Have you ever considered writing, fellow INFJ?
Maybe you’ve never fancied yourself a writer – or maybe you write professionally. Either way, I’ve observed so many INFJ writers, it’s worth exploring 4 reasons why many INFJs are born write.
When we look at the INFJ personality type, it – like all 16 Myers-Briggs personality types – breaks down into four cognitive functions:
The first and most influential cognitive function in our personality is introverted intuition (Ni). In the following paragraphs, we’ll explore why Ni makes many INFJs exceptional communicators, particularly in the field of writing.
1. Words, words, words…
Ever since I was an elementary school student, I’ve played with words. I love the multiple uses each one has. I can’t stop creating puns and arranging and rearranging words and phrases.
Apparently, this is normal. Since writing my book, The INFJ Personality Guide, I’ve heard from a number of INFJs who tell me they play with words all the time too.
There’s something about our intuition that gives us linguistic agility or that, at least, draws us to words. Words are related and come from one another, so languages are full of connections. And our Ni inclines us to ask questions, follow our curiosity, and figure out how each word ties together with others, where it comes from, and how it’s been used over time.
2. A Thirst for Knowledge
To be an INFJ is to hunger for knowledge. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: we love to learn. When we stop learning how the world works and why people do what they do, we shrivel up.
This is a great quality for a writer to have. It doesn’t matter if you’re a non-fiction writer – which suits INFJs quite well – or a novelist. You need to possess some level of subject-matter mastery in order to write.
Or you’ve got to at least be an effective researcher, which most curious INFJs are too. And even our research leads to, you guessed it!, more knowledge.
3. Your Flow State
One of the best signs that you’re doing what you’re wired to do is that you lose track of time when you’re doing it. The opposite is also true. If the work you’re engaged in makes time stand still, you might want to look for another means of paying the bills (if that’s an option).
When I write, I often lose track of time. While my writing seldom starts out that way, it does usually end in focus and productivity. I put an outline on the page, invest thirty minutes, and my mind springs to action.
Working in a flow state feels rewarding and productive. Your work rises to another level of effectiveness and engages another gear, so to speak.
If you hit your stride and tend to work in a flow state when you’re doing something, it’s wise to sit up and pay attention. You should also think about doing that thing more often!
4. Shared Insight
An outstanding gift of Ni is insight. Ni gives you the ability to connect dots and see patterns and possibilities that other folks don’t even notice. For many INFJs, these connections tend to be related to…
- Interpersonal communication
And the like. (And this is by no means an exhaustive list…)
In these fields, you learn quickly and see what others may not, which puts you in a special position to offer new perspectives and, often, helpful advice.
Often, people just need another perspective to finally understand something that’s confusing them or break through a wall that’s holding them back. And the written word is a wonderful way to offer that perspective to them.
You can take your time and write as the ideas come, then massage them until they say what you want them to in the way you want to say it.
Better yet, words stick around for years, influencing and helping others, long after your gone.
So if writing intrigues you, I encourage you to do it!
And to get you started, I’m putting together a FREE course for INFJs who want to make money with their writing. Click here to check it out!