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    My experience: I can relate to the first example, but not to the second. I often over-think, but I usually don't let go chances. Missing opportunities make me feel bad.
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    Judging anything in life is inherently restrictive. Fi, Ti, Fe and Te are all restricting functions. Theoretically, if you did not have any of them you would not have the ability to make a choice upon anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rim View Post
    Ask if what you are doing is logical and probe for more information before jumping to a conclusion. Fi often saves my ass from making some dumb Ne driven decision which I would regret later on. Fi is restrictive mainly because that is its function. It filters Ne/judges it. For example if you break up with someone or worse they break up with you, the next person you will date within a short period of time will most likely just be a rebound and you will hurt their feelings with that, which will come biting you back in the ass cus that will make you feel shitty. Fi is a rational function, it just looks at things from a different perspective then Fe, Ti, Te. If Ne can supply better information, Fi will be able to come to less painful conclusions.

    I agree with needing to use Ne more, especially if the respective person has Fi driven problems such as:

    May be extremely sensitive to any kind of criticism
    May perceive criticism where none was intended
    May have skewed or unrealistic ideas about reality
    May be unable to acknowledge or hear anything that goes against their personal ideas and opinions
    May blame their problems on other people, seeing themselves as victims who are treated unfairly
    May have great anger, and show this anger with rash outpourings of bad temper
    May be unaware of appropriate social behavior
    May be oblivious to their personal appearance, or to appropriate dress
    May come across as eccentric, or perhaps even generally strange to others, without being aware of it
    May be unable to see or understand anyone else's point of view
    May value their own opinions and feelings far above others
    May be unaware of how their behavior affects others
    May be oblivious to other people's need
    May feel overwhelmed with tension and stress when someone expresses disagreement with the INFP, or disapproval of the INFP
    May develop strong judgments that are difficult to unseed against people who they perceive have been oppressive or suppressive to them
    Under great stress, may obsess about details that are unimportant to the big picture of things
    Under stress, may obsessively brood over a problem repeatedly
    May have unreasonable expectations of others
    May have difficulty maintaining close relationships, due to unreasonable expectations


    To grow as an individual, the INFP needs to focus on opening their perspective to include a more accurate picture of what is really going on in the world. In order to be in a position in which the INFP is able to perceive and consider data that is foreign to their internal value system, the INFP needs to know that its value system is not threatened by the new information. The INFP must consciously tell himself/herself that an opinion that does not concede with their own is not an indictment of their entire character.

    The INFP who is concerned with personal growth will pay close attention to their motivation for taking in information. Do they take in information to better understand a situation or concept? Or, do they take in information to support a personal idea or cause? At the moment when something is perceived, is the INFP concerned with twisting that perception to fit in with their personal values? Or is she/he concerned with absorbing the information objectively? To achieve a better understanding of the external world, the INFP should try to perceive information objectively, before fitting it into their value system. They should consciously be aware of their tendency to discard anything that doesn't agree with their values, and work towards lessening this tendency. They should try to see situations from other people's perspectives, without making personal judgments about the situations or the other people's perspectives. In general, they should work on exercising their iNtuition in a truly Extraverted sense. In other words, they should use iNtuition to take in information about the world around them for the sake of understanding the world, rather than take in information to support their own conclusions. The INFP who successfully perceives things objectively may be quite a powerful force for positive change.
    Sorry to bump and old thread, but I relate to this so much it is scary!
    Autistic INFP

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