INFJs and the Myth of the Dream Job

Lauren Sapala
3 min readMay 2, 2024

INFJ personality types are idealist personality types, and this extends to all areas of life. When an INFJ personality type focuses on what type of career they would like to pursue, one of the first things they consider is how well a potential job lines up with their idealist values.

Many INFJ personality types (and INFP personality types) have an idealized vision in their mind of what their dream job would look like. This idealized vision is strongly tied to the value system of the INFJ or the INFP, and because this is so important to INFJs and INFPs, they often overlook red flags that the job may not actually be a good fit for them.

Workplaces that display elements of dysfunction don’t work for INFJ personality types and INFP personality types. It is very difficult for INFJs and INFPs to deal with narcissism, passive-aggressiveness, and cutthroat competition from coworkers. Sadly, this type of environment is very prevalent in large corporate companies.

It’s a common experience for an INFJ or INFP to be lured into a job based on the values put forth in the company’s mission statement, and then once they actually start working for the organization, discover a theme of underlying corruption, office politics, and game-playing. This is heartbreaking for INFJ personality types and INFP personality types, and it can cause long-term emotional damage to them.

One of the solutions to this ongoing problem for INFJs and INFPs is to decide to work for themselves as a solopreneur. I talk more about this in the video below:

I’m teaching a new class all about this topic called “The Successful Solopreneur,” and it starts on Wednesday, May 8. I’ve purposefully designed this class to be simple and easy for those who are interested in launching their own solopreneur business and are looking to get some help in figuring out how to build a workable solopreneur system to bring in long-term, sustainable income.

This is a great class for people who are currently coaching, or who want to start coaching. It’s also a good fit for those who feel unsure about coaching and would rather focus on creating video course content and other offerings that don’t require one-on-one interaction with people. We’ll be talking a lot about marketing and selling too, and how we can move past the resistance so many INFJs and INFPs feel toward both of these activities.

Make sure you SUBSCRIBE to my newsletter HERE to get all the updates on when registration for The Successful Solopreneur opens, and please also SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel here to get more videos on life as an INFJ or INFP. If you have any questions about the class, you can send them to me here.

I’d love to see you in this class!

Lauren Sapala is the author of Writing on the Intuitive Side of the Brain, The INFJ Writer, The INFJ Revolution, and the creator of Energy and Intuition for INFJs, an online course for INFJs on intuition, relationships, creativity, and more. She is also currently offering a free copy of her book Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers to anyone who signs up for her newsletter. SIGN UP HERE to get your free copy.

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Lauren Sapala

Writer. Writing Coach. Author of The INFJ Writer: Cracking the Creative Genius of the World’s Rarest Type. www.laurensapala.com