What kind of teachers are INFPs?

This blog post will explore what kind of teachers are INFPs.

We will also briefly discuss what is an INFP, what are the key characteristics of an INFP teacher and what are some challenges INFPs face as teachers.

What kind of teachers are INFPs?

As teachers INFPs are often passionate teachers who are enthusiastic about their subject matter as well as the growth and learning of their students. They are the teachers that students often credit to changing their lives or changing their relationships with their education. 

Teaching is a job that is very suited for an INFP as they can work with others on a deeper level that enables them to help other people grow, nurture them, and help them develop to their potential.

INFPs as teachers are noble in their pursuits to teach and nurture students and tend to be idealistic in this regard where they want to be the best teacher and help students in their progress to become people. 

They will mostly enjoy working with older students- highschool onwards- because they enjoy building meaningful relationships as well as exploring deeper levels of understanding including researchers.

As teachers they will also be excellent counsellors for their students and a source of support and guidance for young minds because of their ability to empathise and understand the feelings of other people. 

INFPs might tend to be drawn to subjects that have to do with the human experience and choose to teach subjects like English, history, sociology, psychology. 

They will be optimistic in the way they see students and the world themselves with the idealistic goal to change and inspire their students towards greatness. 

What is an INFP?

INFP is one of the most common sixteen personality types identified by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers, as part of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®) assessment. 

INFP stands for Introversion, iNtuition, Feeling, and Perceiving, which are four core personality traits of people who have this type of personality.

People with this type of personality are idealitist and often very imaginative while also being guided by their own core values and beliefs. For them the real world is only a passing concern while their imagination offers them endless possibilities. 

They are optimistic about their own future and that of the world and tend to be occupied with striving for that better and meaningful future.

According to the letters of their personality type, INFPs are energised by spending time alone and their intuitiveness makes them prefer focusing on ideas and concepts rather than facts. 

They also make decisions based on their values and their feelings/beliefs and often prefer living a spontaneous, flexible lifestyle rather than being structured and planned. 

The INFP personality type is also called the “Healer” because of their compassion for other people that is driven by sympathetic idealism of others and the world. 

INFPs are often artistic and creative and often find themselves using these talents and abilities as a form of self expression. 

They are also sensitive, caring, and strive for personal growth while remaining driven to find their own path in life; they are also known for encouraging the same in others while remaining non judgemental. 

Interestingly, in spite of their concern for others, INFPs are highly individualistic and often stick by their own beliefs and wish to lead their own lives separated from the ideals and values of other people. 

What are the characteristics of an INFP teacher?

Here are the characteristics of an INFP teacher:

  • They tend to be highly optimistic which makes for great teachers who are able to see the positive assets of their students. Their positive outlook on life allows them to help inspire the same in their students and fill them with hope for their futures. 
  • They are very caring people which makes them excellent nurturers who actually care about the professional, academic, and emotional growth and wellbeing of their students. 
  • They Are Passionate about their job, their subject matter, and their students and this shows up in the way they conduct classes with lots of activities and examples. They usually try to get their students involved and excited about the subject. 
  • They are innovative teachers meaning that they will try a lot of new and creative things to get their students learning which ,aleks them practical oriented teachers that thrive when the students and the class as a whole is able to engage with the subject matter with them.
  • They Are Inspiring and often help students go after what they want out of their lives. They tend to inspire hope in the students as well as motivation by connecting their students on a deeper level, understand their fears and their dreams, and help inspire students into action to get what they want. 
  • They help students set goals and also help them meet their goals and develop a sense of self confidence in the students so that they can aim for higher pursuits. 
  • They tend to be givers of their time and resources to their students, the teaching staff, and the school community as a whole which might make them overwhelmed at times but they tend to get satisfaction out of helping other people. 
  • They truly want to make a difference in the lives of the student and the school as a whole this means that what they are doing and the efforts that they are putting are not necessarily for surface level contribution but because they genuinely care for their students and would like to change their lives or make some positive impact in the lives of their students. 
  • They tend to be flexible as teachers and are open to the ideas and the values of other people, especially young students, as they like to foster growth and independent thinking in their students. 
  • They also like their alone time so they might not really be the first ones to socialise with other teachers and other students unless they have a good bond with them and you might find them spending their alone time during lunch breaks to recharge.
  • They tend to be highly emotionally aware of themselves as well as their students and colleagues because of which they make excellent listeners and counsellors for the students who might be seeking support. 

What kind of challenges do INFP teachers face?

Some challenges that INFPs face as a teacher include:

Repetitive tasks

If their teaching job is one that is mundane and follows the same routine and pattern with no opportunity to explore and facilitate new styles of learning, the INFP will struggle to perform well as a teacher. 

For them innovation and imagination is highly important because of their idealistic nature so working in stifling environments that are traditional and stuffy can become a huge challenge for them especially if they are micromanaged by a strict administration in the institution. 

Setting boundaries

INFPs might also struggle setting boundaries with their colleagues and their students because of their inability to say no to other people. They might find it difficult to assert themselves and say no to extra work load from the administration and their colleagues which can cause a lot of struggle for them.

They might also become emotionally invested in their students and because of their idealistic nature they might become disappointed and disillusioned when things don’t work out the way they had hoped. 

Lack of appreciation

For an INFP being appreciated for their work is an important highlight of their job however this might not be the case in the case of teaching roles. If the administration does not recognise them for their work as well as the students, they might burn out easier and struggle to find motivation to go back to work everyday. 

Tight schedules

Because teachers tend to run on a tight schedule with a heavy workload, INFPs might struggle to keep up with the work, the socialising, and the teaching aspects of their jobs and burn out because isolation and solitude tend to be important for INFPs.

If the INFP does not get enough time to recharge alone or get a good amount of breaks over the holidays the teacher might struggle to keep up the motivation and enthusiasm at school with their students and their tasks. 

Underpaid

An INFP might live their entire lives being an underpaid and overworked teacher simply because they are unable to assert their own needs as well as stand for themselves in recognition for the effort they put into their students and their job as a teacher. 

Teachers tend to be underpaid however in the case of INFP, they might even be more so because they do not excel in negotiating raises, or fighting for their financial needs. 

Criticism and Feedback

For an INFP, criticism is often taken personally no matter how constructive it is. If the INFP gets or receives feedback and criticism from the administration and the students that is not positive, they will struggle to make good use of these criticisms and feedback because they will often take it as personal wounds because they struggle with objectivity. 

Conclusion

FAQ related to INFP teachers

What personality type becomes a teacher?

ENFJs are referred to as Teacher personalities because of their interest in helping others develop and grow.

What jobs should Infp avoid?

Some jobs that an INFP should avoid include:

  • Sales manager.
  • Performer.
  • Police officer.
  • Attorney or judge.

They should avoid these jobs because of their introverted nature, their extremely subjective decision making style that is based on emotions as opposed to objectivity and facts, and also because they tend to be more imaginative as opposed to factual when observing the world around them.

Are INFPs academic?

When the INFP is extremely passionate about their subject matter they can be really good academics however they might struggle if their academics is repetitive and extremely structured and does not challenge them to innovate and explore. 

What subjects are INFPs best at?

INFPs thrive with Investigative-Social interests and tend to be really good at subjects such as social sciences (history, economics, psychology, sociology, geography, anthropology, archaeology, political science, etc.).

Are INFP good teachers?

INFPs make good teachers because of their enthusiasm for the subjects that they teach and also because they tend to be nurturing, and optimistic about their job, their students, and teachers in general. 

References

Chea.C. 7 Challenges INFPs Experience at Work. Introvert Dear. 2nd march 2017. Retrieved on 30th December 2021. https://introvertdear.com/news/infp-personality-type-challenges-work/

EduStaff. What Is Your Teaching Personality Type?. 21st January 2018. Retrieved on 30th December 2021. https://www.edustaff.co.uk/community/80_

Stafford. S. INFP Teachers: How INFPs Respond to Being Teachers. Personality growth. 11th February 2020. Retrieved on 30th December 2021.https://personalitygrowth.com/infp-teachers-how-infps-respond-to-being-teachers/

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