So, I was doing some INFJ reading today and I came across a site that talked about how INFJ’s will struggle with the modern workplace. The quote that really got me was:
“INFJ women and men don’t perform well in modern corporate settings. They are sensitive and often altruistic. Such attributes don’t get rewarded in the rat race.”
And then it went on to give a list of some careers that INFJ’s would hate. Some of them were things like:
And this makes sense. These kinds of careers are all about helping large companies convince the masses that they need the products the large companies are selling. You’re literally helping large companies fuck over the world. And as INFJ’s, with our natural altruism, this is literally our hell.
Furthermore, the modern workplace just isn’t right for INFJ’s in general. The ideals of getting promoted because you simply want more money, or “playing politics” to get ahead, and just the drama of office culture in general. We INFJ’s literally couldn’t give less of a fuck about getting ahead at the office.
As INFJ’s, we seek purpose and meaning, and our goal in life is to change the world for the better. This also makes office life very hard because the trend in business is to give people repetitive tasks with the sole purpose of helping to increase profits for the company… INFJ people out there, I can literally hear you sighing with dread right now. And trust me, I’m right there with you. This is our hell. jobs that mean nothing.
Most INFJ’s crave creativity and meaning. They say some good job choices for INFJ’s are:
Psychologist / psychiatrist
You can see a common trend in all of these: They allow the INFJ to be their own person. Most of these jobs involve a good dose of creativity, whether it be artistic creativity, or the kind of creativity that allows psychologists to embrace the new challenges and demands that each new patient has.
They also don’t require the INFJ to work in some office setting under the watchful eye of their boss, and that boss’ boss’s and so on. It allows the INFJ to retain a good level of independence.
And most importantly people, remember: INFJ’s are vulnerable to things like burnout, depression, and anxiety when they don’t live the lives they want to. So, unfortunately we were not gifted with being able to live an easy life. Our choices are to fight our way through and change the world, or to slowly rot and die in misery.
Look, I know that isn’t the happiest news…but sadly it’s the truth. And always remember;
“For those who fight for it, life has a flavor the sheltered will never know”
~ Fight on people!
The Dark Horse