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This is a discussion on "Don't take it personal" - what does it mean? within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; It say, here is a specific criticism or something you do that annoys me, but don't take that to mean ...

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    ENTJ - The Executives

    It say, here is a specific criticism or something you do that annoys me, but don't take that to mean I hate everything about you / you are a worthless human.

    For example:
    I don't find you attractive, but don't take it personally.
    You could read that as: "I don't find you attractive, but don't go and slit your wrists over it."

    i.e just go work your affections with someone else.
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  2. #22
    INFP - The Idealists

    I totally agree with your assessment and I hate impersonal-ness. I hate the idea that there can be impersonal interactions (like in 'business') because like it or not it actually is affecting a real live person with actual needs feelings etc.

    However, I do think that sometimes it can be meant to indicate that "this is my personal oppinion, but I'm not the definition of what's true in the world." Like when you don't want to lie about your personal oppinion, but don't want someone to feel bad about something because you know that the thing that bothers you about them is just subjective to you and not actually a real problem that they ought to fix. Using that phrase however isn't the best way to indicate this, since it is usually used as you've said - a veiled slap.

  3. #23
    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by andywg View Post
    Translated: I'm going to say nasty shit about you to your face, and you don't/shouldn't have the right to take any offense (because I'm like, pretending to be helpful, nice, etc... and don't want to be exposed).

    I agree. I translated it as "The message I'm about to say is personal... but don't get offended.. because I'm going to tell you anyway."

    Anyway, this song from back in the day just popped into my head, which really is a different kind of "don't take it personal" but anyway.... :

  4. #24
    INFP - The Idealists

    It's a formality, others use to feel better about themselves when they want to be blunt.

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