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    When I talk to people they tell me things like:
    I'm a writer.
    I'm an actor.
    I'm a photographer.
    I'm a programmer.
    I'm a lawyer.

    I for myself can't answer the question. I'm just me. I could do any of the above and never truly consider it my calling.
    So who am I?

    Is this Ne related?
    Sometimes I wish I would not be able to think about stuff like this.
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    You are intense. Judging by the profile picture.

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    Okay, I'm not an NT, but I saw this in the New Posts and had to respond. I HATE THAT QUESTION! To me, it's impossible to answer. In my mind, answering with one's profession or another aspect of one's personality is completely inadequate and therefore misleading. The question, in my mind, can only be truthfully answered one of two ways:

    1. I can state my name. However, presumably, the person asking the questions is someone who does not already know me, and stating my name gives them no information whatsoever about "who" I am.

    2. I can rattle off a list of all the little details that make up my identity: I am a woman. I like dogs. I watch Star Trek. I play the flute. I'm afraid of diseases. I'm married. I hate old weather. I love my city and state of residence. I speak French...... But this is also unsatisfactory, given that the list could go on for pages.
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    No one asks me this, it saves me the headache. I guess I'm a (mostly) unbroken line of consciouness with the beginning point in a specific time and place and eventually ending in a specific time and place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluxkom View Post
    When I talk to people they tell me things like:
    I'm a writer.
    I'm an actor.
    I'm a photographer.
    I'm a programmer.
    I'm a lawyer.

    I for myself can't answer the question. I'm just me. I could do any of the above and never truly consider it my calling.
    So who am I?

    Is this Ne related?
    Sometimes I wish I would not be able to think about stuff like this.
    When I read the first lines in your post I first thing that came into my mind was "he must be ENTP" lol.
    I asked myself the same questions, I don't know some people follow these constant trajectories in life, and it's so easy for them them to define themselves, why is it so fucking easy???!!! I have no idea.

    I talked to this guy in a bus 6 months ago, and he said that he knew he wanted to be a cop, long since he applied to the Academy. It was his purpose and he followed it. He was quite STJ.

    But for me...it's hard to define what I want with all the constant chaos around me.
    I cannot find a job label to just stick it on my forehead and be happy since I now have a specific place in society.

    I think it's the same for most ENTPs .

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    Don't think this is Ne related. It happens to people who need to life define, usually after something traumatic happens or some stage of life is over. All the things that people tell you. Are they meaningful to you? All the things you've accomplished. Are they meaningful to you?

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    Who I am changes with demands.

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    You asking "who are you?" -->

    you=me

    Me contains ---> a near-infinite amount of things/concepts

    Please specify your search.

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    But to make things short, people respond by regurgitating names and titles that they have been given by others.

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    To not be able to answer the question is not really an ENTP aspect... well perhaps it is if the question conjures up many imaginings of oneself that lead to other images, to other thoughts, and on to something not obviously connected, but even this can be true for other types as well.

    To be frustrated at this because a grouping of words cannot contain the uniqueness that is you... could perhaps be categorized as an enneagram 4 thing, but this also depends on your thinking behind it.

    I think this problem is common to anyone who has actually thought of it.

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    I don't have any problems with that. Why?
    "Who are you?" gets as answer my name. What else?
    "What do you do?" which is the Dutch expression of saying "What's your profession?" gets my profession; while the literal meaning of the question is much broader. My profession is not the only thing I do - and I identify more with some other things. Complaining about that, however, is not quite polite (though it's true). I prefer to let the conversation go the traditional way and find out a way to work in it that I'm an amateur writer.
    I'm more things than only a teacher and a writer. Of course. The writing thing is the aspect of me that I'd most like others to know. It's the first approximation. When the people get to know you better, they'll know more and more aspects.

    The thing I'd say the first also depends on the person asking. For a headmaster of a school, my "teacher" aspect is the most important. Same for the pupils.
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    I did find a way to answer the Who is me question a while ago...but it sure took an awful lot of time.

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