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    Red face Have You Lost Your Imagination?

    As the years pass, I feel as if my imagination and creativity are being subdued. It's something I regret, because as a child, my elders always thought I was a sort of visionary. I didn't care what external boundaries there were, or why rules were in place. Thus, I would often deviate from the norm in the most charming ways - whether it be art, writing, or anything that required a creative touch.

    I fear that I might not be able to evoke quality of fantastical imagery I exercised as a child, and I don't want to lose my creativity.

    Do any other NFs feel that society has forced them to drive out their creative spark, replacing it with schedules, time tables, and measurements?

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    I hope not! Because that would mean no more NF-dom...

    There's is nothing more fun than to see everything with a child's eyes. Not all of society force you to give it. If you insist, I find that you'll always find a place to let your inner child play.
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    This can be healthy, though. For example, us 4w5 should move toward 1 and get things done in order to be productive and healthy. All the creativity in the world doesn't do any good if it is not brought into the world.

    You might try reading "Fearless Creating." I've just gotten through the first chapter, and will be working through the rest of the book during NanoWrimo.

    On a more philosophical note though, I think that the freedom of childhood is the perfect breeding ground for creativity. When we're children, the biggest consequence of getting a D grade is getting grounded. When we're adult, the consequence of doing poorly at our job is possibly losing our job. The stakes continue to get higher as people have careers, families, and responsibilities. This can make the work more deep and meaningful, but more responsibility can lead to more anxiety & stress which usually does not breed creativity. So, while the work may be deeper, it may not come as easily or at all.

    You should check out NanoWrimo. If nothing else, at a basic level it's a month of free-writing, so you're bound to end up with some ideas down on paper at the end of it...
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    It is harder when you get older. All the (sucky) reality gets in the way, I think. I still consider myself an imaginative person, but I don't have the same degree of direct access to that world that I did when I was young. I was a very imaginative child, though I was always able to clearly distinguish between reality and fantasy.

    I still haven't quite given up on meeting a talking animal, or finding the magical door to Narnia, though.
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    No, because I'm the one who drives out their schedules, time-tables, and measurements.

    Suck it, ESTJ world.

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    No, but then I'm not really living the adult world yet. Perhaps that's one of the reasons I don't want to face it... because I fear having to deal with all that Sensor stuff will make me dull.

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    nah, it was in my pocket.
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    It's all in your head.

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    I haven't lost my imagination, and in some ways I'm more imaginative than ever. The difference between now and my childhood is that I spend more time using my imagination in a goal-directed manner. I dream of what I want to do with my life and make advanced use of my creative energies in order to accomplish that; as a child, I did little more than escape from reality and invent useless mystical ideas.
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    I've lost a bit, or else it has changed. There's less fire in it than in my early 20s. I just solve stuff creatively, don't hit the same levels of idealism. I'm a sceptic about my expressions unless they represent what I want to say perfectly. It kills a dimension.
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