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    I need somewhere to put ideas and stuff on personal growth for an ISFP. Comments are welcome.

    First some links and quotes...

    ISFP Personal Growth

    Talks about how we can achieve personal growth and balance by using extraverted sensing.

    Some ideas on how the four functions can work well in tandem. Interesting to me how an introverted judging function is paired with an extraverted judging function and the same pattern for the perceiving functions.

    From Dario Nardi's book
    Introverted Feeling in tandem with Extraverted Thinking..

    We can get impressive results using introverted feeling in tandem with extraverted thinking. We can stay true to our beliefs by structuring our lives and standing firm on what’s important. We might decide against purchasing a particular product that harms the environment and then arrange our lives or the organization we lead to make do without it. We might refer to evidence and empirical reasoning to support what we believe is true. Maybe we hold fast to the idea that all people bring useful gifts to society, then construct a metric and gather data to demonstrate this value. Or we might use time management and spatial organization skills to better follow through on important commitments and worthwhile projects.

    Extraverted Sensing in tandem with Introverted Intuiting

    We can get powerful results using extraverted Sensing in tandem with introverted Intuiting. We can be very tuned in to the surrounding environment, with anticipation of what’s coming next. We may constantly read our industry’s current news to be sure to catch the next wave of innovations. Or we can engage people in fun activities, drawing them out and helping them transform themselves. We might pull a shy person onto the dance floor, convinced that there is an inner dancer waiting to be released; that person experiences his or her potential firsthand. Or we might shape the current context to what we envision it can be, like a sculptor who can “see” the final statue within a chunk of marble and sculpts everything else away to get to it.

    How to Experience Different Function-Attitudes

    Ideas on how to experience the functions in real life.

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    I have no idea! I wonder about this myself.

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    Extraverted Sensing

    You have to apply some thinking to really let your Se loose. To really make the most of it. You need to build a system or take a system and learn it until it is so deeply ingrained it becomes second nature.

    So it all ties in with the concept of flow to me.

    Components of flow

    Csíkszentmihályi identifies the following nine factors as accompanying an experience of flow:[2][3]

    1. Clear goals (expectations and rules are discernible and goals are attainable and align appropriately with one's skill set and abilities).

    2. Concentrating and focusing, a high degree of concentration on a limited field of attention (a person engaged in the activity will have the opportunity to focus and to delve deeply into it).

    3. A loss of the feeling of self-consciousness, the merging of action and awareness.

    4. Distorted sense of time, one's subjective experience of time is altered.

    5. Direct and immediate feedback (successes and failures in the course of the activity are apparent, so that behavior can be adjusted as needed).

    6. Balance between ability level and challenge (the activity is neither too easy nor too difficult).

    7. A sense of personal control over the situation or activity.

    8. The activity is intrinsically rewarding, so there is an effortlessness of action.

    9. People become absorbed in their activity, and focus of awareness is narrowed down to the activity itself, action awareness merging.

    Not all are needed for flow to be experienced.
    Don't get set into one form, adapt it and build your own, and let it grow, be like water.

    Also the four stages of competence


    Unconscious incompetence
    The individual neither understands or knows how to do something, nor recognizes the deficit or has a desire to address it.
    See also : Dunning-Kruger effect


    Conscious incompetence
    Though the individual does not understand or know how to do something, he or she does recognize the deficit, without yet addressing it.


    Conscious competence
    The individual understands or knows how to do something. However, demonstrating the skill or knowledge requires a great deal of consciousness or concentration.


    Unconscious competence
    The individual has had so much practice with a skill that it becomes "second nature" and can be performed easily (often without concentrating too deeply). He or she may or may not be able teach it to others, depending upon how and when it was learned.

    When there is freedom from mechanical conditioning, there is simplicity. The classical man is just a bundle of routine, ideas and tradition. If you follow the classical pattern, you are understanding the routine, the tradition, the shadow — you are not understanding yourself.
    Tao of Jeet Kune Do (1975)

    A good martial artist does not become tense but ready. Not thinking yet not dreaming, ready for whatever may come. A martial artist has to take responsibility for himself and face the consequences of his own doing. To have no technique, there is no opponent, because the word "I" does not exist. When the opponent expands I contract and when he contracts, I expand. And when there is an opportunity, "I" do not hit, "It" hits all by itself.

    Bruce Lee: Enter the Dragon (1973); In a conversation with an older member of the temple.

    Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.

    Fighting Spirit (1994) by Bruce Thomas (1994), p.44

    A useful resource on extraverted sensing
    Chapter 3 Immersing in the present context PDF

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    From here
    The problem for some ISFPs is that they may feel such a contrast between their inner ideals and their actual accomplishments that they burden themselves with a sense of inadequacy. This can be true even when they are being as effective as others. They take for granted anything they do well and are the most modest of all the types, tending to underrate and understate themselves.

    It is important for them to find practical ways to express their ideals; otherwise they will keep dreaming of the impossible and accomplish very little. If they find no actions to express their ideals, they can become too sensitive and vulnerable, with dwindling confidence in life and in themselves. Actually, they have much to give and need only to find the spot where they are needed.

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    So if I'm Fi dom supposedly I judge things from my personal values. So I guess it follows that it would be time well spent making sure they were all congruent and hammering out the dents?

    ISFP Introverted Feeling with Sensing

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    Cocooning-vs.-Conforming Exegesis

    Fi: being so concerned with maintaining the purity of your soul--e.g. your unconditional benevolence for every living thing--that you fail to do for yourself. Your own negotiating position becomes weak because you have nothing to offer but appeal to mercy. You and everyone around you is in desperate need, not because of "the system" but because you let yourself get into that position. Your social position is at the bottom, and people avoid you because they smell "loser". When weakness becomes a point of pride, not something to heal, then your values are no longer in sync with life.

    Developing the secondary

    When things get out of balance, it's tempting to restore the balance by going to the opposite function. Perhaps the rule-driven ETJ who's taken definable success to the point that it's choking the life out of things could fix matters by taking on some of that unconditional Fi benevolence.

    For IPs, extraverted perception provides an interaction-driven, gestalt way to respond to the totality of factors that matter in a given situation, and thereby gain the willing aid of others and make their own contributions more useful. You learn to sense and go along with a larger flow, one that you can't fully understand or control. You learn to benefit from plugging into the system instead of fighting it.

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    The best action management method for an ISFP and P types in general is probably Getting Things Done.


    Here's one definition of a P type

    Perceivers perceive structure as being more limiting than enabling. They prefer to keep their choices open so they can cope with many problems that the know life will put in their way.

    They get their sense of control by keeping their options open and making choices only when they are necessary.

    They are generally curious and like to expand their knowledge, which they will freely acknowledge as being incomplete. They are tolerant of other people's differences and will adapt to fit into whatever the situation requires.
    Most action management methods don't allow for incoming information. They are about closing and making decisions. Looking into the near future and hammering everything down.

    GTD as a system is much more flexible.

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