How To Get From The Front Door To The CarWritten by Chris McDonough
Somebody (I don't know who) said that an INFP is someone who gets lost between front door and car. I am INFP and that statement describes me very well. An INFP will know that car is goal but will take so many side-trips (physical, intellectual, and emotional) that car may never be reached.
You might expect, then, that an INFP would be at a total loss for organizational ability. This isn't true, because less dominant Thinking and Judging functions can be summoned at need to allow an INFP to perform organizational skills.
Calvin of Calvin and Hobbes is often given as an example of INFP. Calvin seems perfectly normal to me. I don't know why people think he's funny. But I recognize Hobbes, tiger. He's aspect that surfaces to deal with practical world. The humour is in extremes. Most INFPs are somewhere along middle range of Perception.
It is healthy to summon a recessive trait, to awaken a sleeping tiger, in case of need. It is also healthy to restrain this seemingly new power. Awareness is key. The business world, in particular, demands Thinking and Judging organizational skills. Under this pressure, an INFP can summon recessive TJ and place it in starring role, rather than its natural supporting role. If role reversal becomes permanent, cost to personal satisfaction is too high. INFPs in this situation are likely to have success, money, friends, and misery. They gave whole show to TJ, who is exhausted, while poor FP starves.
Is INFP handicapped, then, in this highly organized world of ours? Not at all! A good example is my own specialty - what office workers call "putting out fires." My INFP plays major role, flitting from crisis to crisis in true INFP fashion, analyzing and solving them, while my supporting TJ takes notes. I never go anywhere in an office without a notepad. In truth, INFP carries notepad; TJ writes in it. INFP deals with issues. TJ makes and reviews notes, writes memos, and keeps records. The unstructured job kept me happy as INFP. It's important to distinguish between kinds of decisions that I was happy with: they were based on long experience in a complicated field with right answers. I knew right answers. This isn't same as making snap decisions in unprecedented situations, which would not be ideal for an INFP at all.
Holistic Stress ManagementWritten by Cynthia Perkins, M.Ed.
Stress is an inevitable part of life. Managing stress effectively is important for every person, but for person dealing with chronic illness it is essential for optimal functioning.
There is good stress and bad stress. Even good stress can be difficult to deal with when oneís resources are limited due to chronic illness. Stress is an inherent component of chronic illness, arising from inevitable challenges, loss and limits it creates, therefore adding more than average level of stress to oneís life.
It is impossible to eliminate stress completely, nor would you want to, a certain amount of stress is healthy. The key is to find ways to minimize its negative impact on your life, cope effectively and reduce excess.
Too much stress or stress that is not handled effectively can affect immune system, therefore symptoms may become exacerbated or new symptoms may arise, keeping immune system overwhelmed. It may also make you irritable and interfere in your quality of life.
Try to incorporate some of these stress busters into your life.
~Donít take on too much at one time. Say no when you want to.
~Allow yourself to live within your limits. Donít push yourself too hard.
~Be patient, loving and forgiving with yourself.
~Take frequent breaks.
~Make adjustments in your life according to what your body needs.
~Pace yourself. Break tasks and chores into increments. Allow yourself adequate time to achieve tasks.
~Prepare ahead and plan resting periods after events you know will drain you.
~Make love or if youíre alone masturbate. Endorphins released during sexual activity are a great stress reliever.