posted on Feb, 3 2009 @ 06:54 AM
INFJ here. When I was a junior in highschool i was an ENFP. I'm surprised at such a dramatic shift 11 years later but I totally recognize it now.
Idealist Portrait of the Counselor (INFJ)
Counselors have an exceptionally strong desire to contribute to the welfare of others, and find great personal fulfillment interacting with people,
nurturing their personal development, guiding them to realize their human potential. Although they are happy working at jobs (such as writing) that
require solitude and close attention, Counselors do quite well with individuals or groups of people, provided that the personal interactions are not
superficial, and that they find some quiet, private time every now and then to recharge their batteries. Counselors are both kind and positive in
their handling of others; they are great listeners and seem naturally interested in helping people with their personal problems. Not usually visible
leaders, Counselors prefer to work intensely with those close to them, especially on a one-to-one basis, quietly exerting their influence behind the
Counselors are scarce, little more than one percent of the population, and can be hard to get to know, since they tend not to share their innermost
thoughts or their powerful emotional reactions except with their loved ones. They are highly private people, with an unusually rich, complicated inner
life. Friends or colleagues who have known them for years may find sides emerging which come as a surprise. Not that Counselors are flighty or
scattered; they value their integrity a great deal, but they have mysterious, intricately woven personalities which sometimes puzzle even them.
Counselors tend to work effectively in organizations. They value staff harmony and make every effort to help an organization run smoothly and
pleasantly. They understand and use human systems creatively, and are good at consulting and cooperating with others. As employees or employers,
Counselors are concerned with people's feelings and are able to act as a barometer of the feelings within the organization.
Blessed with vivid imaginations, Counselors are often seen as the most poetical of all the types, and in fact they use a lot of poetic imagery in
their everyday language. Their great talent for language-both written and spoken-is usually directed toward communicating with people in a
personalized way. Counselors are highly intuitive and can recognize another's emotions or intentions - good or evil - even before that person is
aware of them. Counselors themselves can seldom tell how they came to read others' feelings so keenly. This extreme sensitivity to others could very
well be the basis of the Counselor's remarkable ability to experience a whole array of psychic phenomena.