About the Book
It’s well-known within the personality community that, statistically speaking anyway, INFJs represent the “rarest” of the 16 types. Because they often grow up feeling “different” or misunderstood—possibly even like outsiders—many experience a profound sense of relief and validation upon discovering their personality type and its relative rarity. In this singular “aha” moment, whatever angst or confusion they may have been wrestling with is replaced by a sense of clarity and empowerment. That experience often leads them to proudly proclaim their rare status as the defining trait of their personality and an indispensable part of their self-concept.
While embracing the unique, or “rare,” aspect of their personality type may be a useful first step toward self-understanding, it can only take INFJs so far. Past a certain point in the self-discovery process, holding fast to the importance of their rarity can actually deceive them into believing that they’ve come to end of the road, growth wise. In other words, being aware of their relative obscurity may constitute knowledge, but not necessarily wisdom—a distinction only earned once they learn to redirect their focus from their status as outliers and black swans toward matters of personal development instead.
This book is an attempt to shed light on what a successful path to personal development looks like for INFJs, including a closer look at their exceptional qualities worth strengthening and honing, as well as the blindspots and pitfalls that have historically prevented them from achieving meaningful growth, so they might manifest their full, creative potential. Yet this is only possible if INFJs open themselves to the possibility that their rareness is only a small fraction of what they have to offer the world. With that aim in mind, readers are invited on a journey that sees them transforming how they see themselves conceptually as well as how to apply themselves practically in a way that is truly beyond “rare.”
About the Author
A regular contributor to Personality Junkie, Elaine has been an ardent student of personality theory since she was first introduced to the Myers-Briggs over 20 years ago. As an INFJ, she is especially passionate about depth psychology and understanding the subconscious aspects of personality type. Her work has focused largely on the inferior function and its role in the individuation process. This is her first book.