[INFJ] are you hyperfocused?

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This is a discussion on are you hyperfocused? within the INFJ Forum - The Protectors forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; According to Wikipedia, hyperfocus is defined as "an intense form of mental concentration or visualization that focuses consciousness on a ...

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    are you hyperfocused?

    According to Wikipedia, hyperfocus is defined as "an intense form of mental concentration or visualization that focuses consciousness on a narrow subject, separate from objective reality and onto subjective mental planes, daydreams, concepts, fiction, the imagination, and other objects of the mind." It may be evidence of a condition known as "perseveration," which is "the inability to, or impairment in, switching tasks or activities ("set shifting"),or desisting from mental or physical response repetition (gestures, words, thoughts) despite absence or cessation of a stimulus."

    I've noticed many of these qualities in myself. I tend to become so completely immersed in one particular activity or state of mind that I lose awareness of everything going on around me, and I find it very difficult to switch focus and begin a new task. I also find it impossible to multitask- if I'm talking on my phone while walking a very familiar route, there have been times when I will totally lose track of where I am and go in the complete wrong direction because I am so involved in the conversation.

    The worst part is, I'm a huge procrastinator. Once I start procrastinating, I feel like I get stuck in a cycle and there is no hope of getting out of it. It's like I become addicted to procrastinating! At the same time, I have equal potential to get "addicted" to positive behaviors, so I do end up accomplishing a lot once I'm finally able to switch directions and make the decision to apply myself.

    Can other INFJ's relate?
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Yes. I think that focus comes from utilizing Introverted Intuition. When I tap into it, it's like all the information available to me becomes sifted and I pay attention to less and less information, homing in to specific details and clues before converging towards the big picture. When I engage it in that manner, I do not realize what's happening around me.

    I gradually developed focus during high school. I had to be able to read and study for hour after hour with minimal distractions. My house was always noisy and there was almost always something going on... like my brothers watching tv with it being really loud, or people shouting at each other. Being able to retreat into my mind was like a safe house from all the chaos happening around me. The problem is... I kind of made a problem for myself in regards to focusing on reality. I can and can do it well, but I really have to shift myself into it, because if I do nothing and try to stop thinking, my focus will by default shift inwardly towards what I want to think about rather than what is happening around me.

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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Yes, I hyperfocus.*

    *1) I saw the thread title, thought, "oh yes, I do that"

    2) read the post and first response, and thought, "Yes", while simultaneously running through some DSM-IV criteria for OCD

    3) decided OCD wasn't relative to hyperfocus for INFJs - all the INFJs I've met have burst of extremely productive get-er-done moments and/or "lose time" when they find something interesting

    4) then I started thinking about interesting things, particularly personality theory, and wondering if I should expound on that to answer your question

    5) realized I was hyperfocusing, thinking at the computer, getting ready to take some notes or maybe google something relevant... Crap. Should've just said yes. Er, yes. Hyperfocus.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Oh of course, aren't we all ... although it does become harder to find points of focus when reading or learning is the easiest one but has a way of producing apathetic burn out (ideal for studies though when intense need for learning can only be a plus).
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    Yes, I tend to do that. However, lately I seem to be unable to focus at all. Perhaps it's stressrelated or something else, but I don't like it at all. I wish I could just get lost in a book again or at least lose track of my surroundings and just... focus.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I get in "the zone" while playing certain video games. People can talk to me and I won't even hear them, yet they will say I managed to have a typical conversation with them. I seriously can't remember it. Also, after a while in super focus mode I will need to take a break; it is like I get mentally and physically exhausted.

    Although there are other times where I will be playing a game on auto-pilot, thinking about something totally unrelated and not even paying attention to what I'm doing. Totally and completely zoned out. There seems to be no in-between with me, I'm either focused fully or my mind wanders.

    Playing video games, for me, is when hyperfocus is most noticeable (or least). I think it has a lot to do with visual stimulation, as I can play chess completely relaxed but yet focused in a different way.

    I really attribute hyperfocus to visual and auditory stimulation. I'm either gripped by it or totally tune it out.



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