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Developing Your Type – INFJ

Developing Your Type – INFJ

By Donna Dunning

INFJ Compassionate Visionary: Interpret and Implement

There’s more to it than meets the eye.”

1.5% of the population

Type Dynamics for the INFJ

Dominant (Ni): Inwardly focused on integrating ideas and developing human potential

Auxiliary (Fe): Outwardly decisive, collaborative and sensitive to needs of people.

Tertiary (T): As they mature, assess situations objectively as well as personally.

Inferior (Se): Developmental challenge is acting on realities of immediate situations.

My previous blogs – Understanding Type Dynamics: Dominant Functions, Understanding Type Dynamics: Auxiliary Functions, and Taking Personality Type Beyond Your Preferences have more information on type dynamics.

The INFJ Preferred Mode

Compassionate Visionaries use Introverted Intuition (Ni) as their core – a deeply reflective, conceptual approach to work and living. They seek new ideas and enjoy models, metaphors, and theories.

Compassionate Visionaries thrive in situations where they can learn about and integrate complex thoughts and perspectives. They often look for ways to improve situations. If you are a Compassionate Visionary, you are likely at your best when you have some quiet time to think about things thoroughly. You likely consider multiple options, contemplate a situation, and make a well-defined plan before taking action.

Adding a Secondary Approach

To move forward by making decisions and taking action, Compassionate Visionaries tend to evaluate ideas through the lens of personal and human values. This humanistic approach helps the Compassionate Visionary sort out which of their ideas and models will help others (and themselves) to thrive and develop. Others usually see the INFJ using this secondary, goal-oriented approach, working collaboratively with others to reach goals. Others may be less aware of the Compassionate Visionary’s well-defined inner vision, or of the depth of ideas and models that guide their supportive approach.

Development Pathway

INFJs will likely be convinced to develop their non-preferred preferences when they can see how using these parts of their personality will help them build a more complete understanding of people and processes.

As Compassionate Visionaries develop, they learn to objectively analyze and evaluate ideas and models. They recognize the importance of considering logical implications and consequences as well as personal, humanistic considerations. Compassionate Visionaries will be motivated to look at situations this way when they realize their models are incomplete or see that others need this kind of analysis to help them accept an idea or a change.

Over time Compassionate Visionaries can also learn to place more emphasis on practical details and factual realities of situations. They will be motivated to do this when it serves their preferred mode of operating. For example, an INFJ can be convinced to assess the practical realities of a situation when he or she recognizes this process is a necessary step for actualizing a goal or helping others (or themselves) to move forward. Using a logical, practical approach can also serve the Compassionate Visionary by providing a way to check if their ideas and ideals are viable.

Developmental Tips for the Compassionate Visionary

  • Accept and appreciate the process of logical analysis. Create a system for evaluating situations and ideas that includes logical pros and cons.
  • When preparing to share your thoughts, add logical points and reasons for implementing your ideas.
  • As you are building ideas and coming up with a vision of ‘what could be’, ask for constructive feedback early in the process. This will help you see the situation right away from multiple perspectives. If you get feedback later, you may find it frustrating to re-think your well-defined plan.
  • Link your ideas to realities by adding in a series of concrete, practical implementation steps.
  • Stop to enjoy the moment without becoming lost in your thoughts. Take a photo, draw a picture, write a descriptive passage or do some other activity that keeps you anchored in the moment.

You will find an overview of the two types of Visionaries, their career success stories and strategies, and occupations that attract them on the Visionary main page.

What’s Your Type of Career? includes a section on career and life development strategies for Visionaries.

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5 Responses to “Developing Your Type – INFJ”

  1. Kevin says:

    Thank you, this information is very helpful to me.

  2. Samuel Fridh says:

    Hello Donna, I noticed you made a tiny error where you wrote that the INFJ’s tertiary function is T. While this is of course correct, it is even more correct to write that it is Ti.

  3. Donna Dunning says:

    Thanks for your comment Samuel. I understand that there is some discussion about the orientation of the tertiary. I thought it would be best to be general for this level of post. I do appreciate your rigour and engagement in the content and recognize the importance of specifying whether a function is extraverted or introverted.

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