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    I was just wondering about us ENFP's about the correlation between age and behavior. What would be the most typical behavior of ENFP in different ages? Are there any behavior that would be common for ENFP's or part of behavior? Does their behavior look alike?

    I've been thinking also the function theory where the first function develops at young age (Extroverted Intuition, Ne), the second when being 10-20 years (Introverted Feeling), the third one when being 20-30 years (Extraverted Thinking, Te) and the fourth from 30 until 40 (Introverted Sensation, Si).

    Young ENFP's (under 10 years old)
    So, let's say that young ENFP's are pretty much in Ne. They are connecting stuff, interpreting, developing intuition, interested in everything & everybody. So, they would be then enthusiastic and happy children. What else?

    10-20 years old ENFP's
    Are developing their Fi as teenagers and young adults. They learn to cope with their emotions. What else?

    20-30 years old ENFP's
    Are a bit aggressive and developing their Te. They are ldeveloping the thinking. What else?

    30-40 years old ENFP's
    Are developing their Si. But how does that show?

    What about older ENFP's?

    By the way, how old ENFP's do we have here in MBTIc?
    I'm a bit over 30 years old.

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    Interesting topic!

    I'm 20 years old, so I can only recount up to now, but I'll do my best...

    As a young kid, from what I've been told, I was very stubborn (if I want a green cup, why on earth are you giving me a red cup!?), curious, bright (I was reading well enough even before I started school - age 4/5), etc. Fairly fearless in the way little kids are...

    Obviously I can't recount too much from memory... :P

    As an older child / teenager, I became much more introverted (if you will) and spent a lot of my school days reading / drifting off with the fairies. I seemed to come off to other people as 'nice' and 'smart'. According to my mother, I was 'quiet but not shy'. I don't remember too many specific details of high school, or even the people that I didn't directly associate with. Around friends/family I was zany and random, but quite reserved around those I didn't know as well.


    In the last couple of years (since age 17/18), I've grown out of a lot of my quietness (whether it just be confidence levels or what, I dunno). I'm more mature, responsible, charming (lol - by that I mean able to win people over), etc, etc, than I was before.

    As far as still developing? Well, I am a terrible pushover, and way too likely to bend instead of stick up for myself, so I suppose that might come with Te supporting Ne and Fi?

    I'm not sure if that means much, but it does seem to make sense that I was more extraverted as a little kid (with just Ne) than I was as a teenager (when Fi kicked in)... maybe now the Te is coming out so I'm much more externally focused than before? ^^
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    Judging (5%) ---- Perceiving (95%)

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    This is very interesting, and It makes me think of where I lie in temrs of age. Cause physically im 20 years old, but mentally I assume myself to be much older. I had to grow up very quickly due to my childhood/or the lack of one. My parents where divorced and seperated when I was only 6 after this point we went to live with my mother. Who unbeknowst to us at the time was a complete pot head and cared more about her self than us. Our father was a manic depressive drunk and so it fell to me and my sister to raise our selves.

    A couple of my oldest friends(first friends in my life not age old) are actually 7+ years older than me. So when I was 13 yrs old I was exposed to things that only young adults normally deal with and began makeing decisions and oponions on things that I was not able to relate to with anyone of my age.

    This leads me to believe that I am reaching the peak of my Te growth. For an ENFP I am very logical and have many J qaurks, for instance. I hate wasting my time, if Im not happy with what im doing at the present or if it is not helping me further a future goal. Then get very irritated and agravated, I possibly the most impatient person ive met. I am also the only ENFP at my age who I know of is looking to already settle down. I believe this to be due to my mind being forced to grow at a rate that is unatural to help me survive on my own. And now that im 20 yrs old and able to do many things for myself i am suprisingly ready to settle down, begin a career and start a family.

    I am actually curious if there are anyother ENFPs who have similiar problems, maybe ENFPs all grow at a faster maturity and I just have an over reactive J. Or my mind really is 10 yrs older than my body and I will soon be outpaceing my friends once again. (something I high doubt wont and hope doesnt happen)

    Any thoughts on this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hexis View Post
    I am actually curious if there are anyother ENFPs who have similiar problems, maybe ENFPs all grow at a faster maturity and I just have an over reactive J. Or my mind really is 10 yrs older than my body and I will soon be outpaceing my friends once again. (something I high doubt wont and hope doesnt happen)

    Any thoughts on this?
    I was similar too even if my childhood was different from yours. I settled down in my twenties, got married, had my first child etc. Could it be independence thing meaning that we have a strong need to control our own lives from early on?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alcearos View Post
    I was similar too even if my childhood was different from yours. I settled down in my twenties, got married, had my first child etc. Could it be independence thing meaning that we have a strong need to control our own lives from early on?
    Yes, I agree as I had a similar childhood experience to Hexis - not the same but just as dysfunctional. There is a tendency to want to grow up and manage our lives because others (parents) did such a lousy job of it. However, take your time, Hexis. You can settle down with yourself just as easily as another person but polishing the chips away can prepare you for a happy relationship and life.

    I'm 41 - just shy of 42 and it's taken me awhile to figure that out.
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    From my own experiences doesn't seem like ENFPs change much as they get older, I'm guessing they suppress/express their true selves depending on the person they are interacting with. If they feel a certain personality type would be open to their true-selves they act upon it. It's similar when I hang around with boring ESTJ/ISTJ type of people.

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    My brother and his girl friend are both ENFP's

    THey are the most childish pair I have ever seen. Honest - non-faking people they tend to be themselves everywhere they go. Don't know how to answer the original question as they are hard to read at times.

    THey care not about money - but think of the future all the time. They care not about style - and it shows. They are generally good around people and especially kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CestMoi View Post
    Yes, I agree as I had a similar childhood experience to Hexis - not the same but just as dysfunctional. There is a tendency to want to grow up and manage our lives because others (parents) did such a lousy job of it. However, take your time, Hexis. You can settle down with yourself just as easily as another person but polishing the chips away can prepare you for a happy relationship and life.

    I'm 41 - just shy of 42 and it's taken me awhile to figure that out.
    Oh ive recently came to the conclusion that their are many kinks in my life I need to work out before ever truly setteling down. So ive decided to focus on the achievment of my career before the commitment of a married relation.
    If wondering im going to be cop...lol yeah an ENFP going for a position of authority.
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    Hey, Hexis! You might end up a good cop though the authority thing above you might be problematic...
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    Hay thar! I'm in the 10-20 years range. I'm very T for an ENFP, and these days I think I've been learning to cope with my ideas and opinions and ambition to take action more than with my feelings. I've more or less figured out how to control my feelings, I think, so that part's already over. The controlling of feelings kind of went hand in hand with the learning to control desires for me. In short, I think I could've been less bratty as a little kid. But that's fairly common, isn't it?
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