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My names is doug, I'm 15 and I live with my extremely conservative mother and stepdad. As an INFP I've always struggled to fit in. With my peers, my parents, my brother, and basically anyone and everyone in my life. In the past year, I've struggled with my emotions. I've tried to suppress them, and I've let them overpower me. I can't seem to find balance in my life. I always am helping others deal with their crumbling family life, yet I can't seem to fix myself. I have an addictive personality and have dabbled with drugs and alcohol. I've lost connection with the people I cared about and feel incredibly alone. I've gone through countless relationships that always end the same. This past year has been incredibly strenuous on me. I can't seem to find satisfaction in any aspect of my life. Lately I've felt an overwhelming amount of apathy and discontentment with myself. I'm an insomniac and often waste away my nights criticizing every aspect of myself. I can't feel anything anymore, nothing seems to faze me. I'm neither happy or sad just numb. I just want to leave my town and start a new life and find new inspiration in myself. Does anyone have some advice for an INFP struggling to make it through their teen years?
 

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This what I wish someone would have said to me in High School. "Melissa, There are so many different types of people and personalities in this world and thats okay. It's okay that your shy. Thats who you are. It's okay that you love gymnastics and love editing videos of your favorite gymnasts (I was so insecure about this...it was my secret passion). It's fine if you don't care about fashion or dating cute guys. It's okay that your goofy, clumsy, messy etc. Because that makes you, you. Be proud of that. Be proud that you know who are and you love yourself because many people live to be somebody there not because there afraid.....of what others think.
Remember that you are loving, strong, funny, smart, creative, openminded, spiritual, adaptable, curious and talented. I could keep going. If you don't know your self worth...then how sad is that. We all are special. We just need to find ourselves and love ourselves."

Lol sorry I went on rant....I just wish I would have figured this out a lot sooner. I hope this helps. I'm 23 and it wasn't until I was 18 that I started gaining confidence in who I am. It's a ongoing process but overall I know it's true and helps a lot. If you need someone to talk (or type too actually) just message me. : ) I'm a good listener and if you want advice. I will try to help.
 

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I just want to leave my town and start a new life and find new inspiration in myself.

What would you do? What would inspire you? If I gave you one minute to make yourself better, what would you do? How about ten minutes? How about an hour? How about a day? A week? A month? A year? A decade? A lifetime?

One step at a time. One moment at a time. The past is the past, own it and move on. But find where you want to go. Start with a minute, then work up to a lifetime.

Also, you said you have a mom, step-dad, and brother. Count your blessings even if you don't see them as blessings today. What would you want to do, learn, say, as there's no guarantee they'll be here tomorrow. Learn to love them. Learn how they love you. Learn how to love others.

It's one foot in front of the other.
 

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:cool: You joined; awesome! I look forward to reading your posts!
 

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Aw :( *hugs*

You can PM me if you need someone to talk to. I used to struggle with several related problems. I even managed to quit cigarettes :) You can do anything with a bit of motivation.
 

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Hello and welcome to Per C. My advice is to avoid chemical stimulation. Drugs and alcohol will not help with any issues you are experiencing, they will only create more serious problems.
 
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