What are your thoughts on switching into shadow mode, i.e. behaviors and attitudes ordinarily associated with an opposite type? Has such a switch happened to you? Were there any particular circumstances that led up to it? Did you experience it as a positive or negative thing? Did you switch back?
Lots of questions!
I'm INFJ but as I get older, I find myself increasingly moving away from the way I've always been. That is, I've tended to be super conscientious about everything and I find that I've moved into a more free kind of existence. It may be due to leaving the extremely conservative religion I was raised in. (Though I was always myself in that context and felt different from most everyone else in the religion. I didn't find the rules hard to live by in the day to day though, in hindsight, it required a great deal of discipline on my part.)
Perhaps this is just part of the balancing that I've read happens naturally as people get older but I feel so far from myself of just a few years ago. I'm starting to wonder where I will end up. I've always been very curious and always wanted an interesting life, full of adventure and exploration (even if just on a cerebral plane). My concern for others has often stopped me from really doing what I want to do, lest they be hurt or disappointed. I still care very much about the people I'm close to and not hurting others in general... I think that's the only thing that stops me from being extremely impulsive.
^Sound familiar to anyone?