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This is a discussion on Stress within the INFJ Forum - The Protectors forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; Hello! Hope you're all having a nice day! :) I was curious as to whether it was a trait of ...

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    INFP - The Idealists


    Hello! Hope you're all having a nice day! :)

    I was curious as to whether it was a trait of INFJs to become overly stressed out by little things, or have severe anxiety.

    I get anxious to the point of getting continuous physical symptoms (tummy aches, headaches, chest pains etc.) and wondered if it was to do with the way INFJs tend to look at the world, and their activeness?

    (I'm really bad at starting topics, so I'll leave it there D: )
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    Unknown Personality

    I would say for me, any anxiety over a small thing is usually due to an insecurity over a bigger thing that the small thing may be related to. However I'm not as easily vexed as I used to be. It's too troubling to the soul and as the real world starts kicking in for me, I realized that I have to let go of fussing over things and yes even caring too much (a big factor in most of the anxiety attacks I usually get). But yes I have felt those tummy aches and chest pains. On a mildly unrelated note, these symptoms also happen when I 'feel' like something is not right. Where you can't explain it but you KNOW something is wrong.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    INFJs by rule.. Tend to not be detail focused but rather big picture focused. Ni is the ability to see things from multiple perspectives and to find purpose and meaning in those perspectives.
    Ni tends to focus on details that are not present, rather than those that make up the already "seen" big picture.

    However.. INFJ under stress tends to notice and fuss over small details.
    So it's a question of the chicken or the egg.

    The INFJ is likely stressed out already.. So what is stressing the INFJ out?
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I am an easily stressed person and have anxiety disorders. Like you, I get physical symptoms (shaking, feeling hot and cold, nausea and vomiting, etc.). I don't know whether a lot of INFJ's have this issue in particular or if it's just common in people of any type with anxiety disorders to have this problem.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I don't have physical symptoms all the time, but I do get them pretty often. Headaches and nausea in particular. My physical state is actually how I gauge my well-being most of the time -- if I'm sick in bed and utterly exhausted, I take that as a sign that something is going seriously wrong on an emotional level and it needs to be fixed. I stay pretty healthy as long as I work to lower my stress. (I don't have an anxiety disorder, but I still consider myself a pretty anxious person; and I'm usually physically tense. Massage is a great way to combat this!)
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    Unknown Personality

    I used to get so stressed that i would vomit.Now it is more bearable the anxiety and depression.It comes and goes just a fact of my life.It is best to accept or if one needs help get it.The worse thing one can do is dwell on it and do nothing.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I have TMJ, which stops my jaw from opening too wide, I continuously (subconsciously) bite at my knuckles and suffer from off/on lower back pain... I have been told this is all stress related but I'd take it all if the alternative was to be anything but myself...
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Whatever emotion I'm feeling, I feel it in great depth. If I'm angry, I feel like a big ball of fire just barely holding back from taking someone out. If I'm anxious, I'm shaking, sweating, jelly-legged, sick to my stomach, can't get any sleep, worry-wart. If I'm happy, I'm zipping around, laughing, grinning, talking 100 mph, and feel like I'm soaring on top of the world. If I'm calm, nothing can upset me, and I feel at peace with every flaw of the world.

    It takes some doing to figure out how to just take a backseat and let the emotions play themselves out without effecting people around me, then coming back to the real world with a better balance of emotion and logic. It's possible though, I promise!
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Little things? Like what? It depends what you're referring to but I'd say sometimes. How dare the little practical things interrupt the world inside my head :P
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by unico View Post
    I am an easily stressed person and have anxiety disorders. Like you, I get physical symptoms (shaking, feeling hot and cold, nausea and vomiting, etc.). I don't know whether a lot of INFJ's have this issue in particular or if it's just common in people of any type with anxiety disorders to have this problem.
    Yeah, I feel I probably have some sort of anxiety disorder (social anxiety especially). I wondered if day-to-day things tended to upset INFJs more, what with being pulled out of their heads for lots of (what I consider) trivia?

    Thanks for the responses! They're very interesting :)
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