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Plague Doctor
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I'm new to the forum, but I've been reading it for years. I decided to join recently, though, because I wanted to actually interact here, too. My name is Katherine and I have tested as an INFP consistently 90% of the time since I was 15 years old. The other 10% has always been INTP.

I consider myself pretty comfortable with my secondary, tertiary, and inferior functions, though I've only just recently begun to delve deeper into my inferior Te function. I'm in my thirties - I'm 34, but I am already telling people I'm 35 because that's how much I live in the future sometimes (my birthday is in December, though).

I feel much younger than I am. I have a sort of innocent child-like wonder and I probably get excited over really menial things. I am reasonably healthy in that I take care of myself physically, mentally, and emotionally though I do take necessary medication for my mood and have for over 10 years.

The motif of death has traveled with me my entire life. From a young child, people close to me have died and I have had a relationship with the idea of death from a young age. I don't say this to invoke pity, but just to explain what has made me who I am as a person. The result is that I didn't have a normal social life growing up, but I have the unique ability to totally sit through the storm of grief while remaining relatively calm which I believe is a strength. I would love to be a grief counselor, but I feel more called as a child/adolescent counselor. My father died in July at the young age of 65. This was a devastating experience as I was more close to him than any other person in my life growing up and at the time he died.

I have two children. I live in a house with their father (INTP @hornpipe2) who is my best friend IRL. I'm married to an exceptional ISTP who is in an unusual situation physically right now which is better left unsaid until I feel more comfortable here. I spend most of my time on the INFP, INTP, and ISTP threads, though I'm also very attracted to the INxJ and ISFP threads, too. I want to be better versed in all of the types and understand all of them better, starting with those I find more compatible and working outward. I am notorious IRL for being extremely sensitive to extroverted energy and extroverted people. It goes beyond the norm, I think.

I very much enjoy this forum and I am really looking forward to learning more and hopefully making some lasting friends.

tldr; I'm a young-hearted 34 y/o INFP who has only recently joined but has been reading for years. I'm pretty developed in my function set. Death has been a motif in my life but it hasn't caused me to be excessively dark. My father died in July and that was/is hard for me. I hope to meet friends here. My name is Katherine
 

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Nice to have you aboard. Many condolences about your father. INFPs seem to dive into dark places, and I can see how a heartbreak like that could cause you to go there. I'm wondering if you can post more on what you mean by being sensitive to extroverted energy, not sure if that means you are attracted to it, repelled by it, or if it means something else.
 

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Plague Doctor
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Nice to have you aboard. Many condolences about your father. INFPs seem to dive into dark places, and I can see how a heartbreak like that could cause you to go there. I'm wondering if you can post more on what you mean by being sensitive to extroverted energy, not sure if that means you are attracted to it, repelled by it, or if it means something else.
When I say that I mean it drains me as much as going out drains me. It's like having a party vicariously! Also, just to be clear, it's not like that with *all* Extroverts, but I've found that it has increased with age. I want to get to the bottom of this and feel more comfortable, of course. As far as being in dark places, I've certainly been there before and will probably go there again, but I'm doing my best not to allow my father's death do that to me. I did most of my grieving in life, about 3 months before his death (he was ill). I know I'm handling it healthily.
 
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