I’m an emotional sponge! Has anyone else experienced this? If someone is depressed or anxious, it transfers to me.
On the flip side, if someone is upbeat, positive, and peaceful, I become the same way. But I don’t want my emotions to be dependent on someone else. I don’t want to take responsibility for other people’s feelings, and I don’t want others to be responsible for mine.
I can’t really relate, but one thing you can do is surround yourself with positive people. That’s always a good thing to do. And whenever one of your friends is feeling down, instead of letting that get you down, try to help pull them back up.
INFP, very similar. I then feel guilty as all getout if I DO feel good and swear that if I’m happy while my friend’s upset I didn’t deserve it and i’m making it worse. But cognitively I know I need to stop thinking that. Do not be like me.