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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryWalker View Post
    There is no doubt in my mind that this is the type most affected by inner turmoil.
    I would be curious to see how INFJ's respond to this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iwakar View Post
    The former eats babies and calls it nutritious. The latter eats souls and calls it judicious.
    Very nice and poetic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01011010 View Post
    I read they're the type most likely to have an eating disorder. INTJs second. Not sure why.
    I had a eating disorder between age 12 and 18. Nobody even knew. I cured myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maerzhase View Post
    I had a eating disorder between age 12 and 18. Nobody even knew. I cured myself.
    Why did you do it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SolitaryWalker View Post
    This is indeed what makes an INFJ a peculiar type, the strangest of all no doubt.

    It should be noted however that Introverted Intuition precedes Extroverted Feeling in the psyche of the INFJ. The two functions have a master-slave relationship, as this is the relationship all dominant functions have with regard to the lower faculties.

    By itself, one may argue that Fe does tend to equate success with popularity, however the way the Fe of the INFJ works is very heavily influenced by Introverted Intuition. Introverted Intuition tends to be chiefly concerned with conjuring novel ideas, especially in relation to its external environment. (The external environment is relevant because Ni is a perceiving function and all perceiving functions tend to be concerned with their environment, as the environment is what is perceived. For this reason INJs are renowned as social critics and champions of moral or political views. Nietzsche, Sartre, Simon de Beauvoir and Ayn Rand are cases in point.) Extroverted Feeling, as aforementioned, is subordinated to Introverted Intuition. Hence, very often the INFJ manipulates the social conventions to the end of promoting their vision.

    Hence, unlike an Fe dominant type, instead of behaving in accordance with the social conventions, the INFJ behaves in accordance to what he/she feels the social conventions should be like. It should be noted however that despite the fact that Introverted Intuition is superior to Extroverted Feeling in the psyche of the INFJ, Introverted Intuition by itself does not easily give one a clear perspective on life. That is the case because it merely leads to hunches and not coherent ideas. For this reason the INFJ reluctantly obeys social conventions as he or she cannot find a compelling reason to stand by their visions. In most cases however, the natural individualistic disposition of the INFJ prevails and he/she disregards the social convention in favor of following his or her vision. Because the INFJ sees no justifiable reason to behave in a way they did in that case, they experience inner conflict.

    Ni is highly individualistic and idiosyncratic, Fe is conventional and collectivistic. Unless the INFJ has a highly cultivated Thinking faculty they cannot conclusively decide which way of behaving is appropriate. The one they have a hunch is appropriate (Ni way) or what they 'know' to be appropriate as a result of convention worshipping (Fe).

    There is no doubt in my mind that this is the type most affected by inner turmoil.
    I think a lot of this is true.

    And speaking for myself, I have experienced a lot of inner turmoil. It comes and goes, it is true, and I believe it is lessening over time. But I'd say it's been a significant aspect of my life.

    Distinguishing between INTJ and INFJ...I know several INFJ's, and only one for-certain INTJ. The INTJ I know is rather immature, so perhaps isn't the best example. Or on the other hand is perhaps a great example! He'll be much more apt to talk without caring/thinking about how his ideas might be received by others. Myself and the INFJ's I know - we're much more careful in how and when we choose to communicate our thoughts and ideas, and it is dependent on the audience at hand (which would be the Fe).
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    I guess I did not like my body changing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by solitarywalker
    This is indeed what makes an INFJ a peculiar type, the strangest of all no doubt.

    It should be noted however that Introverted Intuition precedes Extroverted Feeling in the psyche of the INFJ. The two functions have a master-slave relationship, as this is the relationship all dominant functions have with regard to the lower faculties.

    By itself, one may argue that Fe does tend to equate success with popularity, however the way the Fe of the INFJ works is very heavily influenced by Introverted Intuition. Introverted Intuition tends to be chiefly concerned with conjuring novel ideas, especially in relation to its external environment. (The external environment is relevant because Ni is a perceiving function and all perceiving functions tend to be concerned with their environment, as the environment is what is perceived. For this reason INJs are renowned as social critics and champions of moral or political views. Nietzsche, Sartre, Simon de Beauvoir and Ayn Rand are cases in point.) Extroverted Feeling, as aforementioned, is subordinated to Introverted Intuition. Hence, very often the INFJ manipulates the social conventions to the end of promoting their vision.

    Hence, unlike an Fe dominant type, instead of behaving in accordance with the social conventions, the INFJ behaves in accordance to what he/she feels the social conventions should be like. It should be noted however that despite the fact that Introverted Intuition is superior to Extroverted Feeling in the psyche of the INFJ, Introverted Intuition by itself does not easily give one a clear perspective on life. That is the case because it merely leads to hunches and not coherent ideas. For this reason the INFJ reluctantly obeys social conventions as he or she cannot find a compelling reason to stand by their visions. In most cases however, the natural individualistic disposition of the INFJ prevails and he/she disregards the social convention in favor of following his or her vision. Because the INFJ sees no justifiable reason to behave in a way they did in that case, they experience inner conflict.

    Ni is highly individualistic and idiosyncratic, Fe is conventional and collectivistic. Unless the INFJ has a highly cultivated Thinking faculty they cannot conclusively decide which way of behaving is appropriate. The one they have a hunch is appropriate (Ni way) or what they 'know' to be appropriate as a result of convention worshipping (Fe).

    There is no doubt in my mind that this is the type most affected by inner turmoil.
    This seems to be pretty accurate (almost creepily so!) Thinking back to the source inner turmoil in my life, I realize that, indeed, it pretty much all stemmed from wanting to be an individual following my own path while needing to fit in with groups of people. I always thought that everyone had this at the source of frustration, though.

    I can see myself in group situations observing the interactions between the people and then taking on aspects of those behaviors. Then, later, I would ask myself if that is really me. Do I want to be like this group? Most of the time I would say "no."

    There have been a few occasions where I have assembled a group of friends and I made my way to be the "leader" of that group. I think I did this through heavy use of Fe. And, looking back, I realize that I was subtly influencing those groups to act like I wanted everyone to act. I did not know I was doing this until outside people pointed out that I seemed to be dictating the behavior of the group. Afterward, I felt guilty that I had so much control over my friends. Then...it felt good...like I was successful. (I have always defined success, not in terms of popularity, rather in terms of the healthy relationships one has with others) I did genuinely enjoy each of the individuals in that group, so it wasn't just me trying to exert power over others. And when that group of friends dissolved, I hit a period of powerful depression. I was back to finding new people and new groups.....trying to figure out how to fit in with others while being my own individual at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maerzhase View Post
    I guess I did not like my body changing.
    Why did you not like your body changing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by groovejet02 View Post
    INFJs have sad faces.

    INTJs have stern faces.
    yeah, I was going to say INFJs look like librarians (who never look happy) and INTJs look like nazis (who never look nice).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    Considering that INFJs are introverts whose extraverted function equates "success" with popularity, I'm surprised the lot of 'em isn't even more screwed up than they seem to be. (Particularly when you take into account that the best ideas an INXJ will come up with fly in the face of the status quo and require you to disregard the opinions of the vast majority of people if you intend upon seeing them to fruition.)

    I can't speak for all INFJ. And I can't possibly cover every nuance and be succinct. I just eventually found a different road than popularity. I'm not even sure popularity is the correct word for it. As long as I can recall I felt somehow different. Which made me initially very self conscious but also led me to fixate on trying to understand people (initially to see if I was actually different). Until I reached a point of just accepting that feeling in myself, then identifying with it. I found a niche in my own eyes. Though that was preceded by a lot of turmoil while I was coming to terms with that.

    I have definitely always felt a lot of internal conflict, though I don't show it outwardly. I'm sure this is part of the reason some INFJ may be prone to eating disorders. Specifically, wanting to bring order to chaos, wanting to exert control in order to feel sure and strong (it is akin to putting the brakes on). Wanting to endlessly better oneself dovetails with that too.

    Quote Originally Posted by booyalab View Post
    yeah, I was going to say INFJs look like librarians (who never look happy) and INTJs look like nazis (who never look nice).
    Lol, this is as good a time as any to say that I think there are two styles of INFJs and attendant 'looks' - the serious ones (yes, rather librarian looking) and the quirky, arty ones (decidedly not).

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