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Defining the meaning of visionary can, in itself, be a problem. However, the Meyers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) produces three personality types that it refers to as visionary. This allows for an objective definition of the term. Although the MBTI has many uses, it is often used to help select general career paths. Each of the four letters in the MBTI indicates a pole of personality type. The MBTI indicator letters are as follows: E is extrovert, I is introvert, S is sensing, N is intuitive, T is thinking, F is feeling, J is judging, and P is perceiving. For example, INFP, one of the possible combinations, indicates Introverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving: one of the indicators that is called visionary.
Four MBTI combinations contain the letters NF. These letters are referred to as the Visionaries. People with NF in their MBTI are introspective, idealistic, and intuitive. They are often subjective and compassionate. Called The Mentor, ENFJ is one of the visionary types. ENFJs are well suited to careers as editors, psychiatrists, facilitators, engineers and consultants. Other suitable careers include teachers or trainers, psychologists and counselors.
ENFP is another NF combination that falls into the category of visionary. ENFP subjects are social, values oriented, introspective and expressive. ENFPs are often suited for careers as conference planners, career counselors, bankers, economists, entrepreneurs, editors, social workers or nurses. ENFPs can also make good marketers, researchers, diplomats and church workers.
INFJ is the least common of all of the MBTI personality types, especially among men. INFJ make up about one percent of all people, INFJs are introspective, caring, sensitive, gentle and complex. They strive for peace, and get great satisfaction from helping others. Artistic and creative, they live in a world of symbolic and hidden meanings. INFJs are visionaries who can make good psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, teachers, professors and trainers. They can make very good child care workers, consultants and clergy.
INFPs are idealistic, creative, private and very individualistic. INFPs are visionaries that have an urge to be on a meaningful path. They are values driven and seek peace. Often excelling as activists, actors and artists, INFPs also make good editors, filmmakers, journalists and writers. Other professions that suit INFPs include photographer, musician, counselor, social scientist, and social worker.
Although not one of the classic NF "visionary" types, the extroverted, intuitive, thinking, and perceiving types are frequently referred to as "The Visionary." ENTPs are quick, ingenious, stimulating, alert, and outspoken. They are more interested in gathering information and generating possibilities and ideas than making decisions. Jobs suitable for ENTP personalities include computer programming, computer analysis, journalism, politics, photography, systems analyst, science or writing. Some other jobs include actor, artist, musician, or attorney. These jobs mesh well with the ENTP's personality, which excels in both intellect and original thinking.
Although he grew up in Latin America, Mr. Ma is a writer based in Denver. He has been writing since 1987 and has written for NPR, AP, Boeing, Ford New Holland, Microsoft, RAHCO International, Umax Data Systems and other manufacturers in Taiwan. He studied creative writing at Mankato State University in Minnesota. He speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese, English and reads Spanish.