INFJ Careers – 4 Work Styles Of The Personality Type | Podcast 0480

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In this episode of the Personality Hacker podcast, Joel and Antonia explore the 4 work styles that influence INFJ careers.


Discover more about subtypes in Dr. Dario Nardi’s “The 64 Subtypes in Depth” 


In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Why are Joel and Antonia discussing careers for each of the personality types?
  • What are some popular career choices for INFJs?
  • Introducing the INFJ subtypes by Dr. Dario Nardi.
    • How to approach the concept of the four subtypes.
  • Check out our previous podcast episode where Dario introduces the four subtypes of each personality type.
  • The energy and flavor of the four subtypes.
  • The four INFJ subtypes:
    • Dominant subtype – how does this affect these INFJs’ communication skills?
    • Creative subtype – how does this bohemian flavor of INFJ show up to the world?
    • Normalizing subtype – how this subtype finds meaning in their work.
    • Harmonizing subtype – why the strengths of these esoteric INFJs doesn’t lie in their communication skills.
  • Which INFJ subtypes work well together?
  • The benefits of being aware of your INFJ subtype – and what this means for your future growth.


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  • Galaxy

    Antonia your mind is incredible (:
    Thank you

  • JJK

    Wow, what a great episode and concept! As an INfJ, I have been struggling a bit with some of the typical characteristics that I couldn‘t fully see in me, tendencies yes, sometimes peaks in certain behaviors or feelings, but for long I kept questioning whether or not I am truly an INFJ. I did. countless tests, though, talked to lots of people, some of which are very proficient in MBTI typing, and the result always came back as INFJ. So, at some point I just shrugged and thought I‘m just a weird INFJ – if that‘s not the most InFJ thing to think…!
    Now, with this episode and your explanation of subtypes, a lot makes a whole lot more sense out of a sudden. My strongest subtype has been, and probably still is, the dominant subtype. I have been in a leadership position of a large corporation for the last 25-30 years and for long I thought, that‘s my calling. In fact, I was so focused on growing in leadership roles that the first time I took an MBtI typing test during a trading for young potentials, I figured out a way quickly to make it come out as ENTJ. While that pampered my ego back then, it became obvious over the years that I am, for sure, not an ENTJ, or anythin „E*T*“ for that matter. The result, I was frustrated for long that my great career towards a major CEO role didn‘t really take off. What I did notice, though, were more and more characteristics in my personality that match with an INFJ – I just didn‘t think about it for years until a dear friend pointed out to me that I might be an INFJ. At that point, I dove deep into typing and found more and more matches – except that I never really understood why as an INFJ I enjoyed being in leadership roles so much and why it had always been fairly easy for me to lead people…
    With his episode, it makes perfect sense! I see myself as having been a dominant INJF for long, taking pleasure of leading people, making a difference through my work, I even enjoyed talking at events (after proper and thorough planning, of course). And now this episode showed and explained me something else… – why over the last few years I got more and more uninterested in further pursuing a career in bigger leadership roles and instead helping, supporting, and coaching teams and individuals. At age 56, I am seriously considering a new start in my professional life and moving into coaching as a job. I have taken a number of trainings already and am continuing to learn in this exciting new area. Every single experience I have made, whether it was fa ilitatingcteam events or mentoring and coaching other people has given me and incredibly good feeling of purpose and satisfaction. So, I do feel like I am exactly atvthat point that you mentioned in your podcast where age and maturity moves us from one subtype, in my case the dominant one, into the harmonizing subtype. I will probably never completely leave the dominant subtype, but my new emotional home is in the harmonizing subtype.

  • Adam B.

    Hi, INFJ is my best-fit type. I’ve been listening to this series and re-listened to this one. Although I find similarities with a subtype here and there with other types, all 4 of the INFJ subtypes rang true in different aspects of my life. I am actually working on restarting a podcast I put together and enjoy some measure of lime-light (dominant). I was a theatre technician for 20 years which pull on creative and normalizing attributes. I’ve recently made a transition to pharmacy where I am working on becoming more of a consultant, so leaning on that harmonizing subtype. I see myself as a sage in training. I also see myself resting into the “safety” of the normalizing subtype while yearning for something more like the dominant, creative or harmonizing.
    Thanks for the work you’re doing. I love your podcast!

  • Janne

    I have listened to this episode in complete awe, and I will share my thoughts to underline have accurate I find it all. The subtype-theory seems to explain so much of what I have been pondering about my type for years.
    I’m an INFJ working a job craving all the normalizing subtype-effort I can muster. It pays my bills and I’m really good at it, but I hate it and it feels like I have to mimmic an INTJ for 8 hours every day. For periods I have even thought that my best fitting type had to be INTJ. Every day I’m telling myself I just have to keep going until I reach my pension age in a few years ;-). But I long for and feel so much more like myself whenever I actualize the harmonizing subtype. I really find it hard to get there permanently though, I quess I’m like just waiting around for someone to ask for my true service, being more than ready to step up when required, but unable to assert it on my own account. I guess I could really benefit from the aid from someone with a dominant subtype who understands what I have to offer.

  • Tayo Farai

    What an amazing episode! I am fairly familiar with the MBTI instrument as well as depth typology but still new to the personality subtype (DCNH) theory.For context, I am an INFJ with a doctorate degree in engineering. I also currently practice as an engineer. Your section on the INFJ normalising subtype really struck me as it felt like you were addressing me personally especially as I have also on separate occasions tested as an INTJ. Recently, I have come to realise that my career choice has strongly shaped my personality and this episode has really proven that.

    Despite this, I still feel an inner yearning. A buried self. I often feel like I silence myself to please others or just get along with everyone (parental expectations included). Moreover, I still dream of a more emotionally rewarding career. Anyway, thank you for this episode!

  • David M

    Hello – I’ve been listening to your podcasts for a few years and love them, even the ones that don’t apply to my personal type. They help me understand how others think and feel.

    I have tested as an INFJ, but I think at least once I came in at INFP. My wife says she firmly thinks I’m an INFJ. Maybe there is a spectrum and overlaps, which I am curious about. I’ve resonated quite a bit with these types, and this talk on subtypes is very enlightening. Oddly though, I’ve been working in computers and IT for about 35 years and love what I do. That doesn’t seem to fit snugly into any of the 4 subtypes.

    I am also curious as to whether you have any articles or podcasts that talk about how things like Asperger’s (functional Autism), ADD/ADHD, OCD, or PTSD can come into play with personality type. I was diagnosed with adult ADD about 20 years ago, and Asperger’s a few years ago, have a touch of OCD in some situations, and may have a measure of PTSD. I am nearly 65 years “young” and am constantly curious and learning – that won’t stop till my heart stops beating. Thank you for explaining all this in ways we “non-geeks” can digest it.

    • Rachel

      Another INFJ here. I totally agree with David and have been wondering some similar things myself. I love all the podcasts too.

  • Shelly

    Thank you for the deeper dive! Curious to learn more and I saw the “The 64 Subtypes in Depth” link was leading to an empty storefront. Is there an updated link?

    • Eric

      That is strange – I bought the book last Fall when Antonia mentioned it on twitter, but I see what you see, the “marketplace” is empty. (when I log in of course I see the book available to view, but not sure how someone would buy it anew)

  • Rachel

    This is amazing! Thank you. I was INFJ creative type growing up. Life pushed me towards harmonising. I was stuck trying to work this out.

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