Episode #63: Dismantling the Imposter Syndrome of the INFJ

INFJs – what a unique and fascinating bunch! They’re driven by a strong desire to understand and connect with others on a deep level. Their empathy fuels their passion for helping others and makes them perfect candidates for careers in counselling, teaching, or social work. But that’s not all! INFJs are also visionary go-getters with a strong sense of purpose. They’re always looking for ways to make a positive impact on the world and pursue causes that align with their values. This forward-thinking mindset allows them to create innovative solutions and push boundaries.

INFJs are all about seeing the big picture and trusting their intuition, but sometimes that can make them feel like square pegs in a world that values left-brain thinking and hard evidence. They struggle to explain how they came to their brilliant insights, leading them to doubt themselves and feel insecure. And that’s where Imposter Syndrome can swoop in and wreak havoc, making INFJs feel like they’re on the outside looking in.

In today’s episode, we’ll delve into three key reasons why INFJs are plagued with the Imposter Syndrome – their tendency to constantly compare themselves to others, sensitivity to even the slightest of criticism, and their inclination to personalize the behavior of others. We will also explore how the ‘untreated’ Imposter Syndrome can have a devastating impact on INFJs in their relationships and how it stifles their careers and affects their physical and mental well-being. Join us for an insightful episode on overcoming Imposter Syndrome as an INFJ, filled with valuable advice to help you thrive both personally and professionally!

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  • [01:37] Episode Introduction
  • [05:01] Why Does the INFJ Experience Imposter Syndrome?
  • [16:28] Impact of Imposter Syndrome on INFJs
  • [31:57] Episode Gem
  • [36:13] Episode Wrap Up


  • INFJs sensitivity to criticism can make even well-intentioned feedback difficult to handle. They see corrective feedback as evidence that they just aren’t like others, meaning they aren’t good enough. INFJs doubt their abilities and question whether they belong in their field when they don’t meet their unrealistic expectations.


  • INFJs possess a unique skill to empathize, frequently absorbing the feelings and difficulties of others as if they were their own. Assuming responsibility for resolving other people’s issues results in feelings of stress and being overburdened. When INFJs are unable to fix these problems, they blame themselves, concluding they are inadequate.


  • Because they tend to overcompensate, INFJs struggle with setting boundaries in relationships due to their fear of rejection or abandonment. They put their partner’s needs above their own, neglecting their own well-being in the process. This leads to feelings of resentment and burnout, as they may feel like their efforts are not being recognized or appreciated.


  • Join us throughout our series on how the Imposter Syndrome shows up in the 16 MBTI types (or 8 Striving Styles). If you are not sure what your Striving Styles is, make sure to visit www.whoareyoumeanttobe.com to complete the assessment! Remember, if you need help dealing with dysfunctions at work or in your personal life, reach out to us.



"Deciding to compensate for poor performance instead of managing it is an act of self- disempowerment."
episode 18 quote tile 2 - "When acting from the Victim Leadership Persona, our power and sense of personal agency is taken away by seeing situations through a  lens of helplessness."
episode 18 quote tile 2 - "When acting from the Victim Leadership Persona, our power and sense of personal agency is taken away by seeing situations through a  lens of helplessness."
episode 18 quote tile 3 - "Self-disempowerment starts from within. Leaders need to recognize when they are keeping their self-esteem low."

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