Interesting video I just found about "being an emotional sponge" which a few different types, especially INFJ, might relate to. Also talks about Enneagram type 4 and 9. Thought of some of you who've I've seen post around here and thought you might get something out of it. Also there are probably types other than INFJ who experience this, too, but I'm not sure... you will have to tell us, types! :)
(Sorry, not sure why only link and not vid is popping up.)
From the description:
CAROLYN Z'S MINDHEART CHAT EPISODE #1
EMOTIONAL SPONGE VS. EMPATHY: ENNEAGRAM 4 & 9, INFJ/P, HSP, PTSD....
(and all those other letters.)
Do you get overwhelmed from constantly absorbing others' emotions like they are your own? Maybe you have a loved one liked this and want to understand them? This episode is about being "emotional sponge", how this is a painful state that differs from empathy and is sometimes related to trauma, and how to understand it and heal.
Topics discussed include:
-The experience of being an "emotional sponge" who feels others' emotions in their body to an extreme degree
-Personality types who might experience this, including Enneagram 4s and 9s, INFJs/INFPs and other MBTI types, introverts, "Highly Sensitive People", etc.
-Its potential relationship to trauma
-How this is not the same thing as empathy and, at times, could even be its opposite
-A bit on how Buddhist teachings on the Brahmaviharas might address this
-Suggestions for how to heal and channel emotional sponginess into a true empathetic superpower!