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    Default Do INFJs need a "hobby"? If so, what???

    My ISTP is obsessed with his motorbike (under his admission - 2am in the garage in his dressing gown sorting out the brakes kind of obsession!) - he says it helps him switch off, helps him recentre and loves the way he is creating something (he is modifying it beyond all recognition)...

    I have never really had anything like that - I attempted pastel drawing, knitting, writing a book (I'm 200 pages in), I do exercise but it's not really "fun" it's weight control and interacting with others, I'm trying cooking but I see it more as "survival" than fun. I enjoy studying, reading (usually have about 3 books on the go at once to "reflect my mood") and trying to figure my inner world out (Navel gazing if you like). I love talking to people and pulling apart the universe. Talking to everyone on here is fascinating - never have I encountered so many intelligent and interesting individuals to converse with - sometimes I just read the threads and don't contribute as I love seeing it unfold...

    I just don't know whether I could undertake a hobby that would "survive" - I know I would tire of it and it would end up in the back of a cupboard - forgotten... Is this normal for an INFJ? Or is there anything that you do you would like to share?

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    Restoring my 86' Toyota 4wd is what I'm doing lately,I love 4wd's , big tires , lifted bodies,going places no one has ever dared to go, I love getting off the beaten path and creating my own. I love the mountains and driving up steep terrain, the next vehicle I get will be an older Jeep Wrangler and I'll fix it up as well. I also like fly fishing for trout wading out in ice cold water. I like riding my mountain bike a lot too. I play guitar almost everyday , I can forget all my problems temporarily while playing guitar. Oh yeah, I've got a punching bag I workout on about 3 days a week, it relieves a good deal of stress and I lift weights off and on. I like going to bookstores , I'm a magazine fiend. I've met a few unusual people in Barnes & Nobles, and I'm really into alternative media and We Are Change.

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    I jump from hobby to hobby. I don't think I really have one, although, from my experience, I do need something to keep my mind preoccupied or else I end up falling into the deep, dark abyss.

    So, don't worry if your hobbies aren't necessarily uniform. It's okay to have a variety What's important is that you're enjoying yourself.

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    I've jumped around from hobby to hobby too.

    The two that I've actually (and surprisingly) stuck with over the years are weight lifting and guitar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gloomy-optimist View Post
    I jump from hobby to hobby. I don't think I really have one, although, from my experience, I do need something to keep my mind preoccupied or else I end up falling into the deep, dark abyss.
    Yup.

    I'm constantly juggling between dozens of things that take up my interest. This has led me to a mess because now I know something about a lot of things but really not much at all about anything.
    Last edited by Phantonym; 05-16-2009 at 03:21 AM.

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    I've never really done anything "steadily" on my own initiative. There are hobbies I return to time and time again (rpg, fantasy/sci fic novels, sketching etc). It's always done in bursts though. I'll be in to it for a couple months, then I'd need a break or something else catches my attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightning View Post
    It's always done in bursts though

    Exactly

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    My husband can't come up with a hobby to save his life. Sounds just like this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elaur View Post
    My husband can't come up with a hobby to save his life. Sounds just like this thread.
    Is he INFJ?
    "Create like a god, command like a king, work like a slave."

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    Yes.

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