infp-problems

All introverts share a common need: time spent alone in order to recharge, reflect, and decompress. So deep is the need in the INFP and INFJ that if neglected, they begin to experience lethargy - a fogging of the mind, if you will. If forced to socialize for extended periods, they might even suffer anxiety that could blossom into full fledged panic attacks. Solitude is their sanctuary, a place they can enjoy their own thoughts without the clutter of stimulation from the outside world.
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INFJ + INFP: Being Alone Together, MBTIPopCulture


Wow. This is so, so true. I’m an INFJ, and I’ve experienced that “foggy” lethargy after just 5 minutes of socializing before. I’ve also had those scary anxiety attacks from prolonged “people exposure” when I was at university, and other people were simply unavoidable (i.e. roommates, AKA introvert poison). Interesting that it’s possible for all introverts; I thought it might be just an INFJ thing. Glad we’re not alone. Introverts unite!

I care. I care so much it tears me apart.
I care about my family, strangers, anyone who needs help - which is every single person. It’s exhausting, but I wouldn’t trade it.
All I want to do with my life is be a listening ear, always ready to give a hug, advice, or a helping hand.
I will never, ever understand how some can spend their lives living solely for themselves. That’s totally foreign to me, and void of any true satisfaction.

When all by myself, I can think of all kinds of clever remarks, quick comebacks to what no one said, and flashes of witty sociability with nobody. But all of this vanishes when I face somebody in the flesh: I lose my intelligence, I can no longer speak, and after half an hour I just feel tired.
—  Fernando Pessoa - The Book of Disquiet.
My comfort levels:

Start off:

1) Shy or polite, this can last up to two weeks

2) Extroverted. At this point you will find out I’m insane, but there’s no backing out now, you’re stuck with me XD. This stage can last for years.

3) Introverted. If I can act like my introverted self with someone else around. This is the final stage and congrats to you, you have survived, But now i’ll never ever let you go, so theres that.