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    Quote Originally Posted by Seymour View Post
    As requested, a thread. We'll see if it does better than the "someone start a thread" thread.

    Some common INFP issues include:

    1. Hypersensitivity - We often interpret negative feedback as a personal attack. In fact, we sometimes project negativity onto factual, neutral statements. This problem extends to critiques of our values, since as Fi-doms we see our values as fundamental parts of ourselves. Our hypersensitivity can cause us to avoid seeking feedback or evaluation out of fear of it being negative.
    2. Tendency to procrastinate - Like other perceiving types, we have a tendency to procrastinate. In our case, an avoidance of conflict tends to be a contributing factor. Our Fi-based idealism combined with our Ne-inspired ability to see possibilities sometimes makes moving from the possible to the actual demotivating: the reality is always less than we'd like it to be. This can even extend to career paralysis, in which we fear moving forward because no option is perfectly inline with our inner selves and values. Also, attempting something Importantâ„¢ and failing can trigger our hypersensitivity (see above). We can also tend to wait for internal transformation to provide motivation, even when external action is all that's needed to start the ball rolling.
    3. Social Disregard and/or Cluelessness - Our lack of Fe and reliance on Fi tends to make us seemingly unaware of societal expectations. Even when we are aware of them, we may see such expectations as an attack on our individual expression and autonomy. Our Fi focus may also cause us to appear quirky or dress inappropriately for a given situation. Also, we may experience unnecessary conflict with Fe-users because we are unaware of the message we are sending by opting out of important rituals and traditions. We tend to be bad at initiating contact with others, which may send a message that we are selfishly disinterested in other people.
    4. Idealism/Absolutism - While at its best our Fi can lead us towards having worthwhile values and not compromising them, at our worst we tend towards an intolerant, blinkered impracticality. We can tend to dismiss information that doesn't fit with our preconceived ideals and becomes angry when people point out how distorted our internal model of the world may be. This can extend to relationships, causing us to over-idealize those we love, leading to communication problems and/or disappointment.


    And, to include stringstheory's procrastination example:


    I'm sure people have other perspectives to add.
    I wholeheartedly agree with the above ^^


    Profound thoughts

    But to add to some of this sometimes i fall into a trap of being profoundly concerned about life itself, conceptualizing and being philosophical about it ? i wonder if that is even an INFP trait ? or is that more T - I'm a borderline f/t type and it kinda varies ... somedays/weeks im more of a feeler and other times im more T.

    Giving more to others than yourself

    Often i give more than should be required - kindness and looking after the needy while disregarding my own needs is a perpetual problem for me which i sometimes find hard to get out of ?? - infp trait ? --- and to a global scale kindness for humanity ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by reclusivehermit View Post
    I wholeheartedly agree with the above ^^


    Profound thoughts

    But to add to some of this sometimes i fall into a trap of being profoundly concerned about life itself, conceptualizing and being philosophical about it ? i wonder if that is even an INFP trait ? or is that more T - I'm a borderline f/t type and it kinda varies ... somedays/weeks im more of a feeler and other times im more T.

    Giving more to others than yourself

    Often i give more than should be required - kindness and looking after the needy while disregarding my own needs is a perpetual problem for me which i sometimes find hard to get out of ?? - infp trait ? --- and to a global scale kindness to humanity ?
    Keep in mind theres no such absolute mold. Usually we are more one side than the other, so the preference of what you think is solely up to you. You could be more of a thinker than you are a feeler. But, I would say more so "Does this make sense?" or "Even if it doesn't make sense I'm doing it" is a good way to distinguish. Often your decision making abilities can decide that T or F discussion. And as to donating, no I would say many INFP people can be generous. Many INFP try to bring a peace and health to society as a whole. Perhaps a strong sense of right and wrong even.
    "Others should not judge what you truly are, instead you should find yourself. You may find yourself in a bowl of cereal or dreaming of the unknown, but make sure it is you who finds you." - Myself


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    Yeah your right there is no absolutism to describe us because we are so complex, it was good how you brought about the distinguishable natures of F and T, with the question of irrationality ...

    " Even if it doesn't make sense ? I'm doing it " - yeah that often happens to me... its about whether the feeling is good right now or not... being in the mood to do something like studying if the mood isn't appropriate the P function is activated and i procrastinate ...

    and the giving to others .. YES INFP i agree as well.. a strong sense of justice perhaps .

    Well i guess u have summed me up ! lol

    but i am very philosophical i think that could be more of a T thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reclusivehermit View Post
    Yeah your right there is no absolutism to describe us because we are so complex, it was good how you brought about the distinguishable natures of F and T, with the question of irrationality ...

    " Even if it doesn't make sense ? I'm doing it " - yeah that often happens to me... its about the feel or being in the mood to do something like studying if not the P function is activated and u procrastinate ...

    and the giving YES INFP i agree as well.. a strong sense of justice perhaps .

    Well i guess u have summed me up ! lol

    but i am very philosophical i think that could be more of a T thing.
    Like you said, no one can be absolute with judging an F or a T. Perhaps you're one of those people who think they're philosophical, but are only tooting their own horns. I kid with you :P
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    lol I toot the horns a lot when it comes to being philosophical - yet i'm into astrology and i am very moooodyyy

    DOUBLE CANCER !

    I've dabbled with beyond good and evil, plato's republic, socrates, sarte and schopenhauer .. the like

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    Quote Originally Posted by reclusivehermit View Post
    lol I toot the horns a lot when it comes to being philosophical - yet i'm into astrology and i am very moooodyyy

    DOUBLE CANCER !

    I've dabbled with beyond good and evil, plato's republic, socrates, sarte and schopenhauer .. the like
    I must admit I hate classical philosophy. I like American Pragmatism... maybe some outsider stuff like Nietzsche or Descartes.
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    yeah i haven't dealt much with descartes though ... but i i've got a Nietzsche essay coming up on his book 'Beyond good and Evil' - Nietzsche seems pretty good though more of a realist - super humanist yet his language is so dense and complicated...

    your an ISTP now i thought u were an INTP before well thats what i thought i saw before i typed this message ??

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    (RE full topic) I don't know, I've felt like shit all day today, & that happens every so often & makes it almost impossible for me to do anything at all. Probably an issue everyone has but with me it comes completely out of nowhere & I lose interest in everything & can't do anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FunnyDigestion View Post
    (RE full topic) I don't know, I've felt like shit all day today, & that happens every so often & makes it almost impossible for me to do anything at all. Probably an issue everyone has but with me it comes completely out of nowhere & I lose interest in everything & can't do anything.
    such an illustrative example, case in point, I was going to make a thread today inspired by how shitty I was feeling, but I just kept feeling shitter & shittier until reaching a critical mass, at which point I didn't want to even look at this forum.. & I have no problems with this forum. Truthfully I didn't want to look at anything. & I couldn't type. & now I'm no longer inspired. This happens... maybe once every two weeks, I think I've always been calibrated around that 7-8% feel-like-a-piece-of-shit ratio.

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    Disregarding facts that contradict what our Fi says
    I heard this is a problem for some of us. Personally, I cannot comment because all the facts that I can think of support what my Fi says

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