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    I always wear a mask and I think it really offends people.



    I just don't understand what's wrong with jumping out of dark places and corners looking like V for Vendetta

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    I have quite a few of them in my closet along with a full suit of emotional armor. A necessity for an INFP.

    The only time I take one out is when I need to get something done with a person who has no interest in knowing who I am and whom I don't care to get any closer to. Works for me.
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    I have a few, the one I use the most is a very aggressive and directive one (ENTJ?) when I feel threatened or stressed.
    Sometimes, I think I've lost the real 'me' under all of them.
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    I think, Kora, that just the fact that you are aware that you chose to use a "mask" in certain situations is a good thing. You certainly aren't "lost."

    Perhaps it bothers you, though, in which case as you move through life you'll be picking up new skills for dealing with those whom feel threatening in some way and feel more solid.

    I think we only feel lost when we feel helpless to use anything but a mask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kora View Post
    I have a few, the one I use the most is a very aggressive and directive one (ENTJ?) when I feel threatened or stressed.
    Sometimes, I think I've lost the real 'me' under all of them.
    Yes, this is the danger of wearing masks, we can lose touch with the real me.

    And also we individuate by integrating all the disparate parts of ourselves.

    And as we integrate, we become stronger and have a lesser need to wear masks.

    And after a while masks become distasteful as we develop a taste for our whole self.

    And we become whole. Or if you are religious, we become holy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darjur View Post
    Every single person who knows me, knows a different me. But does this even count as a mask? Because in esence, these are just random recollections of myself.
    Sounds familiar.


    In my case there is no way I can link things I am thinking about every day and everyday life.



    It is interesting to see that some types are so often in this thread.

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    Well, AO, like I said, NFPs can feel so intensely that it is a necessity to learn how to deal well with our feelings. Part of the learning process is trying on different types of masks to see what fits.
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    i dont act like a different type but when talking to my ISTJ friend, for instance, i will tailor my jokes and the way i talk to make them most comfortable with talking to me. i act differently around different people in one on one situations. in a group i act like myself but i restrain a little. unless its my best friends of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anja View Post
    I have quite a few of them in my closet along with a full suit of emotional armor.
    I don't know why, but I very much like this comment... the way puppies like toys.

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    I chameleon/put on a mask all the time. XNTJ at work at times, XSFJ when I'm making myself chat to people.

    I'm me with my partner, most of the time.

    I'm trying to break the habit of chameleoning and mirroring. I don't particularly like doing it any more.
    ...so much smoke pouring out of each chromosome.

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