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    I have a question. But before the question, I'd like to say something about myself. Through my, admittedly sparse, research and reading I've seen a lot of things saying that we ENFP's are really good at starting projects (those projects being work, hobby, relationships, w/e) and that we have a tendency to not carry through so well if we get bogged down in procedures, processes, rudimentary work, yadayada. In my experience, that's definately me. However, I've seen little to nothing about another ... I guess "talent"? ... yea, we'll go with talent: I can concentrate VERY well on most things that I deem important or necessary. I can be scarily efficient and productive with work and school. It can be with a myriad of activities or a person. I find that it's never directed at different people though: the girl on my mind is not lightly dethroned. This concentration I'm talking about though, is not just regular stuff. Nuh-uh. It's like everything else in the world might as well have evaporated. The object of my focus is my world. Often I can have someone in my face talking to me and be oblivious to what they said - pulling my attention away and toward them is like being pulled out of a very deep and satisfying sleep.

    My question: (I'm assuming varying strengths of said trait) Is this an enfp thing, as in, is this an often shared trait and if so, in what ways have you found this enhances and/or detracts from your life experiences.
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    While not exactly what you were talking about, I'm going to address the usually "scatter-brained" ENFPs' ability to hyper-focus. I don't know how to quote from other threads, but here's a copy-paste from BlueWing's "ENFP Profile" thread (on page 2 or three of the NF threads):

    "In order for the ENFP

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    What the... Sorry about that. Here's the rest:

    "In order for the ENFP’s vision to be fulfilled, he needs to arrive at a situation where he picks up the hunch that his vision has been realized...
    As aforementioned, because of the ENFP’s lack of focus on external perception he is compelled to draw all of his energy into the external endeavor. As Jung commented, for this reason the ENFP tends to embody his vision. He becomes one with the essence he is currently preoccupied with. We have here a radically paradoxical notion.
    The generally unfocused ENFP here focuses on his vision with blazing intensity the point of becoming one with it. Essentially, unlike the judging dominant types, the ENFP does not need to focus on any one particular thing, but rather on the general scope of his environment. Thus the ENFP can easily be preoccupied with his pursuit of the entire vision whilst shifting from activity to activity whilst undertaking his project. Extroverted Intuition is often malleable and can easily be influenced by the external environment, as we mentioned it lacks the grid of judgment. The ENFP can very easily be focused on one particular task at one point and by way of external circumstances be blown away to be focused with the same intensity on something radically different.
    This problem can be rectified only through cultivation of Introverted Feeling, which is the backbone to his psyche. At this point the ENFP will have a clear, internal focus on his activities and will not rely on external perceptions for guidance.
    Because the ENFP requires changes in his environment, as an Extroverted perceiver and depends on the outward scenario due to the factor of Extroversion, he depends almost wholly on outward stimulation for his energy. Thus when the external environment is satisfactory, the energy level will likely be high where he will devote most of it to the current endeavor he is pursuing."

    I hope that wasn't too painful... I tried to bold the important parts. Being the Extroverted perciever I am, I'll leave the interpretation to you.

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    Wow, I musta skipped that one, it's basically what I was looking for. It says that "This problem can be rectified ...". Thing is though, that I don't consider this a problem. I know that I'm able to do this and because I can concentrate so well I can, for instance, put off papers well beyond what my peers feel comfortable and produce a product of equal (relatively, sometimes worse, sometimes better) quality. This has done nothing for me but save me time and headache.

    Great find on that excerpt dude/dudet. Just sayin', doesn't seem like a "problem." Do any other enfp's use this to their advantage?
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    Are you smoking weed while engaging in these "projects"

    i know when i used to smoke id get crazy focused on whatever i was doing at the moment.

    cleaning, videogames, movies, whatever it was i was really in to doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tenraiel View Post
    My question: (I'm assuming varying strengths of said trait) Is this an enfp thing, as in, is this an often shared trait and if so, in what ways have you found this enhances and/or detracts from your life experiences.
    Yes. I know I do. I can concentrate for hours on a project with efficiency and productivity. It sucks me innnnnnnnnnnnnn. I get lost in that world! Someone has to pull me out pretty forcefully, like you said.
    It becomes a fascination, an obsession! It can get pretty intense too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tenraiel View Post
    " Do any other enfp's use this to their advantage?
    Yes I do. Though it depends what one is fixated on. But if its special and dear to me, I do try to absorb as much as I can, be as creative as I can, and solve as much of the problem as I can. Trying to understand something and making a change is important at this stage. I will feel satisfied when I have completed the task, understood it, or did enough work for a change to take place at a later stage. It feels when one has made a difference (be it understanding, making others understand, doing a good work, or simply finishing a pet project). Im sure this is true for relationships too. Giving it your best and being absorbed into someone is rewarding.

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    "scatter-brained" ENFPs' ability to hyper-focus.
    Thanks for the link phoenix. heheh and its true about the scatter-brain ENFPs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tenraiel View Post
    However, I've seen little to nothing about another ... I guess "talent"? ... yea, we'll go with talent: I can concentrate VERY well on most things that I deem important or necessary. I can be scarily efficient and productive with work and school.
    I am very much like you in this sense. I can be very productive and very good in multitasking. I have carried out successfully long projects and reached the goals I have set to myself.

    My question: (I'm assuming varying strengths of said trait) Is this an enfp thing, as in, is this an often shared trait and if so, in what ways have you found this enhances and/or detracts from your life experiences.
    It might be that if you are balanced with your third function, Te, then you would be good in completing your projects.

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    In certain crises situations (let's say, something's on fire? someone gets mugged?) I'm awesome. I'm calm, cool, collected and I can even direct people and get things handled until crises point passes. I reserve my freak out for much later, and even then it's internal (?)

    But blindside me and bombard me with a lot of Ti/Se, SJ, TJ stuff -- my god, I CRUMBLE. I was seriously starting to unravel at my last hellish job, I could not concentrate, my sleeping pattersn were all effed up, I was jittery, I basically couldn't get anything done, that's how badly my concentration was shot.

    It wasn't just the pressure with reaching goals and interacting with clients, but it was the isolation and hostility I felt everyday on the job.

    So in certain pressure situations, ENFP concentration is a lifesaver, in other situations, it's a TRAIN WRECK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    In certain crises situations (let's say, something's on fire? someone gets mugged?) I'm awesome. I'm calm, cool, collected and I can even direct people and get things handled until crises point passes. I reserve my freak out for much later, and even then it's internal (?).
    Dudes, me too!!! When shit hits the fan, (sudden life or death situations or confrontations with the po-9, etc.), I'm incredibly calm, cool, and collected, i.e. I *don't* freak out and am able to make incredibly rational decisions. I think I have a really high tolerance for crisis situations, it's weird and I don't really understand why...
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    maybe we're made for emergency situations. When stuff's boring, we're distracted due to an overflow of energy. But when shizah hits the fan, our bases are comfortably loaded (whilst everyone else's are overloaded), and we save the day.
    I love how I pull metaphor after metaphor out of my butt, crap though they may be. I need to get some sleep! :zzz:

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