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    i rarely feel nostalgic. if anything, i feel nostalgic for the fantastical and the imaginary more than the real. i am more nostalgic for the multitude of imagined futures that have at one time been significant to me.

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    Super strong nostolgia for things like 80s cartoons, and NES games and Xmas time and halloween with my family. Times when we were "normal".
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    I am also nostalgic for the imagination I used to have as a kid, in the back yard, driving in the car, seeing things making connections, being in love with the world and seeing it for the first time with perfect vision and a sense of innocence.
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    I'm not as nostalgic as I once was — I'm very future oriented, almost obsessively so. (Never been a live-in-the-now type of person.) When I do get nostalgic, though, it's for Friday nights when I was young, when a weekend seemed like ages with enough time to do anything I wanted. And then Saturday morning, the same thing... I'd wake up before anyone else in the house and get so excited about the days to come. Now that I think about it, even my nostalgia is about the future. Does that even count then? Haha.

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    I don't know why this popped into my head, but when I was a kid, there was this cool petting zoo/park my grandparents used to take my brother and I to. I really loved going there probably past an age when I should have.

    A couple of years ago, I was helping a friend move and drove by the place, which was by then defunct and looked like a scene out of a bad trailer park only more rural. I wish I could remove the memory of seeing it like that. I could have lived without it.

    Maybe I'm more nostalgic than I think, but more often than not, it just winds up being disappointing, so I'd rather look forward where nothing is messed up yet.
    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
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    i also forgot to mention that i took a creative writing class in which we were supposed to write memoires. i couldn't do it because i didn't remember anything. it would always turn into ideas and moods that were completely abstracted from concrete memories. worse yet, it wasn't me latching onto a specific scene, or a specific mood or idea. instead it was me just drastically reconstructing the meaning of a wide-ranging area of experience in my life. the meaning of new york. the meaning of youth sports. the meaning of music when you're young. an epoch guided by specific ways of seeing the world, and most of all, by the problems that ruled my life in a specific period.

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    Nostalgia is masochism. The most masochistic of the types are sentimental: ESFJ's, INFJ's, ISFJ, etc. Revisiting lost moments of time lends a bittersweet quality to life. It also seems like J's are more prone to this due to the way they make judgments about their lives.

    I think also that INFJ's seem to be less present and more in their heads and this can lead them to wandering through the possibilities of the future and the conclusions of the past. Thanks for the post, OP.
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    spam spam spam spam
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    Quote Originally Posted by Synarch View Post
    Nostalgia is masochism. The most masochistic of the types are sentimental: ESFJ's, INFJ's, ISFJ, etc. Revisiting lost moments of time lends a bittersweet quality to life. It also seems like J's are more prone to this due to the way they make judgments about their lives.

    I think also that INFJ's seem to be less present and more in their heads and this can lead them to wandering through the possibilities of the future and the conclusions of the past. Thanks for the post, OP.
    My husband is an INTP and so much more sentimental about the past than I am. I always figured it was the Si at work.
    “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”
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    Oh Synarch is just trying to piss us all off, like a good ENTP.

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