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Why INFJs Need Meaningful Work

Updated: Jan 27, 2022

Most INFJs feel like they have a higher calling or a great purpose that they were put on this earth to fulfill. They need to do work that contributes to the greater good or that helps people in some way. Not having this element in our careers will leave us feeling lost and hopeless. It’s actually quite common for INFJs to feel this way.

Why though?

One of the biggest reasons that INFJs need meaning is because they are so sensitive. They feel things very deeply, on a level that most people cannot understand. Because of this we don’t chase the same things that most people go after, like money and status.

Instead, we crave meaning, purpose and authenticity. We want our lives to make a difference in this world, even if that means only touching one other person, making their life a little bit easier.

Focus on the people

Connecting with people and being able to help them in some way will provide the most meaning. This makes jobs like counselors, psychologists, doctors, life coaches and spiritual guides very attractive options. Another career choice to consider is non-profit. There are many worthy causes out there that need passionate advocates just like us.

Found and created

Meaning isn’t always something that is found though, It is something that you can create as well. You can build meaning into any job that you have.

I spent my college years working at a big retail store. Most of the employees there didn’t really care that much about their work. They were just there to collect a paycheck. I took a lot of pride in my work though and wanted to give people the best experience that I could. It was a surprising experience for my customers, but I felt good about my work because I was helping them, even if it was just making their grocery shopping experience a little bit better.

Dig deep

Sometimes the best place to find your meaning in life is to start by looking inside of you. You need to know who you are before you can figure out what you are supposed to do with your life.

Finding yourself can be a process too. It involves learning about the different elements of your personality and accepting yourself as you are, not as you wish to be.

Once you have a strong sense of who you are you will find it a lot easier to figure out your true meaning and purpose.

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