I was wondering if there are any INFJs currently in fields directly working with helping people all day, and how you deal with that and your introversion? I am seriously considering going into speech pathology because I love every aspect of the field (language, helping people, etc.), and I have the patience and aptitude for it. In addition, I've shadowed a few speech pathologists at clinics and I LOVED the work; the time just flew by while I was observing and it really struck a chord with me, and it didn't even feel like WORK! I especially love working with kids.
The problem? I'm NOT an extrovert, and I get drained out after all that intense interaction after a while. I have no problem with talking to people, even chitchat with parents; I'm not shy. It's just a matter of getting actually physically drained and starting to lose focus because of it. I notice right now, when dealing with people I'm totally energized for about 3 hours before I need a break, then I start to lose focus and enthusiasm, but I think I might be able to acclimitize myself and raise that to 4 hours. The only problem is... that's only half the working day, and I'd either need an hour in the middle of the day to be alone to recharge myself (which might not be practical or even possible), or figure something else out.
This is really something I want to do; I feel great passion for it and love the work, and working with kids 1-on-1. But I want to figure out how to make it work with my introversion so I don't end up hating the job because it is too draining. So I was wondering how all you INFJs who have similar jobs (psychologist, counselor, physical therapist, etc., really anything working 1-on-1 helping people) deal with the constant interaction with people and your introversion.