[INFP] Things I have done so far to get out of my comfort zone

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This is a discussion on Things I have done so far to get out of my comfort zone within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; So I've compiled a list of the things I have done for some time already in attempting to venture out ...

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    Things I have done so far to get out of my comfort zone

    So I've compiled a list of the things I have done for some time already in attempting to venture out of my usual old comfort zone
    • I've expanded some of my interests. For example, I become more passionate in studying why people have certain interests that are different from mine.
    • I've made promises to myself to stand up for my views more often if I know I'm right, and they work.
    • I've showed more passion in talking about imagination, idealism and dreams even though in the past I usually went a bit shy when it comes to talking about those things.
    • I tend to see the bigger picture of things more often rather than only things that benefit my very personal subjective system.
    • I become more honest with my flaws, but not enough until I allow people to hurt me emotionally.


    Can any of those be beneficial for other INFP's? Just wondering.
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    I would say that leaving your comfort zone can always be beneficial in some respect or another, depends really if the benefit is one you are looking for.

    I think all objects need to grow or will grow, e.g just like a flower growing too big for its pot and needing to be replanted elsewhere. Comes down to whether that growth is positive or negative growth in your eyes. I think comfort zones are too safe yet ultimately too stagnant. I believe all comfort zones do not want to change but the world does and they will find themselves bending long before the rest of the world does. So learning to be comfortable outside the established comfort zone helps it bend, change and adjust to the changes occuring around it all the time.

    A few of your points to me seem to embody increased assertion or confidence in your beliefs. I would say these are good traits for any INFP to strive towards (or perhaps any introvert) if you can nurture its growth whilst remaining true to who you are. But it comes down to you in the end and what you believe I think.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    I'm working on it too.

    Attempt at balancing my Introversion in order to be socially fulfilled:
    Yesterday I actually left the house. I wandered around in the fog playing a wooden flute, dressed in my homemade clothes. I must have seemed crazy, but somehow it went well. I even got a guy's phone number, and had conversations with strangers. (Then I came home and slept for about eight hours, because it was draining.)

    Attempt at balancing my Feeling in order to increase my empathy for people I would usually consider threatening:
    I have been exploring sections other than the INFP section, asking questions of scary people in order to figure them out and make them less scary.

    Attempt at balancing my iNtuition in order to become more in tune with physical reality:
    I've been making hand-crafted items without necessarily feeling the need to make them all meaningful on a non-aesthetic level. Yesterday I felt almost giddy while fabric shopping, and focused on enjoying the fabric for its textures and patterns rather than because 'Ooh, this one has dragonflies on it, and dragonflies are a symbol for transformation and renewal since they can be associated with both air and water, and air represents...."



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    *bumps thread to ask about comfort zone*
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I've been trying harder to look strangers in the eye when I talk to them. I've also been trying harder to ease up when talking to strangers. Talk to them like I already know them, like I already know they are cool people, like they are my friends, like they understand me and I understand them. Just using a different voice inflection, smiling and letting them into my space. Trying to be more casual and less on-guard.

    I've been wearing lipstick every day. Trying to actually care about what I look like rather than just getting by wearing whatever was clean easiest to throw on. Trying to make a good impression rather than always being invisible.

    I'm trying to sit comfortably in my faults. Acknowledging when I screwed up, when I don't have the best intentions, and being ok with it. Not being so hard on myself. Giving myself permission to be free rather than letting other people tell me what to do with myself and feeling caged. Knowing that my freedom isn't always going to be a good thing and may have consequences. Accepting those consequences.

    Being comfortable with my sexuality. This is a big one for me right now. I'm trying to sort through a bunch of shit that's wayyy back in my mind, has been there forever, and has never seen the light of day. I've been gradually letting that part of myself out of its protective layer to be free and able to accept myself in that aspect. I want to be ok with it one of these days. Baby steps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ethylester View Post

    I'm trying to sit comfortably in my faults. Acknowledging when I screwed up, when I don't have the best intentions, and being ok with it. Not being so hard on myself. Giving myself permission to be free rather than letting other people tell me what to do with myself and feeling caged. Knowing that my freedom isn't always going to be a good thing and may have consequences. Accepting those consequences.

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    Thank you, inspiring words
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    INFP - The Idealists

    i went off alone to other countries.
    i doubt i told anyone before i left that i was dead terrified. ;)
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by izzie View Post
    [*]I've showed more passion in talking about imagination, idealism and dreams even though in the past I usually went a bit shy when it comes to talking about those things.
    .
    Definitely something I've been wanting to do for a long time. It seems like imagination is something that mainstream society is seriously lacking as far as I can tell, so sometimes I feel like such a loner when I spout a bunch of crazy stuff that's roaming around in my head. I've come to realize though that even if people think I'm a little crazy, deep down they know I'm being myself and most people will respect that in the end - myself included. I'm banking on the hope that my imagination will keep me feeling young and optimistic for a bit longer than the average bear...*crosses fingers*

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Attending more social events and attempting to meet new people is what I'm doing right now.
    I'm not too comfortable in social settings so I'm guessing that I'll get used to it by going to many of them.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I'm waging an assault on my social anxiety and prior poor self image by attempting to go to the gym on the regular.
    A younger me used to really dislike my appearance, and in my head that ugly duckling will always be a part of me.
    I guess engaging in regular physical activity in front of people is my attempt at realizing myself as the mediocrely swan ish type I have become.
    I am also the only "alternative" looking person at my gym, so people stare, which I hate. However, it is helping me get over my fear of perceived or real judging eyes, and inhibitions about unfamiliar human interaction in general.


     
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