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    So... I noticed that the word " fear" in my understanding is not what it is in others' understanding. I noticed that when I was browsing movies I watched on Jinni( it' s a movie search engine, if you don' t know, and a rather good one) . I mostly prefer mindbending thrillers, some of them rather dark, which my mom( ISTJ, she also watches movies with me when we visit cinema in summer) calls " watch in order not to sleep" . However, there is little fear I can get out of it watching this. My general reaction to bloody and gory scenes is slightly disturbed, but not scared. My INFP friend even says she often closes her eyes when watching horror movies, while I just watch them with a deadpan expression. And I don' t remember a single case when I got nightmares. Recently I watched Hunger Games, which some people viewed as too violent. At the end I was like: " Oh, really? And where is the gore? " ( though I admit it, the atmosphere itself was very dramatic and moving) . To me really, most deaths were either offscreen or done in a rather clean way. Occasionaly I can get scared by the movie, though( but still no nightmares) , but that kind of fear comes unexpectedly, from the scenes theat others consider not so scary, and is either a flavour 2 Fridge Horror or an Adult Fear( and this is while I' m only 16) . You can' t scare me with monsters, blood or violence. However, you can scare me with my loved ones being murdered by a serial killer, or humans in the future will mutate into monsters, or my plans being foiled, or failing anything in general.
    So, I wonder if anything like that happens to fellow INTJs? And what does generally trigger INTJ' s fear?

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    My fear? mostly the sound, and I fall for it, every time. Switch off the sound and it isn't so bad.

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    Sound? The only kind of sound that disturbs me is shouting and blabbing of other kids at school during the break( and Justin Bieber songs of course XD) . Otherwise I have nothing against them. I even like music, though it depends on the kind of music( I won' t listen to bad songs) .

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    You know Justin Bieber is ESFP, he is like your soul mate screaming at you from all directions during break.

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    And what does generally trigger INTJ' s fear?
    From observations, real life since INTJs are shocked and then disturbed that they can't control their environments. This is when they retreat from life by calculating probabilities of risk. The less emotionally healthy the INTJ, the more minute their risk tolerance.

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    I'll admit I don't like gore, but it doesn't scare me, and my main problem with it is that in many movies it seems unnecessary and base. I can't really think of what characteristics in movies I actually fear right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chubber View Post
    You know Justin Bieber is ESFP, he is like your soul mate screaming at you from all directions during break.
    What do you mean? I HATE JB!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by andante View Post
    From observations, real life since INTJs are shocked and then disturbed that they can't control their environments. This is when they retreat from life by calculating probabilities of risk. The less emotionally healthy the INTJ, the more minute their risk tolerance.
    Something familiar to me.
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    I'll admit I don't like gore, but it doesn't scare me, and my main problem with it is that in many movies it seems unnecessary and base. I can't really think of what characteristics in movies I actually fear right now.
    I don' t think gore is necessary for me either. It just doesn' t scare me. What I like about thrillers is that they really challenge your mind, make you think, unlike some snotty teen soap operas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elaine View Post
    I don' t think gore is necessary for me either. It just doesn' t scare me. What I like about thrillers is that they really challenge your mind, make you think, unlike some snotty teen soap operas.
    Yes. A great example of a recent movie along these lines was Shutter Island.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elaine View Post
    So... I noticed that the word " fear" in my understanding is not what it is in others' understanding. I noticed that when I was browsing movies I watched on Jinni( it' s a movie search engine, if you don' t know, and a rather good one) . I mostly prefer mindbending thrillers, some of them rather dark, which my mom( ISTJ, she also watches movies with me when we visit cinema in summer) calls " watch in order not to sleep" . However, there is little fear I can get out of it watching this. My general reaction to bloody and gory scenes is slightly disturbed, but not scared. My INFP friend even says she often closes her eyes when watching horror movies, while I just watch them with a deadpan expression. And I don' t remember a single case when I got nightmares. Recently I watched Hunger Games, which some people viewed as too violent. At the end I was like: " Oh, really? And where is the gore? " ( though I admit it, the atmosphere itself was very dramatic and moving) . To me really, most deaths were either offscreen or done in a rather clean way. Occasionaly I can get scared by the movie, though( but still no nightmares) , but that kind of fear comes unexpectedly, from the scenes theat others consider not so scary, and is either a flavour 2 Fridge Horror or an Adult Fear( and this is while I' m only 16) . You can' t scare me with monsters, blood or violence. However, you can scare me with my loved ones being murdered by a serial killer, or humans in the future will mutate into monsters, or my plans being foiled, or failing anything in general.
    So, I wonder if anything like that happens to fellow INTJs? And what does generally trigger INTJ' s fear?
    The reason you were less scared than your INFP friend, from an MBTI point of view, were probably a lesser sense of empathy toward the characters getting gored and your unwillingness or inability to immerse yourself in that particular film.

    Whenever I watch a film, I consciously try to immerse myself in it (by minimizing sensory distractions etc) so I can enjoy it better. Of course if the movie is of shit quality then all hope is lost. The relative lack of empathy can still be an issue, eg "Fuck that guy. What a loser. Glad he got owned", but then again, that's probably related to the quality of the film, such as poor character development.

    The film that has persistently creeped me out was John Carpenters The Thing. Its a great horror film, and I also suspect that the director is also an INTJ, which probably helps on some level since there's a good chance people of the same type share sentiments on what is "unsettling"
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