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    INFP - The Idealists

    INFPs childlike?

    Do you think INFPs tend to give off a 'childlike aura'? An innocence, naivete, cuteness, sense of wonder that is more common than in other types? A propensity to be silly/goofy/playful at times? The clumsiness/lack of organisation/focus and sort of obliviousness probably doesn't help lol.
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    INFJ - The Protectors

    I can really see that childlike quality in INFPs and ENFPs.

    The enthusiastic rambling of ideas, the quick flitting from topic to topic, the idealism, the incredible highs and lows. I think I notice this characteristic even more in ENFPs than INFPs, based on how they are more likely to display it to general public. My INFP friend is very childlike, but it took getting to know her before I saw that side.

    Their dark side is always shocking when you see it, because I do envision a childlike innocence. And they have a definite brand of cuteness. The combination of quirky tastes and unabashed delight in them is completely adorable.

    My favorite childlike hero:
    11th Doctor

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    Not until I turned 18. I feel like I was so adult in my teen years and then I left home and reverted back into a kid in a way (but can be responsible and serious when necessary). It's definitely an internal/people who know me thing though. But everything you said, totally.
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    I don't know if others view me in a childlike way, but I do indeed view myself as childish. I still enjoy things that others have gave up while entering their twenties(comics, anime/manga, video games, etc.) I also still believe that there is good in every human being despite the world telling you that evil is always lurking. So yeah, I am naive and that's the way I like it. XD
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    Eh, I get told this a lot, unfortunately as a male I feel it works to my detriment quite often and usually attracts criticism in vein that I need to "Grow the fuck up" Despite being responsible enough or what have you.

    It's like, when you get to a certain age you're supposed to be dead serious all of the time or something? I don't know, all I know is I can't stand it. I've been laughed at and given dirty/horrified looks just for liking some of the things that I do because they're not adult enough or something?

    Also for some reason, my demeanor seems to make people think I'm really innocent or something. I find that being quite seems to attract all kinds of stupid projections. But if anything It's because I'm playful and imaginative and don't mind making myself look foolish. I suppose that would make one seem child like? also I generally don't like conflict.

    I have a serious dark-side though, but I don't show it as much to people.
    Or I don't start conflicts or talk about my values because they're too personal for most people to understand I think. So I probably thus seem like I don't take my self seriously enough to have responsibilities....? something like that.

    Or maybe it's just because I'm unconventional? unconventional=selfish, immature?
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I think it is fair to say INFPs can appear childlike to others. We can, as earlier mentioned in this thread, be naive, extremely idealistic and have incredible highs and lows. And personally I think that taking everything seriously is just boring. Of course some things require it, but often it is a lot funnier and feels better to not take everything seriously. It gives some perspective also. I also might sometimes act like a kid, because it's fun. But I do have my dark side also, which others can't see, because I put so much effort into hiding it. Perhaps that being childlike is part of that trying to hide something else. It kind of takes away the attention from the occasions when your face doesn't look as cheerful as child's. Or your face might still look, but your eyes don't. Because our eyes give us away. The difference between fake smile and real smile can be easily noticed when looking into person's eyes. And that's the detail I pay attention to, because it reveals so much. But that's a bit off topic. As you notice here, INFPs also tend to drift back and forth in their thoughts and writings, which can be also considered childlike.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    i am childlike in that i am trusting and naive, believing that there is good in everyone?
    i enjoy being around children a lot too and am using my childlike personality to go into preschool teaching. i have also noticed a childlike quality in enfps.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by essiechan View Post
    i am childlike in that i am trusting and naive, believing that there is good in everyone?
    That goes for me too. No matter how mean person I meet, I somehow have to believe there's something good inside of him/her. And it leads me to thinking why they behave the way their behave. Sort of "what is their story" kind of wondering.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I have been told i am a bit on the immature side. I dont see myself as kiddish, just youthful. I believe age is just a number, and I just be myself. I guess being weird and undefined make me seem a little more free and loose. Carefree and happy are youthful traits, so maybe thats what they seem. I have visions and aspirations, and i am excited about life. Want to call it kiddish, go ahead. I am happy for the most part, but when I am not its bad. It passes, but i guess my mood swings can be considered immature also oops
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    INFP - The Idealists

    I'm incredible naive and innocent, and I still have that same kind of wide-eyed wonder at the world that you generally only see in little kids. I still play with lego, I have huge moods swings that I often interpret as manic depression, I can be carefree and happy a lot of the time, and I absolutely love being hugged!
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