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    ^ That's one of the few constants between INFJs. If someone tells you something like that about themselves; it's likely they're an INFJ.

    Quote Originally Posted by Z Buck McFate View Post
    You know you’re INFJ when your favorite local coffee shop stops making your favorite drink and your reaction is to instantly reflect on the impermanence of absolutely everything. All the moments in your life- where you’ve realized you’d been taking some meaningful relationship to something/someone in the external world for granted, because that something/someone suddenly isn’t ready-at-hand available anymore (plus a vague sense of similar events that haven’t even happened yet)- suddenly merge into one big blur and it flashes before your eyes in that split second after you’ve realized your favorite drink is gone.
    Ni: Everything is connected in some way. All things are in a web of the Big Picture (Which, depending on your view on life, could be a god or just the System of the Cold Cold Universe). Our minds ride the rails of this web as far as our human minds can allow us. We pick a direction, seeing a goal in the horizon, and follow the line, hopefully reaching a clean conclusion and a train of thought that can let us achieve the goal in reality. In some areas of the Web the rails are clean and smooth, other days they're rusty and have large gaps in places. These gaps can either be our mind not being able to cope with the Web's design and massive scope, or the fact that the connection is vague or forced at best.

    That's why we're so zoney. We're thinking up odd metaphors like the one above
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyward View Post
    In some areas of the Web the rails are clean and smooth, other days they're rusty and have large gaps in places. These gaps can either be our mind not being able to cope with the Web's design and massive scope, or the fact that the connection is vague or forced at best.
    Clean and smooth feels like the top of the world; rusty w/ large gaps gets frustrating as bejeezus.
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    When you take an extended break from a forum after you've bared your soul...

    Then you reappear as if you'd never left in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z Buck McFate View Post
    Clean and smooth feels like the top of the world; rusty w/ large gaps gets frustrating as bejeezus.
    I associate it with something similar/related to manic-depression (or bi-polar) in my case. When I'm depressed I can't think straight, but I do become a decent info-sponge, but when I'm in a great mood, holy cow, it's the best feeling because then my mind actually DOES things!
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    When you realize that despite you may use analysis and logic to arrive at a decision, what bubbles up in the end are your emotions, a desire to make the world a better place.

    When you notice your writing is chock full of symbolism, emotional connections towards loved ones and nature, existentialism, and commentary about society as a whole.


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    I've had this in my head a while and wanna type it up here.

    I think I have found why many INFJs seem to use Fi. An illusion is what it is, I think. It's based on primary Ni in a role of self-regulation. The particularly introverted INFJs let Ni have a stronger role in their life, so it regulates their decisions by flagging thoughts an INFJ has and tries to bend the consciousness towards the ideal that Ni has developed.

    Nutshell: Ni regulates the mind of an INFJ in a way similar to Fi.

    Also, I find that having developed Se, I find a line blurred between my type of INFJ and ISFP. Mainly because I live and react with Se/Fe and then relax with Ni/Ti (According to the definition of the tertiary function as a 'hobby function,' ISFPs do this too). The pseudo-Fi that Ni creates increases the blur in the line between my types.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skyward View Post
    I've had this in my head a while and wanna type it up here.

    I think I have found why many INFJs seem to use Fi. An illusion is what it is, I think. It's based on primary Ni in a role of self-regulation. The particularly introverted INFJs let Ni have a stronger role in their life, so it regulates their decisions by flagging thoughts an INFJ has and tries to bend the consciousness towards the ideal that Ni has developed.

    Nutshell: Ni regulates the mind of an INFJ in a way similar to Fi.

    Also, I find that having developed Se, I find a line blurred between my type of INFJ and ISFP. Mainly because I live and react with Se/Fe and then relax with Ni/Ti (According to the definition of the tertiary function as a 'hobby function,' ISFPs do this too). The pseudo-Fi that Ni creates increases the blur in the line between my types.
    Also could go with disillusionment of the world around them, and deciding to follow what path they feel is better for themselves rather than following the crowd and getting their ass kicked for being different, or being "too nice" to others and making themselves vulnerable. Once bitten, twice shy.

    I also suspect that INFJs that have stronger Te might be due to a couple factors:

    a. They grew up in a household with someone that used Te quite extensively. It's a trait learned by example. It may seem to come natural to the INFJ, but whether or not the INFJ enjoys using that function is what sets them apart from the INTJ.

    b. They took an extensive amount of science and/or business courses. The organizational environment of the business world might encourage INFJs to develop Te. Hypothetical/deductive reasoning of science works hand-in-hand with Ni and Te, which might encourage Te development.

    c. What an INFJ thinks is Te, is actually Ti in disguise.

    d. A disillusioned INFJ might revert to Te to get past emotionally stressful things in life.

    e. They don't want to appear weak and vulnerable, so they resort to the good old shadow function bag of disguises. "I will make you do this so then you don't hurt me."


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    I hate it when people ask certain types of random questions. You know they expect an immediate answer to their liking but it takes you a few moments to answer. It makes me wonder if they think I'm a bit dumb. The truth is, I have to sort through a multitude of possible answers first before I decide on the one I think they are expecting to hear. I usually don't ask questions out of the blue, I tend to set up a question first. Sometimes I wonder if they are the ones who are a bit dumb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lillyofthevalley View Post
    I hate it when people ask certain types of random questions. You know they expect an immediate answer to their liking but it takes you a few moments to answer. It makes me wonder if they think I'm a bit dumb. The truth is, I have to sort through a multitude of possible answers first before I decide on the one I think they are expecting to hear. I usually don't ask questions out of the blue, I tend to set up a question first. Sometimes I wonder if they are the ones who are a bit dumb.
    This made me laugh. And gave me a kind of Waiting-For-Godot deja vu. Though I can't come up with a specific example, I think I know exactly what you're talking about and I've think I've had the exact same reaction. And I think it happens on a somewhat regular basis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lillyofthevalley View Post
    I hate it when people ask certain types of random questions. You know they expect an immediate answer to their liking but it takes you a few moments to answer. It makes me wonder if they think I'm a bit dumb. The truth is, I have to sort through a multitude of possible answers first before I decide on the one I think they are expecting to hear. I usually don't ask questions out of the blue, I tend to set up a question first. Sometimes I wonder if they are the ones who are a bit dumb.
    It depends on who is asking. If it's people I don't know well - just acquaintances or fellow club members - I preface my reply with 'the polite answer is', said with an ironical light tone. Depending on the reaction, I will gauge if the other person is ready to take the acquaintance to another level or merely mouthing social platitudes.

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