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    Default INFPs, Do you detach emotionally in moments of crisis?

    I've been pondering this, you see. I notice in moments of crisis, it's almost like I switch off the emotion chip. Others have noticed this in me too, but it has to be a big crisis, where emotion is so intense, it would be crippling (system overload perhaps?). It also happens in routine, but relatively stressful situations at work also.
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    Yes, I have felt the cut of switch happen when the need for emotion is too great, or the situation too painful. It feels like I go dead inside for awhile, it's usually accompanied by a withdrawl from society until I feel able to process the emotion.
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    Yeah I do this. People tell me I'm always calm in a crisis. I've thought about it a lot, but never really gotten to the base of what's happening there. I could be detaching, or it could just be that I'm so internal that it takes a while for big things to filter through. I dunno. Maybe the stress flips us into our shadow ESTJ state?

    Edit: or maybe it's just shock/denial?

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    I get this, also.
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    Yeah. I am usually very calm and detail oriented in a crisis. If something is wrong, I can completely detach from my emotions in order to continue working on the job, and make sure everything I can do in order to prevent any further damage is done as well.
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    Absolutely, but I'm not entirely sure that means I turn into a calm, cool me in a crisis. Everybody has their sad stories, and in the past, I've noticed that when I'm going through tragedy, I tend to subconciously suppress the emotions that I am feeling, to the point where I'm not even capable of crying in many cases, until I have enough time to ponder over them alone. I dunno if I do this to protect myself or the people around me? But once I have had time to understand them myself, then I can confide in other people. But only those that are very close and I feel understand me very well.
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    Same for me. I've wondered too, JJJ if it isn't the initial grief stage of denial.

    Whatever it is, it seems as though a switch is flipped and I am afloat without my feelings compass for however long it takes to do what is necessary.
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    If it is a crisis to me, I will not be detached.

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    Hm... I actually can't really think of this happening to me. The emotion, as intense as it gets, just stays there and washes over me, drenching me, until I somehow let it all out. But all my crises have been personal; I don't know about more 'external' crises, I guess--that may depend... on how I feel. I might just not feel very emotionally overwhelmed--it doesn't feel like detachment though, at the same time.

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    Depends on the nature of the crisis, but yes I've been totally emotionally numb during crisis before.

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