by Andy Davis.
Every MBTI type has to mature functionally on the path to their “best self”.
INFJ are particularly prone to encountering barriers to the development of their preferred cognitive function stack, especially so during childhood.
As a consequence, our path towards ideal functional maturity can take longer than others; and, from both internal and observer perspectives, it will be apparent that we change – learning and growing as our functions mature.
Some people idealise INFJ based on romantic notions and stereotypes of our optimal, matured self.
The honest truth is that most of us take a long path to reach that ideal.. if we ever even do.
We are very aware of that quintessential truth of our fallibility, which is why we keep our inner-self, or ego, so selectively concealed.
Instead, we become adept in presenting a false image, or persona, for the world to see.
Our idealised persona is very adaptable. We tend to tailor it for whoever we’re with – to best meet their expectations and allow us to fit in.
But ultimately, our chameleon-like ‘mask’ exists because we know we’re imperfect and are still questing to develop our inner-selves to the stage where we might be comfortable and confident to discard the mask forever.
Showing our true nature is our aspiration… and we constantly strive towards that goal.