WHY DON'T PEOPLE UNDERSTAND INFJS?

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» INFJS CAN BE HARD TO UNDERSTAND, ACCORDING TO OTHER TYPES.

INFJs long to be understood and lament the lack of understanding they receive from other people. They complain that people don't understand their viewpoints, ideas and solutions, and dismiss their observations, knowings, and need for solitude. It makes them feel insignificant and irrelevant and they can begin to doubt themselves.

This is my INFJ lived experience. Throughout my childhood and into early adulthood I was often misunderstood, and it hurt. I felt belittled, inadequate and unwanted as a result. I just wanted someone to know me, to understand me, and to accept me, deeply.

It troubled me how often others failed to understand me. I know other INFJs have the same experience. No wonder we worry in case we are weird.

As an INFJ, why am I still not understood?

When I think back to my childhood my parents used to find it hard to understand me emotionally. My mother couldn't understand why I would get upset about things and labelled me as being "too sensitive".

It was hard to explain back then what was going on inside me. I grew up in a kind of distant, cold fog of misunderstandings.

Now I am older I am still misunderstood. The types of misunderstandings have changed though. My sensitivity is seldom in question as I own it proudly but my intention and actions still are.


» WHAT IS IT ABOUT ME AS AN INFJ THAT PEOPLE DO NOT UNDERSTAND?

There are many other aspects of myself and other INFJs that people do not understand. It is hard to write the full list, it is so long. I know the way that we can quickly assess a situation, read other people and correctly interpret what is going on mystifies many, to the point that they dismiss our ideas and observations. How often are we denied and told we are "imagining things" when we aren't? Often!

I also know that people misjudge my intentions and read things into my actions which aren't there. This can still hurt especially when people presume I have a bad intention when I was acting with a kind heart and goodwill.

People can even read put-downs or malice into something I have said, when I have said it with a full sense of love. I have learnt, to my surprise that not everyone knows how to recognise kindness, goodness and warmth in others.

Am I a private person? There is much people don't know about me.

One common misunderstanding I frequently experience is when people tell me that because I have a career as a public speaker I must be on an ego trip, or I like to hog the limelight.

Wrong! I speak in public, as an Introvert, because I can help people and change their lives for the better. This is an INFJ career. I can help more people when I speak from the stage than I can in a one-on-one session with a client. We are big picture analysts. I work with the big picture.

I also delight fully in making people laugh. I have a typical INFJ wit and feel so happy to be able to bring joy into people's lives. How INFJ!


» INFJS CAN FEEL PUT-DOWN AND ISOLATED BY NOT BEING UNDERSTOOD.

By not understanding my reasons for being a public speaker people are failing to understand the kind of values and motivations an INFJ, such as myself, may have.

Our INFJ values drive much of what we do. INFJs typically have strong humanitarian values. If these are not understood then our very heart is being trashed.

Why an INFJ would speak out.

I may look comfortable on stage but I am just as happy sitting at home on my own, soaking up solitude. I do not need the limelight. I am happiest sitting under a tree in the warm sunlight, with a silent respect for all that surrounds me.

It is our values which drive our behaviour and get us to reach out. We have extraverted Feeling (Fe) as our auxiliary function. It helps us develop skills in reading people. In return, we want people to take the time and care to understand us. Sometimes that is all we want. It is a basic human need to feel understood, and so it is with INFJs.

There is much we can do to help others understand us though, and this is the key point that some INFJs overlook.


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