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    Default Role Model mimicking

    Now we all have people with traits we admire and most of us have or had role models, but is there any type in the NF group that almost worships their role models/tries to be like them?

    I've read on the INFP Forum that this is more related to ENFP's and ENFJ's more-so than INFP's and INFJ's.

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    No. I have never tried to be somebody else.

    Edit: But I have tried to develop some sides of myself that I see is good but I didn't want to be somebody else totally.
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    I've noticed when I spend prolonged time with anyone I begin picking up their gesticulation.
    "For a man who wants to make a profession of good in all regards must come to ruin among so many who are not good. Hence it is necessary to a prince, if he wants to maintain himself, to learn to be able not to be good, and to use this and not use it according to necessity."
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    I definitely have the tendency (sub-conscious) of becoming more like the people I am around a lot, but it has never been a conscious pursuit of mine. I think it is a mix of empathy and a defense mechanism, whereas if I am more similar to those around me, there is less likelihood there will be any conflict.

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    I've noticed ISFJs who admire NF types (especially ENFJs) and end up trying to be like them... and often get frustrated because they are still S at heart rather than N and just can't change enough to their satisfaction.
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    I try to develop my Ti more. I envy how controlled the INTJs are. I often try to mimic them.

    Not as much as I use to, though. I'm becoming prouder of my INFJness all the time.

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    I used obsess with each new novelty, and to an extent I still do. This led to a huge amount of mimicing- Alvin (from the chipmunks), to Jim Carey, Weird Al, etc. It was not even conscious, really. It was just that I loved them so much and their images were so prevalent in my consciousness that the rest followed inevitably.
    read "The Creature From Jekyll Island" by G. Edward Griffin to learn how the Federal Reserve is robbing Americans blind and destroying this nation and others.

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    I would argue that ENFP's are the most guilty of outwardly displaying mimicry, though other types may mimic just as much in a less visible way.
    read "The Creature From Jekyll Island" by G. Edward Griffin to learn how the Federal Reserve is robbing Americans blind and destroying this nation and others.

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    I definitely need role models and seek them. When I've found one, I get such an emotional and soulful grip on them that I often have to confess it ends up like idolatry. I'm a Christian so I struggle about this sin all the time. In my experience, your role model never quite understands it and you find yourself alone in the end.
    About mimicking, I suppose I do it, but I'm always careful about remaining true to myself to a certain extent, because it might just be totally freaky for role models to see an admirative clone of themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KLessard View Post
    I definitely need role models and seek them. When I've found one, I get such an emotional and soulful grip on them that I often have to confess it ends up like idolatry. I'm a Christian so I struggle about this sin all the time. In my experience, your role model never quite understands it and you find yourself alone in the end.
    About mimicking, I suppose I do it, but I'm always careful about remaining true to myself to a certain extent, because it might just be totally freaky for role models to see an admirative clone of themselves.
    My understanding of the idolatry issue as it relates to Christianity is just that you should not let anything become more important than God--that's the point at which you're creating idols in that sense. I don't think having a role model is the same thing.

    I've always had role models, ever since I was a kid. It's just always been a natural thing for me to do. They're usually not people I know, though. Usually, it's someone famous that I admire for one reason or another, and I just take the parts I admire as inspiration.

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