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    Quote Originally Posted by wedekit View Post
    I normally go for the "fake sleep" approach. People think I'm sleeping so they don't interrupt. It's like meditation. I "wake up" feeling like a new person.
    I do that all the time. With headphones and music on, it's even better. I would DIE inside if I didn't do it.

    Quote Originally Posted by wedekit View Post
    Me, I try to focus all of my "imaginating" into things to put into a novel I wish to write.
    Brother of mine !

    Sometimes I have "AHA!" moments and other times I'm in an imaginating writer's block.
    I rarely get imaginating writer's block. I usually get lazy block (I can't be bothered to put down into words what I'm imaginating), distraction block (my mind won't focus on what I want to be writing today), or overwhelm block (I'm trying to keep too many things neatly aligned in my mind instead of just putting them down on paper).

    I typically find a new interest and get obsessive about it, so I try to at least limit myself to things that will be productive. They always seem to get in the way of my school work no matter what, though.
    Does that sound familiar or what ?

    Using the MBTI to characterize characters in writing has been an ongoing obsession for me as of late.
    Wanna swap character typings ?

    I just love making connections with two very unlike things and making it work brilliantly.


    I wish I could draw; I could make some beautiful artsy things.
    I used to be able to draw a bit I'm working on getting it back.

    Sometimes I really wonder how I could ever be in a relationship with someone. I rarely do anything tangible these days.
    Yeah I *am* in a relationship, and this is the main source of tension between us

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    "You just keep getting weirder, don't you?" (then the ENTP stops replying to my myspace comments.) We were actually kidding around with a T vs F convo; "You don't make sense" is another one. I pointed out that his haircut was very sharp and robotic, and that he also probably has a usb willy. My ENFJ friend made me realise that was quite a tactless thing to say to a random,
    "You're very out there online, but in real life..."

    "Sooo, this is awkward." "I'm bored." (walks off)
    "Are you okay?" to my normal facial expression.
    Oh and this one is my favourite:
    "Emo!"

    "I don't even know why I'm telling you this." - Has only happened once though.
    "Stop overcomplicating things."

    "Gosh, you don't know anything!"
    I have a scarce variety of interests and never seem to have the headspace for anything else.

    As for positive ones...only those who really know me realise (and compliment accordingly) what makes me tick.

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    "I like whatever gets us to think beyond the box, where people can function better because they are not afraid to say things they really feel. I have a lot of imagination and by and large can amuse myself. I love independent projects and reading and writing. I do my best thinking alone, and I like getting out in nature, being alone to go inside and center myself. I have always been drawn to the spiritual. Everywhere, I see life in symbols. Symbols give me focus. Sometimes the connections and perceptions in my mind are so abstract there are no words to explain. A lot of times I just know something and can’t explain it—a premonition that’s hard to articulate. If it’s strong I usually say something or explore where it’s coming from, but I will keep it to myself if people don’t seem to understand. Informed decisions require lots of information and looking at a situation from as many different points of view as possible. I find it amusing, the absurdity in everyday situations."

    I love symbols, connections, and metaphors. It's just so fun to be able to take something that seems menial and dull and make something brilliant out of it by making an analogy, a comparison, or what have you. With this skill, you can do anything. One of my mottos is "everything is connected to everything". It's such a pleasurable thing to exercise.

    A great side effect, if applied correctly, is wit. It's like social Aikido- you can, with a simple roll of your lateral thinking wrist, flip someone's perspective in a joking manner. Sometimes I call it a journalist's wit, but it might apply to all people who love writing or making connections.

    There's something curious about the way I operate though. I've become more social these past few years. I initiate conversations without thinking if I'm at a large social gathering. However, I see it as a way to practise my own philosophy and thought forms. Of course, I don't analyse whilst talking- that just gets in the way of being able to connect and vibe with people. Instead, after I'm home and done with it all, I compile all the data and see how it measures up. The more social I become, the more time I take to introspect. I expect that my type will gradually change as I learn new things.

    Not to completely derail from the OP, the only comment that's stood out for me is from my flatmate:

    "I don't think I've ever met anyone with a personality quite like yours."

    -A
    "Je ne craignais pas de mourir
    Mais de mourir sans etre illumine."


    "I was not afraid to die,
    But to die without being enlightened."

    -Comte de Saint-Germain, La Tres Sainte-Trinisophie

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    Quote Originally Posted by GZA View Post
    I just want to open up the doors here to get us all talking about how INFJ's think, what makes them happy, what makes them sad, what makes them feel appreciated, how to give them the space they need and when to give them support, ect.

    This thread lacks discussion on the INFJ thinking process. I just want to understand and get to know you guys!
    Much like alchemist, my thinking style is very inwardly reflective. There's a sense of detachment in my thinking, the way I describe things. A lot of metaphors and symbolism. Actually the metaphors aren't simply given to describe how I see something. Rather it is how I see it... The metaphorical thing becomes the stand in. What I observed in the outside world is translated into symbols... converted into objects which can be manipulated in the mind. That is I use the metaphor as a model in order to understand how the actual thing works.

    Say I have balloon representing a person. I play with it in my mind... puzzle out the different aspect of the balloon. The surface of the balloon is what the outside observer sees. It's shiny... and if the balloon is transparent... you'll see that it's clear inside... looks "empty". But it really isn't empty. It's filled with air. The concept of air inside the balloon is related back to the person. The outside reflects the inside...

    We can take it one step further and fill the balloon with different substances... A helium balloon... compare that to a water balloon. The image in my mind of the two are very different. One floats... one when drops breaks. So substance matters. Same goes for what's inside a person.

    I believe this is something many INFJs do... using metaphor to the full extent of the word. For one thing to become another... Such that whatever changes down to the metaphorical object, the same occurs for the actual one. A mathematical transform... then evaluate the transformed data... then transform the results back into the original form. This happens back and forth pretty much automatically.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitewing View Post
    I believe this is something many INFJs do... using metaphor to the full extent of the word. For one thing to become another... Such that whatever changes down to the metaphorical object, the same occurs for the actual one. A mathematical transform... then evaluate the transformed data... then transform the results back into the original form. This happens back and forth pretty much automatically.
    Absolutely true of me

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    Oh yes, the metaphor. I find that often there is no other way for me to explain and idea without using a metaphor.

    You guys are awesome. ::high five:: I like hearing from other INFJs and realizing that I am not a spazz... or at least I'm not the only spazz out there.
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    This has been a very insightful thread!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AvereX View Post
    you do that too ?
    woah!
    i do that all the freakin' time

    except i really go half-sleep
    and i don't think, but hear
    clearing your mind is trippy
    I call it my time out of mind.
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    Most of the descriptions here fit well to the INFJ's I know in real life.
    Here are some parts of what I wrote about meeting INFJ's in my old blog (which doesn't exist anymore)

    Quote Originally Posted by Alcearos View Post
    I met this INFJ at work. She didn't strike to me as interesting or deep person when I first met her. She seemed just ok. That would have been the end of that story if I didn't have a habit of talking to people a lot, talking to everybody a lot,. So, I kept on going to her room at work to talk about things a few times a week or something like that. I talked to her about lots of things and even weird ones. After some time of our conversations, she started to like me or to think that I'm worth of knowing. (She made that decision).

    So, from that moment on, she started to open up to me and I was totally amazed what I saw. She was awesome personality, really deep and really interesting. In fact, she is one of the most interesting people I have ever met. This INFJ had the most astonishing insights of people. She would have been excellent therapist. She saw to the core of people and she was really good in seeing people’s problems deep inside. She really used lots of Ni and it was really great to get to hear her thoughts. She was also intelligent but preferred that people didn't see that. She wanted to keep herself protected so only few knew what she really was like. It's really amazing experience to get to know as fascinating person as her. I really rate her high and appreciate her as a friend.

    One of the learning’s of me meeting her was that it is always worth of looking forward behind first impression. Sometimes first impressions are right about people and sometimes they are not. So, totally amazing to find such a person underneath! Based on that experience, I value INFJ's extremely high!

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    There are a couple of traits that INFJs have that I don't, I've noticed. While I'm good at being a type of "counselor", I usually don't like to be. Of course, it seems that people are just drawn to me when they have a problem. Don't know what it is that makes them want to confide in me. Now if I really care about that person, then I listen with all out intensity. But if its something that I can't relate to, then its hard for me to care. Of course maybe the caring part isn't the main trait, but rather the ability to seem to care and be able to see into people's problems. If thats the case, then assume the above paragraph null and void. lol

    Also, is hiding your true self a trait of INFJs? I didn't think it was. I thought we usually confide in everyone as well. I was reading Alcea Rosea's experience with meeting an INFJ, and felt that in that respect that I was different from her friend. Her friend didn't want people to know her true self. Not me at all. Rather, I want everyone to know the real me, even though sometimes I can confide too much. Many times I bet I put people in the same position that I'm in when people confide in me. So I try to not to do that as much.

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