There are a thousand descriptions of INFJ, but little prescription.
The meme of INFJ is that they are Ni dominant with Se inferior, so they’re fucked because Se = ability to take action, therefore, INFJ can’t act.
And a lot of this is the prevailing theme on the internet “Us poor INFJs, we just can’t live in this world…of action”
However, what I realized is that Ni should not be negatively defined as “the inability to act”, but rather, positively defined as the ability to take highly-leveraged action.
The concept of leverage explains how you can move a large quantity with a small force.
This method of action can “look” inactive for long periods of time, but this is merely the first part of the Ni method, which also comprises the bulk of its activity – seeing into things.
What is Ni looking for?
The one thing.
Ni is the principle of The One. And until it finds the one, it CANNOT ACT.
The one thing is the one thing that all other things turn or pivot on in any given situation. If Ni cannot find this, it cannot act.
We live in a world of sensors, and it is their method – action without insight – that causes INFJ to be labelled as lazy and inert.
Or worse, if an INFJ is pressed into this mode of action, they will fail, while at the same time being habituated to act in a mode that can only bring them bad results.
An INFJ shouldn’t act until they have figured out the 80/20 of any given situation.
What is 80/20?
80/20 is a natural law discovered by Vilfredo Pareto, a 19th century Italian economist, regarding the unequal distribution of wealth. In essence, what he found was that 80% of the wealth in the locales that he studied tends to be concentrated to 20% of the people.
This law was rediscovered in the later 1900’s and has been found to explain the unequal distribution of many things.
The basic principle is that 20% of the input produces 80% of the result in any given situation. And 80% of the input produces 20% of the result.
The exciting thing about this discovery is that it means most things don’t matter, yet, the things that do matter, matter a great deal.
Hitherto, the major implications of this principle have mostly been applied to the world of business and productivity.
However, I began to see the 80/20 principle as the Ni method of action – leverage – and the key to prescribing for INFJ a course of action that would work.
80/20 is the INFJ method of action
INFJ’s problem is not in taking action, but in following prescriptions of action that only work for sensor types (the 80%).
However, Ni types will exhaust themselves following sensor methods of action.
INFJ is naturally primed to think in this 80/20 way, but they are trained out of their natural mode by a ton of bad conditioning that tells them
- you can only get more with more effort
- work harder
- all opportunities are equal, therefore you should act on all opportunities that come your way
- do more in less time
- be busy (because it looks productive)
INFJ is only at a disadvantage in the world of action if they follow the common methods (which are pervasive and perpetuated by parents, teachers, media etc).
In reality, Ni types have a huge advantage over normal folks operating in the “incrementalist” mindset.
INFJ growth is exponential, non-linear, and does not follow incrementalism, but rather, the principles of chaos theory (which the book I recommend below talks about).
Most of the “great people” in this world are, or have been, Ni types.
Also, abysmal failures and “fucked up” people of infinite pathologies.
Ni is the most extreme of the cognitive functions, either extremely above or extremely below, the very rich or the very poor.
If INFJ would only discover and affirm what their correct method is, they would prosper and rule in this world.
That is what the book I’m recommending below provides – actionability for INFJ – how INFJ may take the highly-leveraged action that is implied in 80/20 thinking and methods.
I’d venture to say it’ll be similar to the “homecoming” INFJs experience when they find out there is name for what they are.
80/20 is the verb to the noun of “INFJ”.
There are a thousand forms of description of INFJ, but no prescription.
This book prescribes.
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