I did that for a long time. Had the sharpest coldest barrier, and man, it was exhausting to hold up. I'd be totally apthetic when I was home, because I was too tired to feel anything else, and sometimes my emotions would just explode after being bottled up so long.does this resonate with most infps?
preferring to keep deep emotions inside?
sharing rarely and only with one extremely significant person?
best characterizing the way you show your affections and feelings for others as being "receptive to their feelings and ideas?" (if you are being unreceptive, does that mean you dislike the other person? or perhaps that they are just encroaching?)
Everyone's got a persona they use to hide their inner self. Mine used to be aloofness; now, I'm kinda positive and open instead. It's still a barrier, but it's simpler and friendlier; plus, I get to see the people around me in a less-obstructed light. I've been able to determine real friends from fake ones, and I've dropped the facade for a small special group of them. When you can be totally honest with someone, friend or loved one, and both of you can put all the cards on the table? It's so freeing. It's beautiful. I used to be so scared of that, and now I can't get enough of it.
It also helps keep your emotions and vulnerability in perspective, when you're sharing them with friends. It's like, (lightbulb moment), I'm not alone! Which is one of the reasons I like this site, too. It lets us show our inside selves and learn to understand them.
...I sound so Fi in this post, haha.