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    Default ENFPs and the source of their energy

    Some of the ENFPs I've known in real life who have grown up under incredibly stressful and difficult circumstances, still manage to maintain that irrepressible passion and energy that is so characteristic of this type. So the question is directed towards ENFPs, but any type can answer:

    Where do you find the strength to not just keep going, but maintain such high energy levels as you do under difficult circumstances?

    Does it come from the preservation of hope?
    Losing yourself in your dreams?
    Ambitions?

    Again, this question is not strictly limited to ENFPs.

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    I get by with a little help from my friends.

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    Plus innate, insane, unrealistic optimism that things will turn out right.

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    Do you also get high with a little help from your friends?

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    If things are really bad, I think about Holocaust survivors who came through it and were able to have relatively normal (although haunted) post-war lives.

    Nothing I experience will ever be as bad as that.

    I think of cancer sufferers who smile out of their emaciated bald heads.

    I think of my uncle who died from emphysema but refused to stop laughing, even when it hurt his chest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SecondBest View Post
    Do you also get high with a little help from your friends?
    Yep. Easy. Even without chemical help. I get high on my friends.

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    I have known very difficult circumstances. Most of my family died before I was 18.

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    Just thinking out loud so far...

    I think it's so many factors it's hard to point to one source. Hope, optimism, believing in the impossible... learning that happiness isn't circumstantial and that life is what you make it.

    I've been through a lot of shit in my life. For most of it I let the shit bog me down. Just recently I've been able to remain myself in spite of everything. So what it boils down to for me... if I dwell on my negative circumstances I will become depressed which equals no energy, no desire, no motivation. If I dwell on the positive parts of what I have and what could be my energy and motivation remain. So for me, it's a lot about my attitude and perspective...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SecondBest View Post
    Some of the ENFPs I've known in real life who have grown up under incredibly stressful and difficult circumstances, still manage to maintain that irrepressible passion and energy that is so characteristic of this type. So the question is directed towards ENFPs, but any type can answer:

    Where do you find the strength to not just keep going, but maintain such high energy levels as you do under difficult circumstances?

    Does it come from the preservation of hope?
    Losing yourself in your dreams?
    Ambitions?

    Again, this question is not strictly limited to ENFPs.

    Loosing myself in my dreams (things don't have to end here in a bad situation) and ambitions has helped me preserve hope and hold out for better days.
    George Bernard Shaw in cartoon form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tortoise View Post
    I have known very difficult circumstances. Most of my family died before I was 18.

    same and it's alright...because yeah some people have it really tough...right now, this sec my life is pretty hard but before that it was easy...and this is just this chapter...i look at it like life tests you you know...and you come out stronger and closer to you...you can't buy that shit...it's something to be grateful for...not that the experience is pleasurable at the time but it certainly shows you so much about you and the people in your life and i value truth...honesty...i think it is a bit of delusional optimism mixed with insatiable curiosity of the human experience...it's like being high a lil bit...like look at all the pretty colors man...you know...and the people i admire the most are ones that have overcome great diversity...i don't value an easy plight in the same way...so...it is what it is and up to you to make it what you want.
    There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
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