There was a post awhile back about older INFPs (not sure exactly when you turn "older," but I'm pretty sure I'm there) and basically about how their life has turned out so far. I wanted to revisit this because I think it's really useful info for younger INFPs, and I've just been thinking about the discoveries I've made about myself as an INFP that I didn't know were personality traits when I was younger (and often thought they were faults) and how that's lead to self-acceptance.
Specifically, today I've been thinking about the INFP propensity to become bored easily. I DEFINITELY have this trait and wish I'd really embraced this when I was younger. I think our society sees being easily bored as a personality fault and as something you should grow out of or at least override as you get older. I disagree but I think when I was younger I absorbed this attitude as well only to find that I haven't grown out of it at all.
I'm a doctor and one of the many reasons I don't like it is that it's BORING!!! Or maybe I should say it's too monotonous, something I wouldn't have assumed prior to doing it. I've been struggling with this for 8+ years hoping it might ease, but it's only gotten worse.
As I've journeyed along my INFP discovery I've worked to understand myself and my traits, which I think we all know are often unique when compared with the general society. This can make it hard to be an INFP without lots of self-understanding and self-acceptance. The really great thing is that with maturity comes more self-understanding/acceptance.
I'm finally getting to the point where I not only understand myself, but I really like the traits that make me different. It's not always easy as evidenced by a current situation where I'm having to let go of a long friendship because we're so different and she doesn't seem to have the capacity to even try to understand me (I'm pretty sure she's an ESTJ). In the past I might have assumed some of her criticisms of me were correct and that there's something wrong with me, but now I see her as the one with the problem because she lacks the ability for depth and true empathy. That's what coming to appreciate yourself as an INFP can do. She has a very dynamic, charismatic personality that masks a selfish, shallow, often unkind person. I didn't really see this (or maybe didn't want to see it) before because I bought into all the charisma. But, now I see her for what she is and realize that we have never really had anything in common. All we do together is go out to dinner. That's it! And, she doesn't like to do many new things. Again, I used to feel uncomfortable like I was at fault because everyone around her thinks she's so great, but now I see so much more clearly.
And, as far as the easily bored thing, I think it's a trait that helps direct you to certain types of lifestyles that are very important, even if the society doesn't always appreciate it. People that are easily bored, if they follow their hearts, will probably end up in things like creative fields where things are changing all the time, or as venture capitalist or consultants - things that are necessary in our world but that people might not do because they involve too much risk if the drive against boredom weren't so strong. Then we'd have no one going that route and look how much worse off we'd be.