I met an INFJ not too long ago who was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Another INFJ I know claims to have split personality disorder.
I don't doubt that they expressed symptoms of either illness. In fact, I believe they do/did. But they seem so aware of what is happening and aware of the "crazy" that it feels like it isn't actually an illness. If you were really crazy, you wouldn't know that you were crazy, if that makes any sense. Also, most psychological illnesses are present in normal/healthy psyches it's a matter of degree. And I have all the same symptoms sometimes, I just don't let it pull me a part and go berserker about it. Most of it is merely a consequence of having strong intuitive functions.
Another thing I've noticed in INFJs is really low self-esteem. Like chronically low. And I believe the two have some correlation. I'm pretty confident (perhaps borderline narcissist as is characteristic of my type) and I'm wondering if that is why I have never considered my eccentricity to be an "illness" whereas many of my INFJ friends, upon discovering their eccentricity, feel otherwise.
So my questions are...
1. If you are an INFJ who has struggled with this in the past, what advice do you give to those who are still struggling?
2. Do you think this is a characteristic of INFJ and if so, why do you think that is?
3. If you are an INFJ who is struggling, I'm all ears and open hearted.
4. Anything else you would like to add in regards to this matter. Hit me if you like. Right in the kisser. I can take it. ;)