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    My friend, the INTP she is, always seems to get scared easily. Sometimes when we watch movies she starts to make fun of them because she doesnt want to think of them later. She hates the aftermath effect of the scary movies and tries her best to just laugh them off.

    IE: durring the GRUDGE she started complaining about the wild amount of hair the woman just seemed to have -Hinting at pubic hair- And of course it seemed to work.

    Do any other INTP's or INTJ's (for the hell of it) get scared too easliy and try to deny it?


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    I have to admit that I avoid scary movies. I am especially afraid of nasty surprises. Ironically, my imagination is always worse than what is probably shown.
    Yesterday I watched "The Blairwitch Project" and lived. Very proud of that.

    Why do you think that is an INTx-thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mippus View Post
    I have to admit that I avoid scary movies. I am especially afraid of nasty surprises. Ironically, my imagination is always worse than what is probably shown.
    Yesterday I watched "The Blairwitch Project" and lived. Very proud of that.

    Why do you think that is an INTx-thing?
    Adding another anecdote, I can't watch slasher flicks without them lingering for years! It seems to feed certain paranoid tendencies, I suppose, created by an active imagination.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mippus View Post
    I have to admit that I avoid scary movies. I am especially afraid of nasty surprises. Ironically, my imagination is always worse than what is probably shown.
    Yesterday I watched "The Blairwitch Project" and lived. Very proud of that.

    Why do you think that is an INTx-thing?
    I'm not sure actually. My friend had asked me this question and before I could answer, the only thing that came to mind was the MBTI NT forum.

    I wanted to see if it were only her, but it seems some are similar. (she'll be glad to know this.)

    I actually made her watch the blair witch project with me, and we only got through half the movie when i started freaking out. (LOL, go figure) But in the end, not watching the movie only made it seem worse. You guys' have wicked imaginations, and sometimes it just bites you in the ass.

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    I love truly scary movies. I need that level of sensation in order to feel keyed up. I really get a lot out of it.

    Many things don't scare me, because I understand them and can explain them. So when I can find things that I can let my imagination run wild with, I go with it.

    The Grudge scared the hell out of me. I watched it alone, at midnight, in the dark. Just a terrifying movie, from the opening scene, to the ghost in the hall, to the ghost in the bed, to the little boy on the elevator, to even the ghost slithering down the steps at the end. Just awful... and I just loved it. I love being that scared. (The Ring was another good one.)

    Blair Witch was good too, except I got sick in the theater from all the bounciness.

    Anyway, I just love the horrific -- not gruesome per se, or bloody and gross, but truly horrific. My intensely favorite spots in Lord of the Rings when I read it as a ten year old were Moria and Shelob, and then I graduated to Donaldson's "Thomas Covenant" series... which I loved even more because the fantasy had a great deal of psychological horror mixed into the story. Ravers, possession, the dead coming back, the trip through Sarangrave Flats, the destruction of the giants, oh, it goes on and on. But Donaldson just added a large amount of horror to a fantasy story.
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    i hate scary movies and all that i think is scary. comedy is my only choice when picking a movie. and yeah... whenever i'm forced to watch a scary movie i make fun of it to the best of my ability, so i can think about how much pubic hair the chick has, or how one of the grudges has a retarded voice, or how it looks as if the grudge is sticking her butt through the main girls head instead of the actual serious plot later. people hate watching scary movies with me... i ruin the momment

    And i think fear and paranoia could be more of a N' thing, i mean, fantasy is where we play, and that is a big thing to intjs... and those with the Ti function as thier first functuion seem to develop paranoia more easily for they are the ones that are more prone to think into it. (of course this is just a theory tho)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chippinchunk View Post
    My friend, the INTP she is, always seems to get scared easily. Sometimes when we watch movies she starts to make fun of them because she doesnt want to think of them later. She hates the aftermath effect of the scary movies and tries her best to just laugh them off.

    IE: durring the GRUDGE she started complaining about the wild amount of hair the woman just seemed to have -Hinting at pubic hair- And of course it seemed to work.

    Do any other INTP's or INTJ's (for the hell of it) get scared too easliy and try to deny it?

    Yes. I hate scary movies. I'm easily frightened. I think part of it is genetic. It's not BECAUSE she's INTP, but rather that she might be INTP because she's shy. I've noticed a pretty high incidence of shyness over at INTPcentral; although it's certainly not a random sample, I think it's telling.

    I have a feeling that the NT machine builds itself around anxiety as a method of reducing and controlling it. Not in everyone, but in a bunch of people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    Yes. I hate scary movies. I'm easily frightened. I think part of it is genetic. It's not BECAUSE she's INTP, but rather that she might be INTP because she's shy. I've noticed a pretty high incidence of shyness over at INTPcentral; although it's certainly not a random sample, I think it's telling.

    I have a feeling that the NT machine builds itself around anxiety as a method of reducing and controlling it. Not in everyone, but in a bunch of people.
    You think it's because of their shyness?? I want to doubt that.

    Hm...you make me think about this. I just don't think because one is shy they are scared of a movie. People, yes...but a movie?? I don't think so. I mean, I could be wrong thinking it is a INTP thing...not that i'm trying to pinpoint it or anything (though, I did imply it). I'm scared as hell when it comes to movies and I'm an INFJ(that kind of helps you out there in your thought), so...I don't think shyness is the right thing there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatHeSaid View Post
    Yes. I hate scary movies. I'm easily frightened.
    Hee, you're such a girlie man. (bua ha ha)

    It's okay, Edahn, I'll protect you.

    ... I have a feeling that the NT machine builds itself around anxiety as a method of reducing and controlling it. Not in everyone, but in a bunch of people.
    I don't know. I still tend to be more biologically based in temperament source, with variations explained mostly by environment. But type in one way of thinking might really be about (1) what causes anxiety and (2) what relieves anxiety.

    Horney's work placed anxiety as a central theme, along with some other prominent psychology theorists [who I can't remember right now, but I know I've read them -- Rollo May?].
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