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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBaby View Post
    It's that connection folks are looking to see the other INFJ's here recognize and even say, "Ya, it happens" ... not that anyone here is specifically that person.
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    See, that's where it falls apart. That's not what the INFP's here are saying. They're saying what I said above ... can you recognize him in the spectrum, in the INFJ box? And, if you can recognize him, and simply say, "Ya, it happens" it would appear less defensive than dismissing the whole post as irrelevant or taking it personally. (And, saying that, I KNOW it's difficult when it feels you're being painted with these broad brush-strokes that inaccurately portray you as an individual.)

    Hope I'm translating this in a useful way. ??
    I don't remember if I've said the equivalent of "Ya, it happens" in past threads, and I'm pretty sure I haven't said it directly in this one, so I'll be better about that in the future. But I do recall others admitting that there are bad INFJs and recognizing they are in the spectrum. Z has said several times that she has personal experience with one and that INFJs-gone-bad are as bad as people say they are. And I know fid and SilkRoad are good about that kind of stuff. Are we not saying it in a way that gets through? Or perhaps it gets lost in further text (we can be verbose) and should be isolated instead?


    ETA: Sorry, just realized that it would also need to be said each time a new thread comes up, since not everyone is acquainted with the past threads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBaby View Post
    I, personally, don't want the darn Crown back, but feel free to pass it along! It's sparkly, someone will want it.


    Darn it, where did I put that pudding?
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    Standuble and Peacebaby- I will get back to responding, but for now I saw this and it seems to encapsulate exactly what bothers me about OA's list:

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    I can only hypothetically (not sure if that's exactly the best word for this though) say that there are INFJs who fit most or all of the negative traits mentioned, since I don't know any INFJs in person, healthy or otherwise, and have only ever talked to them online. So since the only one I really know is myself, and considering that I identify with extremely few of these things, as I went into detail about in a previous post here...really all I can say is that while those INFJs exist, I have no personal experience with them, nor can I offer much of any thoughts on how those traits are further expressed or dealt with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eilonwy View Post


    I, as a representative of the lowly INFJs, and a user of Je, do bequeath upon the self-tortured Ji users, the Crown of the Special Snowflake. Wear it with pride. It is a heavy burden to bear.










    In case you're unsure how to take this, it is meant in fun. Things are getting way too serious again. Besides, I didn't have any pudding to distract you with.
    What a silly respnse. How the heck did you equate my description of the Ji with being a special snowflake? For one it applies equally to 25% of the MBTI types but to a lesser extent all the EP types too.

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    You know... I remember when I was much newer to this forum and to MBTI...maybe three years ago or so. I don't remember what the thread was about but I remember posting the following: "INFJs and INFPs aren't really that different."

    It's like the most embarrassingly wrong thing I ever posted on this forum!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceBaby View Post


    See, that's where it falls apart. That's not what the INFP's here are saying. They're saying what I said above ... can you recognize him in the spectrum, in the INFJ box? And, if you can recognize him, and simply say, "Ya, it happens" it would appear less defensive than dismissing the whole post as irrelevant or taking it personally. (And, saying that, I KNOW it's difficult when it feels you're being painted with these broad brush-strokes that inaccurately portray you as an individual.)
    Maybe it's purely a case of semantics/phrasing/presentation...maybe the list really is supposed to say "Some INFJs, who are lacking self-awareness/mean/oblivious/somewhat mentally ill/etc, are like this." But the way it's presented, it sounds an awful lot like "the vast majority of INFJs are like this and refuse to recognise it in themselves. Are you one who's brave enough to recognise it in yourself?"

    Meanwhile, what we're supposed to recognise in ourselves is a lot of very extreme behaviour, much of which does correlate with personality disorders or just sheer nastiness. Looking at those points and saying "ok, if you make that ten times less extreme, I can sometimes see a bit of myself in it" is not the same thing. Or at least, not a very useful way to have to go about it.

    I actually thought this thread was going quite well in terms of its original purpose - finding out what INFJs do that annoy INFPs. It was somewhat informative and reasonably amicable. Admittedly it's now become more interesting. But because of one or two blanket posts about how most INFJs are bearable as long as you can like them without respecting them or spending much time around them, all the INFJs are being driven to look defensive again. I mean, I honestly can't see it happening that an INFJ would post a list like that in a thread about what INFJs find annoying about INFPs, and then get no push back from the INFPs. I think we tend to get uptight when we feel others are being unfair.

    I dunno, it's a little tiresome in that respect. It does feel like damned if you do and damned if you don't.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fidelia View Post
    I don't think there's anything wrong with comparing our different perspectives, even if it causes a few waves. Not that pudding isn't a welcome addition to any gathering!!!

    To me, it feels like some Fi users assume that Fe users are only looking to others to tell them what they should think and are mindlessly going into battle when that truly is not the case. We may have differing criteria, with different emphasis on what we deem important, but it doesn't mean that there isn't any respectable criteria for why we act as we do. I think every type has different ways of deluding themselves about their faults and also has different blindspots, which is why we need a balance of different perspectives in the world. They work as a check and balance system.

    INFJs tend too much towards creating smooth sailing, spend too much trying to figure out the big picture, write off useful information because of its source, or overassume that some change won't happen and therefore the conflict is not worth engaging in. These tendencies can come at the expense of getting to the root of dealing with a problem. On the other hand, I think those same skills can make them good mediators, thoughtful analysts, and less likely to wade in prematurely. At the same time, I've observed some Fi users who are willing to deal with the problem and fight for something if it is important, they are better able to remain unaffected by outside influences, and they are able to place a value on each individual person's contributions and feelings in a way I can't, but they don't always consider how the delivery will affect their ability to effect change in an unjust situation. Really, both perspectives are necessary if the right outcome is to be achieved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Standuble View Post
    If you don't want to hear me ramble on skip to paragraph 3. It's quite obvious that the vortex that constitutes the inner world of the INFJ makes you blind as all it cares about is impersonal data, the connections between them and the patterns between them fuelling the drive to mobilise the Fe to the outside world. In that most exciting march to war does the warrior stop to ask on who he is, why he fights and whether the fight is just? Does he let his mind judge and criticise him or just his general or his country? Is there any critique of the self? That is IMHO the perception of the judger to the perceiver (it is essentially a caricature of mine made in jest though I am wary of making the claim from not seeing the INFJ insides with a first hand glance.)

    Compare that to the perceiver who has a solid core which rules the inner world with an iron fist. For the Fi user it demands that all that is known, all the user believes or has done be put under the microscope and given an honest evaluation on whether it is congruent with who you are and what you believe. Sooner or later this process will ruthlessly force you to face and admit when you have shamed yourself, when you have failed what you value and when you are not what you would ideally like to be. If you are scum who betrays what you believe, it will force you to acknowledge you are scum. If you are mentally ill, narcissistic or twisted you will eventually be made aware of these and there is nowhere to hide when you do. The Ji function is hypercritical probably beyond anything else that exists. To the eye of the Ji-dom which knows of only this reality the temptation to call anything that does not know it as well ignorant to the follies of the self if always there, whether justified or not. I have seen plenty of J types in my time who seem to be truly oblivious to their personal faults and failings as if it truly does not compute in their mind outside of a barely audible echo in whatever fills up their inner world.

    Irrelevant interpretation of what has already been discussed a thousand times before in slightly different permutations aside I will answer truthfully the quoted segment: You completely misunderstand the reasons why which seems to be the whole crux of this beautiful clusterfuck desert we all created and cooked. If they are in the scope of rationalism and reason (where most Pe users are IMHO.) They know you as an individual did not cause said incident (that would be a pretty dumb accusation in itself) but they perceive you as a representative of sorts of the one who did. You are the closest they can come to addressing the perpetrator of the grievance, dare I say even an extension of them. By forcing you to "own up" one of your number can acknowledge the pain the other caused and by extension the hurt party can determine that the perpetrator in theory would be capable of perceiving and acknowledging the pain they caused them. Alternatively it could be that the hurt party wants gratification by seeing their negative views of the perpetrator be validated as correct. One or the other.
    Maybe it helps that I haven't been part of this thread for 3 days or so, as I didn't find this post terribly negative...if anything I saw it as kind of neutral. Thanks for elaborating/extending on your thoughts and own self/lens, standuble.

    Re. the final paragraph, yeah, this seems to be the crux of what people want when they're in the throes of hurt, bitterness, anger, etc towards an infj; actually, this probably applies across all types. I don't think it's anything to do with Fe/Fi, as such..... I mean, I remember a year or so ago a very frustrated, angry, and hurt ENTP who posted a long time about the ills of INFJ's, and it was the same sort of thing. Us INFJ's were like....., stated we didn't really identify with what was going on, there was a lot of other non-infj issues tying into it, but that didn't go over well. Similar to this thread. In the end maybe the 'solution' when someone has so much angst or hurt re. an individual (or several individuals which has then colored their view of an entire type), and hasn't healed from the emotional component yet is to just not do what we naturally want to do, which is try to correct any errors in logic / thinking that drove them to what we may view as an inaccurate perception being brushed across an entire type. Just let them have the perception and call it a day? Let them stomp and say hurtful things, but just keep quiet and only say we're sorry it happened, that sometimes people suck? At the end of the day, I'm not sure that anything more than this accomplishes much of anything.

    Too, as others have said, I think a forum does bring out different things in all types; I think infj's try to become more 'objective' (the impersonal/detachment thing), and maybe go into problem-solving mode more quickly. Also, obv. we write really long posts. On the flip side, (and I can only speak for myself here), I'm extremely UN-wordy irl. So irl faced with the same situation, I very likely wouldn't say a lot of what I have the time to compose online. irl I may much more often just say 'sorry', and listen. Because usually it's not 'kind' to do any more than that. I don't know why online is different for me. Maybe I shouldn't listen to people online when they say they want feedback... maybe they actually don't...lol. [I'm on a long tangent at this point!]
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    Quote Originally Posted by Standuble View Post
    What a silly respnse. How the heck did you equate my description of the Ji with being a special snowflake? For one it applies equally to 25% of the MBTI types but to a lesser extent all the EP types too.
    Why, yes. Yes, it was a silly response. And yes, I did realize when I made it that more types than INFPs are included in Ji. That's why the last line is there, to state that it was in fun in case anyone was unsure how to take it.

    Darn, that I didn't have any pudding to distract you guys with.


    Maybe a unicorn would work?





    ETA: *sigh* maybe I should explain my sense of humor. I saw "The Ji function is hypercritical probably beyond anything else that exists." and immediately, not in context with the rest of the post, imagined this . Again, not in context with the rest of the post, the bolded part just stood out as OMG!!!!!11111!!!!!! Thus, the Special Snowflake Crown.

    Okay, carry on.
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