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    Ho man you too?! I tell ya it was an amazing thing to find out about MBTI and realize that I've been an NJ surrounded by mostly SPs. I was right at the brink of really believing I was crazy. Isn't it a great sigh of relief to find you're just a different type? Tell me, what are your ways of living with it rather than fighting it, even with all the external influences working against you?
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    Hello, and welcome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfmaiden14 View Post
    Ho man you too?! I tell ya it was an amazing thing to find out about MBTI and realize that I've been an NJ surrounded by mostly SPs. I was right at the brink of really believing I was crazy. Isn't it a great sigh of relief to find you're just a different type? Tell me, what are your ways of living with it rather than fighting it, even with all the external influences working against you?
    lol, hi!

    Yes, it was a great relief! Well, one of the things that used to bother me a lot was that things that seemed so obviously of value, interest, and importance to me seemed to matter so little to the people around me. I guess I finally realized (or am working on realizing, lol) that others are motivated by different things, and they aren't automatically going to understand where I'm coming from, if I don't take pains to explain it in their language. Sometimes they might not understand even then, and it's best just not to even try to explain but let them do their own thing and be confident doing my own thing. Like I'm not crazy and neither are they, we're just different. (Okay, I know that sounded really shallow and corny, but realizing it was quite a break through for me!)

    So, what are some of your coping strategies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfmaiden14 View Post
    Ho man you too?! I tell ya it was an amazing thing to find out about MBTI and realize that I've been an NJ surrounded by mostly SPs. I was right at the brink of really believing I was crazy. Isn't it a great sigh of relief to find you're just a different type? Tell me, what are your ways of living with it rather than fighting it, even with all the external influences working against you?
    I can identify with you here! It's amazing how each personality type sees the same thing differently (or has different reactions to situations). I WISH I knew about MBTI years ago... I wouldn't have been so hard on myself and thinking that there really must be something wrong with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by helen View Post

    So, what are some of your coping strategies?
    I'm sorry to sound dumb, but.. coping with what exactly? Life or my friends? XD
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    Quote Originally Posted by helen View Post
    Hi there,
    I discovered this website a few weeks ago and have spent several happy hours since then reading. It's a really fun and informative forum y'all have here! Then I finally got tired of just lurking and have decided to introduce myself.

    I'm an INFJ and I've spent most of my life surrounded by SJs and a fair amount of it wondering why I wasn't more like them, and when I would "grow up" and become one. Discovering the MBTI system a year or so ago was exciting for me, because I finally figured out that wasn't going to happen, and have been a lot more tolerant of myself and hopefully others since. I find that understanding the way I function and working with it rather than fighting it makes for a much more peaceful existence.

    For awhile, much of my reading on personality types was focused on figuring out my own type and learning about it, but currently I'm more interested in learning more about relationships and interaction between the types. This seems like a good place to explore those topics.

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    Hello, Helen. (Your name looks interesting next to the word "hello.") Welcome to MBTI Central. Feel free to ask any questions you may have about MBTI or general psychology.

    When you say "grow up," what weren't you doing that they were, exactly?

    Oh, and how had you been trying to fight it, and what did you change after learning about your type?

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    Hello and welcome! I had the same experience that you did with the MBTI--intense relief and joy. If you are interested in the dynamics of type in relationships, there are several books on the topic, such as the Barron & Tieger "Just Your Type."

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post

    When you say "grow up," what weren't you doing that they were, exactly?

    Oh, and how had you been trying to fight it, and what did you change after learning about your type?
    Hi!

    Well, it's hard to explain exactly. I don't know that it's so much a matter of not doing things that they were, more a matter of approaching things differently. For instance, I've always tended to take my feelings and intuitions a bit more seriously than others around me seem to take theirs. I'm prone to introspection, and analyzing others and myself. Too much social interaction drains me and I need long stretches of time by myself if I'm going to be at my best.

    I used to think that this was partially immaturity and selfishness, and sometimes I'd fight it by trying not to give in to these tendencies so much. . . but that just made me more stressed. After learning about my type, I figured this was just the way I function and it's more efficient to work with it than against it. I enjoy life and myself more and am less critical of myself and others.

    I'm not trying to imply that I was miserable or a basket case before discovering MBTI, but it has been kinda useful (and fun!). Hope this answers your questions. :-) Let me know if I'm not making sense, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfmaiden14 View Post
    I'm sorry to sound dumb, but.. coping with what exactly? Life or my friends? XD

    I suppose I meant your friends. But feel free to ramble about whatever. I was mostly just making conversation.

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