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    I remember the dim orange light, not really about to do anything but enjoy the tranquility and occasionally listening to the muffled noises... And then being summoned.

    Age: unknown.
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  2. #12

    Quote Originally Posted by Cossack View Post
    I remember being fed bean tamales when I was ~two years old.

    I actually remember the layout of the house I lived in when I was that age.

    I hate to sound narcissistic, but I have a really good hippocampus.
    You may just have good Se. I have seen Ni doms say things like their earliest memories are hazy, generalized and symbolic.

    I'm not completely questioning your type, but I've had someone call me an INFJ from another web site, and I am an ISFP and I remember my entire childhood home in vivid sensory detail.

    Clearly the more you're "present" with your senses the more vividly you remember the details of the thing. I read somewhere that in an official MBTI survey of types, ESFPs are actually very good with History, despite stereotypes about ISTJs.

    I remember the way our laundry hamper smelled, the spots in the grain of the natural wood in the hall (we lived in a log cabin), our old olive green princess phone (everything was burnt orange, olive green and brown before age 7, my grandmother was probably an ISFJ and I was born at the right time to have grandparents with 70s furniture in my formative years, before it got replaced with 80s frilly pinks and blues and faux "rich" things like candle sticks on the electric fire place and blah blah, my high school friends in the 90s said my grandparents house looked like a hotel).

    I also remember having dreams of being born. How trippy is that, to remember dreaming as a three year old child? I had to be two or three I was in my "little bed" (I got a bigger bed at three or four and my pink-walled bedroom with shelves for my numerous stuffed animals, I wasn't a doll kid). I remember waking up terrified in my little bed from my nightmare of being crushed by what I associated with the pink raw hamburger I saw in the kitchen sometimes before dinner time.

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    Vaguely remember what the apartment buildings my family lived in looked like, when I was somewhere between 3 and 6. I have a poor memory though and don't remember a whole lot from my earliest years.

    Scratch that, I distinctly remember stealing a butter knife from the dishwasher, putting it in my overall pocket, and trying to walk out the kitchen with it. (I was caught and laughed at I think, lol. I had to be around 3 or something.)
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    I remember playing hide and seek when I was 2/3 in my Grandparents pub and I wasn't supposed to hide out front. I remember the air was blue and made my eyes sore and my throat tickle. I remember the big, big men with tattoo's winking at me hiding under the table waiting for the big kids to find me. I had a toy rubber tarantula that I carried around with me everywhere. I liked the rubber texture and it looked real enough that it freaked the grown ups out. It was as big as a man's hand and I liked making grown ups scream. I got distracted by the darts board and watched for a long time before I was found. They didn't know I was playing hide and seek and thought I'd left the house and when they didn't see me in the pub, they had called the police. The policeman let me try on his bobby helmet.

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    See I don't think a poor long term memory is a sign of anything. My sister who SWEARS she's an ENFP (maybe she is, what the fuck do I know, but she seems an awful like an ESTP or an unbalanced ESFP with Te from hell) says she doesn't anything before the age of eight. My mother, an ESFP, thought my sister was lying. "Yes, you do." My mother insisted. My mother is a lot like me. "Remember that time Daddy blah blah blah...and this one time your aunt Donna...ha ha isn't that funny?"

    But my sister swears she doesn't remember anything before the age of 8. And I saw another ENFP say he'll probably forget his own son's birth, it's just something he knows about himself. WTF.

    Being me, I noticed that before the age of 6-7 EVERYTHING was important (most shrinks will confirm this), then after 7 or 8, selectively, then things were intense during my teens and early 20s, but now I feel like I've been alive so long that I have to let unimportant things go.

    I am pretty sure now that this is what John Melloncamp meant in "Jack and Diane" when he says "long after the thrill of living is gone." That line used to make me angry. Hell, I am still thrilled to be alive. But seriously when you're 8 or 16 you really do place a hell of a lot more importance on every single second that happens to you!! And philosophies like Buddhism attempt to "re-teach" us this kind of presence as adults, because you begin to take life for granted at some point in your twenties or thirties, even if you're still doing new things and thrilled to be alive.

    I think your brain can only handle so much though like you have to prioritize the "important" things, and "important" things get more and more filtered as you become an adult.

    So like I could have dementia at 80 and still be talking to you about my olive green princess phone and the Colgate pump Madness jingle from the mid-1980s and asking you if you'd seen my high school bff.

    My grandfather was a fucking brilliant man, and in his final days, sometimes he got up at 5 am and put his work boots to go to work at a job he'd retired from like 15 years earlier.

    Of course he was an Si dom, but with me or my mom, I think it would be more like story-telling. I know a semi-senile 82 year old ESTP and he tells the most MAGNIFICENT stories about things that happened 20, 50, 70 years ago. I think I know now at least how SJs and SPs lose their shit...SJs repeat familiar old patterns and SPs tell stories about things that happened 728 years ago.

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    My first memory was asking my mother what my name was when I was around 3 or 4.

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    I am a highly visual driven person and I barely have any visual memories from the past...only very fragmented and vague visual impressions is all I've got...which requires a lot of focus and energy to bring them up on my mental screen...audio is my least used intelligence (Visual > Kinesthetic > Audio)...but oddly enough I can remember my favorite music in much better clarity and able to play them back on demand in pretty good fidelity...which sucks cuz I'm a designer...wut the hell do I need good audio memory for?

    Anyone else in the same situation? Visual driven but has better audio memory than visual?
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    I don't know how old I was, probably when I couldn't walk, but when I think of my earliest memory I think of looking somewhat up at the structure of city buildings and the lights at night. I don't even know if it is an accurate memory, it is so faint. And could be a false memory, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fourtines View Post
    You may just have good Se. I have seen Ni doms say things like their earliest memories are hazy, generalized and symbolic.

    I'm not completely questioning your type, but I've had someone call me an INFJ from another web site, and I am an ISFP and I remember my entire childhood home in vivid sensory detail.

    Clearly the more you're "present" with your senses the more vividly you remember the details of the thing. I read somewhere that in an official MBTI survey of types, ESFPs are actually very good with History, despite stereotypes about ISTJs.

    I remember the way our laundry hamper smelled, the spots in the grain of the natural wood in the hall (we lived in a log cabin), our old olive green princess phone (everything was burnt orange, olive green and brown before age 7, my grandmother was probably an ISFJ and I was born at the right time to have grandparents with 70s furniture in my formative years, before it got replaced with 80s frilly pinks and blues and faux "rich" things like candle sticks on the electric fire place and blah blah, my high school friends in the 90s said my grandparents house looked like a hotel).

    I also remember having dreams of being born. How trippy is that, to remember dreaming as a three year old child? I had to be two or three I was in my "little bed" (I got a bigger bed at three or four and my pink-walled bedroom with shelves for my numerous stuffed animals, I wasn't a doll kid). I remember waking up terrified in my little bed from my nightmare of being crushed by what I associated with the pink raw hamburger I saw in the kitchen sometimes before dinner time.
    I get what you're trying to say, but I my memories aren't NEARLY as vivid and detailed as yours. It my just be that my Se is more developed than the average INFJ? I've watched TONS of videos explaining the different subtypes and I've related to the INFJ the most put of all of them.

    PM me if you'd like.
    Last edited by Cossack; 07-31-2013 at 12:52 AM.

  10. #20

    Quote Originally Posted by FacePalm View Post

    Anyone else in the same situation? Visual driven but has better audio memory than visual?
    Oddly enough, I am auditory all the way.. EXTREMELY auditory all my life, it's crazy. Music was my first language and I recognize people I haven't seen in a while by their voice. I can remember songs easily. But when I look back at other memories, the things I remember are less auditory and extremely visual. How strange.

    Here is something odd. Sometimes I have a long conversation with an old friend on the phone. I tend to pace and do chores or take walks on the phone. When that topic comes up again, I remember exactly where I was standing and what I was doing with my body while this topic came up. My kinesthetic memory is the best out of any of the 'senses' and my conceptual memory is key - once I understand a concept, I can remember most details with accuracy, as long as I can place them somewhere on that 'map' spawning from the conceptual center. Once I remember the concept & where my body was, I can picture all of the visuals that were around me (even if I barely seemed to be paying attention to them at the time) and I can remember some of the specific words that were said.
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