[INFP] What way do think you best express yourself?

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This is a discussion on What way do think you best express yourself? within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; I've read many INFP profiles, as well as other INFPs stating how they can easily express themselves through writing. But ...

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    INFP - The Idealists

    What way do think you best express yourself?

    I've read many INFP profiles, as well as other INFPs stating how they can easily express themselves through writing. But honestly, I doubt I possess that skill.

    Although I've been told I'm a great writer by my teachers and others, it doesn't come as easily;at least, I don't feel it comes as easily. Maybe I'm wrong on this but if I'm such a great writer, why does it take me so long to create something? I have so many ideas that I know would be great, but when trying to translate my thoughts on paper, the brain-to-paper transition just slows down.

    On the other hand, I've noticed that I'm really good at speaking spontaneously. By that I mean, as opposed to presenting something I wrote, I can just say something from the top of my head and it's actually not bad. In fact it's pretty brilliant. Though, this can only work if I know or have an idea of what I'm talking about (this applies to writing too).

    Here's an example: At the start of English/History class, my teachers would put a question on the board that has to be answered in about 5 minutes. I almost never finish in 5 minutes and end up losing points. But the days when it's not collected or when we discuss, my answer is fantastic. Other students, and sometimes the teachers themselves, would quote my response in relation to they're own answer.

    Then there are times when someone would ask me to say something inspirational or help motivate them/others. When I do, I'm able to speak my heart out; even when i'm not doing it seriously (joking around).


    I'm curious to know if this relate-able to other INFPs or if this is something specific to me, though I doubt it's the latter. I currently believe this is a sign of me developing my Te, because I don't recall being able to do this prior to high school. Also, is there another way you express yourself that wasn't previously stated (writing/speech)? Your thoughts and experiences, if you have any, would be appreciated.
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    INFJ - The Protectors


    My writing skills are pretty decent and I woul say I am better at expressing myself through writing than through speech. Not everyone I know agrees with me though. Not that they think I am not a good writer, but my friends and co-workers are of the opinion that I am pretty great at expressing myself through speech. My own opinion about this: my level of eloquence varies greatly from day to day. Yesterday I had difficulties with expressing myself, but today I could find words easily. So it really depends on the day.

    If we would take preference into account: I prefer writing. I just like the medium. And. It seems I am more of a creative writer than a creative speaker.

    I would also like to say a few things about non-verbal communication. I am pretty good at using body language or facial expressions as a deliberate mean of communication. Generally speaking my face and body are not very expressive, but I have learned over the years how I can deliberately use non-verbal communication to get my point across.

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    Personally I have the most trouble speaking spontaneously. Writing spontaneously is another thing but speaking doesn't come easily at all. I eventually get my point across if I have it clearly in my head but it's no piece of art. On the other hand I draw and write, and I feel while I'm better at drawing, my point comes across better in writing. The thing is no great master speaks about all the things they couldn't convey in poems, we see the wonderful things they put on paper and think that's most of what they wanted to say, but I doubt it. I have trouble putting most things on paper but the things I do get out, are best expressed through some sort of written imagery or metaphor.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by irulee View Post
    Here's an example: At the start of English/History class, my teachers would put a question on the board that has to be answered in about 5 minutes. I almost never finish in 5 minutes and end up losing points. But the days when it's not collected or when we discuss, my answer is fantastic. Other students, and sometimes the teachers themselves, would quote my response in relation to they're own answer.
    Argh, this time thing sucks.

    I had a hard time writing essays at school because 30 lines was always the max. and it was very hard for me to summarize everything I wanted to say in 30 lines. So my essays ended up vague.

    I best express myself through speaking face to face.
    My facial expressions help me communicating what I want to
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I give my best commentaries when there's a group discussing something like crazy.
    I just watch, listen to everything they're saying... till suddenly my brain creates a whole original thought about the subject, so I say it

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by vangogh View Post
    I had a hard time writing essays at school because 30 lines was always the max. and it was very hard for me to summarize everything I wanted to say in 30 lines. So my essays ended up vague.
    It's kinda funny…whenever it's required to write a little, I write a lot. And whenever it's required to write a lot (those damn 5 paragraphs ), I can only write a little. So yeah, school sucks
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    Definitely through writing. I may fantasize about being witty and eloquent in real life, but even if I plan out something clever to say, I will lose my nerve at the last second and say some abbreviated, to-the-point version of it. I'm much much more fluent in writing than in speaking. Seriously, I've had a number of people here say they love my writing. But it's like I'm afraid to speak out loud - I know I don't like my voice, that's part of it too.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by irulee View Post
    It's kinda funny…whenever it's required to write a little, I write a lot. And whenever it's required to write a lot (those damn 5 paragraphs ), I can only write a little. So yeah, school sucks
    omg haahahha...i think that may be true. I've just remembered the history exams... "what there's left to say about this for god's sake?!?!?!"
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    INFP - The Idealists

    ahh but i tend to write too much
    i send long textings, when i write about something on my notebook it take pages...
    so i guess that when i'm writing things coming from my head, not from knowledge, i write too much


     

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