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Surprise! Things Finally Make Sense...

I am an INFP. This is not a definition, it's freedom. Freedom from the tyranny of a world that says "You don't measure up and you don't fit in." I grew up wondering why I struggled with relationships. I can still remember a guy saying to me, "Why have you hidden yourself away." This was a revelation! It's true it took awhile to put all the pieces together. (My mother use to call me a late bloomer.)

Check it out - there are good things about being an INFP.
- We care deeply for our close friends, family and our beliefs. In fact, I read that we have a "capacity for caring which is not always found in other types".
- "Cool as a Cucumber" - My calm demeanor has come in handy in stressful situations. (True, I may go home later and fall apart but I have rarely lost it at the time of crisis.)
- I want to make the world a better place - not just occupy space.
- I love being able to jump in any time and anyplace to help someone.

Of course with the knowledge of the good things also comes the weaknesses: Loneliness, short attention-span (The distraction of "bright shiny objects"), sticking to a goal all the way to the end, following a schedule and thinking logically-Ugh!

Still overall, it's nice to be one of the "few".
FunnyGirl5729 FunnyGirl5729 41-45, F 5 Responses Sep 2, 2011

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FunnyGirl, good story. You have set up your profile so no one can say hello to you. do you want that?

Love it that is soooo me

I really enjoyed reading your story and I totally agree. It's freedom. <br />
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As you say, it's both good things and bad things in being INFP, as it is with everything. However, after finding out I was an INFP I focused very much on the good things, as the bad things I was already painfully aware of. <br />
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"You don't measure up and you don't fit in"<br />
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The story of my (earlier) life. <br />
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But now I'm happy to know that I actually will fit in and measure up in most situations, I just see things differently from the majority. <br />
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And I also care much less what people think about me. I know I'm not alone. <br />
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The only thing I really don't like is that it's very difficult to find love being an INFP guy. <br />
I'm always seen as the very close and good friend, I'm never the guy that light the stars in a woman's eyes and sweeps them off their feet.

I second the distractions of bright shiny ob<x>jects! xD

good on ya