INFPs more need to be in Fi careers, but they use Ne as a method to get places. And Ne is very hard to predict. It’s random, discontinuous, non-linear, synchronistic. Very hard for INFP to follow a straight line trajectory to anywhere. Fi doesn’t help this matter at all either because it too refuses to be straight for other reasons.
I think they essentially “rock” at careers that involve Fi, like, that’s where there heart is gonna be. That’s solar for them, the path of the sun. However, where you might recommend at set path career like nursing to someone with Fi dominance, there is still that Ne thingie that you have to account for in an INFP, which means they can easily jump into and out of things. They need a career that allows for a lot of flexibility and is open to inspiration and emergence.
This, of course, is difficult to find in today’s Western world. It’s kinda like they gotta make their own path, but then again, INFPs are often not too swift at sustaining the drive it takes over long periods of time to be an entrepreneur as @johnonymous was alluding to (I think). ENFPs are better at this.
INFPs have a spritely quality which makes them well-suited to be fairies or pixies or something. They dart in and out and put in the fire, so to speak.
Yes, there is something very discontinuous and unpredictable about INFP. It’s maddening. I agree. I find them a type hard to proscribe for and I have talked to a fair number of them in my consulting practice.
Another thing is that an INFP does respond well to being given directives. Like, if I give them a task to do, they will put all their effort into it, but, then, they aren’t doing it for themselves and they become reliant on this other person to tell them what to do. This is all their flip-side Te-Si receptivity. They are very receptive to Te-Si type people and environments (corporate, highly-structured) but then they get frustrated after a fashion with these sorts of jobs because they sort of go to sleep in them. They go on automatic pilot. Then they wake up a few years later and are like “wtf, I gotta make a change”.
Which then places them back in the same quandary as they were in - how do they find a job/career that satisfies their itch for authenticity and flexibility and vision (and other nebulous vaguely-defined fairylike things that they don’t even know what they are).
I’d say INFPs often just wanna float around, coming in here and there to add in some fire (quixotic pixie sparks) and then be gone to la-la dream-love land.
I’ve noticed that INFPs often have a poor sense of reality…eh, not even that, just pretty much an utter distaste and refusal to look at hard reality.
They live in an Ne bubble of protection and flight and don’t want to come down to earth. And it doesn’t even really suit them to come down to earth. Because it’s like putting a fairy in cage or something, it don’t work or feel right.
I really have little idea how to proscribe for INFPs. Just being honest. It’s almost as if the whole Te-Si (Se too) idea of planning out a vocation, making points for and against, devising a 5 year plan how to get to wherever doesn’t work for them.
And it has a lot to do with Ne as aux. And I’m convinced there is a method for INFPs in that function, but as of yet, I’m not sure what it is. And it’s primarily because Ne is unpredictable. It’s like the planet Uranus in astrology. Lightning never strikes twice in the same way. It’s hard to make a solid rule for how INFP should go about doing something because Ne defies those rules. Also, having Te inferior and Fi dominant amplifies that tendency. It’s almost like INFPs silently refuse to follow the rules. Not in a serious way, but in the playful sprite-like way.
I mean, fairies are after all mischievous. There is something in INFP that delights in chaos and things not running smoothly.
Yet, they can be quite plodding and dependable in a way, but, it’s not really their true spirit. They are never really happy and turned on in those roles. They have to do something to fuck that up, break out of, throw a little pixie dust in the works. Whatever you wanna call it.
Some seem to like the sciences. Ne is one half of the equation of science. So, I think many INFPs do work in biology, chemistry, physics, botany, and all those studies of the natural world in terms of patterns and what’s behind material phenomenon.
However, the Ti aspect of the sciences turns them off so bad. Ti is like their kryptonite. And Ti is the other half of the equation of the sciences. So, thus, INTPs can slot right into the sciences and maths, no problem.
Yeah, INFPs are in a weird bind that way. They got that Fi that begs to be in a field where there is true family and bonding and relationship.
And they don’t really like being homemakers either because then where’s the Ne?
I do think they need strong leadership. Or a strong and organized structure around them. They don’t tend to be able to provide those things for themselves, thus entrepreneurship tends to be unrealistic for them…unless they have a strong and dominant partner to do it with.
I also find that INFPs don’t care that much about career as I allude to in this article. They don’t care that much about this or that field. I just think that wherever an INFP is they want to feel that they can care and be authentic. They want to be emotionally engaged and invested in something. That brings out their best side.