Why Do INFJs and INFPs Struggle So Much with Being Creative?

INFJ and INFP personality types are two of the most creative personality types among all the 16 types. We love art, writing, color, beauty, and finding the deeper meaning behind everything. However, as a writing coach who specializes in working with INFJ and INFP writers, I can tell you that I’ve worked with so many people of either type who have said to me:

“I know I’m creative, so why is it so hard for me to express it?”

I’ve found that struggles with creativity for INFJs and INFPs tend to take two forms. The first is that the actual creative process feels hard. There might be a lot of good ideas bubbling to the surface, but it’s difficult to get them down on the page. Or, the person feels like they are experiencing a creative drought, and have no good ideas at all. Either way, this makes the creative process feel very stop-and-go, like you’re hitting the gas and then slamming on the brakes.

When we’re experiencing this frustration with stop-and-go energy in our creative process, we’re disconnected from flow, and we’re usually overthinking everything way too much. Instead of writing and creativity being a playful, experimental place that serves as a refuge for us, it becomes a something that feels really hard and not fun at all.

The second way that INFJs and INFPs struggle with their own creativity is by experiencing a lot of fear. We might fear that it’s too late to start, or that we don’t have any natural creative talent, we don’t have the skills or training that we need, or that our ideas won’t work out or be successful.

All of these struggles and fears make sense if you’re approaching creativity from a mainstream point of view, and that’s the problem right there. INFJs and INFPs are not mainstream people. Mainstream perspectives and methods don’t work for us, because our brains work in a different way.

I talk more about this in the video below:

I’m teaching a new class, starting on February 16, called Creative Consciousness for INFJ and INFP Writers. In this class we’ll be learning:

How to transform our belief systems about writing and creativity
How to dissolve our creative blocks
How to fully open our creative channels

This is NOT just a writing class—although we will be learning about writing and using writing as a tool in the class to unearth our own hidden truths. This is a class about writing, creativity, and LIFE.

So many INFJs and INFPs feel stuck in life and held back by mental and emotional blocks that they can’t seem to get past. That’s the kind of stuff we’re going to be working on this class.

If this is resonating with you, stay tuned for the next video in the series: Why INFJs and INFPs Overthink EVERYTHING. I’ll be talking about a few basic things you must know about the way the INFJ and INFP brain works to stop your own overthinking, and to stop blocking yourself in life.

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My classes for INFJs and INFPs are always a lot of fun. I hope I see you there!

Lauren Sapala is the author of The INFJ WriterThe INFJ Revolution, and the creator of Energy and Intuition for INFJs, an online course for INFJs on intuition, relationships, creativity, and more. She is also currently offering a free copy of her book Firefly Magic: Heart Powered Marketing for Highly Sensitive Writers to anyone who signs up for her newsletter. SIGN UP HERE to get your free copy.

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