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    I was thinking about the correlation between introverted sensing and addictions. Since Si is about subjectively experiencing the physical environment, it finds security in personally known places as well as bodily physical experiences. Once Si realized that one thing brings pleasurable sensations to their body, they are more likely to seek the repetition of this sensation, than for example Se, which would rather move on to try next exciting sensations. I think this might be more of a problem for inferior Si users - NP types and then also unhealthy SJs. I wonder...
    How do you NPs experience addictions? Do you think you're more prone to them, than others? Do you think it's because of the Si?
    The same question for SJs

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    Maybe you find something interesting here: UNDERLYING PERSONALITY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ALCOHOL/SUBSTANCE-USE DISORDER PATIENTS WITH AND WITHOUT AN AFFECTIVE DISORDER

    I didnt read the whole thing, just skimmed through it quickly and looked at this one table of results which in human language translates to:

    Extraverts are more prone to substance abuse disorder than introverts unless there is some mood disorder that causes the addiction(in which case introverts are more prone to addiction).

    Sensing folks are more prone to addiction with or without mood disorders. Mood disorders doesent seem to effect S/N ratios at all.

    F types are only slightly more prone on addiction with no mood disorders than thinking without mood disorder. However with mood disorder F types are much more prone to addiction than T types.

    J/P doesent seem to be relevant on addiction if there is no mood disorder, but P types are more prone to addiction if there is a mood disorder combined with addiction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by INTP View Post
    Maybe you find something interesting here: UNDERLYING PERSONALITY DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ALCOHOL/SUBSTANCE-USE DISORDER PATIENTS WITH AND WITHOUT AN AFFECTIVE DISORDER

    I didnt read the whole thing, just skimmed through it quickly and looked at this one table of results which in human language translates to:
    this was interesting reading, the big 5 part mostly I wonder how high these people score on openess to experience.

    Anyway it didn't really answer my question, if Si as function alone can cause that the individual is more prone to addictions.

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    Yeah I think inferior Si has something to do with how I am comforted by meals that my mom used to make. Same with going to music that is familiar when I'm feeling bad. I can see that it could become an addiction if I started to abuse things in this way to make me feel good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by five sounds View Post
    Yeah I think inferior Si has something to do with how I am comforted by meals that my mom used to make. Same with going to music that is familiar when I'm feeling bad. I can see that it could become an addiction if I started to abuse things in this way to make me feel good.
    I feel the same about familiar music, it gives me that very specific feeling of warmth. I also connect songs and music with situations that happaned to me in past

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    I always felt that Si in us was more concerned with our (ENFP) feelings at the time of the formation of our association, and not necessarily the sensation. I think addiction would be most likely if you had a strong association of drinking & tokin' and popping with comfort, with being with friends and acceptance rather than with a pleasant physical associations. The extraverts I know who are into chemical escape, use it just for that, escape and distraction... not comfort, which is what my Si is a goto for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inis Mona View Post
    I feel the same about familiar music, it gives me that very specific feeling of warmth. I also connect songs and music with situations that happaned to me in past
    THIS. So much. I can't even listen to some songs because they've become so tied to the memories associated with them. Same with smells and foods. There's a particular lip balm that I used during a season of my life. Not a particularly notable season, but that lip balm still takes me back to it roughly 6 years later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Showbread View Post
    THIS. So much. I can't even listen to some songs because they've become so tied to the memories associated with them. Same with smells and foods. There's a particular lip balm that I used during a season of my life. Not a particularly notable season, but that lip balm still takes me back to it roughly 6 years later.
    I know exactly what you're talking about! But aren't they awesome, these sensations? It's a like a time mechanine , expect it can be a little bittersweet and melancholic, don't know how it works for SFJs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inis Mona View Post
    I was thinking about the correlation between introverted sensing and addictions. Since Si is about subjectively experiencing the physical environment, it finds security in personally known places as well as bodily physical experiences. Once Si realized that one thing brings pleasurable sensations to their body, they are more likely to seek the repetition of this sensation, than for example Se, which would rather move on to try next exciting sensations. I think this might be more of a problem for inferior Si users - NP types and then also unhealthy SJs. I wonder...
    How do you NPs experience addictions? Do you think you're more prone to them, than others? Do you think it's because of the Si?
    The same question for SJs
    When I'm in a bad spot, my go-to is almost always precedent. What have other people done in this situation that worked for them? So I guess in that sense, it could lead to addiction in that when you're in an awful place, and all the usual things don't help anymore, the deepest and darkest depths of the Si database might suggest addictive, sensual pleasures. I usually connect that more with Ne (and Fi, in my case), though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Inis Mona View Post
    I feel the same about familiar music, it gives me that very specific feeling of warmth. I also connect songs and music with situations that happaned to me in past
    So do I.

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