The INFJ MBTI® Personality Type and Learning Styles

Geeta AnejaINFJ, Learning Styles, MBTI

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Each one of us learns throughout our lives for all kinds of reasons. We start in school, but continue to learn to further career aspirations, support our communities, or just for fun. Different people also learn in all kinds of ways, from the quiet reading we learned to do in school, to on-the-job training to virtual simulations. Some people are only interested in information when it has an immediate application in the real world, while others benefit from the mental exercise of thought experiments and exploring hypotheticals that could never actually materialize.

The MBTI® can provide useful insights into your learning style and preferences. You can use these insights to learn more effectively and efficiently. For example, if you find yourself lacking focus, retention, or even motivation when completing group projects or role plays, being aware of your MBTI® personality type could help you tweak your learning style and try new ways of engaging with material, such as reading books or enrolling in online courses.

INFJ Learning Styles

Learn about The MBTI® INFJ Personality Type’s Learning Style.

Introverted-Intuitive-Feeling-Judging (INFJ) Personality Types are visionaries, according to Hirsh and Hirsh (2007). They have a strong proclivity for abstract thinking, and benefit from being exposed to new and complex ideas and theories which may not necessarily have a direct connection to the real world or its practical constraints. INFJs have their eye on future possibilities, and applications. They manipulate data mentally, creating and revising models that integrate information from many sources.

INFJs generally do well in traditional, structured school learning environments with an instructor lecture and a high-level discussion. They have little interest in details that are specific to a single situation, and see little value in rote memorization or execution mechanics. Instead, they prefer to think in generalities that span across contexts. If you are an INFJ or are training INFJs, try using visualizations, analogies, or acronyms to draw attention to details. Take the time to connect these details to a broader concept or application. Another important factor for INFJs’ learning is ensuring that they have the time to reflect and process the information with which they are presented. If you are an INFJ, you may want to schedule time for yourself outside classes and workshops, or even organize a small group with whom you can explore the concepts you learned. If you are teaching INFJs, including such activities and opportunities in your classes will help those students stay engaged.

Because of their conceptual focus and orientation, INFJs benefit from having instructors and peers that challenge them by exploring a general concept from different perspectives. INFJs rarely think or organize information linearly, and they enjoy the challenge of intellectual debate and critiques. Instructors should utilize special metaphors, including flow charts and outlines, to allow INFJs to engage with material in as many ways as possible. Peers, especially those who are more practical-minded, should be aware of INFJs’ more theoretical orientation.

Whether their learning is career-oriented or recreation-focused, INFJs and all learners should take a few minutes to discover their MBTI® Personality Type and explore how it can help them develop an arsenal of learning strategies to make learning more fun, and more effective.


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Learn More About the MBTI INFJ Personality Type

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Click on one of these corresponding popular INFJ Careers for detailed information including Career Stats, Daily Tasks and Required Education:

Clinical Psychologists, Curator, Dentist, Desktop Publisher, Editor, Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors, Fashion Designers, Graphic Designers, Healthcare Social Workers, and Pediatricians

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Introduction To Type and Learning. (Dunning, D, 2008. CPP)