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    Thanks, Mom for the reference. I'll check it out.

    And thank you, Sir Victor, for the sediments. Er, sentiments.

    "I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
    And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
    He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
    And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

    The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow--
    Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
    For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
    And he sometimes goes so little that there's none of him at all.

    He hasn't got a notion of how chldren ought to play,
    And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
    He stays so close behind me, he's a coward you can see;
    I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

    One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
    I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
    But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
    Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed."

    Robert Louis Stevenson
    "No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    But instead we pause and listen to your quiet words as a lock listens to the turning of a key.
    My favorite ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anja View Post
    I'm surprised at the lack of curiousity in those who suggest not "reading too much" into the concept. And I'd suggest that it is that personal resistance to looking at what lies within which needs improvement.
    This coupled with a tendancy to tell people where they're showing weakness leads me to think you may be too honest for most people... just maybe..



    I mean I do it but I have an excuse defence. I'm a T
    But introversion is good for self-improvement. Figuring out what doesn't work well for us is the way to find things which do work.
    Spoken like a true introvert. Extraversion is good for self improvement... especially in introverts.
    Isn't it time for a colourful metaphor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    I know I will stay relaxed up to a point. Then suddenly I'll force what I want through like an unhealthy ENTJ. But doesn't everybody?
    Ah yes the glories of Te! If only mine wasn't buried at the bottom of the hill with massive rocks on top of it... frick!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    This coupled with a tendancy to tell people where they're showing weakness leads me to think you may be too honest for most people... just maybe..



    I mean I do it but I have an excuse defence. I'm a T
    She gets away with it because of her accumulated wisdom (and age).

    Spoken like a true introvert. Extraversion is good for self improvement... especially in introverts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xander View Post
    This coupled with a tendancy to tell people where they're showing weakness leads me to think you may be too honest for most people... just maybe..



    I mean I do it but I have an excuse defence. I'm a T

    Spoken like a true introvert. Extraversion is good for self improvement... especially in introverts.
    Yes. I think I have become quite blunt with age. Time is short. I say what I mean and mean what I say. It's a luxury I once didn't and couldn't afford to have. Job concerns, building connections with people, raising children, deferring to people in positions of power.

    I used to be really avoidant about speaking directly to people. Fear they wouldn't like me. Fear they'd think I was wrong. Worry that someone may get angry with me. All that INFP stuff.

    And as I get more in touch with my true self, and more accepting of it, I speak from my truth as I know it to be. When people get to know me, they understand that I am not gaming them or being unkind.

    I offer what I see. Others are free to accept or reject it as they see fit.

    It's been a real freedom for me to find my voice and use it.
    "No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer

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    I dunno. Would that be acknowledgment, deveopment, acceptance of the shadow?
    "No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer

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    Mercy, I see an error. I misspoke. I didn't mean that "introversion" was good for self-improvement.

    I meant to say, "Introspection!"

    Guess you must have caught that, Xander.
    "No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer

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    BTW this was a great thread by Anja.

    I am still never clear which is the true INFP shadow ESTJ or ISTP.

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    I haven't gotten clear with that, heart.

    Must be someone around who could help out if they aren't too busy talking about going to bed with goats.
    "No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer

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