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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan View Post
    Not an INTJ, but I definitely think of everyone as a case study. It's rare for me to even get mad at people; I just view their emotional responses as interesting natural phenomena.

    This is true with myself as well. It's as if I cut off the direct line from my consciousness to my emotions (I've consciously reinforced this my whole life -- this is probably rare with most Fs). I have to infer my own emotional states from my behavior instead of just knowing them. Unfortunately, this means there's lag time between my subtle expression of an emotion and my actually feeling it -- but it's an interesting set up. It allows me to live my life as if it's a big puzzle. Emotions are like little challenges, which means I get to occupy a consciously safe place (since emotions are being observed, not felt).
    That's a unique way of monitoring yourself.

    Quote Originally Posted by Hendo Barbarosa View Post
    Did you guys just go to vegas just to gamble, or for another reason? You may not want to elaborate on the details of your motivation for the case study, which is cool. But what about your friend? Were "really" and "weird" the only two words he gave on the whole thing, or were there more specifics as to WHY it was so weird to him?
    The pretext was recreation. The other friend specifically stated "I found that really strange." He had this exaggerated/vexed look on his face, almost as if he could not identify. Which I judged to be histrionic bullshit. I never asked him what in particular confused him, though I assume that it was a matter of social normalcy for him (given his tone, semantics, nonverbal cues, etc.).

    Quote Originally Posted by Hendo Barbarosa View Post
    You know something else that I've noticed that I do, and that OP did, and that most INTJs I've seen or talked to also do? The whole "quotation marks around a concept you're testing out as a new idea" thing. I love that little quirk, when building a new piece of language by combining two existing words together, or if you simply use an existing word to derive a new context to label something, it's like one gets a bit apprehensive that maybe people won't immediately except this new piece that you've built so you slap the quotation mark training wheels on. One of the founding fathers of american comics, Jack Kirby, was also known to do this throughout the work that he wrote as well as drew, it's always been one of my suspicions that he was an INTJ as well.
    Hmmm, I never thought it about that way. Interesting thought.

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    I've been doing them since I was a wee child. Whenever my mother has to reference my behavior as a child/adolescent, she always responds with, "strictly scientific."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hendo Barbarosa View Post
    You know something else that I've noticed that I do, and that OP did, and that most INTJs I've seen or talked to also do? The whole "quotation marks around a concept you're testing out as a new idea" thing. I love that little quirk, when building a new piece of language by combining two existing words together, or if you simply use an existing word to derive a new context to label something, it's like one gets a bit apprehensive that maybe people won't immediately except this new piece that you've built so you slap the quotation mark training wheels on. One of the founding fathers of american comics, Jack Kirby, was also known to do this throughout the work that he wrote as well as drew, it's always been one of my suspicions that he was an INTJ as well.
    I think it's an N thing in general -- maybe more Ni than Ne.

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    I knew I wasn't a loony!!!!!

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    Well, far be it from me to say that anyone I don't know anything about is weird. I can say that I never would have done it. I'm just not that interested in other people to want to do a case study on them. I'm social enough (don't just live on the internet), but I usually don't get that intrigued by a person's quirks to have my sole reason for accompanying them on a trip to be for a case study. I'm too self-interested to devote that much time to studying someone else.

    I people watch more to kill time at the check-out stand.

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    I like finding out what makes people tick, but I usually just ask a lot of questions, instead of following them around covertly.

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    So, quick summary thus far:
    -somewhat of an INTJ thing
    -somewhat of an Ni thing
    -some INTJs don't even care

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    People are interesting and complex. Why not treat them as case studies?

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    Definitely an INTJ thing, at least for me. I like to analyze and disect people to the point I am as knowledgable of them as perceptively possible. Which doesn't seem too hard in most cases..
    If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool. -Carl Gustav Jung *I-74* *N-53* *T-95* *J-89*

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    Quote Originally Posted by WithoutaFace View Post
    Hello INTJ "comrades." I recently accompanied a friend to Las Vegas to do a covert "case study" on his behavior. It intrigued me, I will not elaborate on this, because I think it is irrelevant. Another friend was aware of this endeavor of mine, and commented that it was "very weird." I don't trust this meddlesome, critical friend of mine. So I want neutral and honest opinions from my fellow INTJs (other types' inputs are welcome as well). How many of you have done something like this before? How prevalent is this among just people in general? How many of you think this is weird? How many of you think this is completely normal? Share your anecdotes with me. Thanks in advance.
    Life is a continuous case study. However, having fun is part of it as well for personal reflection and understandment of other types. Did you enjoy yourself?

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