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    Default Fluctuating Personality

    I notice that I am able to slip into a few other personality modes very easily than just my dominant one, which I'm starting to realize is ISFP. The other modes I feel myself able to slip into are INFP, ISTP, and INTP.
    Or basically the fluctuation of the two middle letters. (Changing myself from Introvert to Extrovert is very uncomfortable for me, but I enjoy the experience of attempting it)

    When I was younger, I was definitely an INFP, and then for a very long time I was an I??? (an INTJ was trying to determine my type then, and he got really irritated that he couldn't get closure with me for those years). After I gave into my artistic side, my dominant type is now ISFP.

    I'm able to look through my pictures and can almost pinpoint if I was displaying an ISTP, INFP, ISFP, or INTP in the pictures because I looked so different in each one. (The biggest difference was between ISTP and INFP.)

    It feels awesome. I think it is all thanks to the process of trying to find myself. When I was younger, I was a loner and always thought about past problems and mistakes and things(INFP). I got tired of being depressed from all the stressful thinking, so I occupied my time with... ehem.. Star Trek quite deeply for a long time and developed my thinking side well (INTP).
    From there, I discovered a pal who became my best friend. He influenced my life a lot and I always looked up to him and did everything he did. He was a definite ISTP. And so I developed my sensory side strongly from being around him for so long (ISTP).
    Now, I'm an ISFP, and find myself unusually comfortable here more than the others. I think it was always there, it just took me a long time to discover it and come to terms with it. I even switched my college major choice from architectural drafting to an art field.

    (Everything I stated took place within a 15 year span at least. I'm 21 now, so I'm counting back to when I was 6. I think I was too dumb at 5 to include anything before then.)

    I took the personality test again recently, and my results came out IXXP, but after thinking about it, I'm slightly more comfortable with the sensory side, and kind of use the thinking and feeling side equally.

    It feels awesome, cause I'm noticing more and more that I'm able to relate so well with those other three personality types. I'm constantly tested against these types, because my closest friends are these types too.

    One of my newest closest friends is an ESFJ, but I usually just stick to my ISFP or ISTP personality with him and keep things humorous and goofy. If I go anywhere into INTP or INFP with him, he tends to not want to relate to me very much anymore.

    Does anybody else feel like this? Cause I'm believing, after this long experience, that everyone is able to choose their personality. It all boils down to just preference.
    On another thought, if someone really wanted to change or add to their personality, it can be accomplished.
    A person's personality is not entirely fixed.

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    I agree that typology should not be used to measure who you are and how you think of yourself, and that it's entierly up to you who you really want to be. However, the other side of my brain still says that whatever you choose to become can still be corrolated to a type.

    Consider that your teenage years are a barrage of hormones, popular culture and peer pressure - none of us come out the other side the same person. It's all a part of growing up and learning to appreciate yourself for who you are, warts 'n all. Recognise your strengths, play toward them as much as possible, and shock horror (!), you'll be happy!
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    MBTI aside ... Although I think personality is changeable, I don't think it's anywhere near as easy as this. People can struggle for years just to alter one instinct. If you can just attach and detach your lens like that, your personality is probably remaining the same while you're using different skills.
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    VargrantFarce, your picture disturbs me.... lol... but I appreciate the way you think.

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    You might be INTP. They are apparently the most notorious chameleons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markasin3 View Post
    VargrantFarce, your picture disturbs me.... lol... but I appreciate the way you think.
    You should see my real face :pornstar:
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    i think it's normal for introverted perceives (introverted perception/extroverted judging) to switch among all introverted perceiving modes, but there are long term things that ISTp can do, that i could never do, like being strong/lean/healthy *g* -- so the switch is more like an emulation mode. other types switch/emulate on a different axis, keeping their J/P order. (and leave me alone with your comments, if you are a slave to the so called mbti-function order myth/lie)

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlahBlahNounBlah View Post
    MBTI aside ... Although I think personality is changeable, I don't think it's anywhere near as easy as this. People can struggle for years just to alter one instinct. If you can just attach and detach your lens like that, your personality is probably remaining the same while you're using different skills.
    You make an excellent point that I don't want to discredit. I feel, though, that I have to be the devil's advocate in this just to gain a deeper understanding.

    Could it be possible that a person would change much faster than the norm if there was enough need for it? Granted I didn't put every detail into my life story, but that's because I didn't want to bore everyone.
    At each stage I felt like there was a need for change because I was overwhelmed by one trait and neglecting the other side of the trait. I felt the imbalance and a natural pull.

    Thus you see the step by step progression. INFP to INTP to ISTP to ISFP

    A step by step progression is reasonable because it's not an overwhelming change all at once. No doubt, I struggled with each, but also got comfortable with them that they became second nature. (Remember, this is a span of 15 years. Not like 5 years.) Especially my thinking side. When I did the first change from feeling to thinking, it was dramatic and took time. I ignored and shut off a lot of my feelings, almost vulcan as it were, in an attempt to be more reasonable and controlling of myself. Also I needed it in order to understand and fix the complications I was having with others. Eventually it became easy and not much of a problem after a few years.

    Also, VargrantFarce stated that I was in my teenage years.

    When we are born, we don't come with personalities. It develops. Babies are just waiting to be influenced and molded into something.
    Granted, now that I'm 21, it is much difficult to change my traits because I believe I'm closer to stability, but at my youth, I think I was more flexible and more malleable. Change was far more easy. I think all of this needs to be accounted too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markasin3 View Post
    Remember, this is a span of 15 years. Not like 5 years.

    Sure. I'd say a type could change incrementally over the course of 15 years. I'm definitely not one of those "you're born with your type and it's set for life" believers. My current type isn't the same as my childhood type.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleepy View Post
    You might be INTP. They are apparently the most notorious chameleons.
    Really!? That'll be awesome. I admire an INTPs intelligence. If this is the case, then I must have been undercover for a very long time.

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