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    Quote Originally Posted by mochajava View Post
    All of the profile sites say that life is hard for the INFJ. Here's http://www.personalitypage.com/INFJ.html:


    When you're withdrawing from extreme giving/social activity/exhaustion/burnout, what are you doing? What revives and replenishes you? How do you spend your time? :workout: or or ?

    I'm new to this forum (joined 7/28), but it's already helped me immensely.
    Edit: misread the post; so I will re-answer. I find that a lot of the other replies reflect my own male-infjness. I enjoy getting away... from everyone. Hence, wilderness. Mountaintops, hiking, a roadtrip. I even delve into the more creative aspects like writing (put away a 125000 word novel last year... but it needs editing desperately.)

    The one thing is, without something to come back to, I find I have no energy even to go out and recharge.
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    Love that I'm in the company of fellow readers/writers. Btw, if you have a blog and want another reader/commenter -- I'm in

    @SilkRoad - This makes so much sense to me. I like reading books with a lot of emotions on the page (like Obama's autobiographical books) because it means not having to play out my own. Maybe... an art gallery sounds fantastic right now.

    @whatusername - What do you write? Journals, fiction, blog?

    Everyone -- how can you tell when you're burnt out? How do you prevent it?

    Me: I switch from dressing 'nice' to dressing 'down'. The old jeans, flip-flops will all come out. I don't want to work as many hours. I start going for extremely long runs. I keep my schedule very light, even when it comes to fun things. I have a feeling I'll cancel social engagement, or at least I dread them (they often turn out to be fun).

    Mountaintops, hiking, a roadtrip.
    Let's go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mochajava View Post
    Love that I'm in the company of fellow readers/writers. Btw, if you have a blog and want another reader/commenter -- I'm in
    Pff, haha... I'm currently designing some blog software from the ground up... my crush, an ISFJ, is doing a drawing of me to be used in the final layout when it is done. The whole point of the darn thing is to get me to learn a new programming language, and then use it to write short stories, whine and bitch about politics and environmentalism, post my photography, and gush over my talented friends. It'll be a while before it's done since i've little time left over after my dayjob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mochajava View Post
    Everyone -- how can you tell when you're burnt out? How do you prevent it?
    I've been burnted out for so long, I don't even know how to answer the question. I'm trying personal projects that may eventually some day wrest me from my job and maybe win me a little attention from other humangs, but my energy level for it is so low that progress is slow at best. I find I dive into bouts of Oblivion (the game, not the state of being) or Dwarf Fortress when I reaaally need to stick my brain on something other than myself.
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    Feeding the predator [the uncut view on things by an entp]

    Dear diary,

    today my infj has come up with a new idea. Now she doesnt want to study medicine, tho she already applied for it and we went thru all the paperwork, today she wants to go into economics and tho I didnt tell her that involves a lot of math what she doesnt like, she nevertheless got pissed at me about something else ( this time it was the way I hang the towel in the bathroom ).

    In the morning she was all happy and totally driving me crazy with her excitement and after midday she was deep-down depressed. She decided that she wants to go on a roadtrip this evening, tho we are totally broke atm and since we just were in a climbing course last weekend I thought to maybe point that out, what ended in more troubles.

    I then cooked for her and she was happy again.

    Later on she told me about a problem her best friend had, she was deeply involved in the feelings ( of another person ) and with me being a kinda reactive person, it dragged my own mood down thru the floor. Glad we already talked about that and she knows when it happens.

    Dear diary,

    feeding the irrational mood swings, ideas and feelings about life of my infj sometimes is like:

    [YOUTUBE="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ94JSw2_-c&feature=related"].[/YOUTUBE]

    but does not feeding it really make up for not sharing this passionate, affectionate and insightful life of living, the onness I have with this person ?

    Hell no !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mochajava View Post

    @SilkRoad - This makes so much sense to me. I like reading books with a lot of emotions on the page (like Obama's autobiographical books) because it means not having to play out my own. Maybe... an art gallery sounds fantastic right now.

    ...

    Everyone -- how can you tell when you're burnt out? How do you prevent it?


    Let's go!
    I was so stressed for months over the winter and I was just reading like a maniac. Even more than usual, and that's saying a lot. I like children's books and especially children's fantasy because I find them both escapist and comforting.

    I'm fortunate to live in a city with some of the greatest cultural riches in the world on my doorstep. When I go to one of the great galleries and stand in front of a favourite painting, everything always makes a bit more sense and I feel calmer and comforted.

    I can tell that I'm getting burnt out when I start thinking that I want to take people-hating classes and that sort of thing At the moment, I'm thinking I need to: take one step at a time for the stuff I need to get done (there's a lot right now, all of it at least somewhat stressful), and step away from difficult people issues in my life. See that thread about people unloading on you and not caring
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    I hide in my room and read, avoiding social contact as much as possible. If I am too busy or I'm not left to recharge, I usually end up getting sick and then it takes longer to re-enter the land of the living, so to speak. When I have underlying stressors (like right now our livelihood is unstable) I have less tolerance for other stuff and fall into the hermit funk much easier.

    I get harebrained schemes all the time about what I want to do for my second career, but truthfully, I'd rather not have to have one. When I've worked before, I've usually not minded most of the work, but the people --- eep! I'm always getting my feelings hurt or getting angry about how people treat each other (or me). I just can't resignedly accept that that's just how people are and ignore. I'd be so much happier if I could. I find we are rather an obnoxious species in general, but I can't quite give up on us.
    “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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    Quote Originally Posted by mochajava View Post
    Love that I'm in the company of fellow readers/writers. Btw, if you have a blog and want another reader/commenter -- I'm in

    @whatusername - What do you write? Journals, fiction, blog?

    Everyone -- how can you tell when you're burnt out? How do you prevent it?
    I actually don't write fiction. I find the creation of another world to be a stressful undertaking, which is why I have huge respect for good fictionists.

    I write poetry; I like its compact nature, I like how, instead of a world, I just get to create a place, or an event. It's something I don't get to do often nowadays, because of work, but I do it whenever I can.

    I do write in my journal longhand, I bring it with me wherever I go (a cliche, I know...) Images, random sentences, questions, it's the very definition of spontaneous writing, which is most helpful to an INFJ brain, I guess.

    Like I said earlier, when I find myself writing more than usual, I know there's something there. Usually, I can't tell when I am en route to burning out, I usually discover it after the fact.

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    I need a looooot of alone time. Since my husband works a swing shift and I work a normal 8-4, I get a lot of alone time, but unevenly spaced out over the month. My months typically look like this:
    Week 1: Husband works day shift and has weekend off. I get no alone time.
    Week 2: Husband works night shift. I get semi-alone time from about 8-3 on Saturday and Sunday while he sleeps. So about 14 hours of alone time.
    Week 3: Husband has a couple days off and then works afternoon shift (2:30-10:30pm). I get alone time in the evenings on weekdays and all afternoon/evening on weekends. So about 35 hours of alone time.
    Week 4: Husband has a couple days left of afternoons, a couple days off, then starts day shift again. I get about 29 hours of alone time.

    Usually by the time afternoon shift comes along, I am SOOOO ready for alone time that I can't wait. Then by the end of afternoon shift, I really miss my husband and am ready for day shift.

    When I have alone time, I like to watch TV, usually reruns of Star Trek or something like that, or work on one of my various projects (scrapbooking, sewing, etc). Also read, play on the internet, practice my flute, or even run errands or clean. I love to sing while I am running errands or cleaning.
    Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting.

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    Whatusername:
    I bring it with me wherever I go (a cliche, I know...)
    Apparently you write couplets too! I see them everywhere after reading _A Suitable Boy_ (a ponderous novel)

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