarkable things, and they can always be counted on to provide encouragement or material support to those who are attempting to expand their horizons.

Integrity. Integrity means everything to INFPs, and that includes intellectual as well as moral integrity. Some people might accuse INFPs of being overly imaginative or of being willing to stretch logic to the breaking point in order to find the deeper meaning they insist must exist, but there is no denying that the deeply reflective nature of INFPs allows them to transcend the boundaries of imagination that so often prevent us from discovering new solutions to old problems.

Compromise. As empathic idealists, harmonious relations are like a balm to the soul for INFPs. In family settings or when working in groups, INFPs are highly effective as mediators because they are legitimately interested in the viewpoints of all and will go out of their way to make sure that everyone is given a fair hearing. They are enthusiastic advocates of cooperation and believe that no difficulty is insurmountable when people work together for a common cause. 

Dedication. It is easy to pay lip service to virtues like compassion, creativity, originality and open- mindedness, but these ideas don’t mean much unless they can be translated into real-world applications. Fortunately, INFPs are masters at doing just that. Passionate and committed to the cause, these personalities have a unique ability to mold and shape their surrounding environment in ways that promote self- improvement and transcendent achievement for all. 

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INFP Weaknesses

Sensitivity. Their deep compassion, sensitivity and commitment to originality allows INFPs to interface with their interpersonal landscapes in a constructive manner, but these feelings also leave them vulnerable to disillusionment and powerful existential angst. INFPs who venture enthusiastically out into the world can end up retreating into lethargy and depression when they discover their idealism isn’t always shared or respected by others, and their incredible talents can go completely to waste when they become too discouraged to continue.

Impracticality. While their insistence on standing up for justice and decency is admirable, the intensity of their feelings can occasionally leave INFPs unwilling to make compromises even when doing so might be necessary to get something accomplished. Sticking to your morals is admirable, but in the real world it may be impossible to accomplish anything unless the INFP can find a way to give and take a little and find practical, if imperfect, solutions to problems. 

Selflessness. INFPs have a tendency to neglect or suppress their own needs if they believe it is necessary to keep the peace or make others happy. When a person holds his or her insecurities inside for too long, it can eventually cause a blow-up or an emotional breakdown. Sensitive INFPs often suffer in silence, and this is a pity because INFPs and their fellow travelers usually have people in their lives who care about them a lot and would be more than happy to help them deal with their heartaches and disappointments. 

Vulnerability. Compassionate to the core, INFPs lead with their hearts rather than their heads and this can sometimes set them up for trouble. Unfortunately there are users and manipulators out there who are always on the lookout for easy targets, and from the standpoint of these individuals INFPS might as well have flashing neon signs attached to their foreheads that say “exploit me, exploit me!” Trust is a wonderful thing, but not when it makes you gullible. 

INFP Growth and Development

In order to reach their full potential, INFPs should:

Learn to recognize the difference between compromise and concession. People who disagree with INFPs are simply seeing things from a different point of view, but to an INFP, it can feel like they are being backed into a corner. Instead of digging in their heels, INFPs must find a way to detach from the situation so they can comprehend the motivations of their opposition more clearly. If it is only a difference in values and not a lack of them that is responsible for divergent opinions, then INFPs should not expect others to give in to stubbornness any more than they would if the shoe were on the other foot.

Make sure dreams and fantasies are used to enhance reality rather than replace it. INFPs who look out at the world with idealistic eyes often see grand vistas of beauty and limitless possibility that others are not capable of perceiving. But INFPs sometimes choose to retreat into these fantasies instead of using them to solve real-world problems. Imagination can open the door to better possibilities, and INFPs should never lose sight of its transformative potential. 

Learn to respect the details. No matter how wonderfully inventive a new idea might be, it won’t get anywhere if the logistical details required to put it into practice are ignored or neglected. INFPs may find this aspect of the creative processes a bit boring, but they should challenge themselves to overcome their disinterest and pay attention to all those annoying details anyway. 

Seek out leadership positions. INFPs have strong egalitarian instincts, are natural conciliators, passionately believe in the utility of cooperation, are excellent listeners, and never fail to pay attention when someone has a new idea to share. These admirable qualities double as superb leadership skills, and no one who possesses them should avoid leadership positions simply because they aren’t extraverts. Above all else, leaders must have the respect of those they presume to lead, and INFPs are just as capable of gaining that respect as any other personality type. 

Accept themselves as they are without apology. Because their standards are so high, INFPs have a hard time forgiving themselves when they fail to meet their own expectations. They may also become indecisive and fall into a perfectionism so extreme that it cuts off their flow of creativity and makes it impossible for them to excel and achieve. This dynamic is unfortunate, especially as INFPs would never think of holding others to such impossible standards. For the sake of their mental health and happiness, INFPs must learn to stop comparing themselves to others and recognize that they should prioritize their own happiness.

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ML infp. (not verified) says...

It's not selfish to feel lost. It's not selfish to want an answer, to want to read books and travel, and it's not selfish to want to go to college, even if it's expensive.  It's brave to share your story and ask for help! It's okay to take some time to sort it out. You don't have to jump straight into college, and you don't have to end up in a job that feels flat and lifeless. There's a lot of good out here in the messy world. 
All best. 

D. Grimaldo (not verified) says...

A few years ago I took the test and if I remember correctly it classified me as INFJ (it was another website though). Today I took it here, and it listed INFP (very good match) at the top followed by INTP (very good match) & INTJ (good match). Apparently I am a rarity LOL, well, that kind of explains many things. Anyway, it does make sense.

Mona888 (not verified) says...

I'm also an INFP and still go to high school but I'm sure that I found the right career for me. I just recently found out about the Wildlife Biologist / Wildlife Conservationist. Since our personality type loves nature and to help others, I'm sure that this could be a field to think about - just as an inspiration. Have a great day!

Jordon Gitrey (not verified) says...

Congradulation! That does fit your character! Don't ever get side tracked, you ultimately start walking down the path of your perfect mate. its scary business

caro Lina (not verified) says...

I have taken tests over the past few years and I keep getting categorized as INFP which makes perfect sense. Seeing that Morrissey and Kurt Cobain are also other INFPs makes sense why I would almost exclusively listen to the Smiths and Nirvana when I was a teenager - but now I listen to a wide variety of music ranging from hardcore punk to indie to darkwave and death metal to rancheras to reggae. I usually let things slide and I am easy going unless I feel strongly about it or threatening to my values - i.e fairness. People have told me that I have a "live and let live attitude" and I suppose that is very true, although I find people who are judgemental extremely irksome. I have always expressed myself better through writing than verbal communication.

I suppose, the point about job satisfaction rings true with me, I am working towards a career in humanitarianism and advocating for human rights. I know there's other jobs that pay more, and while I still want a comfortable enough life making a lot of money and being at the top is not the most important to me. I've been told that I am too idealistic at times, but I always wondered what the world would be like if more people were more benevolent and acted on their compassion more often. 

They say that INFPs are "social introverts" and there's some truth to that. I actually like being around people and I have diverse sets of friends. While I do like being around people, I hate being the center of attention. I usually like being in the background - observing all the action and taking it all in. Two of my best friends are ENFPs and my husband is an ENTJ. I sort of enjoy being at the parties they host. 

notgonnatellwhoiam (not verified) says...

I can so very relate to this. I misunderstood myself until I figured out that I am a "Social Introvert". It's so difficult to explain this to others who sometimes see me as an extrovert. I feel very tired when I am the centre of attention but at the same time I am open to anything in the world.

crystal s (not verified) says...

Wow, reading your comment felt like I was reading a descrption about me :"")

Jordy (not verified) says...

I cannot for the life of me assess whether I am INTP or INFP. My mother and brother are INFP (without a doubt), and my best friend is ENFJ (the "golden match" for INFP's). My friend, who has researched the MBTI much more than I have, believes I am T type, however. In my life, I can give examples of times I behaved as both T and F. How can someone overcome this conumdrum? 

syuro (not verified) says...

same feelings.

baghead (not verified) says...

i believe your main problem is by veiwing this as a conundrum. instead you should be glad of the fact that you get to see the world from both a thinkers and a feelers perspective. i do sympathise deeply with wanting a set in stone self identity like the mbti offers. but at some point i realised that i will act how i act wether im an infp or an elephant. im not sure what my point was, but i hope i was some help :)

(btw im infp, not that it matters)

Kristin (not verified) says...

Go to C. S. Joseph's YouTube channel.  You can get the answer to your question there.  He's very competent.

Jordy (not verified) says...

I have already, and it was just as helpful as everything else, except he adds horrible, opinionated criticism of each type and carries himself as some kind of saviour. Ridiculous. 

Rachel664 (not verified) says...

Hey Jordy. Have you heard of the "cognitive functions"? Every type has a different stack of four. It might help you determine which one you relate to more! 

Rebekah9999 (not verified) says...

I know I'm INFP as opposed to INTP because although I love complex ideas and innovation, I usually bore quickly if they relate to pure science instead of people. 

Guest (not verified) says...

Take the quiz on 16personalities.com

you can then read more about your personality

Jordy (not verified) says...

I had already. I tested as INTP with near 50% on both T and F. Both descriptions describe my traits equally well, I feel, thus my conundrum. 

Doug... (not verified) says...

I have the same issue of INFP or INTP. At work everyone says I'm sure a INTP, but family says INFP. In the test am in the middle a little bit more prone to F side, if I answer thinking about my life in general, but if I think a little more about work it is a T. I wrote to 16personalities site, and they told me that I should consider the major the general one. And I agree, work is situational, life is till we die. That's it. Hope it helped. 

Jordy (not verified) says...

That does, thank you!

Sarahese (not verified) says...

Wow, nearly exactly the same. At core, INFP. At work and more so while in management, INTP. I hover near the border and move over one side or the other according to what I'm doing.

Yu-Hsiang (not verified) says...

I found myself very much relate to this INFP definition. for years I have always been thinking about being a mental health counelor. The idea of helping others to improve their lives motivates me. However in Taiwan to do that it takes 4 years of education and intern before practicing it with no solid income to support the family Im about to start.  SO I save this for everyone around me and do other "practical" sales related jobs.

 

Yes I would dive into things I felt liberating or pleasant even know it would not benefit in a practical way.

tried Parkour, Surfing, Sketch, Language, Movies, Boxing, etc. 

I think this article somehow sum me up as a person. and that fact that INFP might not make as much money as others is something I recognize and accept.

 

I do wanna stress that I think we are emotionally supportive people. people we care about and love are very at ease around us and even inspired. This is something I reckon valuable more than career success.

It's the people I helped along the way define my internal accomplishment.

thanks for this article

Infp -Devin (not verified) says...

As an infp i don't feel i have been put in an environment where my personality naturally thrives, quite yet. I was excited to hear that INFP's are least likely to suffer from heart disease. Cardiovascular disease is the #1 cause of death by far. So theres a little relief. And possibly living a long life. I feel perhaps in my middle age I will be closely intertwined with my identity and will be diving deep into ideas and activities. Sure like why wait I could do that now.. but ... I have this thing I feel that there is a time and place for everything. And that some points in life its just good to wait. Even waiting 10 years. I seriously feel time teaches a lot and that things will get better in time. The thing I've been waiting for I don't feel has come yet but my intuition tells me it will one day. That thing is basically self actualization. 

Melony (not verified) says...

It definitely will come one day. Never give up; on it or yourself. You're worth every good thing you want Devin ❤

infpÄ (not verified) says...

Hi everyone, i'm an INFP-A and i can only say that the explanation is sooo accurate. I'm more like a happy go lucky person and i enjoy unpredictable events. i'm also very interested in Horoscope and i will dig in extremely once i felt i should find out more about it. Honestly, i feel that INFPs are easily addicted in something and we go all in, even if it does not brings benefit. So sometimes it is frustrating as even if i realised that i'm doing non-beneficial stuff, i'm still pretty much enjoying it, and i rarely regrets on anything. This makes me feel extremely unsafe and dangerous. But yea yall INFPs know that i just wanna write it out to express myself and i'm not gonna change how the way i interpret and react. So yea ~ dang us

metoo INFP-A (not verified) says...

i sooo agree i mean since childhood im tooo much into novels. i would borrow my friends library issued books, finish it in a day then start on my own and read litreally a book a day. well later studies and all so i read a bit less(strict parents) but then again comes along astrology and pinterest and there i go again wasting my time. now im an otaku through and through, hell i even turned my besties into otakus and yes i just waste sooo much time like right now, im  actually supposed to be working but .....*sigh really im taking quizzes left and right. i know im doing nothing productive and honestly i do want to be a productive person but wth i just am not......

Infpt 🙂 (not verified) says...

I can relate to Infp alright. I agree with all you said infpÄ. Astrology it's my thing. And yes, se go obsessive with something even if has no pratical use. I'm totally into it.

Infpt 🙂 (not verified) says...

I can relate to Infp alright. I agree with all you said infpÄ. Astrology it's my thing. And yes, se go obsessive with something even if has no pratical use. I'm totally into it.

TobyINFP1 (not verified) says...

Hi fellow INFP's. I have taken a few different tests during this lockdown as it's given some free time. Each time I have been shown to be an INFP. Regarding careers, I have worked in recruitment for 6 years and work for a company which is very low stress, I think if I was working for a "usual" recruitment agency I wouldn't have lasted the week. I have felt so uninterested and unmotivated in this job for many years and feel frustrated with myself that I'm still working there. I have attented MANY job interviews over the years but nothing has given me enough interest to follow through with any job offer I have reiceved, until recently... I applied for a job as a video editor and for the first time ever I felt excited and energised with the thought of editing videos for a living. (I have videoed some weddings and also shot footage at London Fashion Week a few years back.) Every day and evening I was researching editing techniques to upgrade my skills as fast as possible, I felt like I was actually retaining information and felt alive in my pursuit to make the job mine. I was given an assignment/test to do and I worked all weekend to get it done, barely surfacing to eat. Once I sent the completed video back to the company I had strong anxiety everytime my phone buzzed or I recieved an email. I eventually heard back that although they were impressed with my video they were now going to put the role on hold owing to... you guessed it, COVID-19. I don't know what will become of the job or company but I really hope that I can progress to the next stage in the near future. It's also left me feeling even more unmotivated in my current role! It has however shown the direction I need to be going and although Video Editing full time positions seem to be somewhat rare I will keep pursuing until I have succeeded.

I guess this job opportunity and experience has really shown how motivated and energised I am capable of being should I have interest in what I am doing. As far as I have read so far this is incredibly important for INFP's to really feel satisfaction in their careers.

I think I am correct in saying we make up about 4-6% of the population which is interesting as I have always felt slightly "different". Finding out more about my personality has been very useful and a journey I feel like I am only just begining in my late 20's! 

Any way this was a bit of a brain dump of my experience so far regarding working life. It has helped to write this down and if it helps anyone in anyway then I would be happy to hear your thoughts.

Stay safe,

Toby

Joe92 (not verified) says...

This is actually really encouraging. I'm also in my late 20s. Been working in IT/Cybersecurity for the last 6 years. I'm good at it and the pay is excellent, but I have no motivation or desire to keep doing this. It's good to hear things worked out for you. There's still hope for me yet.

Julian (not verified) says...

Hey Joe, 

I am also an INFP working in Cyber Security. Here's to finding a career that resonates with us more! 

nroman_piks (not verified) says...

Hey fellow INFPs! I work as a front end developer so my job is technical too (and closely related to yours) and past the working hours, I love taking photos. I just want to share with you guys how I feel about this situation.

For me, photography is really something I love. It's a way to express myself, it's somehow creative, I can imprint my visual signature and share it with others. Many times I thought that I should do this fulltime and really dedicate my energy towards Photography. However, my biggest fear is that doing such thing for a living would change my perception, that photography wouldn't something I want to do but rather something I have to do.

So I decided to keep working as a developer. Of course, there are times when I really just have to force myself to actually be productive, there are times when I actually enjoy it, because I am working on something new and exciting. And it keeps me closer to the world of logical thinking and more structured way of organizing things (which I am really terrible at). And of course, knowing that I am pretty good at it motivates me to be even better. The financial side is no doubt a comforting benefit, I might have to work on something that doesn't entirely produce joy, but then it provides financial stability which is important for me, so I can focus on other things I enjoy rather than being anxious in my free time. 

Well, at least that's how I feel about it. Trying to get the benefits from both, both sides have some cons so it's up to each individual to know what is the best choice for him. So, wherever the direction you guys are taking, I wish you the best!

hughhh (not verified) says...

Hey Julian + Joe, 

In a similar boat to you both. Late 20's seeking a new career.

Finding this book amazing - The Path Finder -  nicholas lore. Check it out. 

Hugh

Alma (not verified) says...

Hi! I am not a doctor, or anything close to it. I'm an Infp, and so I feel like I really understand what you're expressing. I think that having a job/career that isnt fulfulling, will make your entire being miserable because the discontent bleeds onto those closest to you. For infp, its quite disturbing. Even if the money is good. Even if others praise you. You will likely find yourself needing to get rid of that incompleteness from within. If you dont do what you desire now, its likely that eventually you will. 

The way I can relate is that even though I had a job that paid "enough" money to live relatively well, I wasnt satisfied with the fact that I hadnt pursued my education. I started college as a mother, at 26. My marriage eventually failed, due to increased distance. I'm actually still a student. I still believe I made the right choice. I was truly unhappy with my life, job, and I needed to do something about it.

You expressed interest in other aspects of the medical field. I chose health communication. I hope you can find something thats valuable to you.

Daron m (not verified) says...

Hey guys, This was an interesting read for me. I'm a doctor, and throughout medschool, I probably spent more time getting my hands dirty in paint rather than focusing on course work. I am not sure as to what went on. But retrospectively I felt like I was in a high stress enviroment, with a lot of variables which I could'nt control. And somehow throughout my schooling and college, I always had this passion of starting something creative on my own. I have worked on several projects, blogs, content writing, and even taken up commisioned work through painting in the meantime. But I am at this stage where I might need three more years to finish the whole medical career thing. And I dont know how to go about it. The problem I face is that I feel I wont be able to thrive or live as a creative individual, and I'm 25 now. I also have to keep in mind my financial situations. Because compared to my peers, I always feel like I'm lagging behind. I am interested in teaching and certain aspects of the medical field, like the challenge of solving problems. And I love how the academic challenges can stimulate my mind and creativity. But the high stress work enviroment, the shitty toxicity of people that you're exposed to, etc has really stressed me out. Because the enviroment for learning is usually too fast and rushed for me to keep up. So I dont know whats going on here. And an outsiders perpective and personal experiences might help me a lot. If anyone could kindly share their experiences, would really help me at this moment to clear any traps I've built for myself.

And yes, I am an INFP too! Cheers and well wishes to everyone on this forum. :)

Shoboat31 (not verified) says...

I understand how frustrating school can be, but don't give up Daron m. The field of psychiatry would probably be fascinating for you, as it has been for me. 

Janine (not verified) says...

You could go into naturopathy or chiropractic or something along those lines. Most medical doctors are tightly controlled and have no time to do anything more than throw a standard prescription at a problem. Alternate medicine of some sort would give you more opportunity to spend more time focus on helping individuals. The ND I used to work for was a medical doctor to start but continued on to become a naturopath. He helped people recover from a lot of supposedly chronic conditions that the standard medical system couldn't help and was much happier and at peace with what he was doing than any MD I've encountered has been. 

Karo (not verified) says...

Hey Daron, I just read your comment and have to say, I felt a little bit like I was reading my own story. I'm a doctor and an INFP as well, I worked in hospitals and practices for more than six 6 years after I finished my studies, but I was always curious and also distracted by other interests. I do a lot of music, painting, I love graphics and writing as well. I liked my work as a doctor and was good in it, but I soon realized that in comparison to my colleagues, I had so many other serious interests, most of them creative-wise, that I felt a little bit like an alien between my coworkers. Also the health system and its structure and burocracy gave me the feeling of beeing stucked in a crazy worksystem where I wasn't sure if this was the right place for me. I then decided to try something else, but to use my knowledge within another meaningful way of working without leaving everything behind. I switched to a digital health company and the way to this decision was not easy and brought me some sleepless nights. 
But at the end it was so worth it, because this change gave me new freedom and also the opportunity to think more openly and creative and to work in a more healthy work environment with normal working hours plus I'm so much more flexible in including my music and art into my schedule.  I would never call myself a lazy person, but I was so unhappy about how much time I had to spent just for my work as a doctor. So I felt unhappy because I didn't have the time to practice my other hobbies besides medicine.
Besides, I still think about other options of work pretty regularly and I think this is an ongoing process for my whole life. I thought about opening a art workshop place or a little gallery for example. And maybe I will realize that in the future. One option for me could for example be: working part-time medical and part-time creatively, so that I have both worlds combined. For you I can imagine, that it makes sense to take a step back and figure out, what makes you happy. Is it a 50/50 combination, is it beeing a doctor most of the the and just having some more time for your hobby or any other model you can imagine. And then check options and see whats realistic and whats not. For me, beeing a little brave always helped. So I really encourage you to think broader and take some steps beside the normal medical way. Wish you lot's of braveness and time for creativity and all the things that make you happy! 

Thanksgoogle (not verified) says...

#%!?!

I'm at a loss for words

Mire (not verified) says...

Hi! I'm an INFP and I'm a nurse practitioner. Prior to being a nurse practitioner, I worked as a pediatric ER nurse for over a decade. I experienced burn out several times throughout my career. Like you, I do enjoy some aspects of working in healthcare. I truly enjoyed seeing patients get better. I liked the fast pace. I liked working with kids. I loved how silly and goofy kids can be despite whatever illness/disease. But I didn't enjoy, parents and patients yelling at me and sometimes the pace was just too fast and hectic. I also deep down feel and know that there is more for me out there in the world. I feel caged up in my current position. Throughout my life, I always felt different, not in an 'I'm so unique and special way kind of way', but just that I knew that I wasn't like other people. Discovering that I was an INFP was eye opening! It made me feel like less of a weirdo. I felt validated that I fell into a group which meant there were other INFP's in the world. I'm now in my mid-30's and desperately want to change careers. I've spent so much time googling how to change careers. I bought self-help books and took career tests, but nothing helped more than when I discovered that I was an INFP. This exploration also led me to a site careershifters.org. This site has hundreds of stories of how people were able to successfully change their careers. Even though I'm an INFP, I never felt like I was creative, but reading all these career change success stories made me want to write children's books. I wrote my first book within an hour and ideas for children's books keep popping up in my head! I'm now in the process of trying to get it published. 
 

I hope all my ramblings make sense. What I'm ultimately trying to say is that I think you should continue to pursue your creative interests. I'm still working in healthcare, but I'm hoping I can soon step away into becoming a full-time author. Best of luck to you!!!

Johnny J (not verified) says...

Reading these comments and taking the test is easilest the best thing I have done in 2020 (what a horrible year it has been so far). I am a 23 year old recent college graduate (2019). Who has been working for about 8 months now in Finance. Through high school/college I struggled with a learning disability but still managed to get by, and some what succeed. Now, through the past 8 months I have not enjoyed my job, and I am not great at it. It is difficult to find any fulfillment in it, and I cannot see myself doing this for the foreeseseable future. With that being said, it's difficult to go out on a limb while living on my own, and fending for myself. Maybe someone who is reading this can write back what kind of career path they went on. If they are fulfilled in doing what they are doing now. Some jobs that would intrigue me come to mind, but would love to hear a story or two. Maybe we could eventually connect and chat some more about life obstacles, i'm sure two INFP personalities would have some good insight for one another. 

Ca T (not verified) says...

Hi Johnny, I unfortunately have no helpful advice. I just wanted to say I'm in the same position. I just turned 24, I got my History & Anthro degree a couple of years ago and ended up going into an accounting technician apprenticeship. I'm doing my final exams now and, though I can't wait to be done with the course and the job, I have no clue where to turn to - it is the most unfulfilling job I've ever had and I feel as if I've wasted 2 years of my life just to end up back at square one. Do you reckon there is any way to use finance related job experience to get started on a more meaningful/fulfilling path? 

Savannah(Deep) (not verified) says...

Johnny I am also 23 and a INFP. I'm curious to know what the differences between male and females with the same personality are? 
I write music. I find it very fulfilling because I can express myself and my deep perspectives on things as well as counsel and inspire people. 
So I suggest maybe a creative or some kind of counseling path? 
Because if your anything like me you love pouring into people and inspiring them to grow.. even just with friendships 
& honestly I think it would be great to connect and and talk about insight we've gathered on our jouney as a INFP, both being 23! It would be interesting

Johnny J (not verified) says...

Yes, I would love to connect and talk further about this. I think it could potentially be benefical for both of us. I don't know how to go about doing this though........ If you have any suggestions write back!!

Savannah(Deep) (not verified) says...

Johnny unfortunately I do not have any suggestions. Because I do not want to put my personally info out there.. let me know if you come up with any.

Eleanor (not verified) says...

I sailed through school with top grades and got my BA degree in Accountancy and Finance without really much effort. But the thought of a future stuck in an office with the sole purpose of counting money (that's what accountancy is after all ) terrified me. I would be dead inside. That was 30 years ago. I am a florist with my own shop on a scottish island and I love my life. I am grateful every day that I am in this position. I will never have much money and it doesn't worry me a bit. My job helps me spread love and I get to work with natures beauty. My advice is discover what you love not what you think you should be doing. Happiness in work and life is worth more than all the money in the world.

lori c jacob (not verified) says...

 I don't usually do this when I read a great I don't usually do this when I read a great article which I probably should do more of but you I don't usually do this when I read a great article which I probably should do more of but you struck a chord with me I was shocked when you said you I was shocked when you said you want from your career to being a florist it just I was shocked when you said you want from your career to being a florist it just is very Brave and Bold and the fact that I was shocked when you said you want from your career to being a florist it just is very Brave and Bold and the fact that money is a secondary to your happiness is I was shocked when you said you went from your career to being a florist it just is very Brave and Bold and the fact that money is so secondary to your happiness is a breath of fresh air although being financially although being financially stable is important when compared with happiness I agree with you when compared with happiness I agree with you it's more important living feeling existing in living feeling existing in your environment and feeling good about it can only lead to positivity can only lead to positivity in yourself and for you to put your can only lead to positivity in yourself and for you to put your positivity back out there cuz other people will see that thank you for sharing thank you for sharing yourself and your story kind of made me cry thank you for sharing yourself and your story kind of made me cry I hate to admit that but I don't know what struck a chord with thank you for sharing yourself and your story kind of made me cry I hate to admit that but I don't know what struck a chord with me I feel a bit envious have your have your have your bravery to do what you love and your happiness seeing as I am not doing not doing anything about the things that are important in life stead of acting to stead of acting to change my situation I just dwell on it continue to continue to sit in the same situation I'm a Daydreamer a night Dreamer I feel scared to move forward I feel scared to move forward because I don't want to fail I know you I know you can't fail if you don't try but that kind of comforts me and allows me to not and allows me to not do anything without being questioned by other people. sad but true

Pear (not verified) says...

I haven't graduated college yet, so I don't have personal experience to share, but I think about this for myself alot, so it'd be fun to think it through for someone else. Is it important to you that your job use your finance degree somehow? 

Wout Ballet (not verified) says...

Well it's a difficult endeavor for sure, and in all honesty I think this will be a forthgoing struggle troughout your whole life. The education system doesn't work in it's current state (imho) in finding ones interest, passion, stimulated by curiosity. I think you should get out there, read the stuff you wanna read, have goals you wanna fullfill. There could be motives for that all around. I think it's important regardless which career path you choose, that you do something out of curiosity, interest, passion, personal growth. These are the very least values that an INFP should carry into it's carreer. I am an economics uni student, and I know this is not the typical INFP but it gave me better understanding of the world and my place in it. For me, I didn't understand for years why I did what I did, but somehow eventually I eased into it. And know I know what path I need to walk. It is not because of the school system, but from PURE curiosity, experience, social interaction, ... I think maybe you should take a leap and quit what you do right now and take time to connect with your inner self, reflect more on your values, ask yourself the questions you try to avoid or that pique your interest. I think that's everything I have to say about that. Just never forget that fulfillement is something that you will always look for, when you have it, you don't realize it. When you don't have it you do realize. 

A still exploring 30 something (not verified) says...

Hi Johnny! I'm inspired by your genuine question and replies by other people and I'd love to share my story if it helps: I was in humanities for undergraduate and then did a master degree in business and worked in finance. Yes, "worked" in finance. I struggled in the whole process of studying business and working in finance, just because it is considered a good job outlook and security compared to my original field, which was misleadingly influenced by the mainstream societal culture and my parents. But somehow, I wonder if you can listen to what your heart says during your school and experience, which I should have done. Because my heart reminded me so many times but at that time I wasn't listening and thought that "it was too naive". But it wasn't. You actually know where your heart sings and where you can flourish - I encourage you to listen to your inner voice more. Even though you may feel like it's still blurry, but I think by raising this question you may have some direction in your mind already. 

And remember to take some actions if you don't want to continue in finance, which can help you clarify the direction. Because only thinking can just overload us with negative thoughts. I'm still exploring in my 30s...I had some regret about my past experience, but I hope to send some encouragement and support from a stranger to let you know: don't settle and keep taking actions to the life/career you want. 

Sincerely,

Another stranger who wish you the best

em (not verified) says...

Hi Johnny 

I can relate somewhat to your issue around study/ work. I debated for a long time about what career path to pursue - being drawn to the arts (specifically visual arts and writing) as well as science and psychology. I took a year off after school and considered whether art, architecture or medicine was the way to go. I studied medicine and worked as a doctor but later took a detour by studying fine arts (while working part time)  more to explore a different way to relate to the world than for potential work prospects. I think there was also a sense that I had personal things I needed to work through before I could commit more fully to my career. I liked medicine but felt like a square peg in a round hole in some respects. I’ve since found my niche in working in predominantly a mental health field. Maybe I’m not quite ‘there’ yet. I think my path has been unconventional and some people found it an odd idea to study something so different to my original career. I think the main thing perhaps with infp types is that you need to feel like there is a sense of purpose and inspiration in what you’re doing. In my experience it’s ok for short periods to be predominantly pragmatic about doing something that pays the bills (and I’m fortunate and grateful that I’ve alwats been able to support myself) but it’s much more sustainable to have a sense of purpose and personal growth as well as making a positive difference to the lives of others, in addition to making money. It’s only been in the past few years that I’ve been focussed on ‘making money’ and planning for the future - I think I needed to create a meaningful working life for myself first. Your path will be your own, it’s ok to ‘swerve’ (as Michelle Obama calls it in her book) and it can take a while to find what you want to do. 

Best wishes 🙂

em (not verified) says...

Hmm I would also say that I know I am much happier when I have time/space to make art and listen to good music & read good books & get out in nature. Even though it isnt related to how I make an income. Life can start to feel ‘dry’ and mundane if there isn’t enough balance between work and creative/inspiring stuff - that’s probably the case for many people. 

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