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10 Ways INFJs Can Boost Their Creativity

“Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks.”
– Yo-Yo Ma

INFJs are known for their creativity and imagination. But sometimes, regardless of your type, you can fall into a slump or a period of “writers block” or “artists block”. There are times when I sit down with a pen and paper and my thoughts flow like water onto the page. Other times, I waste an hour just writing and re-writing the same paragraph before giving up entirely on what I’m doing.

10 Ways INFJs Can Boost Creativity

Creativity can take many forms! Perhaps you’re a creative writer, a creative performer, a musician, artist, mechanic, engineer! Maybe you’re a teacher and your creativity comes out in your lesson plans and your way of connecting with your students. What can YOU do to be inspired? What tricks can help you to keep that creativity flowing?

“Intuitive hunches and visions, often so esoteric, can become brilliant and unforgettable in creative form. In artistry, writing, sculpture, or the dramatic arts, the INFJ can free themselves from the chains of mundane life and concrete reality. Creativity brings their intuition out into the external world in an unforgettable way.”
The INFJ – Understanding the Mystic

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#1 – Journal

Many times our best ideas come to us when we’re unable to act on them. For example, as soon as you’re stuck at the office you think of all the amazing things you could do when you’re at home, or as soon as you’re trying to sleep at night, your mind is barraged with questions and possibilities. Write them down! Keep a journal by your bed or in your car or work office. Writing down inspiration when it strikes is one of the best ways to jump-start your creativity!

#2 – Make “Crappy” Art

So you’re not a skilled painter… you don’t have to be! Grab some paints, some pencils, or even some crayons and scribble away. Think of it as a train of consciousness art. Don’t worry about doing a good job, being accurate or literal. Play some music if that helps! Let your intuition take over! As an INFJ this can be a very freeing activity!

#3 – Spend Time in Nature

A study done by Stanford University found that when people get outdoors in a natural environment, they transform how they view time. They feel a sense of “awe” as though time is expanding. Instead of feeling pressured, stifled, or rushed, they feel like time is in abundance. Creativity is often blocked when we feel pressured or constrained by time. Being in nature increases brain function, calms the soul, boosts your mood, and gives you the space to be creative.

#4 – Look For Hidden Meanings

As an introverted intuitive, you naturally peer behind the scenes to find hidden meanings and underlying themes. Pick up a magazine and look at the advertisements…what hidden meaning are they trying to convey? In what way are the advertisements “manipulating” you? Look for symbols that stand out or small, background objects that are meant to influence you. This process of peering deeply and peeling back layers of meaning and intention can help spark creative or philosophical ideas.

#5 – Unplug From Technology

Our iPhones, Tablets, TVs, and computers give us endless distractions and ways to stay busy. This constant “staying busy” doesn’t give our minds the ability to wander and come up with creative connections. As introverted intuitives, INFJs get a lot of their wonderful ideas out of the blue, out of the subconscious. INFJs NEED quiet, unadulterated time to let their minds roam freely. Being glued to a screen will stifle your natural creative powers.

#6 – Get More Sleep

Did you know that losing one night’s sleep is cognitively equivalent to being over the alcohol limit? This is bad news for me because I have five kids (one of which is a newborn) and I rarely sleep anymore. So sorry if this article is very uncreative! But seriously, scientists, writers, inventors, many of them have gotten their best ideas in their sleep. For example, Stephen King wrote about how he fell asleep on a long plane flight from New York to London and had a terrifying dream about a famous writer who is captured and held hostage by a crazed fan. When he awoke, he could still hear the psychotic dialogue in his head. That snipped would go on to be Misery, one of King’s best novels.

I know nightmares might not be a great persuader for getting you to sleep more. But according to a study by Wagner and colleagues, sleep allows people’s brains to mentally restructure the information they learn, resulting in new and insightful ideas and responses.

#7 – Listen to Music

Many INFJs mentioned to me that music helped them to be creative. You can easily be inspired by alternating the style of music you listen to. Many INFJs find creative or instrumental music effective at inspiring creative thought.

#8 – Find Beauty in Terrible Ideas

If you’re feeling especially stuck creatively, step back from the situation and try to write down the most useless ideas you can imagine. Now use your perspective-shifting intuition to find the best features of those ideas. Even in the worst ideas, sometimes you can find hidden gems. This will not only allow you to develop your intuition, but it will help you to find unusual ideas you might have overlooked!

#9 – Explore Cemeteries

This is an idea I got in an INFJ group, and I absolutely loved it. Carma says, The army calls it PT physical training, I renamed it PT physical thinking. I love walking in cemeteries just before twilight, the sounds of the birds reminds me there is still life. I stop at graves and wonder what kind of life they lived, what do the symbols on the headstones mean. Who mourns them? It jump-starts my mind to draw parallels between death, life, and my faith. It breaks the door down.”

#10 – Laugh!

I know this tip is a far cry from the last one, but it just goes to show that there are many diverse ways to spark your imagination. Did you know that a positive mood can facilitate creativity? Apparently, laughing boosts activity in the prefrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex – these are areas of the brain associated with complex cognition, decision-making, and emotion! All of this activity can help to inspire creative, imaginative thought!

Do You Have Any Ideas To Add?

Let us know how YOU get creative in the comments! You can also find many more creativity tips in my eBook, The INFJ – Understanding the Mystic.

INFJ Understanding the Mystic

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13 Comments

  1. Great ideas! I definitely enjoy switching off from technology and surrounding myself with nature. I need to get better quality sleep, that’s something I struggle with too now that I’m a mum.

  2. Great post as usual! Thanks for the insights into my crazy, exhilarating, frustrating, and perplexing personality! It has helped to pull me out of several INFJ mental funks. Your website is sort of like a medicine cabinet for my personality quirks and conditions.

  3. Love your website…it has been SO helpful as I am working on my first science fiction novel. I want my characters to be tangibly realistic, and your site has been a great starting point. I have also found many tidbits here and there while studying among your posts that have both amused me and helped me to understand myself (solid INFJ) and my husband (INTJ, ENTJ??) more thoroughly. Thanks for all of this incredible work!

  4. Oh, I thought I am special and it looks like it is typical for infj types to love cemeteries.
    One time I even went for a date there 🙂
    I love the peaceful atmosphere there and my imagination about the people who are buried there is so vivid.

  5. Interesting! I love this list, and appreciate it. It’s not often we’re encouraged to do #4’s idea, and more often feels like, at least in my situation, I’m told to do it less, so this list has me wanting to implement it over the coming year as personal growth and development is pursued. Thank you for sharing!

    As for ideas I’d add, on top of what’s mentioned, I’d also add the idea of picking up an instrument to #2, listening to audio books for #7, crying for #10 (lol I love a good, bittersweet, exhilarating crying session), and to #9, stargazing and checking out abandoned houses (if you can do so in a safe/legal way… or hey, watch videos of others doing it on yt, which can be just as peaceful and intriguing), too. I didn’t know others felt that way… but I got a similar thrill when I got to work the last shift of everyone and closed up the building. When I could stick around for a bit after and soak in the peace, the silence of it all was delightful.

    There’s another article on here (the “Secrets to Happiness for Every Myers-Briggs® Personality Type” one) that says we should spend time writing a chapter of that book we’ve been putting off, and while that might be a great add to #1 or 2 on here, another idea is to rewrite chapters, or scenes for stories or even shows or movies that you feel would’ve been better written a different way, just to get those gears turning. Not only does it feed that talent we have for improving what already exists, and provides a great tangential idea for the possible creation of a future work, but it gives you a pre-made world to work with, so you don’t have to set one up yourself. 🙂

    1. I do all of them except visiting cemeteries. I am not afraid but they are closed in my country.
      And I dance. I love dancing.

    2. Lovely. I do all of them except visiting cemeteries. I am not afraid but they are closed in my country.
      And I dance. I love dancing.

      1. Me, too. There’s often talk about how INFJs struggle with disembodiment, and for me, that’s certainly true, so physical activities such as dancing keep me grounded and present in the moment. It’s energizing, and immediately lifts the mood, so I can relate. Sorry to hear cemeteries are closed in your country! If they’re closed, do they not allow you to visit your own relatives who are buried there, either?

  6. I love going to cemeteries, it is so peaceful and relaxing for me. I visit the graves of family and friends, water cemetery baskets that need a little tender care and bring my dog along sometimes for an outing. I like to walk along and read the names of the people, some of them are very unique and check the dates to see which are the oldest. At two cemeteries near my home they have a section for the babies. I feel sadness for the ones that nobody brings flowers or some kind of memorial, like they are forgotten.

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