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    Quote Originally Posted by findthejake View Post
    Do you INFJ girls tend to close down and lock people out?
    She told me in the past she's 'opened the door but left the safety chain on' and that she can feel herself doing that already but that for the first time she wants to let someone in all the way and that someone is me. None-the-less I can feel the walls going up, any suggestions? I know she digs me and I think she's just scared of being hurt and I really don't know how to help her.
    I do. Sometimes because I'll just be sick of every last human being on earth and almost anything dealing with them just causes me to be irritable. I do have an exception for the people who absolutely understand me when I get like this, and those are the people I'll spend more time with because I can feel that it's safe to speak my mind without them getting upset. Or feel safe to not say anything at all and they're okay with that.

    But aside from that.

    For me, getting to know someone new means a long, drawn-out process of reprogramming my brain to stop putting up walls for this new person. Since I naturally have a tendency to put up walls between myself and just about everyone, I have to make exceptions for those I wish to open up to. And it's like trying to tell a bird to fly backwards. It's very difficult, but not impossible.

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    good to know.
    She told me she's just been really sick the last couple of days but I am not sure if she's sick of me or just sick! I'll find out eventually!

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    Quote Originally Posted by findthejake View Post
    Do you INFJ girls tend to close down and lock people out?
    She told me in the past she's 'opened the door but left the safety chain on' and that she can feel herself doing that already but that for the first time she wants to let someone in all the way and that someone is me. None-the-less I can feel the walls going up, any suggestions? I know she digs me and I think she's just scared of being hurt and I really don't know how to help her.
    I suspect you are right about her fear of being hurt.

    For me, it is in the darkness of lack of information that fear begins to grow. If she is like me, it would be unwise to hide anything from her. She will likely sense the concealment even if she can only guess at what it is being concealed. It is among these guesses that my fear is generally fertilized. If I have any reason to think I may be in an environment of emotional danger, I will be hyper alert to signs of it's presence. If you have always been open with her, then keep being so. In an environment flooded with the information of total openness and honesty, I suspect eventually trust will begin to grow and in your company that tendency to be hyper alert for betrayal will lessen.

    Basically I suggest being open, loving, and patient with her.

    I wish you two the best. I get a sense of the love you have for her in the way you express here, and I think perhaps your loving nature could be very good for her. I hope you eventually become a place where she can feel truly safe.
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    patience has never been one of my greatest virtues but this girl is making me learn it! It's going to be a very hard battle for me to deal with her insecurities and maintain my sanity while she works through them. I am glad that I am at least intuitive enough to know what's going on a bit inside her mind so I don't just jump ship and ruin something so potentially amazing, though if she keeps me locked out for too long I may not be able to maintain myself and just give up!

    Girls are a mystery. INFJ girls, doubly so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by findthejake View Post
    patience has never been one of my greatest virtues but this girl is making me learn it! It's going to be a very hard battle for me to deal with her insecurities and maintain my sanity while she works through them. I am glad that I am at least intuitive enough to know what's going on a bit inside her mind so I don't just jump ship and ruin something so potentially amazing, though if she keeps me locked out for too long I may not be able to maintain myself and just give up!

    Girls are a mystery. INFJ girls, doubly so.
    I appreciate your honesty.

    A couple things to consider. If she senses that you perceive her way of being as a problem that needs to be worked through and senses you are potentially ready to jump ship, she may very well be picking up on real emotional danger coming down the road and instinctively be closing down into protective mode based on those signals.

    If you care for her, please consider that perhaps her walls are not really about a problem of insecurity, but rather her best form of keeping herself safe until she knows she's in a place where defense is not needed.

    In what you've just shared here, it sounds as if you're not yet that safe place for her. I do hope that eventually you will be that place. I'm wishing for you the patience of acceptance and for you both the courage to stretch beyond your current selves in love.
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    Do ya'll occasionally lock out the world for a couple of days and become a total hermit?

    That's what she did this week, worried the hell outta me but everything is back to normal now. In fact I think it's better than normal, she looks and sounds like she is all new and fresh.

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    A couple of days? That's nothing! Haha. I'm not 'drained' by people like a true introvert, but I do like and maybe need solid, unbroken stretches of time just to be with my own free-range thoughts. Not for energy, just because they take over by force if neglected long enough, which renders me completely disfunctional. I do feel ready to focus entirely on the real world afterwards. Perhaps it's an Ni thing. INFJs and I seem to be cyclical.

    I would consider it surprising for an INFJ not to do that. Nothing to worry about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by findthejake View Post
    Do you INFJ girls tend to close down and lock people out?
    She told me in the past she's 'opened the door but left the safety chain on' and that she can feel herself doing that already but that for the first time she wants to let someone in all the way and that someone is me.
    Yes. All the time. I leave the safety chain on for almost everyone. I took it off in college for the girl who became my best friend--though I still kept some rooms inside locked. She never made me regret taking the chain off, and I love her for it. Maybe two more friends since then, but I have interrior doors that lock off vulnerable wings and hallways inside, and I generally keep those closed.

    Only this past year, with nocturne, have I intentionally begun opening those interrior doors that stay locked. He tends to poke around and I let him pick the locks. It's very scary. Sometimes I have to close down for a little bit--give myself time to adjust and bring those fear-based reactions under control. Sometimes I try to divert his attention while I lock things back up, but he's not easily diverted. It's really a wonderful discovery to find that I can let someone into all those rooms, to find that I'm still safe while someone else wanders around. But it's not easy.

    None-the-less I can feel the walls going up, any suggestions? I know she digs me and I think she's just scared of being hurt and I really don't know how to help her.
    Be very very very very patient. And persistent. And don't take her fear personally--it's not her saying she doesn't like you. It's just that she knows you have power to hurt her, and experience has taught her that most people are careless and clumsy. What helped me the most (what still helps me; it's a long--and possibly endless?--process.) is consistent and unrelenting acceptance, love, patience, and understanding. There are no secret passwords or magic formulas. Just keep loving her and assuring her that she's safe with you. And, of course, respect her desire for privacy when she's clear about it; don't demand entrance as right or proof of her love.

    Quote Originally Posted by findthejake View Post
    Do ya'll occasionally lock out the world for a couple of days and become a total hermit?

    That's what she did this week, worried the hell outta me but everything is back to normal now. In fact I think it's better than normal, she looks and sounds like she is all new and fresh.
    Yes, of course. I do that quite a lot. It's very important to my mental and emotional health. It doesn't mean there's anything wrong--just that I'm enjoying the peace and freedom of my own company without any distractions from other people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyrielle View Post
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    I've just realized this very forum, and my reaction to it, kind of fits this topic.

    I started posting here because I enjoyed the intellectual aspect of it, and the potential to make some connections and find commonalities with others. In my desire to be true and real, in order to make potential connections, I feel I was a bit overzealous, and divulged way too much, way too soon.

    Now I'm stressing out as a result, because part of me is saying 'Idiot'!!! Why did you share so much?? You're only setting yourself up to be poked at by others who don't understand, can't relate, or simply think you're silly!! And, why are you so sensitive about it anyway??

    I already feel some walls being set back up and put back into place...:rolli:

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