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    Default NFPs, do you have weird body language?

    almost everyone comments on my weird body language, is it an NFP thing to have weird body language?
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    I'm not sure if its an NFP thing. The ENFPs I know certainly don't and I don't know any other INFPs (that I determine with any degree of certainty) to say for my own type.

    I'm suspect my own body language is pretty weird and awkward. I'm definitely not naturally graceful and I'm not conscious enough about my movements to be able to amend them. And in the passing moments when I do become suddenly conscious of them, I often stop in embarrassment and think "what the hell am I doing?!".
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    hm. what do you mean by weird?

    i definitely gesticulate a fair amount. that may be in part the cultural background of my family though.

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    I have this mental image of ENFPs being kinda' wiggly!

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    I don't notice it with ENFPs. They seem to be better chameleons.

    I suspect I have weird body language, partly because people misinterpret it a lot. I appear cold/disinterested to others when I am not (I know, because they've told me). I also think I can seem, well, "out of it", almost like a drunk . I don't think I could walk a straight line if you paid me.
    I can relate to all @Southern Kross says. I can vacillate between being totally unaware & hyper-aware. When I am hyper-aware, I feel even more awkward, as every move feels so contrived, and I feel like that is obvious to others.

    The few INFPs I've met confirm my fears. They all seem kind of out of it, awkward, unaware of their own bodies.
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    I hold the wiggly mental image in mind because of a couple of ENFP friends. Their body language isn't definitive or fluid. They "waste" energy.

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    ^ Do mean something like "fidgety"? I suppose I have noticed that with ENFPs, but ESFPs also....
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    Not fidgety, exaggerated or spastic. Can't find the right words to describe them beyond...wiggly.

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    I tend to not know what to do with my arms / hands

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    The ENFPs I know tend to play up their body language and gestures to amusing affect. One I know can be almost a caricature of herself... I almost see her tune her body language (and tone of voice, etc) to amuse the particular people she's interacting with. She doesn't seem unnatural or stiff doing so, but almost like she's emphasizing her own quirkiness to get the ball rolling socially. At times, it can seem like she's a comedian doing an entertaining schtick for an audience.

    As an overly self-conscious INFP, it took me a long time to figure out that I don't come across nearly as awkwardly as I feel I do. I've been told I still come across as shy at first (especially if I am the center of attention), but not awkward or inappropriate. I suspect my body language is fairly understated, especially around people I don't know really well.

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