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    Do you do this too, sometimes feel compelled to put yourself in a public place and... look at stuff?

    My workplace is very close to where I live, so if I do my normal introverted thing and just scoot on home after work, I find after a while I get cabin fever. It's become a sort of habit to more or less schedule time to not go home. I'll stop in a place that allows me to stand up in a relaxed fashion and just... look at stuff. People and environments.

    I'm aware of a sort of meter, too. If I don't sometimes do this stop-and-stare thing, it feels like something is lacking. And when I do do the stop-and-stare, then after a while the meter is on full and I can go home satisfied.

    Crowds of people are good. Built environments work too. Open spaces, like vistas down a long piece of road are soothing. Closed-in environments with walls and buildings blocking the sky are uncomfortable.

    Dunno what it is. Se practice, maybe? Topping up the Ni? Loitering with intent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalach View Post

    Crowds of people are good. Built environments work too. Open spaces, like vistas down a long piece of road are soothing. Closed-in environments with walls and buildings blocking the sky are uncomfortable.
    I like this too. I often wish I lived closer to one of the big lakes. I just like looking at the water or waves. It never gets monotonous. If I come across something like big fields on a farm with nothing else around, that's the best. I love how the rows of crops all line up when you're passing by. Perfect little irrigation ditches on the sides or terraced planting. I like to sit and watch people walking down a busy street or just traffic in general. I don't like watching people go by in an airport or shopping mall as much as outside (even if I'm not outside). It's not something I schedule but I want to do it whenever I get a chance to. I like loitering with intent but in reality I have no idea why this is.
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    I think it must be Se.

    Do you ever get fascinated by buildings? It'll happen sometimes walking home of an evening where I'll get into some kind of zone and be fascinated by seeing the lines and shapes of the buildings in the neighbourhood. It happens sometimes that I'll, basically, just look *up*. Literally, neck craned back, and look *up*, to watch the buildings from a new angle, seeing the new lines and shadows, and the highlights of lighting. It disappears if I stand still. It's seeing the shapes glide past as I keep on walking that does it for me. I have on occasion stood outside my building just looking up at it to see it back lit by the sky and faintly lit by street lighting.

    It's a little bit mystical.




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    Yeah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uytuun View Post
    Yeah.
    Succinct. Actually I've seen you post along the lines of needing to get out of your head sometimes, I think this ties in with that.

    Because we do live in our heads 90% of the time, it's an escape or a mental holiday to get out and observe the world. I agree that it's Se, we shut off our Ni for a bit and let the senses wash over us.

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    If I may misinterpret your OP: isnt that called voyeurism ? ;D
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    Quote Originally Posted by pippi View Post
    Succinct. Actually I've seen you post along the lines of needing to get out of your head sometimes, I think this ties in with that.

    Because we do live in our heads 90% of the time, it's an escape or a mental holiday to get out and observe the world. I agree that it's Se, we shut off our Ni for a bit and let the senses wash over us.
    Hehe, I'm sick and I didn't really feel like writing a lot. :p

    I notice that I often look up at the sky when I step outside of a building, particularly at night.

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    Actually, this is the sort of thing I cannot bring myself to do most of the time. Even when there is something interesting to see, for example in a museum or on a trip, or on a long, straight and empty street while driving, I tend to wander off into something else in my head.

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    Yeah I have this little "voyeur" side of me as well. I used to go to restaurants alone and watch people feel uncomfortable with being alone, talking amongst each other, telling jokes, getting into conflicts, etc. Nowadays I prefer venturing with a "sidekick" though.

    Also, yes, this probably ties into the Se component.

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    INTJs? In public? *shakes head*

    That can't be right.
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