[INFP] Do you have trouble using facial expressions to reflect your mood/emotions

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This is a discussion on Do you have trouble using facial expressions to reflect your mood/emotions within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; I ask because apparently I dont do this well. People tell me that they can never know what I am ...

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Do you have trouble using facial expressions to reflect your mood/emotions

    I ask because apparently I dont do this well. People tell me that they can never know what I am feeling because I always have a straight face. I also lack the typical reaction to certain things that most people have. (acting suprised at things that are supposed to be suprising, I rarely smile or laugh at things (unless its something in my mind), but at the same time I dont have that "sad" look either. I remember this one guy even said that I had NO personality. I was wondering if any other INFPs have the same problem.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    for me people can immediately tell what is my mood and the way i feel from my facial expressions..i cant hide my emotions..my dad say its easy to read my mood most of the time because i am a simple girl and have transparency when it comes to my feelings

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Depends on the situation. When I feel "connected" to the people I'm with and therefore, my surroundings (rare) I guess my emotions are more visible. When I let my guard down, I can be ridiculously easy to read.
    But when I'm not as invested in my surroundings, I have a sort of invisible wall around me. I have more difficulty expressing my emotions through my facial expressions/voice, my voice gets more monotone than usual, my face is blank and even if I'm verbally trying to express some emotion (like, telling a joke for example), my face/voice don't match the verbal contents of my speech. I think it has to do with being more self-conscious. If I don't click with the people or the atmosphere around me, I feel like I have to 'fake' everything.

    Which brings up the question: are 'social', 'extroverted' people (I guess the prototype would be the 'Fe'-dominant types, like ESFJs) just better at faking, or don't they have to fake? Do they just feel more connected with people in general? (I always sort of assumed they were better at faking, but since discovering MBTI I'm sort of beginning to question my own preconceptions of people more)
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I can be difficult to read, too. Most of the time I don't smile or laugh when I'm around other people. I smile and laugh when I am around family or people I feel very comfortable with, but for the most part, my face pretty much lacks expression. And I actually like that. I like the fact that people can't easily read me. What I find is that alot of people want others to be open books, and I'm not obligated to be an open book. And I don't like it when people say that someone has "no personality". Everyone has a personality, seeing as how personality really just means a set of behaviors that occur consistently over a long period of time. When people say that someone doesn't have a personality it usually means that the person doesn't have the kind of personality that those people like.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I think I am difficult to read most of the time. If I am not smiling, people might think that I am very aloof because I just seem bored a lot. Its more shyness than anything.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Oddly enough, when I'm most at peace, people think I'm sad. And when I'm actually sad, no one notices unless I deliberately exaggerate my body language. Sometimes I wish I were a bit easier to read, so people would be quicker to ask "what's wrong?" when I'm having a bad day.
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    I have the opposite problem
    every single emotion shows on my face.
    I hate it
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    Unknown Personality

    I am not an INFP but I think I behave like this sometimes and its not within my control. People usually looked at me with a strange look as if they are expecting me to have a certain reaction to what they have said / done.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I have no trouble reacting with facial expressions. Only problem is people might interpret it incorrectly.
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    ENFJ - The Givers

    my face never shows my emotion very well, i smile alot but noone can ever tell if i'm upset or whatever
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