Why No One Understands INFJ and INFP Creativity

Lauren Sapala
3 min readSep 16, 2023

INFJ personality types and INFP personality types are two of the most highly creative types out of all the MBTI types. However, they are also the two types that suffer from the most self-doubt about their creativity. There is one very good reason INFJ personality types and INFP personality types struggle so much with self-doubt in this area, and that’s because no one understands INFJ and INFP creativity.

The truth is that INFJ personality types and INFP personality types are highly creative. Both types have no trouble coming up with new ideas, asking a lot of questions, wondering “why” and “what if,” and connecting seemingly unconnected things. These traits are all hallmarks of strong creativity. However, for most of their lives, whenever an INFJ or an INFP tries to share their creativity with others, they are told they are doing it the wrong way.

INFJs and INFPs are usually told:

“That’s weird.”

“That’s too dark.”

“Why would you even think of that?”

“That doesn’t make any sense.”

“How did you get there?”

These are all statements that make INFJs and INFPs feel shamed, wrong, stupid, and like they don’t know what they’re doing. This fills the INFJ or INFP with self-doubt and this happens from an early age. To the INFJ or INFP, it feels like no one else gets them, and then they carry that strong self-doubt into adulthood.

So, an INFJ or an INFP may dream of writing a book, or making art, or making music, and sharing what they create with the world, so that they can share themselves and also help other people, but when they try to be creative in any way, that same old self-doubt and shame come flooding back.

I talk more about this in the video below:

I’m teaching a new class starting September 26 called Intuitive Creativity for INFJs and INFPs, and we’re going to be working together to learn how to tune into our own intuitive creative process.

We’ll be covering topics like:

How to listen to and flow with our creativity (instead of pushing and forcing it)

How to follow our intuition in the creative process

How to build a unique creative practice that works for us

If this sounds like a class that would be helpful to you at this time, please be sure to SIGN UP for my newsletter HERE to get all the updates on the class, and SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel HERE to get more videos in this series. If you have any questions about this class, you can send them to me here.

My next video on this topic is about how INFJ and INFP neurodivergence requires that we take a different approach to creative focus. I’ll see you then!

Lauren Sapala is the author of 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