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INFJ

THEME
The theme of the INFJ is intuition and foresight. INFJs use their insights to deal
with complexity in issues and people, often with a strong sense of "knowing" before
others know themselves. INFJs tend to be both private and complex, yet they
bring a quiet enthusiasm to projects and assignments that are part of their vision
and source of inspiration.

WORK LABEL
Foreseer

BASIC CHARACTERISTICS
− Quietly forceful
− Concerned for others
− Serves the common good
− Puts his/her best effort into work
− Single-minded concentration

STRENGTHS
− Conceptual
− Conscientious
− Compassionate
− Determined
− Harmonious

OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH


− Be objective and flexible
− Try to see beyond own values
− Put insights in language of others
− Set priorities and stick to them
− Be open-minded and listen

TO FUNCTION AT THEIR BEST


Support for ideas and opportunity to put them into practice. Variety and freedom
from dull routine. Recognition and appreciation for their unique contribution. A
cause to work for.

MAY BE FRUSTRATED BY
Being told how to do things. Not being listened to. Lack of feedback and
impersonal attitudes. Criticism and confrontations.

MAY INFURIATE OTHERS BY


Taking an emotional stand and being moralistic. Being too anxious to please.

THEY VALUE
Participation, cooperation and determination.

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ON A TEAM
They are the ones to put it in writing.

MANAGEMENT STYLE
INFJs tend to manage in a predictable, orderly and very personal fashion. They
enjoy being responsible both to the organization and people they feel responsible
for. INFJs are dedicated, serious, hard working and exceptionally loyal.

IDEAL WORK ENVIRONMENT


The ideal work environment for an INFJ is one which goes to great lengths in
focusing on people and their needs. Moreover, the organization also needs to
have an identity and a purpose beyond everyday routine.

VALUES
INFJs value the ethical and the moral, wanting the "greater good" for all, both
people and systems. They typically learn to value their intuitions and assessments
very early in life. Integrity is critically important to them.

ATTITUDE
INFJs usually expect goodness, warmth and deep human understanding from
everyone with whom they work and may gloss over and ignore the darker side.
When the real world doesn't measure up they may be disappointed

GENERAL SKILLS
INFJs are skilled at anything having to do with people. They are terrific listeners
and prefer one-on-one relationships. INFJs do not take the spoken word at face
value; their ears and eyes are tuned to what lies behind the spoken word

DRIVING FORCE
INFJs have a high need for empathic relationships which are authentic, deep,
compassionate and meaningful. The more meaningfulness in a work situation, the
more devoted, dedicated and enthused is an INFJ.

ENERGY DIRECTION
Within the organization, INFJs' energy will be directed toward change which will
make a better world--toward helping humankind. INFJs can quietly become
enthused about ideas and programs which assist people to become more of what
they are capable of being.

AUTHORITY ORIENTATION
INFJs want the person in charge to be ethical and authentic. Authority is not
granted by position-- it is earned over time through dedication and exemplary
behavior. Their first inclination is to respect their superior and to seek approval
from the person in charge.

ROLE PERCEPTION
INFJs tend to wait for others to take the first step in defining how a relationship
should be established, its parameters and function. They do not mind giving
directives if no one steps up to take charge.

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CONFLICT RESOLUTION
INFJs prefer harmonious situations and tend to ignore conflicts as long as they
possibly can. In fact, they may suppress feelings of ill will to the point of
immobilization. Also, it is difficult for them not to personalize a conflict.

MODES OF LEARNING
INFJs learn through interaction, in dialogue with others or with the written word.
They enjoy concepts, theories and ideas a great deal--especially those which
explain the human phenomena. INFJs pay attention and understand what drives
human motivation.

BLIND SPOTS AND PITFALLS


INFJs are so dedicated and motivated that they may devote their total being to a
cause, a purpose and sometimes a person. They may tend to idealize to their own
detriment. Also, INFJs may get very involved in others' problems.

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IN THE GRIP

Energizers Stressors Grip Reactions Remedies


A flexible schedule Dealing with details, Intense anger, Withdraw, find quiet
with control over especially things in the agitation, irritability, time to reenergize,
work methods and outer world fatigue walk or exercise
results
Maximum Working under Overdoing sensory Focus on hobbies
autonomy ignorant, irrational or activities, eating, and recreation
illogical people cleaning, repairing,
exercising
Clarity in role Too much extroverting Physical stress Schedule in
definition and limits symptoms such as unscheduled time,
of responsibilities muscle tension take time off
and expectations
An organized, A noisy, disorganized Seeing external Engage in simple,
structured, and work environment details as major non-pressured
predictable obstacles that sensing activities
environment impede progress
Co-workers who Being asked to violate Obsessive attention Change the work
communicate standards and to perceived sources schedule, accept
directly and principles or to tolerate of stress, difficulty help with
honestly deceit refocusing attention overwhelming
details
Ability to achieve Lack of follow-through Sleeplessness due Receiving non-
closure on tasks and poor performance to persistent intrusive, forthright
and projects by co-workers reviewing of concern from others
problems