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In this episode, Joel and Antonia talk with Profiler Training alumni, Gary Williams about his lived experience as an INFJ personality type.


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In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Guest Host Gary, INFJ, joins.
  • Download our INFJ Personality Type Handy Guide to learn about the INFJ functions.
  • How did Gary discover his personality type?
  • Why does Gary choose to use his Copilot Harmony (Extraverted Feeling) to show up with an energy that seems more extraverted than introverted?
  • Is it important for Gary to have time alone?
  • What advice would Gary give to an Introvert getting into their extraverted Copilot?
  • How does Gary use Perspectives (Introverted Intuition) to make sure that he will have enough energy in social settings?
    • What important purpose does Gary’s Sensation (Extraverted Sensing) 3 Year Old serve?
  • Gary shares some important considerations in how he has designed his life.
  • Why has Gary overidentified with his Accuracy 10 Year Old function (Introverted Thinking)in the past to the extent that he mistyped himself twice?
  • How is it for Gary to be a man who has a preference for Harmony (Extraverted Feeling)?
  • How does Gary use Accuracy (Introverted Thinking) and Harmony (Extraverted Feeling) to help others get to the truth?
  • Can an INFJ feel like they are more harsh than they actually are?
  • What is Gary’s relationship to his Sensation (Extraverted Sensing 3 Year Old )?
  • Which INFJ stereotypes does Gary identify with and which does he not identify with?
  • What advice would Gary give to his younger self?

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  • satoshi
    • satoshi
    • October 4, 2022 at 2:26 pm

    Hi Taylor i liked all your responses along the idea of reductionism.
    To add one more example to the music and chess ones you gave is in the world of maths. in linear algebra, we have the concept of basis vectors, and all the vectors in multidimensional space emerge from the linear combination of the linearly independent basis vectors(Parts that are independent on their own).

  • Mark J Hill
    • Mark J Hill
    • June 9, 2022 at 8:16 am

    shit now I am not sure if I am INFJ or INFP

  • Taylor
    • Taylor
    • June 4, 2022 at 1:49 am

    Thanks! Glad it helped.

  • Taylor
    • Taylor
    • June 3, 2022 at 10:10 pm

    Hi Sarah,

    Thanks, I’m glad you liked my comment.

    In a comment I wrote above responding to Ryan, I said introverted functions are best understood as reductionist, and extroverted functions understood as emergent.

    Reductionism looks to reduce things to their fundamental parts, and emergence looks to understand the whole when those parts are thrown together.

    I used the chess example above, another one I like to use is music.

    Reductionism would try to understand a piece of music by breaking it down into the individual notes.

    Emergence would try and understand a piece of music by listening to the whole.

    Parts are universal and constant, wholes are unique and infinite.

    Both INFJs and ISFJs (and all introverts for that matter) approach life by trying to break each situation down into its individual notes. This is a great tool for understanding how things work or identifying universal and familiar patterns, but if you always revert to this method of going through life, you’ll miss out on the experience of simply enjoying the music.

    This is scary for introverts because, they love the parts. And the whole does not reflect the parts.

    A song is much different than the individual notes that compose it.

    I’d give the advice to INFJs and all introverts to enjoy the music, even though you lose the individual notes in the emergence of the whole song.

  • Sarah Epstein
    • Sarah Epstein
    • May 31, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Hi Taylor, I am very interested in your comments. A lot for me to think through and embody. Thank you. I wonder if you could unpack the following two ideas of yours a bit more?

    “One of the reasons INFJs (and ISFJs for that matter) can become recluses is the moment now never matches past time or universal time, it never can and never will, because objective reality is an emergent phenomenon.”


    “so the only place you can attempt to make reality fit that Si or Ni picture is in the confines of your home or your mind. The key to being happy as an INFJ (and an ISFJ for that matter) is finding joy in the beauty and novelty of each unfolding moment, and letting go of the fear of it being unfamiliar or imperfect.”

    I find it extremely difficult to reconcile, appreciate and settle into the emergent – I feel like this is key to relaxed, peaceful happiness or pleasure.
    Thanks, Sarah

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