Why do INFJs desperately need meaning in their lives?

Fellow INFJ, do you long for meaning?

I know that I did and do every day. I have a hard time just existing. I’ve got to know that I’m living my life purposefully and that I’m making a difference in the world, directly in individual people’s lives and indirectly for the betterment of the whole world.

This is one of the reasons that I struggle to do work that just pays the bills and puts food on the table. I know that covering expenses and eating are important, but I long to positively influence others, to inspire them to reach their potential, and to do it in an original, authentic way.

I don’t know if that’s your specific longing, but I bet you want the world to make sense, to understand it on a deep level, and to make a difference with your life. Most INFJs do.

But why is that? Why the intense longing for meaning?

Why do INFJs desperately need meaning in their lives? Check out this article to learn 4 things that drive them to make a difference.

What does it feel like to be an introvert?

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of an Introvert

“What does it feel like to be an introvert?”

Dear extrovert,

I’m glad you asked. I applaud your healthy curiosity and willingness to learn more about the quiet people around you. While I can’t speak for all introverts, I can give you a glimpse of what being an introvert is like for me.

Allow me to take you inside my head for a quick look at what it’s like to be an introvert.

What's it feel like to be an introvert? Have you ever asked that question or wonder what goes on in introverts' minds? If yes, you need to read this.

What are your biggest introvert struggles?

The Top 5 Introvert Struggles in My Opinion

What are your biggest introvert struggles?

On what should have been my first day of kindergarten, I hid under the bed, unwilling to trade the quiet familiarity of my home for the unsettling clamor of elementary school. My mother determined that I needed another year of preschool, bless her heart.

Since that time, I’ve managed to integrate somewhat successfully into society at large, but there are still many challenges that confront me as an introvert living in an extroverted culture. They are the same ones that confront every introvert at some time or another.

In this post, I’ll share what are, in my opinion, the top 5 introvert struggles.

What are your biggest introvert struggles? Read this article to find out what challenges every introvert has faced at some time or another.

What to Do When You Don’t Want to Be Around Extroverts (Podcast)

What do you do when you don’t want to be around extroverts? More specifically, how can you live happily with the extroverts in your life with out getting overly drained or frustrated?

In this episode of the I Speak People show, we discuss those questions and explore the biological differences between introverts and extroverts. We also talk about three common situations where introverts and extroverts butt heads as well as some possible solutions that can help you through those circumstances when they arise.

Ever wonder why extroverts drain you? Want figure out how to live and work with them without losing all your energy? Check out this post.

What to Do When You Don’t Want to Be Around Extroverts

The Reason Why Extroverts Drain You and What to Do About It

Picture this. You’re sitting on your porch, enjoying a novel and a cup of coffee, basking in the sunlight. Robins are singing, and there’s a pleasant chill lingering in the air. It’s the perfect morning.

Suddenly, unannounced and uninvited, your rowdy neighbor rolls up in his Mustang. Windows down and “Stones” blaring, he yells from the street up to your porch, startling you and ruining the moment. For no good reason, he tries to start a conversation from 50 feet away, eliminating all but the memory of your peace and quiet. This is your plight, an introvert in an extroverted world.

While you may never have experienced the above scenario, I’ll bet you’ve been…

  • Interrupted when trying to concentrate
  • Talked over while getting your thoughts together
  • Put down for needing more alone time

Your struggle is real, so you wonder: Why are extroverts so draining?

Let’s take a look at a possible explanation, specific circumstances where extroverts frustrate you, and some potential solutions.

Ever wonder why extroverts drain you? Want figure out how to live and work with them without losing all your energy? Check out this post.

How to Break Free of Your INFJ Perfectionism

Four Steps for Turning Your Big Ideas into Reality and Making a Difference in the World

Perfectionism has stopped me in my tracks more times than I care to remember. I’ve had numerous brilliant ideas and exciting dreams that I’ve given up on before ever starting because I’m afraid of subpar results. This is a challenge that all INFJs wrestle with at some point.

Your INFJ ability to see the future and vivid possibilities gets you all-kinds-of-excited about an idea, while your idealism weighs you down like an anchor, forbidding you to make a move.

The predicament is that you’ll never be happy until you begin to take action and realize your dreams.

If you’re tired of letting perfectionism hold you back from your potential, here are a few suggestions that may help you overcome your perfectionism and take more action.

Are you tired of letting your INFJ perfectionism hold you back from your potential? Check out these four practical steps for breaking free!

6 Things You Should Know About Your INFJ Self

What I wish someone would have told me about myself as an INFJ...

Every INFJ has felt misunderstood at one time or another. It’s a natural consequence of being one of the rarest personality types.

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Sadly, people naturally assume that you’re like them, and some will tell you that there’s something wrong with you if you’re the least bit different.

Over the past couple years, I’ve come to embrace my INFJ personality, but for a long time, I wondered why I was so different. I regularly felt broken, frustrated, unappreciated, and out of place. I wish someone would have told me how and why I was different and that I’m okay.

If you’re an INFJ, wrestling with what makes you so different, here are six things I want you to know about yourself.

Want a life that better suited to your INFJ personality? Download the list of My Favorite INFJ Resources to discover how to create it.

If you are an INFJ, you know what it's like to feel different. Here are six things you should know about yourself - things I wish someone had told me.

How to Tell if You Are an Extroverted Introvert (Podcast)

11 Signs You Are a Social Introvert

How can you tell if you’re an extroverted introvert?

When it comes to introversion, there’s a lot of confusion. The dictionary definition is partly to blame. Google defines introvert as follows: “a shy, reticent person.”

While there are introverts who are shy and standoffish, the majority of introverts are neither, as the author’s of Confident You point out. Nevertheless, years of false associations compound the problem. Most people assume they know what an introvert is, and then they look for evidence to support their false assumption.

The reality is that there are a variety of introverts – eight different kinds to be exact. And some of them prefer more people contact than others.

Check out this episode of the I Speak People Show to determine whether or not you are an extroverted introvert.

Want to know if you’re an extroverted introvert? Download the quiz, and find out!

Are you trying to figure out whether or not you're an extroverted introvert? Check out these 11 telltale signs, and find out for sure!