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    Default Non-Artistic INFPs???

    So I'm an INFP who recently found herself to be one after testing/thinking I was an INTP for years. All these descriptions keep telling me that INFP's are so artistic especially in prose, fiction writing and the like but I've never had a strong suit with that. And as a matter of fact, I hate reading fiction. I know that a type doesn't totally define you, but do any other INFP's have this problem?

    Also, is it a commonality for INFPs to write in journals?

    p.s. I used to be a good blogger discussing my personal opinions about society but have had severe writer's block/brain fog for quite a few years.

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    I'm an INFP but not very"artistic". There are other types of INFP's.


    As Lenore Thomson talks about in her book Personality Type, "IFP's thus have a wide range of self-presentations. Some are drawn to a life pared to the human essentials, and they seem Zen-like or otherworldly; others are determined to help others, apart from conventional assumptions about status and power. Some make art that weds the individual situation with its universal import; yet others put themselves on the line, breaking the law for a higher moral purpose, and willing to pay the price."

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    I see your point, I guess that would classify me as the INFP who is determined to help others. It's so funny though because I feel alive when I'm helping a friend in need, but my people skills are horrible. I guess I'm a people pleaser cause it's hard for me to say "No". But when it comes to strangers I really just don't give a damn, lol.

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    I am creative, I can come up with ideas and I know the way I want things to look but I could never create said things. Be that painting, drawing, writing etc
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    I think you should think outside the box with the word "artistic" or take it more as 'sensitive'. Sensitivity leads to experiencing, interpreting, and creating things. It's more like a creative/artistic *spirit* or eye. So if you open up the definition can you see it applied to you?

    I dated an INFP who very much so had an "artist's temperament" (for good and bad) and had that sensitivity. If you give someone with that kind of sensitivity a camera, you might be surprised at the images they capture.

    She didn't see herself as artistic, but I could see it.
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    I don't consider myself an artist but I work with vintage clothes, so I have to at least have some kind taste or an eye for things. Of course that doesn't mean that anyone else likes my taste necessarily...

    I like photography too but I'm not at all serious about it, and often go a long time without taking pictures. I do write in a journal, and have done that for years. Sometimes I forget about it and neglect it for a long time, but I think it's good for me to write. No one is ever supposed to read it so I don't need to actually commit to anything I'm writing down. I'm talking about a paper journal so deleting isn't possible, and I rarely really go back and read things. Usually when I write I come out feeling better than I did when I started. It's a way to release emotions for me.
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    Yep, I had also often problems identifying with this "artistic trait" described in the profiles. I don't really write anything fictional (I wrote a bit though as a child in elementary school, 3rd or 4th grade I think) and I cannot do much with arts and poems and that stuff. However I start to think whether I just have a too different taste in that than what is considered good in the general public opinion.

    Maybe there is more potential in me but I just didn't find the interest yet to do something in that direction. In secondary school there were sometimes tasks to write stuff like "write an inner monologue of [insert random character]" or what not; I never liked to do it because I think it is giving too much of myself away when writing, but I always got good valuation from teachers. However, drawing and painting I totally am not able to do.

    However that blogging etc. stuff is a bit different. I am editor at some site where I write about PC hardware stuff etc. (though not very active currently, but I will maybe give more effort in future again). I also planned to do a personal blog exactly as you for years, but I never really left the phase of planning. I have doubt people would even read it and that is not a good motivator.

    Though, I do like READING fictional stuff

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    i like to think i'm pretty artistic . i play multiple instruments and can play/write decently well on most of them. i also write fiction/blog for fun, and my creative writing teacher told me i have a lot potential. though i'm not good at drawing or anything like that.. at all.

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