Hey there, dearest reader! I’m glad you can be here today.
It’s a question I’ve asked myself quite a lot: Are INFJs manipulative?
Although I think every type has the potential to manipulate and cause pain to others, I think the INFJ has a very acute awareness of how their actions can affect other people (Ni-Fe). We have a knack for figuring out what others want, and what inspires them. We have an equal understanding of people’s fears, too. With all of that knowledge comes a lot of potential for misuse. As easily as we can build people up, we can also just as simply tear them to ribbons from the inside out.
Luckily, I would say that most INFJs would find this morally reprehensible. I don’t think many INFJs lust after power for its own sake, even if we could easily take it.
But that’s not to say there’s no grey area. I have good intentions, and I want to help people in the world. Is it possible to do that without having influence over people? If I “manipulate” someone into doing something that ends up benefiting them (aka suggesting they evaluate any unhealthy relationships they are in), is that a bad thing?
I don’t know. The whole idea of power simultaneously disgusts and intrigues me. I don’t really want power in its own right, but I don’t want others to be mislead by the powerful people that abuse it.
What do you guys make of all of this? I would love to have discussions with all of you about power in the comment section. Talk to you all soon!
Seize the day!
18 January 2017 7:46 PM