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    Default NF Motivation/Overcoming Videogame Addiction?

    I think I need some advice...

    There's this videogame I realize I've been playing an AWFUL lot. I didn't think it used to be a problem, until I realized I'd forgotten what the greater portion of my day had been spent doing (and that it was playing that game).

    I will not mention what game it is, but that it's a game that allows my mind to wander while I engage in my task..but unfortunately without actually DOING anything.

    I'm not sure if I'm mindlessly playing it because I don't feel like I have to energy/motivation to do anything else. But...yeah, I think I need some advice on trying to get over whatever it is I'm going through.

    I've been having trouble with motivation recently. Is there...any NF advice one could give to me? (I'm INFJ, btw, but also INFP-ish as well)

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    I don't know if this is what you're talking about, but from time to time I get addicted to certain things - oekaki drawing, Gaia forums, gURL forums, this forum - and every time the only fix has been to completely abandon ship for a while (a month or two has been my usual timespan) and then come back gently... it disconnects me from the feeling of driving need to be in that world. If you forbid yourself from it, you will find other things to do. And they are likely to be more fulfilling, at least when you first disconnect.

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    I was addicted to WoW so I sympathize.

    I had to cut it out cold turkey and just not do any of it for a few weeks and then it became months and now its been years.

    It worked pretty well for me, so maybe something like that can help you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ribonuke View Post
    I think I need some advice...

    There's this videogame I realize I've been playing an AWFUL lot. I didn't think it used to be a problem, until I realized I'd forgotten what the greater portion of my day had been spent doing (and that it was playing that game).

    I will not mention what game it is, but that it's a game that allows my mind to wander while I engage in my task..but unfortunately without actually DOING anything.

    I'm not sure if I'm mindlessly playing it because I don't feel like I have to energy/motivation to do anything else. But...yeah, I think I need some advice on trying to get over whatever it is I'm going through.

    I've been having trouble with motivation recently. Is there...any NF advice one could give to me? (I'm INFJ, btw, but also INFP-ish as well)
    skyrim or minecraft?

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    Yeah, skylight, I've actually tried that and it's worked <3 Thank you!

    Quote Originally Posted by Saturned View Post
    I was addicted to WoW so I sympathize.

    I had to cut it out cold turkey and just not do any of it for a few weeks and then it became months and now its been years.

    It worked pretty well for me, so maybe something like that can help you.
    Yeah, that makes sense. If it helps get my mind detached from that deep, abstract connection I have with a game and put it forth into something more productive instead, yknow?

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    skyrim or minecraft?
    *sssssBOOM!*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ribonuke View Post
    *sssssBOOM!*
    angry bird?

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    I don't know if you're doing this or not, but you have to ask yourself if you're using the game as an escape and if so then what are you escaping from? Then you have to recognize the fear that this brings up in you and learn to expose yourself to environments that bring this fear up so that you can learn viscerally that the environment may not be as scary as you first imagined. It's a process of desensitizing yourself in a healthy way to achieve something you want because many times depression and avoidance result from a fear that it is impossible to get something that you want subconsciously.
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ribonuke View Post
    I think I need some advice...
    hm, i used to have the same problem, until a lightning stroke my pc. (which no more qualifies the specs. not even that of minecraft.)

    soo.. wait for a lightning storm, ehh? although.. now im addicted to psychology instead of gaming =S.. well its more helpful?

    the only thing you really can do is switch to another more relevant addiction. liike... watching random people. mhh.. i would also recommend doing crazy things in the public, just for the reactions. the more people around, the better.

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    This would be a little late, but oh well. I was in the same boat not too long ago. I was sooooo addicted to this game, played it for around 4 or 5 years. It was an mmorpg I think it was because there was so much interaction going on with different players and it gave this sort of free feeling, nobody cared who you were or what you do. I formed deep levels of friendship with people there coz basically it's what I like to do. I'm normally shy in real life, and in game or any online interactions, I find it easier to communicate. Forums, games, anything that involves interaction I like it.

    So anyway, I got over it same way with how the others got over it. I realized I was doing too much. I would get extremely cranky and annoyed if I miss playing for a day. The only thing that really made me get out of it was when my mom told me I had to work outside. I had no choice but to follow, so eventually after a few days of work, I was still annoyed but I started seeing other things. I was enjoying myself outside of my room. I wasn't thinking about the game much until I finally stopped playing altogether.

    I still miss it though, but not enough to want to play it again. There are better things to do, people to see and stuff but you have to stop it completely. Give it a week yeah. Do other stuff, it'll keep you busy and then you'll realize, youre not thinking bout playing anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mane View Post
    angry bird?
    Let's just pretend we know what s/he meant

    You're going to have to just quit and realize there's better things to do. I have had addiction problems before and that's all there is to it. Video games are great and all but you need something in the real world to keep you occupied too; school, work, some projects etc.
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