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  • Fe dom and dislike background noise

    0 0%
  • Te dom and dislike background noise

    2 7.69%
  • Ne dom and dislike background noise

    2 7.69%
  • Se dom and dislike background noise

    0 0%
  • Fi dom and dislike background noise

    0 0%
  • Ti dom and dislike background noise

    3 11.54%
  • Ni dom and dislike background noise

    6 23.08%
  • Si dom and dislike background noise

    0 0%
  • I don't know my type but I dislike background noise

    1 3.85%
  • Fe dom and prefer background noise

    0 0%
  • Te dom and prefer background noise

    0 0%
  • Ne dom and prefer background noise

    5 19.23%
  • Se dom and prefer background noise

    0 0%
  • Fi dom and prefer background noise

    1 3.85%
  • Ti dom and prefer background noise

    4 15.38%
  • Ni dom and prefer background noise

    2 7.69%
  • Si dom and prefer background noise

    0 0%
  • I don't know my type but I prefer background noise

    0 0%
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    Default Cognitive functions & preference for quiet or not so quiet study environments

    Every ENFJ I know that I have talked to about this (3) is incapable of "studying properly" while there's environmental noise. My (xxFx) aunt and I prefer background noise (never a single conversation, but murmurs of several conversations or background music or general ambient but not obtrusive noise).
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    I can't study properly unless I'm alone. However, when I'm alone I can study with low background music. I can also study amongst people if I have my iPod on.

    In sum: I can't study with other people talking near me, but I can study to music. I think the difference is that I can control the amount and volume of the latter, while I have absolutely no say over how loud or how much people talk when they're around me.
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    Tough question. I don't study, and I haven't in years. I think I prefer silence, but I will use my mind powers to tune out distractions if I need to. It actually surprises me how focused I can be at times.
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    I like background music while I study.
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    Okay, this depends:

    - If I am studying something I deem as boring, then I need a lot of noise/music in order not to lose concentration
    - If I am studying something I enjoy studying, then I tend to zone out and thus don't pay attention to the environment much
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    No background noise for me, especially if I'm studying something I really don't give a rats ass about.

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    People distract me and lyrics too. So if I ever happened to have background music it would be a barely noticeable one, complete silence scares me to death also. It feels wrong, and little annoying noises too, I have to find a middle ground.
    I can't not focus on a person being in a room it just breaks my focus so I'm always sending my family out of my room. Even if they're not saying something just them being here completely changes my thought train, my thoughts go to things related to them.
    And if the work is not interesting, oh boy I really have to exclude myself.
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    My idyllic study area is where I'm alone and it's quiet without people talking in the background, while listening to Classical music.

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    I prefer it to be silent, aside from the usual white noise sounds (wind blowing, computer humming, fish tank burbling). I especially need it quiet if I'm trying to read something that's very heavy conceptually, otherwise I'll find myself getting distracted, frustrated, and/or sleepy.
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    When there is background noise (ideally soft music) I unconsciously block it out and as a side effect I block out all the background noise in my head so I can focus and concentrate much better.

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