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    Default INFJs: What makes you tick?

    I have a hard time understanding you. I don't know if I've ever known any of you and I'm trying to figure it out. You seem so different than me, but I've also had people think I'm an INFJ. (Which I obviously am not; I have zero foresight and extraverted feeling is a foreign concept. I'm always screwing up in that area. But I do have strong opinions and I often let them known.)

    So... what makes you tick? What's your motivation for doing things, life? How do you pass your time? What kind of art, music do you like? What pisses you the hell off? What makes you cry, makes you happy? What are your governing principles for life?

    Well?

    I need to know, cause to me, you are the enigma. And I don't hear enough real stuff about you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brainheart View Post
    So... what makes you tick? What's your motivation for doing things, life? What are your governing principles for life?
    Myself, people, the world, the future and how these things are all interconnected. Hope that things will get better; hope that the things I do will make things better for myself and others around me. This doesn't mean that I bend over backwards to make things happen I merely do things that I feel are right for me in hopes that they are right for me and my future. Seeking harmony is the greatest motivation to me, I would say. The progress towards "something".

    How do you pass your time?
    Well, my mind is constantly racing, thinking about things mentioned above. Seeking happiness, joy, laughter...contentment, improvement...striving towards the "perfection" I have construed for myself in my mind.

    What kind of art, music do you like?
    It would be easier to answer what kind of art and music I don't like. Oh, wait. That would also be a difficult question to answer. I can find beauty and enjoyment in every little thing but it all depends on the mood I'm in. Things are in constant flux, some things emerge and some things subside only to emerge some time in the future. My interests change like he wind.

    What pisses you the hell off?
    I would have to answer myself and the people again. Myself for not progressing as fast as I could but also progressing too fast in some areas that I don't find that important at that particular time. Being inconsistent. Being unable to attain the harmony I so desperately seek.
    People who seem to be unable to be considerate and think about the consequences of their actions. Deliberate actions to harm other people and also themselves.

    What makes you cry, makes you happy?
    Life.

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    You make me feel like such a selfish bastard. Maybe that's why I don't know any of you, I'd feel constant guilt for being so self-absorbed...

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    Quote Originally Posted by brainheart View Post
    You make me feel like such a selfish bastard. Maybe that's why I don't know any of you, I'd feel constant guilt for being so self-absorbed...
    Don't let yourself be fooled. At times I, for one, can be the most cold-hearted and self-absorbed bastard that puts all others to shame.

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    the monty python bunny, we've been together for 3 years now <3

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    Quote Originally Posted by brainheart View Post
    So... what makes you tick?
    Isn't that what INFJs spend their lives trying to figure out?

    Quote Originally Posted by brainheart View Post
    What's your motivation for doing things, life?
    I think my motivation is to create relationships that matter, that are beneficial to me, beneficial to the other person, and result in both of us being able to understand ourselves in a much clearer way.

    Quote Originally Posted by brainheart View Post
    How do you pass your time?
    Quietly? I work. When I'm not working, I like researching things online, reading, spending time with a small group of friends. I really want to be a spontaneous person and experience a lot of new things all of the time, but I'm too scared to do any of that on my own.

    Quote Originally Posted by brainheart View Post
    What kind of art, music do you like?
    Wow. Um... I like most art. I especially like paintings and photography. I wish I were artistic, but alas. I usually say I like most music except country, bluegrass, and rap. I like classical, but I have to be in the mood. I listen to rock, both alternative and heavy metal. I like African music, Indian, and Arabic music especially.


    Quote Originally Posted by brainheart View Post
    What pisses you the hell off?
    People's behavior and attitudes. I hate people that are arrogant and close-minded. I don't understand that kind of thinking. Personally, I hate when someone doesn't even attempt to understand where I'm coming from and what I mean. Manipulation pisses me the hell off.


    Quote Originally Posted by brainheart View Post
    What makes you cry, makes you happy?
    What makes me cry is not attaining what I've built in my head, if that makes any sense.

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    What are your governing principles for life?
    Um. I just try to live my life and make as few ripples as possible. I don't want to be the cause of pain or drama in anyone's life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by istina View Post
    What makes me cry is not attaining what I've built in my head, if that makes any sense.
    This makes the most sense to me of anything you've said. Thanks for all of it.

    Would you say that INFJs are the critics/editors while INFPs are the creators, in general?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky is BLUE! View Post
    Myself, people, the world, the future and how these things are all interconnected. Hope that things will get better; hope that the things I do will make things better for myself and others around me. This doesn't mean that I bend over backwards to make things happen I merely do things that I feel are right for me in hopes that they are right for me and my future. Seeking harmony is the greatest motivation to me, I would say. The progress towards "something".


    Well, my mind is constantly racing, thinking about things mentioned above. Seeking happiness, joy, laughter...contentment, improvement...striving towards the "perfection" I have construed for myself in my mind.


    It would be easier to answer what kind of art and music I don't like. Oh, wait. That would also be a difficult question to answer. I can find beauty and enjoyment in every little thing but it all depends on the mood I'm in. Things are in constant flux, some things emerge and some things subside only to emerge some time in the future. My interests change like he wind.


    I would have to answer myself and the people again. Myself for not progressing as fast as I could but also progressing too fast in some areas that I don't find that important at that particular time. Being inconsistent. Being unable to attain the harmony I so desperately seek.
    People who seem to be unable to be considerate and think about the consequences of their actions. Deliberate actions to harm other people and also themselves.


    Life.
    Um. . .yes is all i have to say. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by brainheart View Post
    This makes the most sense to me of anything you've said. Thanks for all of it.

    Would you say that INFJs are the critics/editors while INFPs are the creators, in general?
    No i wouldn't actually. INFJs are big idea people. We dream up things. And we dont like to be critical. Sometimes we are, but we dont like to be. Well, to clarify, we're extremely critical of ourselves. Not so much of others. And if we are critical of others, we tend to try to understand why that person is the way they are and the circumstances behind that. We tend to want to see the good in people and to forgive if possible. The creators are the big do-ers, such as ESTPs. I dont know where INFPs would fall in that spectrum. Oh and the editors are INTPs.

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    For me, I just live my life following my instinct. A lot of the time that ends up with me gibbering like a fool because my stream of consciousness takes control of my mouth (Its the flaw I just want to get rid of. I dont have as much 'vocal moderation' as a lot of INFJs seem to have.)


    Really, INFJs follow a system that even they dont understand. IT doesnt always change with logical reasoning like an INFPs values tend to do. We're usually trying find our center with a blindfold on.

    What makes INFJs enigmatic is that everything people ask them, they ask themselves and usually they can't answer. Like 'How are you doing?' - I look inside and think: Ergh, there isnt even a word to DESCRIBE it. Stream of consciousness could, but thats too deep for small talk and it usually makes me look dumb.
    'Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and its better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.' - Marilyn Monroe

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