Life isn’t always easy for introverted intuitive types, our relative rarity can leave us feeling misunderstood and different from other people, leading to loneliness and a growing sense of isolation. Our intuitive gifts are poorly understood and frequently undervalued, and our innate sensitivity leaves us vulnerable to physical stress and emotional distress. As perceived outsiders, we may become the targets of superstition and persecution, and in the worst cases have fallen victim to witch-hunts and similar atrocities.
Even in relatively enlightened societies, we may pass unnoticed and invisible, expected to be like everyone else, but left wondering why this is so hard for us to manage.
And so many of us never have the opportunity to practice and develop our typological strengths, let alone learn to appreciate and value ourselves.
I have tried my hardest over the years to counteract this unfortunate disadvantage, by learning to accept and understand the nature of dominant Ni and also how to make the best use of its particular strengths. Although I believe I’ve been quite successful in this endeavour, there are still plenty of times when life and work can be pretty heavy going for an INFJ in our modern world.
Or perhaps the increasing pace and intensity of modern living has similar detrimental effects on all personality types? It’d be great to hear how other forum members cope (and possibly thrive?) with the demands of modern lifestyles and particularly with the expectations and demands of the workplace.