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Why being wealthy can make mental health problems worse

Why being wealthy can make mental health problems worse

Being wealthy can have all sorts of advantages. But it can also emphasize and exaggerate many mental health problems. 

In fact, some of the most wealthy people in the world are extremely emotionally damaged and suffer from various mental health problems. Tragically, we are always hearing about rich celebrities ending their life by suicide.

In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), despite being one of the world’s wealthiest countries for decades, the US is one of the most depressed nations in the entire world.

In terms of most years of life lost due to disability or death adjusted for population, WHO’s research found that overall the US was third of all the world’s nations for the biggest burden of disease for mental and behavioral disorders. This included being behind only China and India for high rates of depression, anxiety, and alcohol and/or drug use.

A recent study actually discovered that once a specific annual income has been reached – around $100,000 in the USA – people are more likely to have reduced wellbeing and less satisfaction in life.

Wealth and health connection

Today the word “wealth” is used to mean “an abundance of valuable possessions or money; being rich; material prosperity”. But to understand the connection between today’s problems it helps to understand from where the word is derived.

When it was first largely used in the English language during the 12th Century it was from a word meaning “well” and it was used to indicate good health. The word “health” itself is of Germanic origin meaning “whole”, a word that can still be used to mean healthy – certainly in terms of emotional wellbeing.

Today’s meaning of wealth is part of our modern world that started with the Industrial Revolution in Britain in the late 18th Century. Since then, most of the Western world has become increasingly materialistic.

We are taught from early years the idea that having money means we are successful. We learn that being financially rich means happiness and that this is guaranteed despite what might have happened in someone’s childhood or how someone lives their day-to-day life now.

Stark statistics from such as the WHO research reveal this is often not the case that financial wealth assures someone of a happy life. Yet Western society seems to continue in its direction, unabated – but with ever-increasing numbers of people struggling with emotional problems and suffering from various mental health conditions.

A true measure of society?

Physician, author, and renowned addiction expert Dr. Gabor Maté makes an extremely interesting point on all of this: “We have the GDP, the Gross Domestic Product,” he says. “This is how we measure success. It’s how much wealth.

“In a materialistic society, we measure success by the possession or the control or the production of matter, of materials. It’s materials that matter.

“But is that really the true measure of human society? Well, it’s one measure.

“But is it a true measure of a successful society? Can a society be called successful because it produces, controls, or owns more matter than some other society?

“An equally important measure, at least as important a measure of society and culture, is to what degree does it meet human needs? How well does it promote healthy human development and to what degree and ways does it undermine it?”

Wealth does not guarantee health

Wealth does not guarantee health

Having plenty of money does mean you can access better care, whether that’s for a physical condition or mental health problems (which are so often linked). But in some instances, it also means people are more likely to need such care.

One aspect to consider is that the love of money – and the material things it can buy and often the accompanying status – can be an addiction. As with many addictions to such as drink or drugs as well as a behavioral addiction, those addicted to money will put it at the top of their priorities.

This is not a conscious choice. It is a way to cope with their inner pain and emptiness. 

Because they’re trying to fill an inner emptiness and mask or block their pain they will actually be unable to do anything other than this. That is unless they transfer their addiction to something else.

Or ideally, find out what is behind their inner emptiness and pain. Then learn how to properly deal with it, which usually involves some form of therapy.

But while they are living as they are, there will be almost relentless anxiety and stress. The money means so much to them – in a similar way that alcohol does to an alcoholic – that there will be constant thoughts of how to ensure they keep making money and how to hold on to the wealth they presently have.

Consequently, although they may have much more money than the vast majority of people, they are much more worried about it. Because it’s their “fix”, they need to know it’s there and so often someone like this may also be quite miserly with what they have and be living in a continual state of stress and anxiety.

Compressed torment of generations

Generations addicted to spending

As with many mental health disorders, the struggle is often intergenerational. Many people from wealthy families are at least in part struggling because their parents were largely absent from their childhood.

This could be, for instance, because one parent was addicted to making and keeping money, while another was addicted to spending. But every child needs to have their basic needs met: they need to feel loved, valued, validated, and secure.

If one or both of the parents were not there, this is not possible. A mother or father may justify that they are always away from the family home (or preoccupied with working when they are there) by saying they are doing it all for their family to have comfortable lives now and in the future.

Similar justifications will be said for sending children off to board at school or to a school that may be a long way away from the family home. But ask any child what they most want and it will be that they want their parents to be there to listen to them, to hug them and to play with them…

There’s no denying it’s great to have some lovely things such as a large beautiful home and a brand-new car. But it’s also a fact that so much emotional and mental health suffering in adulthood starts in childhood due to a child with unmet needs growing up into an adult that feels unloved and unlovable.

Widening the gap

Mental health issues caused by being wealthy

Making and having lots of wealth can make mental health problems seem even worse for many people. Western society’s message certainly plays its part in this with the overall culture being a materialistic one – such as with commercials almost everywhere telling us that we need this or that to be happy and successful.

Author Matt Haig writes with great expertise about this in his bestselling Notes On A Nervous Planet. In this book, he writes about how our modern world feeds anxiety and other mental health conditions. He says that many commercials, as well as social media, contribute to this, in that they seek to make us feel less than, worried, and as if we are failures. Unless we buy the product or service they are selling.

But what happens to a lot of people who reach a level of financial wealth, and often a certain degree of status too, is that they still do not feel happy or well. This is because they can look around them and see that they have all that money can buy – and yet they, for instance, still feel depressed.

So in many ways, this exaggerates their suffering. They might reason or people say to them that there is no reason for them to feel depressed. So now they feel even more pain, even further lost in life.

Of course, if our happiness was solely based on material things, then there would be no reason for someone with financial wealth to feel depressed. So it is clear then that this is not what it is about at all.

However, there is always a solution. If you or anyone you know is suffering, the best thing is to speak with someone who has expertise in these matters.

Our friendly professional team has great experience in helping people with all types of mental health and emotional disorders. Call us today for a confidential chat about how we can help you or someone you know.

Narcisissm treatment

What is narcissism?

Narcissism is a household word today. It’s a character trait used to describe many people and their behavior – and narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a recognized mental health condition.

As narcissism is on a spectrum, that means that not every narcissist has NPD. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) between 0.5 and one percent of the population is diagnosed with NPD. Up to 75 percent of people with NPD are male.

It is a behavior that sees extreme selfishness and self-centeredness, an exaggerated sense of self-importance, excessive need to be admired, conceitedness, and a lack of or no empathy. Because a narcissist has little or no empathy they cannot see the world from anyone else’s point of view.

Consequently, they never understand the negative impact their behavior has on others around them. It makes it difficult for a narcissist to seek the treatment they desperately need, since asking for help does not fit their image.

For this reason, some experts believe in fact that up to five percent of the US population has NPD to some degree. As with all personality disorders, NPD can make daily living extremely difficult – especially with family, social, and work relationships.

Allure of image

An ancient Greek myth from where the word “narcissist” derives fully reveals this destructive fixation with oneself, a detrimental love of self-image.

Narcissus was a young man known for his beauty. But he rejected anyone who wanted any romance with him.

Then one day he saw his reflection in a pond. He fell deeply in love with it.

He simply could not move from the allure of his image. But eventually, he melted from the passion burning inside him and turned into a white and yellow flower that still bears his name today.

History of NPD

In 1898 psychologist Havelock Ellis used the term “narcissus-like”, referring to excessive masturbation when someone becomes their own sex object. A year later psychiatrist Paul Näcke used the word “narcissism” in a study of sexual perversions.

Then in 1911, psychoanalyst Otto Rank published the world’s first psychoanalytical paper specifically about narcissism. Three years later, renowned psychotherapist Sigmund Freud published a paper entitled: “On Narcissism: An Introduction.”

In 1980, NPD was officially recognized as a disorder in the DSM. While the DSM does not state any specific categories of the condition, it is generally accepted that there are two distinguishable types of NPD.

Narcissism types

These two types frequently have common characteristics – but are believed to derive from different childhood backgrounds. They can also indicate different ways a narcissist will behave in their relationships with others.

– Grandiose Narcissism

People with this type of narcissism have an image of being better than anyone else. They are grandiose and often deluded with their importance, act elite, ostentatious, lack any empathy, take advantage of others and are aggressive, arrogant, and dominant.

During childhood, they were most likely treated as if – and constantly told – they were superior and better than anyone else.

Vulnerable Narcissism

People with this type of narcissism are neurotic, carry feelings of shame, hypersensitive and their behavior is to protect them against the feelings of inadequacy they have deep down. So they fluctuate between feeling superior and inferior to others. 

Yet they suffer from anxiety and are resentful and defensive when other people do not treat them as if they are superior. Their conflict is that they are desperate for love and approval from everybody, so if it’s not given they will often withdraw and suffer from low self-esteem.

Someone with vulnerable narcissism – also known as covert narcissism – is more likely to develop alcohol or drug addiction or indulge in behavioral addiction. This is to mask or numb the negative feelings that frequently arise in them.

Their parents may have been unreliable – and they often struggle with toxic shame and a “failure of love”. They were often abused or neglected and suffered trauma during childhood.

Narcissism symptoms

Major signs of narcissism

Since many narcissists and people with NPD will never reach out for treatment, it is still being looked into by mental health experts. But there are some definite character traits that narcissistic people frequently display.

  • Using others.

Narcissists exploit others to gain something for themselves. They often find and surround themselves with people who will feed their enlarged egos. These relationships are shallow. In order to keep in control, a narcissist will keep people at a distance and go to almost any lengths to stay completely in charge at all times.

  • Ostentatious and pretentious.

They often have to own lots of flashy material things such as cars, homes, showy watches, jewelry and clothes that they think tell the world just how successful and wonderful they are. Their need for these things is frequently an overwhelming drive that if they were honest they would admit is out of control.

  • Oversensitive.

Even though they seem full of themselves, narcissists need constant attention and relentless admiration and praise to reinforce their fragile inner selves. This means that they are extremely sensitive and swift to anger if they are criticized or perceive something to be a criticism.

  • Sense of entitlement.

A narcissist insists on – and expects – special treatment because they have formed an image of themselves as being better and more important than anyone else. They will disregard rules – insisting that those are for people who are not as special as them, which in their mind is everyone else. They will demand that everybody always does exactly what they want and desire.

  • Manipulative.

A narcissist can be extremely charismatic and charming – at first. This is because they have become masters of manipulation in order to lure someone in and then get what they want from that relationship. So while a narcissist will attempt to impress and please in the beginning, it’s only so that as soon as they can they will put their own needs first and use the other person to that end.

  • Envy.

Many narcissists have an obsession with success and power. This is not only because they need to feed the overinflated image they have of themselves and to maneuver themselves into positions of control – but it’s also because they suffer from extreme envy and jealousy. Therefore, they are driven to make others envious and jealous of them instead.

  • Relentless need for praise and attention.

This is one of the major signs of a narcissist – a constant need for praise and admiration. They cannot get enough and will never be satisfied.

  • Lack of empathy.

A narcissist is unable to empathize with other people. They can only see the world through their eyes. So they have no humility or compassion – and cannot see anything wrong with their behavior or consequently take any responsibility for it. Frequently, a narcissist will never say the word “sorry”.

  • Arrogance.

Because they really believe they are superior to others, they will frequently be obnoxious, rude, and abusive when they get treatment or attention that they think is less than someone of their superiority deserves. Even if they are treated well or in a superior manner they will often act and speak rudely and be dismissive of others because they think the other people are inferior. A narcissist will have an overvalued (often deluded) sense of their own achievements and abilities.

Clearly, none of this makes for positive loving, and balanced relationships with anyone. If you recognize that you could be in a relationship with a narcissist, there are certain aspects that can be looked at and specific changes you can make.

It’s important to speak with someone with expertise in these matters as soon as possible. A narcissist will not see any problem in grinding someone down, including a partner, to get what they want.

Therapy can be especially challenging for people with NPD because they are often unwilling or unable to even acknowledge the disorder. But there are proven successful methods to treat it and help anyone with the condition.

Our experienced team has helped a great many people with all emotional disorders and types of mental health problems. Contact us today to talk about how we can help you or someone you know.

Most common causes of insecurity and how to beat them

The 3 Most Common Causes of Insecurity and How to Beat Them

It happens to the best of us. Despite your education, work experience, or expertise, you feel insecure at the most inopportune of moments. You feel like you don’t belong there and that someone will soon expose you for what you truly are – an imposter destined to fail. This can wreak havoc on your mental health unless you learn how to confront your insecurities.

The troubling part is the timing of it all. Just when you need to feel confident and secure, your self-doubt takes control. It could be before an interview, an important presentation, a date, or even when someone asks your opinion in a public setting. Suddenly, you feel insecure and an internal monologue of negative self-talk begins.

The troubling part is the timing of it all. Just when you need to feel confident and secure, your self-doubt takes control. It could be before an interview, an important presentation, a date, or even when someone asks your opinion in a public setting. Suddenly, you feel insecure and an internal monologue of negative self-talk begins.

What makes it troublesome is the difficulty in understanding it. There’s no benchmark that you can compare your insecurity to. Who’s to tell what’s normal and what needs a conscious intervention? How do you know if it’s something that affects everyone or if it’s just your personal insecurities at work?

To make sense of the problem, here are the three most common forms of insecurity. If you realize that you could be suffering from any of these, you should try out the accompanying tactics to confront and overcome them.

1. Insecurity due to rejection

The crux of mental health is how you see, value, respect, and love yourself. Put together, we refer to it as self-esteem. Fear of rejection is a serious challenge to developing formidable self-esteem.

It’s only natural that you feel insecure if you’ve had a breakup recently. But breakups aren’t the only reason for this. It could also be professional. You may have been rejected in an interview or turned down for a promotion. Whatever the cause, it left you feeling that you don’t deserve it.

That recent experience will cloud your judgment of events, opportunities, and individuals. Even if it didn’t happen a while ago, if it was an intensely unsettling event, the scars will still be fresh. It can hold you back from approaching people or putting your hand up for viable opportunities.

So, how do you stop carrying that insecurity around? How do you get rid of that recent memory and improve your self-confidence to take on new challenges?

How to beat it

  • Understand that it’s natural: Even the greatest athletes have their bad days. Hollywood stars go through breakups. The only difference is that they don’t hold onto them. Everyone has a bad day and if there’s a particular instance of rejection that bothers you, take a bird’s eye view of the situation.

  • Think of achievements: Depending on the situation, look back in your professional or personal life and think of an instance where you’d succeeded in similar circumstances. It doesn’t have to be big. But the sense of accomplishment should have been real.

  • Involve friends: Talk to your friends or partners if you need a boost of morale. While it may seem awkward at first, they’ll usually remind you of your successes that you probably would’ve forgotten.

Insecurity from social anxiety

2. Insecurity from social anxiety

The fear of being socially judged is one of the most common forms of insecurity. Some people feel self-conscious, anxious, and fearful when in front of others. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a group of colleagues or family members. This can extend to even the smallest of social encounters like a date.

At the heart of this insecurity is a strongly rooted belief that you are not worth it. That you’ve nothing important to contribute or that anything you say or do can be used to mock you and will permanently be associated with you.

The reasons for this social anxiety could be traced to childhood or any other event that would make people highly uneasy about meeting and introducing themselves to others. Maybe your parents were overly critical or your schoolmates bullied you. That forced you to believe that it’s better to keep quiet and stay away from the limelight.

While at first others may classify it as an understandable social awkwardness, it can have profound impacts on an individual’s mental health. The more people see you avoid social situations, the less likely they’re to involve you in more such outings.

If you suffer from social anxiety, you wouldn’t raise your hand even if you know the answer in class. You wouldn’t give your opinion when your boss asks you in front of others. You’ll think of excuses to bail out of presentations and meetings. All these dramatically reduce your chances of both personal and professional exposure that are necessary for growth.

How to beat it

  • Confront your inner critic: Nobody’s holding you back as strongly as the voice inside your head. Sadly, that voice mostly gives you false forecasts. The next time it tells you that it’s not going to end well, confidently reply that you can handle the situation. Be firm, affirmative, and relentless in talking back to that negative voice.

  • Prepare: To increase your confidence and improve your mental health, before getting into any social situation, prepare for a couple of minutes. If you’ve got a meeting, think about topics that might interest others, from sports to entertainment.

  • Start small: The shortest of interactions can boost your confidence. Before you start preparing for presentations, think about taking the initiative when you go out to a restaurant. When the waiter asks for your group’s order, be the first to respond. Suggest something to others and place the order.

3. Insecurity due to perfectionism

Some people set exceptionally high standards for themselves. If you’re one of those, you know that you constantly worry about falling short of those expectations. You worry that the meal you cook is far from perfect, the route that you’ve taken to work isn’t the best, and the way you signed off the last email wasn’t how it should have been.

You don’t like it because you have an imaginary scale that’s perfect and whatever you do doesn’t live up to those levels. This doesn’t bode well for your mental health.

This has profound implications, especially for your studies and career. The fear of falling short of perfection will force you to postpone finishing that term paper or writing that project report. Although you may have the skillsets to complete the job, you never end up completing projects on time.

While part of it is the internal standard of perfection, it could also be external. You may worry that your boss or partner may not like what you do because it’s not perfect. Along with this exaggerated fear of external assessment, there’ll be crippling self-doubt that will incrementally bring down both the quantity and quality of your output.

While the standards are unattainable, you’ll still feel that you should be able to achieve those because you see others doing so effortlessly. So, you losing 10 kilos in two months is nothing to be happy about since someone managed to lose 20 kilos.

This constant comparison is bad news for your mental health. Unfortunately, social media has only made it worse. Now you are regularly updated about others’ achievements which compared to yours are phenomenal, according to you. This feedback loop through smartphones is both addictive and dangerous.

How to beat it

  • Know that perfectionism is an illusion: Even the greatest business solutions aren’t perfect. They go through several changes once they’re released. All great companies and successful individuals understand this.

  • Focus on the efforts: The outcomes depend on several factors while the inputs are usually under your control. So, that’s what you should focus on. Stop obsessing about the fruits of your rewards and concentrate on your efforts.

  • Get it out: An average product, project report, or blog piece that’s out in the open is exponentially better than their perfect versions in your mind. As they say in the world of startups, shipping beats perfection.

  • Nobody cares: Specifically, nobody’s interested in the granular details of your work as much as the fact that it’s out there. People will appreciate you for the chances you take and not the chances you shy away from because of the fear of perfection. For proof, watch the highlights reel of any game.

In short

The first step toward beating your insecurities is addressing the fact that they’re real. Once you know that any one of these is standing in your way, it’s easier to equip yourself with the tools to overcome them. Once you name it, you can beat it and significantly improve your mental health along the way.

An Overview of the INFP Personality Type

An Overview of the INFP Personality Type

Well, it doesn’t surprise me—after all, he/she does have an addictive personality! How many times have we heard someone make a similar comment when discussing a friend or loved one’s most recent behavior?

It doesn’t have to be an addictive personality trait. Substitute the word aggressive, risky, people-pleasing, or shy, and we’re locked and loaded, ready to blame behavior on personality.

Of course, personality traits aren’t all negative. Personalities include an array of positive characteristics, such as self-confident, creative, passionate, and determined, to name a few.

There are reasons why it makes sense to blame personality because our personality traits drive behavioral choices. Those choices impact both physical and mental health.

As part of diagnosing mental health conditions, practitioners often offer clients a panel of tests to assess personality. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a standard assessment. Here is an overview of one personality type found on the MBTI—INFP.

Using Personality Tests

Why Use Personality Tests?

According to the American Psychological Association (APA), personality assessments offer several benefits to practitioners and their clients in the clinical setting. A mental healthcare team can use these tests to diagnose, structure interventions, and predict behaviors.

Most people enjoy taking personality tests. When was the last time you clicked on a test that popped up in your social media feed?

While most of those are designed for fun (or for marketing purposes), a legitimate personality test can offer a window into a person’s worldview and how they interact with the world.

Tests like the MBTI can offer insight into why people do what they do. In the field of education, personality tests can help a person choose their career path. In business, corporations use assessments to help discover the strengths and weaknesses of their employees.

Not Just Another Acronym

Sometimes it feels like we’ve built our world on acronyms. They do serve a purpose, and in this case, using them to categorize personality types makes things much more manageable.

Let’s do a quick dive into what each letter of the INFP personality type stands for:


INFP is a personality type. Each letter of the acronym represents a fundamental personality trait of this type.

It certainly explains using yet another acronym. No one walks around announcing they’re introverted, intuitive, feeling, and perceptive.

By the way, personality traits aren’t something Myers and Briggs dreamt up on a whim. The four traits that are the backbone of the INFP type come from C.G. Jung, one of Freud’s contemporaries. Jung was one of the pioneers of psychoanalysis and modern depth psychology.

So far, we’ve only gone ankle-deep. In the next section, we’ll go a little deeper and look into each personality trait.

I Is for Introversion

We often interact with a shy, quiet person and automatically label them as an introvert. While it’s true that introversion, as a personality trait, means an individual is more reserved and thoughtful, that doesn’t mean they’re shy. It also doesn’t mean they have social anxiety.

INFPs focus more on the internal. Internal feelings rather than external stimulation are critical to the way an INFP functions in the world.

Unlike extroverts, introverts have little need for special attention. They’re not usually comfortable at social engagements, especially those where they’re expected to be the life of the party.

Introverts don’t thrive on external busyness! Instead, they draw energy from time spent alone.

That said, regardless of which personality assessment you prefer using, there is no all or nothing when it comes to personality traits.

Some introverts enjoy theater (as in playing a role on stage), and sometimes extroverts need a little alone time.

Living as an iNtuitive

INFPs are creative. It makes sense because intuitive people place a high value on inspiration and imagination.

An intuitive person processes information through impressions and patterns. The world is full of possibilities, and they immerse themselves completely. That could explain why many INFPs zone out—they’re daydreamers (but not in a negative way).

Intuitives spend time doing what others assume is daydreaming, but they’re not wasting time cooking up grand projects they’ll never complete. Instead, an intuitive person spends time gathering knowledge, which they eventually utilize to bring reality to their big picture view of the world.

F Is All About the Feels

Instead of ruling with their heads, INFPs let their hearts take over, and it can get them in trouble. When judging a situation where they need to decide, a feeling person tends to base their judgments on their feelings.

When they apply judgment, primarily where other people are concerned, INFPs base their thinking on extenuating circumstances.

INFPs are classic people pleasers. They want to be appreciated, but even more, they desire harmony in their world. An INFP finds it easy to empathize with others because they do genuinely care about people.

The P in INFP

Perception, the final piece of the INFP acronym, refers to our attitude towards our external world. Perceivers like flexibility and spontaneity.

This preference means INFPs would rather keep things open-ended. They don’t seem to need life to be neat and orderly. Life doesn’t need to have everything settled, as there should be room for change.

A person strong in this preference doesn’t love to-do lists. Why would they? Lists take away from being spontaneous.

Living or working with an INFP can irritate those who prefer planning ahead of time and making decisions quickly rather than waiting for what might come up as a better option.

How the World Views INFPs

At first glance, INFPs may appear aloof. That’s because they prefer a close inner circle. They strive for authenticity and reserve expressing their feelings until they get to know someone well enough that they’re comfortable being themselves.

Their initial coolness blossoms into opportunities for deep, meaningful conversations once they develop a trusting relationship. INFPs love to talk about values and ethics—they’re passionate people and don’t mind standing up for what they believe in firmly.

They care about people and personal growth, which leads to a continual journey of a deeper understanding of themselves and others.

Despite their passions, they tend to be more private than other more gregarious personality types.

Seeking a friendship with an INFP result in making a true friend who is accepting without question. More often than not, people with this personality type have a particular interest in alternative lifestyles and what others typically consider as offbeat ways of looking at the world.

INFP Strengths

Every personality type displays a set of strengths. What is essential to keep in mind is that every person, regardless of the personality assessment results, is unique. All INFPs don’t possess every strength listed below, and that’s okay!

So here goes with a brief list of strengths most noted in INFP personalities:

  • Idealism
  • Integrity
  • Compromise
  • Dedication

Because of their belief that it’s on them to make a positive impact on the world and in the lives of others, they’re fiercely dedicated to the causes that can help them help others.

INFPs are known for their ability to self-sacrifice, and they do it humbly, likely without even realizing the sacrifices they do make. They believe in people and their potential, which means they’ll go to the end of the world to offer encouragement and support to others who are attempting to accomplish great things.

The Flip Side of INFP

The Flip Side

We all have strengths, and on the flip side, we all have weaknesses. People who are INFPs have flaws that often make it challenging to live and work with them.

Because they’re spontaneous a.k.a., free spirits, they tend to live the big picture life. That often causes them to lose sight of the details. They can drive detail-minded people nuts.

INFPs don’t just lose sight of the details. They often have difficulty finishing projects that are highly detailed.

Relying too much on intuition causes INFPs to read into things. They often misinterpret the emotions of other people, which sets them up to be too sensitive.

On a mission to help others, they often neglect their own needs and aspirations.

A Few More Weaknesses

The people-pleasing aspect of this personality type drives an INFP to avoid conflict, sometimes at any cost. While they ask for the opinions of others, accepting criticism is a different story. They typically can’t receive it.

Finally, INFPs often carry their need to please to a new extreme, becoming reliant on other people’s approval. They look for their self-worth through what others say about them.

We hope this overview of the INFP personality traits brings a more profound understanding, especially to people who discover they’re an INFP. It’s also helpful for friends and loved ones to learn more about personality types to offer more intelligent support when relationships become difficult.

If you’re struggling with issues related to personality type, or any other mental issue, we can help. Contact us today, and let’s get started on your journey to wholeness.

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