Written By Kirsten Moodie
Here’s How You Handle Feeling Suffocated, Based on Your Personality Type
While everyone needs their space at times, some require much more than others do. Each personality type responds differently when they are feeling smothered or suffocated by someone. Here is how you handle feeling smothered, based on your personality type.
INFJs definitely don’t enjoy feeling suffocated by someone, especially people that drain their energy. INFJs need plenty of time to themselves and can become overwhelmed by too much social interaction. INFJs can often meet someone who they feel connected to who does not sap their energy as much, and likely it will be unlikely that they will feel suffocated by this individual. INFJs simply feel drained by the emotional energy of the people around them, and need to retreat and have time to themselves in order to recharge. When they feel suffocated they likely won’t want to hurt the person’s feelings, but they might have moments where they have to be stern and demand their time alone.
ENFJs enjoy being around the people they love, and rarely feel suffocated by their affections. ENFJs put a lot into the people in their lives and enjoy their company immensely. When the ENFJ does feel suffocated it is likely because someone is putting too much pressure on them, when ENFJs already put enough pressure on themselves. They can become rather stressed and uneasy when someone is hovering over them and can only handle this pressure for so long before they start to become on edge and even a bit crabby.
INFPs truly enjoy the company of their loved ones, but they can feel suffocated sometimes. They require plenty of time by themselves in order to feel recharged and emotionally energized. When the INFP has someone who constantly wants to absorb this energy, it can leave them feeling exhausted and incapable of functioning properly. Even if the INFP cares for this individual it can be challenging to be around them when they feel suffocated or overwhelmed. They likely will begin to seem withdrawn and even a bit crabby, which is something the INFP will definitely dislike.
ENFPs definitely struggle when they are feeling suffocated by someone, since they need plenty of time to themselves. They truly need to feel a sense of independence and freedom to explore new things and challenge themselves. If the ENFP feels like someone is trying to hold them back or smother them in some ways, it can be very emotionally draining for them. ENFPs require room to grow and expand, and need people who are willing to support this part of them. When the ENFP feels suffocated by someone they will likely act out by deliberately disobeying their requests, even if they don’t necessarily do this on purpose.
INTJs really don’t handle feeling suffocated well, and need plenty of time to themselves. INTJs require space in order to recharge and feel completely like themselves. When someone tries to hover over them or demand too much attention, the INTJ will definitely feel overwhelmed. They don’t want to hurt their loved ones but at the same time they are aware of what they need and when they require space. The INTJ will likely attempt to make this known to the individual who seems to be smothering them, and will make their needs apparent.
ENTJs can definitely feel suffocated by someone if they don’t give them plenty of space. ENTJs enjoy being around their loved ones, but at the same time they can feel smothered if they don’t give them room to do their own thing. ENTJs need room to make their own decisions and work towards their goals, which means they don’t want someone constantly demanding their attention. The ENTJ will likely make this clear, even to someone they love and care for- they will let their loved ones know that they need space and time to themselves.
INTPs can definitely feel suffocated easily, even by someone they care for deeply. INTPS require plenty of time by themselves in order to feel recharged and fully like themselves. Too much social interaction will leave the INTP feeling drained and extremely overwhelmed. When the INTP feels like someone is smothering them they might attempt to avoid them or be subtle about it for a while, since they actually don’t want to hurt the person’s feelings. When it continues too far the INTP will need to make their feelings known and will have to make it clear that they need more space and time to themselves.
ENTPs do enjoy being around their loved ones but they have times when they require their space. ENTPs enjoy being able to experience new things and want to constantly feel challenged. When the ENTP feels like someone is smothering them it can be a bit overwhelming, but they like will buck against this. They will strive to reclaim their independence and might do this inadvertently at first. Ultimately ENTPs do try to be honest with their loved ones, so if they can express their need for space without hurting their feelings they will definitely do this.
ISTJs definitely don’t like being suffocated, even by someone they care for deeply. ISTJs need plenty of time to themselves in order to recharge and make their own decisions. Someone constantly hovering and demanding their affection can leave the ISTJ feeling drained and overwhelmed. At first they might attempt to make subtle comments towards the person and find ways to get out of certain activities. Eventually the ISTJ will make their need for space clear, even if they have to be direct in order to do this.
ESTJs enjoy being around their loved ones and likely can handle feeling a bit suffocated for a while. They don’t want to push people away and often enjoy having people around them in a sense of community. When the ESTJ continues to feel suffocated by someone, they will likely find themselves snapping or being short-tempered without meaning to. They aren’t great at recognizing their own emotions, so it might take some time for them to be fully aware of why they are so on edge.
ISFJs are caring people who want to do everything they can to make their loved ones happy. They go above and beyond to please others which can cause them to feel overwhelmed sometimes. ISFJs care deeply for their loved ones but at the same time they require plenty of alone time to recharge. They can become quickly drained emotionally by others, and need to have space to themselves. The ISFJ will likely have a hard time expressing that they feel smothered, since they do enjoy connected to their loved ones. When someone they care for simply wants to be close to them, the ISFJ doesn’t want to hurt their feelings.
ESFJs are compassionate people who don’t want to do anything that might hurt their loved ones. If someone is suffocating them they will attempt to gain space subtly without hurting that person’s feelings. ESFJs can often go a long time burying their own feelings for the sake of someone they care for, but eventually it will become too difficult to shoulder this burden. Eventually the ESFJ will have to express their feelings, but it might start to seep out in less productive ways. When the ESFJ feels smothered they can find themselves reacting to things emotionally and might snap at people more often.
ISTPs enjoy having plenty of space to make their own choices and do what they please. When someone doesn’t give them their space and alone time the ISTP can definitely become edgy. They need this time in order to recharge, but they aren’t the most emotionally expressive people. When the ISTP feels suffocated by someone they might just try to avoid them entirely, instead of expressing their feelings openly. They might find themselves zoning out and going into their own thoughts when they are around this person, in order to maintain a sense of peace.
ESTPs enjoy being around their special people, but they often enjoy this on their own terms. When someone continues to demand their affections the ESTP will try to find ways to let them down easily. They care deeply for the people in their lives and don’t want to do anything that might harm their bond. Eventually the ESTP will feel themselves becoming overwhelmed by this suffocating behavior, and will likely find themselves feeling short-tempered and a bit reactive. They aren’t great at processing their own emotions openly, and will have a hard time figuring out why they are so uncomfortable.
ISFPs enjoy feeling connected to their loved ones, and have certain people they want to be bonded to. When they feel like this person is smothering them a bit, the ISFP will try to find ways to gain space without hurting their feelings. They enjoy feeling this type of closeness, and rarely feel suffocated by their favorite person. When it comes to loved ones they don’t feel as close to, the ISFP can start to feel a bit smothered. They want to have their independence and enjoy having space to make their own choices.
ESFPs really enjoy being around their loved ones, and it really takes a lot for them to feel suffocated by someone they care for. If the ESFP feels like they aren’t allowed to be themselves or do their own thing, they will definitely start to feel suffocated. When this happens the ESFP might find themselves trying to escape this smothering behavior, and they will want to find a way to make their own choices without having someone hovering over their shoulder. ESFPs can be very stubborn when it comes to what they want, so ultimately they will need to make their feelings known.
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