You said you felt half-asleep like you were living in a dream.
That’s how I used to want to be.
But not anymore. That notion scares me.
You don’t know how frightening you are.
so intimidating to a soldier like me.
Big, big life full of tiny boxes.
Hide it in the glove compartment.
You will feel half empty keeping secrets from yourself.
INFJs are known perfectionists. We are not inclined to settle, nor are we inclined to accept the status quo. If something fails to meet our standards, we quickly lose interest or become annoyed. Our Se allows us to quickly and accurately assess our surroundings (immediate or societal), and our Ni grants us an immediate understanding. Flaws in our external world are always readily apparent to us. For this reason, we are largely immune to trends. INFJs opt, instead, for more classic styles and artistic movements, or more cerebral ones. Our fashion tends to be simpler, as our Fe and Se make us feel less attached to our physical selves than any other type. An exception would be when we are trying to make a statement with our appearance, like in the case of INFJ shock-rocker Marilyn Manson (a more extreme example, but you get the idea). However, those same traits that draw us out of our physical selves make us want to invest in and enjoy the world around us. We are repelled by all the flash-in-the-pan entertainment we encounter on a daily basis, though.
The fact of the matter is that our heightened discernment leaves no place for the opinions of others. We know what we like, and popularity doesn’t factor into what we enjoy. INFJs walk past the Twilight displays at their local bookstore and head for either the classics or the most complicated modern fiction they can find. A lot of people are going to attend the Three Days Grace show at the local arena, but their INFJ friends are headed to a small club to catch any manner of diverse acts, from Zoe Keating to The Dillinger Escape Plan.
It’s not that we eschew things because of their popularity, but rather that the plot elements, characters, chord changes, textures, rhythms, etc., that are employed to draw in the widest audience are just glaringly transparent to us. We don’t want to be pandered to, we want to be challenged. We don’t want the familiar, we want the novel. We want to be moved, and our Fe brings us wider emotional ranges than what these shallow forms of entertainment can offer, so we dismiss them. We are not normally dismissive of other people that enjoy such things, though, because our Fe allows us to understand their point of view. We are not elitists. We enjoy things the same way other types do, just different things for different reasons.” —Remember, when you doubt yourself, that it’s only because you can see the rest of the world more clearly than you can see yourself. It’s an advantage. Use it with confidence, but never in a way that would make others feel inferior. Draw strength from your discerning nature. (via infjstrength)
From The call of Cthulhu
I’ve always had a strong sense of empathy towards other people. As a child I think this ability made me seem mature because I understood the adults around me. My ability to empathize with other people has increased greatly over the years. It kinda scares me, I can’t even watch horror films or true crime shows as much because I find myself understanding the murderers, the villains. It makes me feel filthy, but the filth is inside my brain and heart.
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