FYI-  I am in my last year of highschool. I am female. I have 3 super best friends I have known since I was very young, but they don't go to my school. I do want to make new close friends.. but I feel as though I have particular needs and standards with people that often aren't met.

When meeting someone new as an INFJ, I can often immediatley predict where the relationship will go. I notice I cut myself off from having casual relationships if I don't think the relationship will bring the desired outcome.

What I really want is for other people to return the favour of taking the time to listen to me and truly understand me.

But.. it is so difficult to reveal the depth of my INFJ knowledge to potential friends, and often I give up trying or don't try at all because of how unusual it sounds, leaving me feeling lonely, isolated and misunderstood.  I can't even make sense of it myself. 

I am content with having 3 very close friends, but at places like school I feel uncapable of forming new friendships. I am isolating myself, but I feel as though I have no choice. 


Any thoughts/advice?


realunicorn (not verified) says...

Hey girl! Sounds super similar to what I experienced in high school.

For a long time, I had a ton of friends, but felt like no one really knew ME. No one really took the time to. One day, I saw a girl who, for some reason, I just knew would get me. I was kind of clueless as to how to make a new friend, much less a best friend, so I just made whatever conversation about school I could until I got to know her better and could have actual conversations. It was a matter of putting in the time and effort to get to know her. You just have to find the right kind of person. It's not easy, but there are people out there. When you see them, make sure to act on your intuition and put yourself out there (even if it's outside your comfort zone). 

Speaking of comfort zone, you say that you are isolating yourself. This could be in individual relationships (ex: I really only show 10% of who I am to this person so they're never going to actually know me) or in the "I'm over here sitting in the corner because no one gets me and no one will ever get me." If it's the first case, don't feel bad if you know the relationship won't go anywhere because there are different levels of friendship. You don't have to be bffs with everyone, so just be  yourself so that people looking for people like you will be able to find you. Don't surround yourself with shallow people and expect to find people to "reveal the depth of your infj knowledge." If it's the second case, be friendly and approachable and get out of the corner- it's not doing you any favors. 

You're not incapable of making friends, you probably just have a hard time finding people you connect with and want to invest in a relationship with. That's ok. Friendships are hard to foster and maintain and don't work out with just anyone. 

I wish there had been more people like you when I went to high school. It would have been so much more fun. I'm sure there are people out there. Observe people and find them. Then take the initiative and become friends. It takes time and can be awkward, but don't give up!


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