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This is a discussion on INFP's and depression within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; I was wondering... Is there any INFP here that haven't gone through a depression? I'm not joking here when I'm ...

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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    INFP's and depression

    I was wondering...
    Is there any INFP here that haven't gone through a depression?

    I'm not joking here when I'm saying that every INFP friend I have had through out my life have been in a deep depression some point in their life.

    Are there any INFP on this board that have never had depression?
    Is this the curse of the INFP's?
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    I think there's at least one INFP on here who said they didn't have depression. The personality type may make us more susceptible to depression because of the expectations of society, but by no means does it guarantee we have it.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I think it might have been somewhere on this site, someone linked an article that talked about exaggerated guilt. How people who don't know what's socially acceptable have a harder time identifying what they did wrong and so they start putting the blame on things that didn't actually cause a problem, thus exaggerating the guilt they should really feel by attacking lots of things about themselves.
    Being that INFP's highest function is Fi and it's more about own feelings than feelings of other and we tend to think of this as the reason we don't really click with all social constructs. That's just one thought into what might make us more prone.

    It would be very helpful for an INFP especially a teen or young adult I think to have someone to support them, someone they felt could kind of understand them, relate to them. We don't realise how hidden our emotions are from people, they think we're very calm while on the inside it's a raging storm. A lot of people are afraid of reaching out and showing emotions, I know for myself I was extremely afraid to share my thoughts and feelings with people, I felt so locked in. I kind of knew that it would help if I shared but there wasn't anyone I felt like they were good enough, that they could really offer the sort of feedback that would comfort me.

    I would say I never had depression but last year I had quite a few months of just shitty feelings, though I wasn't being treated or anything for it, I was pretty down though. Other that I've done alright :)

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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    I just want to say I feel for anyone going through depression.
    Had to battle it myself a couple years back.

    Thing is, I'm pretty good at recognizing when people are depressed by their posture, their body language, the way they talk and write.
    Many INFP treads I've been reading(on PerC and other forums) it sounds like many are one rejection away from offing them self.

    Recently a close friend of mine took the MBTI test and scored INFP.
    He said ever word of the description fit him.
    And this guy was getting deeply depressed weeks at a time, even months.

    So I ask again, is this the curse of the INFP's or just coincidence/misunderstanding from my part?

    Would you agree INFP's are more prone to depression than other types?
    Would you even say it's common for INFP's to get depression?
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I'm 17 and I feel 'down' quite a lot but I'm not sure if it's depression or just typical teen angst. I would say that INFPs are more prone to it. I'm relatively new to the typing thing though, so I might be wrong.

    Idealists like myself tend to look at the world through rose-tinted glasses and when something knocks them off I become disillusioned and begin to focus my attention on the ugly parts of life. Death, greed, hunger, disease, war...I get stuck in a rut and it's hard to find my way out. I start to wonder if there's any point to living in this world and if it would be easier if I 'shortened my visit.'

    I'm attracted to sad and 'broken' things and people and I want to help them. When I realise that I'm unable to help them or that they don't want my help I can become 'broken' myself.

    I have extremely high standards of perfection and as a result I am rarely happy with any creative work that I produce. Because I use things like art and writing to express myself, (Wow I'm definitely just an angst-riddled teen, I apologise haha) this can become frustrating.

    Because we're introverts, we're prone to withdrawal and isolation. I would spend a long time in my room anyway but when I feel depressed I'm not even bothered trying to make the effort to go out and socialise with friends to appear 'normal'. My parents accuse me of being lazy and 'moping about the house', which just makes things worse.

    A lot of the music I listen to, books I read, movies I watch and artwork I enjoy are tremendously melancholic as well, which probably doesn't help.

    They're just a few observations on my part. I'm sure that we're all equally prone to depression though. It's a shame there's still such a stigma attached to mental illness. Mental illnesses in my family are always kept hush-hush.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    When I was in middle school I clashed with my father a lot and my issues with him causes me to be depressed

    5-6 years ago I went through a very bad depression

    When I was depressed I shared my feeling more than I normally do (although the send time, some people really really close to me could tell something was wrong, but had no idea I was depressed or how bad it was), but I think because I tend not to share my feeling when I'm not depressed, that may make me more likely to become depressed once I feel pain

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I don't have depression in that I feel I have more "I do not belong in this time or age" syndrome whatever that is. From what I understand, the civilization of the current age is not a hospitable climate for a 85% introvert who is highly artistic, loves animals more than people, grew up in a dream world and still lives there.

    Depressed? Hell maybe! What would truly satisfy my artsy introvertdome, is to slink away to my lake-side refrigerated container home (totally green)and art studio accompanied by my Sabastople geese, my Nubian goats and rescued track greyhounds, and make a living selling my sculptures at 5 to 10 thousand dollars a pop. Just write me a check, please. Thank you very much.

    But no. My true imaginative expertise, and humongous experience buys me a minimum wage job and no benefits.

    I trust, and believe I am on the verge of getting there, or else, I would immediately do harm unto myself in a way that psychiatrists would disapprove of.

    If I were an extrovert, who was arranged in a way to snag a job as a manager somewhere-- say a grocery store, or Boeing, , I think I would die. I love who I am. I can live without chattering people always being around me. I don't need people. I am happy.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    @Artois , I have similar feelings. But I'm also in a crisis right now. I know what I'm talented at, but there's no way for me to make a living of it in this society, so people like me must suffer doing work that will never please. I've tried so many different jobs (and hated them) that I'm just exhausted right now. It feels like I've run out of options so I'm at a huge pit stop. At least I do have a goal: a woman; but I don't think it's a healthy goal in the long-run because sooner or later I'll be stuck in the same rut--and dragging someone else into it.
    I wish I could let out one huge sigh that would last the entire night--even though it still wouldn't adequately express what I'm feeling inside.
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    ENFP - The Inspirers

    Have you ever thought about suicide at a early age?

    I saw this HBO documentary about this kid who committed suicide who was clearly a INFP without a doubt.

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    @Hussein Muammed Firdt off, nice avatar bro. Nucky is a fucking boss!!!

    But to answeer your questionnbro, yeah I've battled depression my whole life. It's not a fun timr, but it id genetic so I don't think it has a whole lot to do with personality types. As an INFP I feel things more deeply, more intensely, and that includes depression. But shit happens, you know -it's not soley because I am an INFP.
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