Norman Cousins (who wrote "Anatomy of an Illness) was diagnosed with a terminal disease. He got over it by looking at funny movies from his hospital bed, and lived many years longer. He eventually died of an unrelated illness.
Despite MBTI stereotypes, I firmly believe INTPs have a great potential for artistic pursuits. Especially considering their appreciation for patterns and subtle connections, as well as the human mind, which reacts to beautiful things.
This is one of my favorite quotes and I have a big canvas frame with this saying on it on the top of my dresser mirror. Live by it Ladies, no matter what flaas you may see "Be your own kind of Beautiful"
Showing my true, real self is hard. Bullied, teased, made fun of for who you really were is hard to come from. That's why people put up walls, barriers, masks, to hide behind. They're afraid that people will do it again, just like the people before.