As an ENTP, I struggle to understand my emotions and/or the event that triggered an emotional reaction. I realize that I am speaking about emotions like a trial lawyer referring to the pesky and alleged “incident” that got their client in trouble… but, I do not process information and events emotionally; I process it cerebrally. I like to flirt with emotions… as long as they belong to someone else… speaking of which, I can empathize and relate to other people’s emotions.
When I was younger (in my early 20s), I thought there was something wrong with me because I did not really feel emotions like other women. I really did not feel emotions at all… my younger self would be like, “there is this odd sensation in my body… I wonder if the barometric pressure dropped? WAIT… that sensation is…. sadness… or resentment… or love…”. It would often take several days or even weeks to truly process my emotions. I could slap a label on the weird sensation observed in my body, but to truly examine its meaning took concerted effort.
I have gotten much better at this because… well, I’m an ENTP, and frankly, I was curious about this phenomenon called “emotions.” While I am light years away from my initial emotional-adventuring self, I find it still takes time for me to process that aspect of myself. I also find it very uncomfortable and vulnerable to talk about my emotions with others.
I’m curious if this sounds familiar to other ENTPs (or thinking types)? What has your journey looked like?