As an introvert, I often feel like a bit of a contradiction. I find socializing draining, but I also desire deep connection with others.
I want the people around me to approve of what I’m doing. I see this as being part of my highly sensitive introvert nature, as well as my INFJ personality.
My isolation was ironic since people couldn’t stop offering to talk about it with me. As an introvert, this wasn’t the right way for me to grieve.
I couldn’t help but overhear my coworkers talking about me. The only thing I heard was, “She’s so quiet.” That’s very true, as an introvert, I am quiet.
Although the world tells me I should feel empowered by my body, the truth is, as an introvert, I’ve never really been all that comfortable in my own skin.
Ironically, I still struggle to write. But after reading a huge amount of information on introverts and INFJs, I’ve identified three obstacles in my path.
Even though the “introvert positive” movement is here, there are still a lot of things people don’t understand about introverts.
When I went on my first true solo trip to Australia several years ago, I realized there’s a whole other kind of being alone.
Growing up as an INTP female, I always felt a little bit like, well, a freak. I never seemed to fit in with the other girls.
Ever since I was a child, I felt like a weirdo. In primary school, it was okay, though, because I was the weirdo that everyone knew and liked.
As an introvert, I used to be a chronic sufferer of “old soul syndrome.” I was self-diagnosed, but the condition was easy to identify.
As an extrovert, I’ve known quite a few introverts in my time. I actually used to think I was an introvert myself (turns out I just had bad social anxiety).
INFPs are described as being reserved, imaginative, passionate, creative, and quirky. These are some of the many qualities that make us unique.
The “single story” of introversion is one of deficiency, suggesting that we should all strive to be extroverts. But there’s more to the story than that.
I can’t help but fear that the constant villainization of the INTJ personality type will only cause further misunderstanding of real-life INTJs.
We introverts tend to be quiet and unassuming. We’re not the loudest voice in the room, and sometimes we’d rather stand over here by ourselves.
INFJs can be quirky, complicated, and sometimes downright contradictory. How do you know if you’re an INFJ personality type?
INFPs often find themselves stuck in jobs that feel meaningless and don’t give them room to grow, and as a result, they feel drained.
I went from being an introvert who placed too much value on what others thought to an introvert who felt more confident and comfortable in her own skin.
I am finally beginning to walk comfortably in my introverted skin — and it feels amazing. This happy stroll is a long way from where I was a few years ago.
I’m a hopeless romantic, though I seldom admit this fact to people. I’m hoping that by sharing this with you, we can find some common INFJ ground.
I’m not suggesting that the INFP personality type should be put on a pedestal. Like anyone, we’re…
Group projects. Too many weekend plans. Sensory overload when you forget your headphones. If you’re an introvert, you know the struggle is real.
After many years of overwrought self-analysis and a drawn out misunderstanding of my own needs, I now wear my self-awarded badge of introversion with honor.
I’m an INFP, and I don’t consider myself to be an obsessive cleaner. Despite this, clutter is the one thing that can drive me out of my mind.
It’s not easy being an introvert. Little things that don’t bother extroverts, like hanging out in groups, can chip away at your energy.