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Hello,

1. How good are you guys at expressing your emotions? Not in your hobbies or passions (or anything similar) but directly to a person. Is it hard or easy?

2. Do you like or dislike math or science (biology, physics, chemistry, etc.)? I'm not asking if you value the importance of the disciplines but rather if you actually enjoy learning or working with those subjects?

3. Are you artistic? If not, do you find other ways to express your vivid imaginations? All INFPs I know around me (about 4) seek to become artists (painting, writing, musicians, etc.) and I was wondering if most INFPs share these passions.

4. What is your opinion of philosophy? Do you think a lot about moral, social or political issues?

5. Do you often consciously avoid hurting other people's feelings when you have to be honest about something? In other words, how blunt are you when expressing your opinions and thoughts?


Thank you very much for any answers. ^^
 

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Hello,

1. How good are you guys at expressing your emotions? Not in your hobbies or passions (or anything similar) but directly to a person. Is it hard or easy?
Context dependent. In a group of people, what ever I feel is not as well expressed. In a group I become a wall flower generally, an intense emotion during such a time is about the same as me being quiet and content on the outside. I'm still getting used to expressing positive thoughts, atm i've come to terms that when I drink I have plenty of nice things to say to people. A rush of wanting to express how awesome different people are.
I seem to be able to express what I feel to people I trust really easy, I just throw it out there without much thought as to what will happen rather that I feel like sharing it. Others, they aren't allowed access to that vulnerable side.

2. Do you like or dislike math or science (biology, physics, chemistry, etc.)? I'm not asking if you value the importance of the disciplines but rather if you actually enjoy learning or working with those subjects?
I struggled with math, I could learn it but for some reason when ever it came to doing it i'd always trip up though I completely understood when the steps were explained. I suppose I wasn't metalicious enough nor do I have a good memory for formulas and the step by step process. Didn't do biology, chemistry, did do a bit of physics in year 11. I wasn't that great at it, I don't think it helped that I had a lot of good friends in that class and we'd get up to no good in the back row. So yeah, was a struggle. My mother always made mention of how she was good at maths growing up, I've always been better at English.

3. Are you artistic? If not, do you find other ways to express your vivid imaginations? All INFPs I know around me (about 4) seek to become artists (painting, writing, musicians, etc.) and I was wondering if most INFPs share these passions.
Not really, though I do play guitar. I purchased myself a loop station sometime ago so I didn't have to play with someone else for more elaborate things with layers of sounds. At times when i'm really inspired or in an intense mood I can find things that are really relaxing or exciting to listen to. I don't perform for people, it's purely for my own fulfillment.

4. What is your opinion of philosophy? Do you think a lot about moral, social or political issues?
Philosophy is a wonder playground for those who like to think, it can alter ones perceptions of the world around them and how you perceive things is critical to who you are as your thoughts influence your behaviour, I think some philosophical writings could blow people's mind like how some people describe the first time they heard some band or took a particular kind of drug, if they have the aptitude and appreciation.

Morals, yes. Some situations are quite tough to figure out what is the right thing to do, somethings i'm undecided about other things I'd be hard to convince otherwise though I think i'm somewhat lenient. Some hot social issues catch my eye and i'm more amused by those who understand enough to make a very informed opinion as I worry the most of us perhaps parrot things we already heard and think it's a nice belief and take it on board but don't delve much further.
Politically, yeah somethings I think people try to apply cost benefits to an extreme extent at times in some of their views. For others I think people expect too much with unrealistic expectations. I get that people should be instilled with personal responsibility, many of the people who prize this though seem to disregard environmental influences to people in different circumstances. I suppose it's difficult for the most of us to empathize with a frame of mind we have no bearing of since we're likely to apply our own POV if we're in someone elses shoes instead of imagining what it'd be like to actually be them with their own thoughts and opinions.
Overall I don't fully understand politics, lot of people say they got the answer and know how it works but I am doubtful of some people like this who have an agenda to push.

5. Do you often consciously avoid hurting other people's feelings when you have to be honest about something? In other words, how blunt are you when expressing your opinions and thoughts?
Depends on my mood. At times I'm more of a prick, I don't think i'm as mean as some people can be as I still have some regard for others but it's more when i'm tired I lack any intention to follow social convention perhaps, people expect some social etiquette and that's a bother to keep up with so I go with what I feel like saying and not bothered by others opinions for how rude I was.
But generally I don't feel comfortable insulting people, even my jokes can be pretty weak as there is that concern for hurting people. I'm getting better as I consciously let a nasty joke go without backing up and explaining how I was joking. I know people have the intelligence to generally recognize that i'm not being mean and should only back up from the joke if someone expresses that they were hurt rather than pre-emptively disarming the joke.
There is a INFP general Questions section stickied ya know. But you perhaps saw that and thought this would still be more suitable.
 

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1. Not really good xDI mean, I could feel all bubbly inside but the most most people will see is a stupid grin and a rather fake-sounding "yay!" The only time I can really express my emotions is when I feel really really touched (and I mean really!) Or really really angry. Unless I go crazy and start jumping all over the place, although usually that just means I'm high and crazy on joy or excitement. Basically, I dont tend to show my emotions well unless theyre very intense and I'm really comfortable with you! Mostly I just tend to bask in positive feelings and wallow in negative ones hahahas xD

2. Well my dream job is science-related... *strokes non existent beard* but I'm not good at it hahahas! xD Physics hurt my brain so I didnt choose to take that (it was the first exam I failed, and I felt so bad for dissapointing my physics teacher D: But that's beside the point!) I dont have an aptitude nor an interest in physics xD I'm very interested in bio, with the exception of plants because honestly I dont see the point in learning about how the roots exchange minerals and all that ._. I like it when it's about humans and animals though :D It's so amazing how our bodies work like 100x more than we do and we dont notice or realize until we think about it xD and how we all depend on one another even though we forget about that sometimes! Chemistry can be quite fun too, but when it comes to topics like oil refraction and bonding structures or whatnot I just die D: I prefer topics like speed of reaction, mole calculations, exo/endothermic reactions, etc. (My notes on those are so pretty :D)

3. I like art! As in the whole category including dancing and music and visual arts and drama and of course writing! :D I've tried quite a lot of things in this category for fun, though I wouldnt say I'm good at them xD I admire people who are really artistic :D

4. I avoid politics like the plague xD It gives me a headache. I like thinking about moral and social stuff though. Just random thoughts. And sometimes I wonder if I'm actually in the real me's dream while I'm awake, and the real me is the me that's shown in my dreams. (I'm probably coming off a little creepy now xD) But really, what if this whole world is a dream and none of you are real? o_O

5. I tend to avoid sharing my true opinion or basically just saying something if I feel like it's going to hurt people. The bad thing is that sometimes I end up not telling someone if they've said something hurtful to me so they'll think I'm fine with it and continue doing it until I blow up which is when I'll be blunt about lots of things related to them and end up hurting their feelings more than I would have if I told them on the spot xD Sigh!~
 

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1. I find it easy to express my emotions but I like to be sure others are ok with it first. Some aren't comfortable with it, too personal I guess.
2. Science is interesting. I was an average science student in school but math was a hurdle. After 2 tries I passed college algebra & that's about my upper limit for math.
3. I used to love to draw freehand stuff. Got into painting later & began to lose interest when I started playing guitar. Stayed with that but I'm getting interested in other instruments now.
4. Philosophy seems to be a never ending thread going in & out of my conscience. I'm constantly reframing my path, my worth, my identity, where my place is, what my purpose is, right or wrong dilemmas, etc. Seems that I'm not to find all the answers but I was just supposed to look as I passed through this planet.
5. I can be very blunt only if the other person can handle it. I prefer being blunt. Getting straight to the facts & cutting through the smoke. There are a few people I can't be blunt with so I have to be careful with my wording around them or they'll take it personally.
 

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I only feel like answering one: I fucking love math and science.
 
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Hello,

1. How good are you guys at expressing your emotions? Not in your hobbies or passions (or anything similar) but directly to a person. Is it hard or easy?
I'm quite good at it, but it will depend a lot on the person I'm talking to. There are times / people I chose not to disclose my emotions to, or I choose to be very careful at how I do it. Once these parameters are set, I'd say it's easy. However I have a harder time expressing negative emotions (especially anger and disappointment).


2. Do you like or dislike math or science (biology, physics, chemistry, etc.)? I'm not asking if you value the importance of the disciplines but rather if you actually enjoy learning or working with those subjects?
I'm not a math person, but I've always enjoyed science even if I was (really) bad at it. Even now I still have great interest for certain fields (one of my favorite being astrophysics and genetics, for the ethical matters they might imply).


3. Are you artistic? If not, do you find other ways to express your vivid imaginations? All INFPs I know around me (about 4) seek to become artists (painting, writing, musicians, etc.) and I was wondering if most INFPs share these passions.
I was quite disappointed to realize how little I understand art, but I have a very vivid imagination. I don't paint or write or play music (tried the 3 of them, failed miserably), but I do that in my head (imagining pictures, stories and songs). I'm also a very good baker, that's how I express my creativity.

4. What is your opinion of philosophy? Do you think a lot about moral, social or political issues?
I'm majoring in philosophy in one university and in political sciences in an other, so yes, I do think about these issues. Philosophy allows me to step back and observe issues with a certain angle, that I appreciate.

5. Do you often consciously avoid hurting other people's feelings when you have to be honest about something? In other words, how blunt are you when expressing your opinions and thoughts?
If I'm very blunt with someone, it's that I'm ready to terminate my friendship with them. Not that I'm saying that I sugar coat everything with friends, but I'd rather not hurt their feelings. Otherwise I do it subtly.
 

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1. I'm not very good at explaining myself with words, especially if I'm particularly emotional about something. I tend to give myself some time alone to allow strong emotions to subside before I confront someone. This can be annoying for the other person. But I like to take time to form some sort of rationality, otherwise it may seem like I'm blowing things out of proportion and I won't be taken seriously. More recently though, I've found that the rational approach doesn't really drive my point to the other person. If they knew how angry/upset something they did or said made me I doubt they'd do it again. Maybe next time I'll unleash the Kraken :p

2. I love maths and science. Biology, physics, psychology. WOO

3. I don't seek to become an artist but I enjoy such hobbies in my spare time.

4. I think a lot about what reality might be. So many possibilities my head a splode.

5. I don't enjoy hurting peoples' feelings but I am blunt because it works the best with the least misunderstandings.
 

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1. How good are you guys at expressing your emotions? Not in your hobbies or passions (or anything similar) but directly to a person. Is it hard or easy?

Difficult. Im protective if anything over my emotions, when I express them, it's like i'm putting a great deal of myself on the line. Expressing emotions tends to make me feel vulnerable. A trusting relationship will inevitably though make me want to divulge my deeper emotions.

2. Do you like or dislike math or science (biology, physics, chemistry, etc.)? I'm not asking if you value the importance of the disciplines but rather if you actually enjoy learning or working with those subjects?

Yes, in particular, certain areas of math such as geometry, technical drawing(something I did back in art college), biology was a favourite subject back at school and it fits nicely within my beliefs in the preservation of nature which I deem the ultimate truth :tongue:. Perhaps I struggled more with chemistry and physics though, it failed to inspire me as such.

3. Are you artistic? If not, do you find other ways to express your vivid imaginations? All INFPs I know around me (about 4) seek to become artists (painting, writing, musicians, etc.) and I was wondering if most INFPs share these passions.

Yes, as I said, I went to art college, did that for a few years, wanted to specialise in graphic design, illustration or fashion design. Music is another hot topic and coming from a musical family, it is like the air I breath! Nowadays, I still wish to go into a musical career, preferably DJ'ing/producing dance tracks.

4. What is your opinion of philosophy? Do you think a lot about moral, social or political issues?

Yay! Loves this subject. Yes, yes and yes. Very much in a sociological context. Social brainwashing, political behaviour, media and advertising, how society has progressed/developed over time and noticing patterns. And time spent thinking about and how each section interlinks, like a domino effect.

5. Do you often consciously avoid hurting other people's feelings when you have to be honest about something? In other words, how blunt are you when expressing your opinions and thoughts?

Pretty blunt in fact, the aim is to be diplomatic and if one can master that, it shows great emotional intelligence, I don't like to sugarcoat either, I think that's patronizing and altogether unnatural to have to do that.

 

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1. How good are you guys at expressing your emotions? Not in your hobbies or passions (or anything similar) but directly to a person. Is it hard or easy?

It really depends. I can talk to people I don't know that well about personal things I don't like so much in myself and someone I've known as a friend for a little amount of time that I can tell them the even deeper personal things than that. I can talk to my mom and dad about anything but not so much to my grandparents because I don't trust them as much (there are good reasons for that). But with my boyfriend I am still working on communicating the more emotional/deeper aspects of myself directly. It's so much easier to type everything out, definitely. xD

2. Do you like or dislike math or science (biology, physics, chemistry, etc.)? I'm not asking if you value the importance of the disciplines but rather if you actually enjoy learning or working with those subjects?

I love science, and I try to like Math but I have always had an IEP in it, so it's never been easy for me, but I can work on it as much as possible when in class and pass with high marks as long as I set good standards on my studying.

3. Are you artistic? If not, do you find other ways to express your vivid imaginations? All INFPs I know around me (about 4) seek to become artists (painting, writing, musicians, etc.) and I was wondering if most INFPs share these passions.

I am very artistic. I come from two families that are known for being creative. I love to write, used to write poetry (which got into two Nationals books), great at doing essays (A papers almost always), sing, dance, and sometimes draw/color. I'm also great with coming up with innovative ideas for projects and sometimes good at suggesting things at my work that could possibly be implemented.

4. What is your opinion of philosophy? Do you think a lot about moral, social or political issues?

My opinion of philosophy (and considering how much I've always been involved in it) is that I think it's something that should be taught and shared as much as possible, like critical thinking skills. Of course getting a degree in it is a little too much, definitely. lol Moral/social/political issues are always important to me, sometimes more than economical, but I like to think those can be connected and worked on together. That's definitely my idealism shining through. lol

5. Do you often consciously avoid hurting other people's feelings when you have to be honest about something? In other words, how blunt are you when expressing your opinions and thoughts?

Once again, depends. I don't believe in using tons of white lies, and I like to be honest, so I try to do it nicely than being so direct. But I am more blunt once again around my parents and my boyfriend.
 

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Hello,

Don't know about others but I.. :D

1. How good are you guys at expressing your emotions? Not in your hobbies or passions (or anything similar) but directly to a person. Is it hard or easy?

...am not very good at expressing my emotions directly to a person.

2. Do you like or dislike math or science (biology, physics, chemistry, etc.)? I'm not asking if you value the importance of the disciplines but rather if you actually enjoy learning or working with those subjects?

No, I don't enjoy learning or working with these subjects.

3. Are you artistic? If not, do you find other ways to express your vivid imaginations? All INFPs I know around me (about 4) seek to become artists (painting, writing, musicians, etc.) and I was wondering if most INFPs share these passions.

Well, I'm fond of drawing. :D And sometimes painting.

4. What is your opinion of philosophy? Do you think a lot about moral, social or political issues?

I think a lot about moral and social issues. Barely about political issues.

5. Do you often consciously avoid hurting other people's feelings when you have to be honest about something? In other words, how blunt are you when expressing your opinions and thoughts?

Depends on the other person. I'm blunt if the other can handle that or if me being blunt is crucial in some situation. If I'm dealing with a sensitive person or someone who's likely to misunderstand or get the wrong idea, I'll censor myself. I'll also not be blunt in settings like work or studies to preserve a pleasant atmosphere. If I'm dealing with people who I'm likely to never see again/don't care about then I'll be blunt. :D

Thank you very much for any answers. ^^
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Hello,

1. How good are you guys at expressing your emotions? Not in your hobbies or passions (or anything similar) but directly to a person. Is it hard or easy?

2. Do you like or dislike math or science (biology, physics, chemistry, etc.)? I'm not asking if you value the importance of the disciplines but rather if you actually enjoy learning or working with those subjects?

3. Are you artistic? If not, do you find other ways to express your vivid imaginations? All INFPs I know around me (about 4) seek to become artists (painting, writing, musicians, etc.) and I was wondering if most INFPs share these passions.

4. What is your opinion of philosophy? Do you think a lot about moral, social or political issues?

5. Do you often consciously avoid hurting other people's feelings when you have to be honest about something? In other words, how blunt are you when expressing your opinions and thoughts?


Thank you very much for any answers. ^^
1] Find it very hard to express my feeling directly to someone. I used to write letters to my parents if I had to express when I was younger. Now, I avoid people instead!

2] Maths and science both interest me but I very much dislike doing maths - I have no patience for it and it's not a strong subject for me.

3] Yes. My primary interests and strengths are in art and music.

4] I ponder a lot over philosophical issues but lack confidence a lot of the time in discussing them with others.

5] My biggest worry is hurting others. I will do most anything to avoid hurting another's feelings and would feel awful myself if I knew that I had.
 

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1. How good are you guys at expressing your emotions? Not in your hobbies or passions (or anything similar) but directly to a person. Is it hard or easy?

It is very hard. I was accused of being unemotional/cold as a child, but this was a misnomer as I was also called temperamental (which is obviously a display of emotion). What I have trouble expressing is soft, vulnerable emotion.

I don't like to cry in front of people or really show much mushiness at all. I'm more expressive than I used to be, but a lot of it feels more out of principle (to express the appropriate emotion for my "value", so that people are aware I value anything at all) than actual real-time emotional responses.

Generally, I tend to come across as intense or passionate more than overtly emotional, or so I've been told. I think I find pleasant emotion hard because I don't have a lot of moderate emotion; it's sort of hot or cold for me. The hot is just *too much* for most situations.

I tend to channel emotion into creative things (writing, drawing, fantasy even), and process it best alone. I've never used it as an exchange with others, but as something to explore meaning with for myself; turning it inward, then.

In person I can almost feel this shell closing over me if emotion is stirred. It's kind of tucked away until I have time alone to process it. Only rarely does it overtly come through without my permission, and then it's sadly, usually negative emotion because that becomes a compulsion for me to address a "violation". I've tried to be better about sending positive emotional feedback to people, but as noted, it's then a conscious expression rather than natural arising of emotion.

This is precisely why it took me years to identify as a Feeling type (because I had associated it with emotional demonstrativeness & emotional decision-making). The most overt display of emotion people get is that moody, melancholy air associated with e4s (and perhaps Fi in general). This is sort of tip of the iceberg as far as what is going on within.

But I am a VERY emotional person as far as feeling them deeply, nuanced & ever-pervading my experience.


2. Do you like or dislike math or science (biology, physics, chemistry, etc.)? I'm not asking if you value the importance of the disciplines but rather if you actually enjoy learning or working with those subjects?

I actually enjoy higher math (repetitive arithmetic, not so much), but prefer science in terms of ideas & theory than just learning facts & laws. In school, science was presented in a very dry way, similar to how history is presented. I have trouble with dry data. Science is most interesting to me when there are implications for things not quite known yet. I've found reading studies & articles on such things interesting as an adult.

Even though I did well in these & had teachers pushing me to pursue these, no, neither of those captured my heart like literature, art, and foreign language.


3. Are you artistic? If not, do you find other ways to express your vivid imaginations? All INFPs I know around me (about 4) seek to become artists (painting, writing, musicians, etc.) and I was wondering if most INFPs share these passions.

In short, yes, but I don't exercise it much now. I used to draw & paint, everything from comic strip to realistic portraits to abstract landscapes, but not anymore (I really wish I could get back into this!). I like to write short stories, poetry & songs (wish I had time to practice guitar more). I do graphic design for a living, which requires some creativity & artistic sensibilities. I also have a well-developed individual sense of style in my dress & decorating which gets a lot of compliments from people.

I also express my imagination in my various ideas about psychology, spirituality and philosophy. I tend to spend a lot of time theorizing to myself about these things and exploring different ideas until some strike me as significant.

People tell me I am a creative thinker, that they can't imagine me doing anything (as in a job) that is not creative, that I am creative in everything I do. These comments stick with me, because I suppose they are how I like to be & see myself, even as I lament not having the time/energy to pursue my creative interests as much.

4. What is your opinion of philosophy? Do you think a lot about moral, social or political issues?

I enjoy philosophy, just to contemplate the different perspectives & glean a bit here & there.
I mostly think about moral & social stuff, but not in a political way. I tend to think about these things in universal terms & awareness of emerging patterns. I think about why things are as they are & how things will develop & what would be ideal in relation to my own concepts of human nature & spiritual truth.
I don't consider social issues the way political platforms tend to present them & find such conversations stinting.
I tend to approach these things in spiritual terms rather than concrete ones, so I pay little attention to the news & current events. I almost absorb things passively, so I have some awareness of how things are developing without knowing a lot of facts.

5. Do you often consciously avoid hurting other people's feelings when you have to be honest about something? In other words, how blunt are you when expressing your opinions and thoughts?

I can be quite candid in an almost naive way some have found humorous (without intending to be humorous). I seek to be honest AND not rude though. Rarely, if ever, are the two at odds (tactful & honest). I think some people use honesty as a cloak for rudeness. It's really a failing on their part to choose better words & approach; it is not an absolute necessity to be rude in order to be honest. I think being creative & sensitive & empathic towards your audience (discerning what they will respond to best) helps you achieve this. When push comes to shove, I don't purposely lie. I think I may divert if I think honesty is not productive or even relevant. It's easy to do this if you perceive the real issue behind a question.

The obvious example is: "Do I look fat in this?" coming from an overweight person. Good answers are "You look nice" or "That's not flattering on you" which avoid actual commentary on their weight & focuses on whether their clothes are flattering & they look good for the body they have.

I have a tendency to want to call out elephants in the room & an impatience with phony, patronizingly "nice" approaches though. I also hate when the "emperor has no clothes". I can take a deliberately "raw" approach then, a kind of "tell it like it is" manner, because I think the BS needs to be exposed if anything productive can achieved in the situation. Rarely am I harsh towards individuals, but tend to phrase things abstractedly & not presume they are full of BS.

If I am rather direct & blunt with someone, we can call that a last straw, inferior Te detonation of a Fi landmine. At this point, the person has violated too many boundaries for me to be gentle anymore. They've shown they won't respond to that & NEED something stronger.
 

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1. How good are you guys at expressing your emotions? Not in your hobbies or passions (or anything similar) but directly to a person. Is it hard or easy?

In this case, it's really hard. Writing my feelings down is much easier.

2. Do you like or dislike math or science (biology, physics, chemistry, etc.)? I'm not asking if you value the importance of the disciplines but rather if you actually enjoy learning or working with those subjects?

I enjoy biology very much, the other subjects less. In general, I like the underlying logic in maths and physics, but when it comes to calculating, I am overextended and no more interested.

3. Are you artistic? If not, do you find other ways to express your vivid imaginations? All INFPs I know around me (about 4) seek to become artists (painting, writing, musicians, etc.) and I was wondering if most INFPs share these passions.

Yes, I definitely am. I need to express my emotions and inner life, and I do this mostly through writing. Music was always a very important force in my life, too. I could sing all day long.

4. What is your opinion of philosophy? Do you think a lot about moral, social or political issues?

I don't really understand the first question... Of course, I am generally interested in philosophy, but who is not?
I think about moral issues when they appear in my life (which is quite often), and about social or political issues very often. Human rights, migration, integration and other cultures are things I often think about. What I don't like about politics is the bureaucracy and most of the politicians...

5. Do you often consciously avoid hurting other people's feelings when you have to be honest about something? In other words, how blunt are you when expressing your opinions and thoughts?

I avoid it, yes. Because I am so sensitive to even constructive criticism, I almost never tell other people what I don't like about them or when, then in a very understated version.
 

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1. People complain that I am seemingly emotionless. Parents, friends, co-workers... everyone complains. And it's true. I am pretty much incapable of showing emotions externally, especially negative ones. Positive emotions are easier for me to express, like if I am very happy to see somebody, I smile very widely and clap my hands frantically (that's the human version of a puppy wriggling its tail, I guess hahaha), but I am incapable of hugging or kissing cheeks. I keep a distance, even if it's a family member. When I am angry with someone, they will never know unless they are intuitive people, because I simply get quiet and very serious, but at the same time if that person talks to me I am still polite to them, and they perceive "polite and respectful" as "nice", but I am not being nice, I'm just polite and detached.

2. I hate math and dealing with numbers with a passion. However, I loooove science, experiments, doing charts and calculations of statistics, breaking down the results of polls and creating pie charts, etc. I guess I can't deal with numbers for numbers sake (like doing taxes) I need to have a purpose for it, reach a conclusion that I will explain with words later.

3. Very much artistic. I'm a painter, writer and cook, plus I organize themed parties, do crafts of all kinds, and I played guitar for a couple of years but I sucked so I quit.

4. I think a lot about moral, social & political issues ALL. THE. TIME. And I will discuss those things with people whenever the occasion arises. I'm an animal rights activist too, and I read philosophy books all the time, like Thoreau, Emerson, etc. and get lost in ideas and concepts and ideal parallel universes where everything is rainbows and candy due to social change hahaha.

5. I'm not blunt, no, unless my buttons have been pushed one thousand times. When I need to critique somebody, I will be very kind and gentle with my voice and body language in order to dillute the hurt that my words may do, and also I make sure that my words are never value judgments of the person. For ex, I never say "I hate that you are a lazy person", what I will say is "It makes me feel really bad that in the last month you haven't done [insert specific task]"
 

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I don't really understand the first question... Of course, I am generally interested in philosophy, but who is not?
I know a lot of people who don't care about philosophical questions or even hate them. Someone who doesn't like abstract or theoretical things can easily dislike philosophy and prefer to live life without asking these questions. I don't know how do they do it, but they certainly exist.

For instance, my sister (ESFP): If I talk to her about anything slightly philosophical or about social issues in general, she would just say ''I don't care'' or ''Who cares about stuff like that, just live your life'' and other similar answers.
 

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For instance, my sister (ESFP): If I talk to her about anything slightly philosophical or about social issues in general, she would just say ''I don't care'' or ''Who cares about stuff like that, just live your life'' and other similar answers.
Oh yes, you're right. Reminds me of one discussion I had with a friend of mine, about the constant abuse of human rights in China, and she said "I don't live there, so I don't care". I was absolutely speechless and horrified because of her ignorance.
However, I don't think this is due to the MBTI type of a person.. My parents are both Sensors and actually care about things like this. Maybe they don't like thinking abstractly about such ideals (like human rights), but they are able to relate to the suffering. They just see it in a more down-to-earth way than I do. ^^
 

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1. How good are you guys at expressing your emotions? Not in your hobbies or passions (or anything similar) but directly to a person. Is it hard or easy?
It depends on the person and the atmosphere/mood at the time. If the time is right, I have no problem expressing my emotions, as I am not ashamed of how I feel and I can articulate it precisely (though it might take me longer to spit out a full sentence if I'm choked up). But if it would not be appropriate to express my emotion due to the circumstance or if I don't think the person I'm talking to would care how I felt, then I keep it to myself.

2. Do you like or dislike math or science (biology, physics, chemistry, etc.)? I'm not asking if you value the importance of the disciplines but rather if you actually enjoy learning or working with those subjects?
I really don't like math. I went through 6 years of algebra because school didn't think I was good enough to move on, over and over again. It was very frustrating because I was quite good at geometry, aced it. But they wouldn't let me do anything but algebra because of the curriculum. I had to get a good grade in order to move on. So this torture very much stained any type of enjoyment I could possibly get out of math. As for science, I find it very interesting, however it is hard for me to remember all the the little details.

3. Are you artistic? If not, do you find other ways to express your vivid imaginations? All INFPs I know around me (about 4) seek to become artists (painting, writing, musicians, etc.) and I was wondering if most INFPs share these passions.
I love music and have played it for years. I sing and play guitar, have been in several bands and have recorded my own solo music for over a decade. It is my favorite thing! And I kick ass at music trivia too. :)

4. What is your opinion of philosophy? Do you think a lot about moral, social or political issues?

I am interested in it, namely social philosophy. Not so much about religion and "what is the point of life" and that stuff. I am keenly interested in psychology and the philosophies that go along with it, all the theories about people, society, etc. Politics to me is more annoying that anything else because if I truly let myself 'go there' and care about politics, I would get sucked in, sucked dry and probably wanna kill myself. So I purposely avoid it.

5. Do you often consciously avoid hurting other people's feelings when you have to be honest about something? In other words, how blunt are you when expressing your opinions and thoughts?
I can be blunt if I have to, especially if I think it's important. If it's not that important, I will try to avoid hurting someone's feelings. I am pretty good at being diplomatic and letting someone see the error of their ways in such a way that they don't hate me and get defensive afterward. It's a skill.... I can say that I am still friends with three of my ex boyfriends, all of whom I was the one to break off the relationship, because I still care about them and I made sure that even though we aren't going to be kissing anymore, we can still be friends. I dunno, maybe I lucked out and dated some real great guys, but I think that's a pretty good testament to how I can express how I feel and not cause someone to hate me, even if what I had to say might hurt them.
 

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1. I don't have a problem expressing my emotions to others (as long as I feel that they will understand and not judge me) but the main problem is that I am often confused about which emotions I'm feeling.

2. I love biology (it was my major in college). I'm not particularly good at chemistry, physics, or math, so I don't like those quite as much. However I think if I was better at them I would enjoy them a lot more. When I took those classes I was stressed out about getting a good grade instead of just enjoying the subject for what it was. Also, I don't like lab work that much. I find it really stressful because of the potential for errors.

3. I suck at all forms of visual art, but I have loved writing for as long as I can remember and people tell me I'm a good writer. Due to fear of failure I don't write as much as I would like to, but I'm always working on a story in my head (currently I'm working on a script for a TV drama set in the 90s, kind of like Mad Men in historical scope), and I'm also part of a writer's group that meets once a week.

4. Philosophy is all well and good, but it's also kind of a waste of time. I'd rather be spending my brain energy on something that can actually help humanity rather than hypotheticals and thought experiments. I try to avoid politics because it's just depressing. I think about moral and social issues up to a point, but once again I'm mostly powerless to effect any real change in society at this point, so eventually it gets depressing.

5. It depends. If it's someone who I know very well, then I can be very blunt. If it's someone who I don't know as well, then I can be quite shy and afraid to speak up.
 

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1. How good are you guys at expressing your emotions? Not in your hobbies or passions (or anything similar) but directly to a person. Is it hard or easy?
It's very easy for me. I always think that it comes out confusing or jumbled but whenever I blurt that out it's always received with a "No no, I completely get what you're saying" or along those lines. I'm pretty articulate, and I think that Ne helps me to draw parallels and comparisons so that people can pretty easily catch on to the point I'm trying to get across. It also means I usually just say things as they come to mind, or however they seem to fit together in my mind. Which is good, because it means people can follow my train of thought as it comes to me rather than having a blank moment followed by a "Woah, how did you get this from that?"


2. Do you like or dislike math or science (biology, physics, chemistry, etc.)? I'm not asking if you value the importance of the disciplines but rather if you actually enjoy learning or working with those subjects?
I hate math with a fiery passion. I love biology and environmental/earth sciences - One of my majors is Geography. I like chemistry in theory but when it comes to the chemical equations I kind of just walk away. Same with physics - It's too nitty-gritty, but I like to learn about the big picture theories and ideas that are behind all of the numbers and technical jargon.

3. Are you artistic? If not, do you find other ways to express your vivid imaginations? All INFPs I know around me (about 4) seek to become artists (painting, writing, musicians, etc.) and I was wondering if most INFPs share these passions.
I am, but it comes and goes. There are things that are more important to me than my art, so I'm not pursuing it as a career, HOWEVER, I know that I likely won't be satisfied in any career unless I have some sort of creative outlet within it, like writing, or even creating a program or implementing an idea of my own. I paint and draw, but I always give up on instruments because it's too methodical and structured. I get bored doing things over and over, so I never practiced, and I never got better because of it, so I usually just gave up. I know music theory, and I can sit down and write a song - Maybe not a complex one, but something I think sounds pretty, put it down on sheet, play it a few times and tweak it. Then tuck it into my duotang and never look at it again for the rest of my life.
I get over things quickly.

4. What is your opinion of philosophy? Do you think a lot about moral, social or political issues?
All the time. I was leery about it as a discipline at first because I resented the idea of anyone influencing my ideas on what I perceived to be such a fundamental, personal level. But, it ended up being my favorite class in first year because I got to do exactly what I love to do the most. Just think. :p Think, and make arguments to support my position.
I'm selective about the political issues I care about. I'm completely irritated by all the "the government is corrupt" and conspiracy theory babblers. Not because I disagree - I agree. The government is corrupt. But, at the end of the day it winds up back in the hands of the citizens to do something about it, and the people who bitch are quite often the people who don't vote. But that's a rant for another day.

5. Do you often consciously avoid hurting other people's feelings when you have to be honest about something? In other words, how blunt are you when expressing your opinions and thoughts?
It depends on the issue. I'm often blunt, particularly if the person in question is being an idiot, or if I'm dealing with someone who I know can take it and won't get offended. I'm pretty quick to use words like "redundant" or "pointless" though, if I really feel that something is. I can be pretty critical at times, I guess - Mostly because I'm always seeking improvement, and I expect others to be too, but sometimes they just don't want to hear it.
 

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1: Really bad. I was very open with my emotions until I was a teenager. Then there started bullying and I stopped showing any "socially unaccepted" emotions.

2: I am going to study mathematics in October this year. Question answered? ;)
I am very interested in physics as well as in psychology and philosophy and philology of the German language and others, too. I just want to expand my horizon and feed my curiosity but my heart isn't that much pounding for it.

3: I wish I where artistic. I have no other way to express my imagination. But trying always frustrates me (but not because of perfectionism).

4: I have yet to meat a person who isn't practising philosophy. I sometimes think about social issues and morals but I don't even try to think about politics. It's just frustratingly useless.

5: Depends on the situation and person. Most of the time I avoid hurting someone's feelings. But sometimes a person is just so plainly disturbing or hurting to others and no one says a thing that I have to speak up (And mostly I get complimented afterwards because they think I was right). If it is about facts I am always very blunt.
 
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