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    Quote Originally Posted by wedekit View Post
    My ENFP best friend and I met each other randomly our Junior year in High School and we immediately discovered we had a lot of things in common. One being that we didn't like throwing pens or markers that ran out of ink away. As children we both felt like these objects had "feelings", and if we threw them away we would be hurting those "feelings". We both of course know now that they don't have feelings but we still are hesitant to throw them away.

    So, anyone else have a similar story or are we just crazy?
    Yes. Everything had feelings when I was a child and I felt sorry for everything. I'm still terribly sentimental. I have trouble in getting rid of things because I might need them later (and I usually don't need them).

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    i've never been this way at all. my NF-ey energy has always been focused on humans (and certain animals a little bit).

    i'm not really attached to my possessions at all, and i never have been. my life is about people.

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    Yeah, I'll initially be quite reluctant to throw things away, even something like shopping bags. I don't know what use they'll be, so I keep them.

    Of course, then a few weeks later I've forgotten entirely why I thought I might need to keep them and throw them out without hesitation.
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    I've never really been much of a pack-rat. When things need to go, they need to go, though I do sometimes feel awful about it. I may keep something for an extra year if I just can't let go yet. Now, if something has a specific memory attached to it, then I'll probably never get rid of it. Like the airforce stripes of an old love interest, or the stuffed kitty my Dad bought me in a REALLY rare good mood.

    I did, however, attribute feelings to many of my stuffed animals. I had some get married to each other, and I always felt like it hurt them when they would get de-moted from being on my bed to staying in the closet. To this day, I still make sure my favorites stay next to me in bed. This includes a stuffed Cthulhu the same guy mentioned above gave to me that he used to sleep with. I refuse to give him any less of a rank than he's used to, unless of course, I'm mad at his former owner at the time. >D

    I also have a tendency to hang onto random crap that I never know if it might come in handy for cosplay, but I'll usually pitch it if it hasn't been used by the next time I clean out the fabric bin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alcearos View Post
    Yes. Everything had feelings when I was a child and I felt sorry for everything.
    Same here! I remember eating chips or cereal, & picking out the ones I thought were cute & feeling bad about eating them!

    I'm still terribly sentimental. I have trouble in getting rid of things because I might need them later (and I usually don't need them).
    I have some of that, practical, let's save money, I might need it. And I also have the typical EP problem of not wanting to throw away brochures & such that represent social events I don't want to decide about just yet.

    But the sentimental stuff is the hardest, because certain objects & letters/notes from people represent really fond memories of certain people/relationships. I feel like I forget a lot of detail (probably poor Se), so when I find the object or the letter, it conjures up the whole memory of why that person had such a powerful influence on me/my life. So, there is a lot of joy in reliving those moments, & I like to re-analyze it, & notice the details.

    I worry that if I throw away the symbolic object, I'm throwing away the memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wedekit View Post
    My ENFP best friend and I met each other randomly our Junior year in High School and we immediately discovered we had a lot of things in common. One being that we didn't like throwing pens or markers that ran out of ink away. As children we both felt like these objects had "feelings", and if we threw them away we would be hurting those "feelings". We both of course know now that they don't have feelings but we still are hesitant to throw them away.

    So, anyone else have a similar story or are we just crazy?
    Pens and markers that can no longer be used were immediately thrown into the rubbish bin. Pens and markers that still can be used... however bad/awkward/difficult they were to use are kept. The waste not, want not philosophy. Except those stationaries are simply too much of a hassle to be used. They ended up sitting around taking up space when I really ought to toss them away along with the used items.

    I've never attribute feelings to stationaries... to bigger objects such as cars and computers yes... but not stationaries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chatoyer View Post
    But the sentimental stuff is the hardest, because certain objects & letters/notes from people represent really fond memories of certain people/relationships. I feel like I forget a lot of detail (probably poor Se), so when I find the object or the letter, it conjures up the whole memory of why that person had such a powerful influence on me/my life. So, there is a lot of joy in reliving those moments, & I like to re-analyze it, & notice the details.

    I worry that if I throw away the symbolic object, I'm throwing away the memory.
    I absolutely can relate!!! I revisit my past a lot, i.e. on random nights, five to eight nights, shit maybe more, a year, something will catch my attention and I'll be led down an "object-guided" path down memory lane, pictures, drawings, scribblings, letters and significant mementos will take me right back to where I used to be, how I used to feel, etc...

    These sentimental things are essentially pieces of my past, or dare I say, pieces of me.

    *However, if my house were to suddenly burn down, and I lost all my things, I'd be able to get over it. (I've left, got rid of, and lost a lot of things in my past and have shocked myself by how easily I have gotten over it)

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    I've never been big on thinking objects "feel" things, except when I accidentally ram a chair into a desk and say "ow" for either the chair or the desk without even thinking about it. But I do have a hard time throwing things away. Especially paper. I mean...if it has a blank space on it that might be used for anything, I hang on to it...eventhough it takes up a lot of space. I just feel so wasteful when I have to go through my stuff and chuck half of it.

    As to whoever mentioned the projecting thoughts onto animals, I do the same thing. Sometimes I'll try to mimick what I think they're thinking, and sometimes I'm right (especially if it's a pet of mine).

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    Well, animals have feelings. Especially mammals, and birds. So to look at an animal, and feel its feelings is not that weird to me. When trees, and objects start projecting feelings, then, and only then, do I start to freak myself out.

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