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    I suppose there are plenty of things I've said here, that I would not say in real life. I operate quite passively in real life. I don't have a very general morality, but rather a very personalized morality. And it requires passivity in order to function around others, as I do not want to spend my time constantly clashing with others, which would be a waste of time, I try my best to be myself as subtle as possible.

    The internet is pretty much my playground in that I use it to test and sample my thoughts and the thoughts of others in order to strengthen myself, without risk of losing face or making mistakes in real life.

    At least that is what I would like to say. But truthfully, how I am in real life as opposed to how I am on the internet isn't that conscious. It's just that this seems to be the result, it just happens. The fact I can quit the internet with a single button press, where lasting real life relations can not stay ignored. Allows me to externalize myself on the internet, where I can not do the same in real life. That which causes me caution in real life, is not an issue on the internet.

    Still, both the me on the internet and the me in real life, are quite the same. The only difference is the extent in which I exude myself.
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    I'm a lot more open on forums like this than I am in real life. I guess there's multiple reasons for this:

    I'm an introvert and sometimes in real life its hard to get a word in edgewise and quickly think on my feet in conversations. On the Internet, I can think about what I want to say before I say it.

    If things get too heated on Internet forums, its far easier to back away for awhile then it would in real life. On the forums, I can just ignore certain topics or people for awhile. In real life, that's not always possible.

    In real life I fear things like rejection, humiliaiton, and having to deal with someone's emotional displays. Online, these fears are subdued. I think its partly because I don't know any of you personally, so I'm less likely to get hurt by you. So in an odd sort of way, my guard is somewhat down and I feel more free to say stuff I wouldn't necessarily say out in the real world. Still I try not to be too offensive or controversial. I'm not one of those heartless T's.

    On forums, I'm communicating with multiple people at a time and with a large forum like this, I usually manage to find someone who relates to and is interested in what I have to say. In real life, I'm usually just talking to one person at a time or a few people, and odds are much greater that there will be no interest.

    The anonymity helps in some ways. Some of the stuff I say on Internet forums could work against me in real life. Here, I can admit certain vulnerabilities about myself, but if I revealed those at work, someone could think I'm not fit to do my job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SecondBest View Post

    What is it about TypoC in particular that engenders such emotional and personal exposes?
    This place is like group therapy, debate, and entertainment all in one. Livejournal is like that too (or it was, once upon a time) but Type C is better because it's a message board that moves in real time - it's not as slow moving correspondance as a journaling site, and many people can jump into the conversation at once. There's also Vent here, which adds to the experience, and just overall a sense of community among the sort of people who like to discuss fairly deep issues...as people have pointed out, people who are interested in personality theory are going to be people who are interested in exploring themselves and their relationships with other people, which is conducive to forming intimacies of a sort.

    What do you think it is about TypoC that makes it a place for such personal yet public exchanges?
    Again, I think it's that whole group therapy vibe.

    What are your own rules with regard to personal privacy? And finally...
    I only give people my last name or other pertinent information privately, and even when I talk about family members or exes or friends publicly on the boards I don't actually give their names. I also try not to drag too much about my personal friendships with other members into the forum, especially if it's negative, although I tend to gauge by what the other person seems to be comfortable with.

    Why are you here? And why do you stay?
    I'm addicted to this place just as I was once addicted to livejournal. Entertainment, self-expression, free therapy, and a sense of community... I've made friends here, and I enjoy expressing myself in writing.

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    The Internet sucks so bad I'm on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SecondBest View Post
    What is it about TypoC in particular that engenders such emotional and personal exposes?
    It is interesting you bring this up. Somehow a discussion board about typology has morphed into a grand central station of folks willing to talk, rant, post pictures, post research, post articles, blog, have personal threads about all kinds of topics. The exchanges above and the diverse dynamics of our members is why I love it here. Well, I'm also kind of doing some time for a felony jaywalking charge...I'm on work release...but different...I'm locked to Ivy's computer.

    Quote Originally Posted by SecondBest View Post
    As far as privacy is concerned, my personal approach to vulnerability and exposing myself to anyone anywhere, not just the internet, is based on this rule:

    If I tell anyone other than myself, then I can pretty much assume that everyone knows. That is to say, the best kept secret is the one you keep only to yourself. So if I am telling a story that I would not feel comfortable having everyone in the world know about, then I keep my mouth shut.
    Your rule is a good one.

    Quote Originally Posted by SecondBest View Post
    [B]What do you think it is about TypoC that makes it a place for such personal yet public exchanges?
    See answer to #1 above, and add a mature and understanding group of people that are able to empathize with others facing similar issues.

    Quote Originally Posted by SecondBest View Post
    What are your own rules with regard to personal privacy? And finally...
    I'm an open book. I'm me here, and in IRL. Guaranteed.

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    Why are you here? And why do you stay?
    I wound up here as part of self-discovery related to marriage counseling.

    I stay because I have developed friendships with a great group of people whose company I enjoy in the virtual world. As an insanely busy person IRL, this site is a great complement to all else I have going on, and has added to my life, with regard to feelings of fulfillment due to being able to interact with others, and of course being a great place to goof off.
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    Thanks to everyone who's posted. Thought I'd repost some things people have said that resonated with me personally.

    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    This place is like group therapy, debate, and entertainment all in one. Livejournal is like that too (or it was, once upon a time) but Type C is better because it's a message board that moves in real time - it's not as slow moving correspondance as a journaling site, and many people can jump into the conversation at once. There's also Vent here, which adds to the experience, and just overall a sense of community among the sort of people who like to discuss fairly deep issues...as people have pointed out, people who are interested in personality theory are going to be people who are interested in exploring themselves and their relationships with other people, which is conducive to forming intimacies of a sort.
    Quote Originally Posted by Halla74 View Post
    Somehow a discussion board about typology has morphed into a grand central station of folks willing to talk, rant, post pictures, post research, post articles, blog, have personal threads about all kinds of topics. The exchanges above and the diverse dynamics of our members is why I love it here.
    Quote Originally Posted by suchirony View Post

    I'm an introvert and sometimes in real life its hard to get a word in edgewise and quickly think on my feet in conversations. On the Internet, I can think about what I want to say before I say it.

    If things get too heated on Internet forums, its far easier to back away for awhile then it would in real life. On the forums, I can just ignore certain topics or people for awhile. In real life, that's not always possible.

    On forums, I'm communicating with multiple people at a time and with a large forum like this, I usually manage to find someone who relates to and is interested in what I have to say. In real life, I'm usually just talking to one person at a time or a few people, and odds are much greater that there will be no interest.
    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffywolf View Post

    The internet is pretty much my playground in that I use it to test and sample my thoughts and the thoughts of others in order to strengthen myself, without risk of losing face or making mistakes in real life.
    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    Openness is a sign of low neuroticism. Emotional openness, intellectual openness and social openness are signs of psychological health.

    It's interesting that we can reduce neuroticism in children simply by talking to them on the telephone. And the internet is the telephone connected to the computer. So just as the telephone is therapeutic, so is the internet.

    Little did we know that by talking to one another we are being therapeutic. Look, look - I'm doing therapy right now. And should you be interested enough, intelligent enough or even kind enough to reply to this post, you will be doing therapy too. We will be doing therapy together.

    We live in the therapeutic society. Individualism is now dead along with God and the author. And we have formed an electronic tribe in the global village and called it Typology Central.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sky is BLUE! View Post
    You can choose not to share, but you can if you want and it's not considered all that strange. Usually you don't stick out as a sore thumb because there's always somebody here who can relate, who is willing to listen, who has some insight to offer. If you have a problem or you're troubled by some thoughts, there's help to be found, so this place is a somewhat safe environment for sharing and possibly healing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Wild horses View Post
    typec would offer a certain level of acceptance that may not be availbale in the world and definitely a level of understanding... suddenley I can explain my reaction to a certain event and know that 1/16 (VERY ROUGHLY) of the population here will get it and the other will be able to understand where I'm coming from....

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