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    Quote Originally Posted by Esoteric Wench View Post
    Pyramid, let me suggest a way to proceed here:

    Become your own center of gravity. One of the strengths of being an ENFP is being able to tailor one's approach so that the people around you feel comfortable and emotionally connected to you. But in this situation, your strengths are liabilities. In other words, you need to shift your focus from your mother to yourself. You can't control her, but you can control you. If you define your success as your mother coming around, this makes your happiness dependent on what she does. What she does is ultimately out of your control.

    Being P versus J means that you prefer to stay in information gathering mode. You like to sit back and soak it all in. But here again, I'm going to say that this is not the best approach here. You've done your research, you've sought the advice of people on this board. Perhaps it's time to turn your thoughts inward and focus on shoring up your own defenses. It is understandable that you want a good relationship with your mom. But that may not be in the cards right now. So move forward with taking care of yourself. (Easier said than done when you are getting no maternal approval that it's OK to be who you really are.)

    Once you understand your mother's view of the world, don't stay stuck in the "understand" mode. Make a decision that it's OK for you to have a differing value system and stay firm on this.

    You can still check in with her periodically to see if she's ready to change. She's going to have to be willing to recognize the intelligence and skill P spontaneity takes... as well as appreciate your other unique ENFP gifts. And, she will only do this when she's ready.
    Well you have nailed it the whole way through this thread. This is the approach I am taking. I am not vexed by my mother's perception of me. I was wondering if there were any socionics or typology bits I had not considered due to emotions or whatever. We haven't spoken in months which simply feels strange-- and sometimes I get pressure from other family members as well about this. >_< My affairs are nearly in order and in a short period of time it will be difficult for her to hold up whatever version of me she's adopted. I am doing me right now. I don't seek her validation- that can come whenever, I just don't want her to be worried about things that aren't real

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    This is true. My ENFJ sister says she's more "conservative" than my ENFP sister and I.

    Of course, I guess that's one way of putting it, but she really isn't conservative at all in terms of politics or lifestyle. A stranger would have no idea what the hell she meant by "conservative" I'm telling you, but strangely it makes some weird sense contrasted to her two ENFP siblings. It's just her overall approach is so Fe...I guess.
    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCat View Post
    To add more in a socionics sense... ENFJs and ENFPs have completely opposing values and life outlooks. They are in opposing quadras. The interaction will naturally be awkward.. it's really difficult to get along with people like that. I'm not sure what to tell you, except to just try to deal with it until you can move out. =\
    Quote Originally Posted by pyramid View Post
    YES





    This is how I feel inherently, but she is my mom. I want to be close with my family so we can influence one another for the better.


    Yes I asked her to look into it (she has a Psych degree and I knew wouldn't object) which is how I discovered her type. She doesn't seem to place this inherent discrepancy. On a basic level, I have come to admire her J but she hates my P. I feel like if she took the time to read about my end or who I am or understand that it can be terrible raising ENFP children and she's doing fine and doesn't need to feel guilty for my problems that things would be easier.
    Quote Originally Posted by Esoteric Wench View Post
    Pyramid, I hear your anguish and I'm so sorry. But, it doesn't surprise me. I get along with most everybody, but I have a very special kinship with NFs... except for ENFJs. I've come to realize that while I seem to be very much like my ENFJ friends, there are some major sources of friction between the ENFP and ENFJ.

    One of the things that Socionics adds to the MBTI discussion is the idea that you can predict with great accuracy how any two personality types interact. In other words, two personalities have predictable communication strengths and weaknesses.

    ENFP and ENFJ pairings are Quasi-Identical relations. Let me quote the description of these relationships from one Socionics Website:



    My ENFJ friends and acquaintances are oftentimes very frustrating for me to be around. True, we have a lot in common. Yes, we can interact seemingly seemlessly. And yet, ENFJs have a tendency to classify people... to make snap judgments about people and pigeonhole them prematurely. Frankly, I find some of my ENFJ friends overly manipulative of people... using them to further whatever ENFJ agenda is at hand. These behaviors disgust my ENFP sensibilities and I tend to keep most ENFJs I know at arms length.

    So I would encourage you, Pyramid, to consider that these are normal, and even predictable interactions with your ENFJ mother. Given this conflict in your values, it seems like the best you can hope for is for both of your to come to a mutual understanding of these predictable differences in the way you see the world. With this understanding, perhaps neither of you will misinterpret the other's actions. That is what MBTI does, I think. It frees us from boxes we didn't even know we were in and let's us see and be forgiving of the boxes that other people are in.
    +1. I dont think there is a type that bugs me more than ENFP (though i was friends with one for awhile, before he went crazy)






    ...well...maybe INFP and ISFP

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babylon Candle View Post
    +1. I dont think there is a type that bugs me more than ENFP (though i was friends with one for awhile, before he went crazy)






    ...well...maybe INFP and ISFP
    see? we are on your side!! I'm sorry about your pal. Our love of paradoxes and being I and E at the same time can really come off as insanity to others, and our fantastical imagination might not always be appropriate...
    ENFP do thrive on feeling centered in their world... when out of orbit we can be detached, irrational, and judgmental. This is a treacherous filter for an ENFP to look through...

    I have surely climbed to the top of the bell tower and peeked over the edge---and slowly climbed back down. Not a pleasant experience! be kind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babylon Candle View Post
    +1. I dont think there is a type that bugs me more than ENFP (though i was friends with one for awhile, before he went crazy)
    Word. I can have a nice relationship with an ENFP until they become even the tiniest bit unhealthy, and it's too much for me.

    Pyramid, I feel your pain, but as an ENFJ with an ENFP. People are impressed with the way we communicate and how close we are, and yes, we know each other to the core. But that doesn't mean our core has anything in common, and thats obvious when one of us violates that other and an atomic bomb goes off. And she just makes it worse by not DROPPING it! Just goes on and on and on and on...

    Anyway, the answer to the advice issue is simple.
    Agree. Then do whatever you want. That's how I survived my mother and how my husband survives his ESFJ mother and grandmother every flipping day.

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    WOW.. This is the complete opposite of my experience as an ENFP with an ENFJ mother. I couldn't ask for a better relationship. She admires how I live so close to my values even if they are altered from hers. I admire her for so many things I can even begin to name. I almost started a thread saying I thought this was a great mother/daughter type to have together. I feel I can tell her anything and she is such an amazing listener.

    However, it hasn't always been like this. We argued a lot through my teen years and finally learned how to get along in my early twenties.. Now in my mid twenties, she is hands down my best friend. I'm not sure how young you are but I think things could definitely get better. I think in time she will accept your free spirit thinking because she is your mother and wants to love you no matter what and even if she doesn't show it, she does.

    Please call her. I know it's hard to do but don't over think things here. She's your mom and wants you in her life no matter what your differences. Apologize first and she will surely apologize back. I know you will have a great relationship with her one day
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceRobin View Post
    Please call her. I know it's hard to do but don't over think things here. She's your mom and wants you in her life no matter what your differences. Apologize first and she will surely apologize back. I know you will have a great relationship with her one day
    This.

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    this is about to get personal and dramatic but I doubt I will call her right away. She didn't want to hear from me "until I had a job." I had trouble getting a job because I had a mysterious, debilitating, chronic illness for the last 3 years (and being an ENFP didn't make it any easier). Her exasperation trying to help me through this time led to almost denial that there was a problem impeding me from work and her not trusting that I know my own body---arguing with me that I'm not a doctor when neither is she!

    Honestly I want to talk to her BUT I really don't feel like calling her next week and telling her about my new position...it looks bizarre on my half to call right after doing what mommy said to validate how right she was in her decision to emotionally manipulate others (a favorite pastime of hers and one she openly admits to using to get her way--barf!). I now work in the field that she does, but we have completely different motivations for being there.

    For what it's worth last time she saw me she said I'd "be the death of her." Oy what a phone call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyramid View Post
    this is about to get personal and dramatic but I doubt I will call her right away. She didn't want to hear from me "until I had a job." I had trouble getting a job because I had a mysterious, debilitating, chronic illness for the last 3 years (and being an ENFP didn't make it any easier). Her exasperation trying to help me through this time led to almost denial that there was a problem impeding me from work and her not trusting that I know my own body---arguing with me that I'm not a doctor when neither is she!

    Honestly I want to talk to her BUT I really don't feel like calling her next week and telling her about my new position...it looks bizarre on my half to call right after doing what mommy said to validate how right she was in her decision to emotionally manipulate others (a favorite pastime of hers and one she openly admits to using to get her way--barf!). I now work in the field that she does, but we have completely different motivations for being there.

    For what it's worth last time she saw me she said I'd "be the death of her." Oy what a phone call.

    I actually feel bad for you that your mother treats you this way. She sounds like an unhealthy ENFJ.

    FWIW, my mom, the ESFP who throws temper tantrums, I'm at least able to get along with really well if we don't live together. Like me, once she gets something out of her system she forgives and forgets and even laughs about it. I don't think she intentionally tries to manipulate anyone, but allows herself to get overwhelmed by irrational feelings and likes to blame others for her problems.

    Moms can be difficult ones to get along with for adult daughters, I think, because I've seen this before from all different types of young women.

    If it was me, I'd probably keep ignoring her until I felt better since she's the one who cut your off. Then when you feel confident and strong in your new job, call her. That's my advice, but do whatever you think is right.

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    Thanks Marmalade, sounds good.

    On the up side I cured the "incurable" weepy eczema that was covering me head to toe WITHOUT the help of doctors (I initially tried a dozen different dealers of Western medicine and 3Xs as many medications.. those just got me obsessed with and craving steroids--the only thing that provided relief).
    I became focused on curing the only likely causes of this problem (and only with "natural" items) and not the symptoms and here I am today with 98% relief.

    Managing stress is the hardest thing ---especially when you have someone breathing down your neck saying you're doing it wrong or not following the doctors closely enough or you're just not spending enough $ on the problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pyramid View Post
    this is about to get personal and dramatic but I doubt I will call her right away. She didn't want to hear from me "until I had a job." I had trouble getting a job because I had a mysterious, debilitating, chronic illness for the last 3 years (and being an ENFP didn't make it any easier). Her exasperation trying to help me through this time led to almost denial that there was a problem impeding me from work and her not trusting that I know my own body---arguing with me that I'm not a doctor when neither is she!

    Honestly I want to talk to her BUT I really don't feel like calling her next week and telling her about my new position...it looks bizarre on my half to call right after doing what mommy said to validate how right she was in her decision to emotionally manipulate others (a favorite pastime of hers and one she openly admits to using to get her way--barf!). I now work in the field that she does, but we have completely different motivations for being there.

    For what it's worth last time she saw me she said I'd "be the death of her." Oy what a phone call.
    wait. so you're afraid to call her about good news? (getting a job is good news, right?)

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