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  • Family

    8 13.56%
  • Religion

    1 1.69%
  • The pursuit of truth and/or knowledge

    18 30.51%
  • Relationships and/or socialising

    10 16.95%
  • Your work

    2 3.39%
  • Nothing, but I'm searching for something

    5 8.47%
  • Nothing, and I couldn't care less

    4 6.78%
  • Other

    11 18.64%
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    Lots of stuff. My relatives, my friends, doing philosophy and learning about various other intellectual fields, practicing hand to hand combat, food, games, art (graphite drawings), music (I like to sing)...
    I'm all about enjoying life in my own particular way. I really like my life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Langrenus View Post
    Answers on a postcard (or preferably here) please. I'm going to be tough and give you one choice, so use it wisely - and please expand on any answers given, particularly for the more nebulous responses
    Goof, you have just ensured that I will not vote. I need a Gollum-esque opportunity ("string or nothing!" he shrieked) at a bare minimum...

    For general answers, here is the order in which the various instincts appeared in me (earliest first):

    1. The search for truth and knowledge
    2. The creative act / creative expression
    3. Family
    4. Advising/Encouraging people w/ life concerns

    The latter only really flowered within the last ten years.
    "Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"

    “Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft

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    Family
    God/religion
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    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Goof, you have just ensured that I will not vote. I need a Gollum-esque opportunity ("string or nothing!" he shrieked) at a bare minimum...
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    And 2 and 2 always makes a 5

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    The pursuit of truth and/or knowledge specifically in relation to discovering the world as it is contrasted with how I expected it to be. And maybe the power such discovery brings.

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    Relationships/socializing. I'm very much a "people person." When I'm alone and not around people, I feel worthless. Whether I'm at work, school, etc., I need to be around people. And when I see "relationships" I"m not thinking of relationships like boyfriend/girlfriend, but more along the lines of relationships with frriends and family. But yeah, that's what drives me.. people, helping them, and making them happy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by girlnamedbless View Post
    When I'm alone and not around people, I feel worthless.
    Really?

    Describe "worthless":
    • Not within your comfort zone or area of expertise?
    • Not sure how to spend your time?
    • Nothing is worth doing alone?
    Or something else like that?
    "Hey Capa -- We're only stardust." ~ "Sunshine"

    “Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty.” ~ H.P. Lovecraft

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Really?

    Describe "worthless":
    • Not within your comfort zone or area of expertise?
    • Not sure how to spend your time?
    • Nothing is worth doing alone?
    Or something else like that?

    Hmm, put simply, I feel sad. I don't know what to do with myself if I'm alone, and I'll do anything to try to get out. It's probably a combination of the three you listed. I absolutely hate being alone, really. I mean if I have to be stuck in my room, I'd rather be on AIM or talking to someone on the phone. I feel like I have no sense of purpose and I'm not happy with myself when I'm alone. I know that wasn't too clear, I'm not really sure how to explain it through writing. :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by nottaprettygal View Post
    I would have to say a combo of relationships and pursuit of knowledge (not truth though). This means that I want to learn, but I want to have a couple of people along with me in the pursuit to discuss matters and perhaps grow together.

    Yeah, me too.

    For me, the "pursuit of truth and knowledge" can encompass religious/spiritual impulses (as my religious/spiritual impulses tend to be somewhat cerebral). And the pursuit for non-overtly spiritual knowledge and truth can still feel religious/sacred in a sense to me... but none of it really "does it" for me if I don't have someone to talk it through/enjoy it with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by girlnamedbless View Post
    Hmm, put simply, I feel sad. I don't know what to do with myself if I'm alone, and I'll do anything to try to get out. It's probably a combination of the three you listed. I absolutely hate being alone, really. I mean if I have to be stuck in my room, I'd rather be on AIM or talking to someone on the phone. I feel like I have no sense of purpose and I'm not happy with myself when I'm alone. I know that wasn't too clear, I'm not really sure how to explain it through writing. :/
    Maybe there are some activities you enjoy that you can do while you're alone? Like gardening, watching soaps, or painting, reading...something that you can focus on? I know my mother (ESFJ as well) tends to do something somewhat constructive when she has no one to talk to on the phone or in the house. Usually that does involve gardening and playing with the dog (and talking to the dog...maybe you need a pet?)..and watching her soaps and shows.

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