Episode #68: Dismantling the Imposter Syndrome of the INFP

Get ready for an immersive journey into the intriguing universe of INFPs! These creative, introspective, and deeply emotional individuals are known for their profound inner lives and rich tapestry of feelings. In today’s episode, we’re going to peel back the layers of the INFP personality, revealing their innate warmth, integrity, and charisma hidden beneath their enigmatic exterior. We’ll explore their paradoxical nature of self-criticism and perfectionism, guiding you through the complexity of their inner world.   

Join us as we dive into the turbulent sea of Imposter Syndrome, an all-too-familiar foe for many INFPs. Their unique gifts and talents often clash with an overwhelming sense of self-doubt and the relentless quest for a mythical “fatal flaw.” This internal battle can transform their usually liberating creative process into an emotional whirlwind, leaving even their achievements feeling insignificant. But what if there’s a way through the storm? 

Fasten your seat belts as we embark on an exhilarating exploration into how Imposter Syndrome weaves its tale in the lives of INFPs. We’re set to unravel the knot of their self-woven victim narratives, unmask their perfectionism, and confront their constant negative self-referencing. Together, we’ll unearth the profound real-world effects of this syndrome – from dwindling job satisfaction and stalled career growth to declining mental health and suppressed creativity. So, plug in those earphones and join us on this insightful expedition, shedding light on the dynamic dance between the INFP personality and Imposter Syndrome! 

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  • [02:38] Episode Introduction 

  • [04:56] Why Does the INFP Experience Imposter Syndrome?


  • [09:01] Impact of Imposter Syndrome on INFPs


  • [30:29] Episode Gem


  • [34:16] Episode Wrap Up



  • INFPs tend to downplay their accomplishments, always thinking they could’ve done better and should’ve been more perfect. This is particularly true regarding their self-expression or creative endeavors, where there’s no clear “right” or “wrong”, and no concrete guidelines. This subjectivity can intensify their feelings of not being good enough and falling short of their lofty standards.


  • Being the deep thinkers that they are, INFPs often end up harboring an intense fear that there’s something seriously wrong with them. They’re constantly looking for a “fatal flaw,” some major shortcoming that doesn’t exist, but they’re convinced it’s there. In their minds, finding this flaw would confirm their suspicion that they’re really an imposter.


  • INFPs are highly creative individuals. However, the persistent self-doubt associated with Imposter Syndrome can stifle their creativity. The fear of their work being inadequate or of being exposed as a fraud hinders their confidence and their ability to think outside the box and come up with innovative ideas or solutions.


  • 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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