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    I gotta agree with Qre:us, pretty much every word of it.

    Yeah, I can be insanely focused and when I am, I don't want to deal with people unless they're of use to whatever I'm focused on. In times like this Ne itself is focused on searching for things that support the object of focus. It's like Ti has taken the general's cap and Ne has become a scout that he sends out. It's now super disciplined and goes directly to what it's been asked by Ti to get, then comes directly back for more orders.
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    I can totally relate to what everyone is saying. I actually love these times. It's when I feel the most "alive" or like I'm being myself. And not to brag, but it's also when I'm "at my best" - in these moments, I feel like I can accomplish anything, I see things through to completion (because I desperately want to get to the bottom of whatever I'm doing), etc. It's loads of fun when you get on a new kick and just go to town with it. I'll stay up until 2am on a work night working on *whatever the new thing is*, then I'll go to work and try to "hurry through the day" so that I can get home and start working on my personal project again. And while I'm at work, I can't get it off my mind.

    This intense Ti is what allows NTP's to become very knowledgeable and/or competent at something in a VERY short period of time. Something that might take a lot of people 6 months to become good/knowledgeable at, we can become good/knowledgeable in, say, 2 or 3 weeks. And if it's something that most people would take 5 years to grasp, we can grasp it in a matter of months.

    And it's crazy when you're in that mode and someone is trying to talk to you about something else. They'll say my name like 4 times and finally I'll go, "Wha? Me? Huh? Do I want dinner? No, I'll eat later when I'm done."

    And when I'm in this mode the time FLIES by at warp speed. A whole day will go by in a blur because I'm so focused.
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    Yeah... I've done that quite a lot in my life, just got intensely hooked on a certain concept to the point where I hunger more for understanding/grasping it than for food, literally... I've been 36 hours without eating once cos I got like this. And yeah, it does have the effect that you learn something incredibly quickly that others usually take longer to master...

    Though... when you say that, people think you're boasting. In fact, it's nothing really that amazing. If you think that another person might've devoted say, a couple of hours a week to weekly lessons... well, if I'm eating, drinking, sleeping, living and breathing it in the kind of comprehensive way that only teh internetz can enable, for like 2 weeks... that's gonna be the equivalent to a hella lotta lessons for the other folk. And you move faster too, than lessons, cos you go at your pace and understand more deeply, like having one on one tuition.

    It might be amazing in one way that you've had the attention span to do that - specially if like me you're usually not well blessed on that front. But taking that as read... I strongly believe that if anyone else of any other type found motivation/enthusiasm and the dedication to do the same thing, they could. It seems they just usually don't want to, which is bizarre to me cos, like you said INTPness... it's when I feel alive, really me.
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    Yeah, like I said, I didn't say that to "brag". It's just part of being NTP. When we're interested in something, we just inhale and devour it until there's nothing else left to devour. We can't wait 6 months to learn it all - we have to learn it all RIGHT NOW.
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    i'm pretty sure numerous instances of negative topic lock is what made me start smoking weed more often. i haven't smoked in just under three months, but that's not because i haven't wanted to. i do have these issues to a minor extent, and i also have ADD (well, it's all ADHD now) which makes for some rather frustrating behavior at times. by that i mean frustrating to both myself and other people.

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    Not NTP, but I do go on programming or other subject-matter jags. I'll spend a week or two (up to a month or so) being entirely focused on some subject or task. Everything else will fall by the wayside (in fact, other distractions just become irritations) and there's a kind of purity that emerges from being entirely focused on one thing. It almost feels like the dross of daily life gets burns away leaving only the essential.

    I like those times, but I almost have a hangover at the other end when it's over and I have to rebalance my life again. All those areas I've been neglecting suddenly return with interest due.

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTPness View Post
    We can't wait 6 months to learn it all - we have to learn it all RIGHT NOW.
    Also because I never know when something else catches my attention and I'll hurl myself in another direction. Who knows how long I will be this interested in this topic? In between these periods I usually find myself hopping around various topics that interest me, but without the same zeal and focus of those super intense periods. I think it's best to indulge when you're feeling enthusiastic about it-- you feel good doing it AND you learn best at this time so why not make the most of it?

    I even find it easier to remember time this way-- like how I was learning about something that led to the next topic that led to the next, rather than recalling what year it was or what social events happened during that time. I leave those details for friends or family to remind me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lets eat pie View Post
    Also because I never know when something else catches my attention and I'll hurl myself in another direction. Who knows how long I will be this interested in this topic? In between these periods I usually find myself hopping around various topics that interest me, but without the same zeal and focus of those super intense periods. I think it's best to indulge when you're feeling enthusiastic about it-- you feel good doing it AND you learn best at this time so why not make the most of it?

    I even find it easier to remember time this way-- like how I was learning about something that led to the next topic that led to the next, rather than recalling what year it was or what social events happened during that time. I leave those details for friends or family to remind me.
    Yep!
    NTJ's are the only types that have ever made me feel emo.
    ENP's are the only types that have ever made me feel like a sensor.


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