Figuring Out What's Next... Career Transition

I worked for twenty years in healthcare as a clergy person until I could not do so any longer. It was a good career for an INFP in some ways. Eventually, however, three things led me to abandon my career. First, I ran entirely out of energy for a role that forced me to function as an extrovert. Second, I felt increasingly powerless to effect real change in my institution. Third, I lost my idealism as the healthcare industry became increasingly disheartening in it's lack of true compassion. For now, I am in recovery. I try to re-imagine what will be next. I feel stuck. Immobilized completely. I need to take some action steps, but can't find any real passion to do so.
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3 Responses Jul 14, 2010

I think that INFPs have difficulties with work is because they try to fit all their critical needs into it.<br />
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Tony Robbins talks about the 6 critical needs: Certainty (freedom from worry), Uncertainty (need for change), Love and Connection, Critical Significance (feeling your life has meaning), Growth, Contribution<br />
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The problem is that INFPs stick too many eggs in one basket. We want one activity to meet all those needs. We want our job to meet all our needs. We want it to provide Certainty (job security), Critical Significance (feel we're doing something important), Uncertainty (don't want it to get stale and boring), Growth (want it to challenge us and make us better), Contribution (want to feel like we're helping others), Love and Connection (want to be able to be friends with co-workers).<br />
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It's even worse when that basket is another person and not a job. Sorry, but it's not going to happen. Figure out how to meet your needs without all those needs being dependent on one or two things. Those needs have to be spread out among different activities. Once you figure out which activities meets which needs and which needs your job actually needs to meet then you'll end up being less stuck.<br />
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Corin<br />

I feel the same way right now. I'm an INFP teacher and some aspects of my career really bother me, and I think it has a lot to do with dealing with insensitive, judging managers. ugh. I'm very creative and love to work with people, but not in such a conflicted field. I really identify with what you're saying. I have been in my job for 11 years.

I am in the same boat. I, however, have only worked IT in the healthcare field for a mere 7 years and I have already grown disillusioned. The clinical folks are great, but the administration seem inhuman at times. I feel paralyzed too. =(