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    Quote Originally Posted by fidelia View Post
    I want to be sure that I am understanding this accurately. Would you mind giving an example of crying for attention and a situation worthy of compassion? I'm not trying to be difficult, but I would like to know what your perception is of both.
    I react to things by first checking to see if the person provoking the action from me has acted that way before and I try to remember how I dealt with it then. If the way I dealt with it then doesn't work, but they are acting the same, then there is little I can do. Words just seem useless, and I'm not exactly the huggable type. :rolli:

    If the person isn't acting like before, I just do the best I can to comfort them with words and hopefully I'll say something or come up with something that helps or at least get's their mind off what is making them cry. But I probably won't put much effort in trying to come up with BS to say because it would more than likely backfire on me as I would say something stupid or offensive.

    Crying for attention= the person is whining/complaining about something that a 10 year old would cry over (i.e. getting kicked off a sports team)

    Crying out of pain/hurt/grief= the person is sad or angry about something much more pertinent, such as a lost family member.

    Basically what Cim said in his post sums it up.
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    If I saw someone in public, I would feel really bad seeing someone crying. I'd start wondering what they're feeling or going through. Then, I'd likely wonder if they even want anyone to talk to them while they're feeling that horrible. I mean, there's the thought that they might NEED or want someone to come up to them, but that's kind of a risk to me. It's iffy and situational.

    As for rage, it may be better for someone who is insecure. Rage allows you to achieve a false sense of focus that seems to have worth to an insecure person. However, if you're really into the situation and your Te takes over, that kind of confidence allows you to push away feeling type distractions.

    As for having problems with hugs, I have that same issue. I just....don't naturally see how a situation can pan out in terms of social interaction or friendliness. Hugs to me are just weird unless you're really close to the person. It just takes an element of trust for me to want to run up to someone and hug them. My supervisor at work is constantly asking me for "love hugs." I've just learned to do it sometimes and other times just tell her, "I'm not in the mood."

    It's more like there are two sides of life, feeling and thinking. I guess it ties to a lack of Fe. Like I said, thinking of Fe type things to do around a person does NOT come naturally to me at all. It's just learned things I've picked up from watching other people. I just always feel like someone's expecting me to be so emotionally open when I hug them, so that also throws me off.


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    Quote Originally Posted by raz View Post
    If I saw someone in public, I would feel really bad seeing someone crying. I'd start wondering what they're feeling or going through. Then, I'd likely wonder if they even want anyone to talk to them while they're feeling that horrible. I mean, there's the thought that they might NEED or want someone to come up to them, but that's kind of a risk to me. It's iffy and situational.
    I know exactly what you mean, it makes you vulnerable if you go over and talk to them because you don't know how they will react. Then you think of how YOU would react if YOU were the one crying in public and some idiot came over to talk to you. Then you kind of just walk away...

    Now, if it is an attractive female crying and noone else is around, I may consider it a bit longer... but that's just my ISTJ 'gentleman' side showing through. I'd really still be pretty scared doing something like that.

    Quote Originally Posted by raz View Post
    My supervisor at work is constantly asking me for "love hugs." I've just learned to do it sometimes and other times just tell her, "I'm not in the mood."
    LOL! "love hugs" Dude Raz, that sucks! I'd be like "why.... are you trying to hug me..." ...I can't imagine being in that kind of environment for a long period of time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by d@v3 View Post
    Now, if it is an attractive female crying and noone else is around, I may consider it a bit longer... but that's just my ISTJ 'gentleman' side showing through. I'd really still be pretty scared doing something like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by INTPness View Post
    Come to think of it, I've seen my ISTJ grandfather cry one time in my life, that I can remember, and the ESTJ male family member twice (both instances involved someone passing away). I only remember my ESTJ sister crying once when I told her that I really cared about her more than she knows. Even in these rare instance, the crying/emotions were very controlled.
    Astute. I haven't seen anyone mention that on MBTIc before, and yet it is so true. I don't cry in front of ANYONE - I get choked up, but I don't shed tears. I only full-on cry when I know for certain that no one will enter the room, or hear me.

    Quote Originally Posted by LadyJaye View Post
    I've also been told by my ESTJ parent that high states, like anger and weeping, make her feel helpless, like she doesn't know what to do to make it stop. A loved one is in distress, and she feels a bit frozen up by the emotional component.
    That's about how it is for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by fidelia View Post
    I've noticed several STJs refer to having no sympathy for people who cry to get attention. Is this really common in your experience? I don't think I could even fill up one hand with people I have known who do that. Is there some kind of inherent suspicion about cry-ers trying to manipulate you? (I tried spelling it the other way, but that looked like town criers.) Perhaps there is a general misunderstanding of the real reason the person is crying.
    Usually I'm too naive to tell whether someone who's crying is genuine or not, so, no to the second question. To the first one, yes yes yes. I might even go so far as to say that I'm disgusted with that kind of behavior.

    What kind of emotional responses do you feel that you may instigate by using more direct actions? In my parents' case, my dad will just empty the garbage way more and do the dishes when they've had a misunderstanding. This feels like trying to pay for something at the gas station with a side of beef.
    Interesting. I have no idea what would motivate someone to do that. I know that I clean a lot and do little things like that to calm me down when I've been upset, but using that as an indirect way of making amends is completely unheard of to me. Must just be an ISTJ thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cimarron View Post
    If I don't really care about the person, I just want to get out of there.

    If I do care about the person, it's a mix of that, and the desire to help but feeling useless because I don't know how to help.

    So the more I care about the person, the more conflicted I am, and determined to do something...
    YES! Same here.
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    If it is someone I know that is crying, I will try to console them. I hate seeing people upset, especially people close to me. If it is someone I don't know, I feel really awkward and I don't know how to approach the situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d@v3 View Post
    LOL! "love hugs" Dude Raz, that sucks! I'd be like "why.... are you trying to hug me..." ...I can't imagine being in that kind of environment for a long period of time!
    Yeah seriously.

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    No kidding! Why do people do that? I only want to be hugged by people I am close to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raz View Post
    Don't beat around the bush...heh heh heh. Just say you want in her pants!
    What kind of vile/crude man do you think I am Raz? Shame on you. I am a gentleman ISTJ, you can ask any female who has had a conversation with me on here as proof!
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    Quote Originally Posted by fidelia View Post
    No kidding! Why do people do that? I only want to be hugged by people I am close to.
    I don't really get the mentality either, though. I can't imagine being an aggressive hugger. (I'd call that supervisor's behavior "serial hugging" - I know some serial huggers, and usually they've got issues. I have no idea, man, and I don't think I want to know.)
    We have a difference of opinion on the last part, though; For me, as long as the hugs in question aren't from someone who's 1. icky/creepy, 2. a bad hugger (e.g. one who gives painful hugs), 3. a complete stranger, or 4. someone I hate, I'm fine.
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