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Hello. I've been browsing PersonalityCafe for a while now, ever since I found out that I'm a massively uncommon female INTP personality type who always wondered why everything and everyone seemed to be far-fetched and utterly insane. Coming onto this site and reading about other INTPs has made me understand a myriad of things about myself and why certain aspects of life, for me, have been really hard to grasp.

For starters, I have an acutely under-developed emotional response system. I fail to pick up human-traits like sarcasm, jokes, pranks, humour, and other..."people stuff". I have social anxiety caused by information overload, and don't function well with other people - although strangely they seek my presence because, apparently, I'm a good listener and reasoner. I think I would be utterly alone if it weren't for that, haha. For the life of me I cannot follow a simple rule without being massively distracted by the many subtle flaws the "rules" present - and then spend all my energies trying to outsmart it. This makes anyone who works with me angry. I'm also late for everything and the concept of time mind-boggles me.

I have lots of personality quirks that I have read from other INTPs that relate to my own, which is great! I'm glad I'm not the only one out there who fails to react to things in conventional ways. For example, a mate's friend dies and I give a random fact about the purpose of coffins and some Black Plague trivia. I get confused about why I have to say "sorry (for your loss?)" when people die. I don't quite know why people need to say that? I still don't. I understand it's polite, but it seems like a conversation killer. My Grandfather died recently and many people said it to me, and it still made no sense. Then, later, I think they say it because they're actually a superhero and they feel awful that they didn't save him in time, so they show up to the funeral as their civilian alter-ego and apologise. I don't know, haha. Smiling about that thought, though, is being impolite.

I have no fears, and no phobias - I don't quite understand why people can fear something to the point of never wanting to experience it. But fear is good, because I have crashed and been bitten so many times that I wish I had some sort of prejudice against things before I venture off to touch them. I also get the urge to jump off high places, but that can't just be me. I am suspicious to the point of paranoia, especially about humans, the world's most erratically insane species (and I count myself as part of that populace). I'd like to know how many other INTPs feel about fear and paranoia?

I have countless pointless abilities I taught myself. Like writing/drawing with both hands simultaneously, forwards, backwards, upside down. I tell people that I do it because it "tickles my brain" (and it does, haha). I play the violin, cello, piano and guitar, pretty good.

And, lastly, I live in Australia. The land of socialites, but with plenty of space - thankfully.

Thanks for reading all this garbage!
 

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Ah, the rare female INTP! I'm an INTP myself and am also fairly new here.

The way you describe yourself makes you sound pretty similar to me, which is nice! I seldom meet other INTPs around where I live. Regarding fear and paranoia, I also don't quite understand the concept of fear sometimes, especially phobias. I only really tense up around new people sometimes (Introversion FTW).

Anyways, welcome to Personality Cafe! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! :proud:
 

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I have countless pointless abilities I taught myself. Like writing/drawing with both hands simultaneously, forwards, backwards, upside down. I tell people that I do it because it "tickles my brain" (and it does, haha). I play the violin, cello, piano and guitar, pretty good.
I'd be pretty impressed if you can play those instruments simultaneously.

Oh and, *cough* http://personalitycafe.com/general-chat/100247-do-you-come-lands-downunder.html *cough*


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Hey! I might be an intp or infj (more likely the latter), but regardless of that I found your intro very interesting and wanted to share my opinion on something you wrote that caught my attention.
I have lots of personality quirks that I have read from other INTPs that relate to my own, which is great! I'm glad I'm not the only one out there who fails to react to things in conventional ways. For example, a mate's friend dies and I give a random fact about the purpose of coffins and some Black Plague trivia. I get confused about why I have to say "sorry (for your loss?)" when people die. I don't quite know why people need to say that? I still don't. I understand it's polite, but it seems like a conversation killer.
I think they do that because of what that act symbolizes. When I was younger there was nothing more that I hated that when people would say things because it was polite, because you're supposed to. It felt like people were saying those things because they didn't bother to think to much, so they would do what anyone else was doing. It felt dishonest, there they are saying this things like we feel sorry for your loss, when maybe they barely knew you or the person who died. But I think things are not that simple. When you say to someone that you feel sorry for their loss, they feel less lonely, less scared.The notion that someone can empathize with them makes the pain a little more bearable. Not everyone can detach themselves from their emotions and think rationally about the situation, and just knowing that they are not alone in their pain sometimes it's what keeps them going.
I might be wrong about this, but I found the subject interesting and had to give my opinion.:proud:
Anyway welcome to PerC. (oh wait should I have said that :laughing:)
 

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Hey! I might be an intp or infj (more likely the latter), but regardless of that I found your intro very interesting and wanted to share my opinion on something you wrote that caught my attention.

I think they do that because of what that act symbolizes. When I was younger there was nothing more that I hated that when people would say things because it was polite, because you're supposed to. It felt like people were saying those things because they didn't bother to think to much, so they would do what anyone else was doing. It felt dishonest, there they are saying this things like we feel sorry for your loss, when maybe they barely knew you or the person who died.
Yes, I agree. This is exactly how I see it. I'm aware that it's supposed to help people, but I've always been of the opinion that words are a weak and feeble excuse to avoid confronting a more, deeper (?) issue. Haha, but I understand that it appears to help other people on an empathetic level. I've always been of the opinion that if anyone very close to me died (like my parents) and someone said they were 'sorry' I would probably punch them out, haha.
 

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...haha, no, I wish though. And yeah, I do. From Queensland, the land of periodic flooding haha.
All seems to be getting better here though.
 

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Ah, the rare female INTP! I'm an INTP myself and am also fairly new here.

The way you describe yourself makes you sound pretty similar to me, which is nice! I seldom meet other INTPs around where I live. Regarding fear and paranoia, I also don't quite understand the concept of fear sometimes, especially phobias. I only really tense up around new people sometimes (Introversion FTW).

Anyways, welcome to Personality Cafe! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions! :proud:
Haha, I've never met another INTP in real life, so I'm convinced there's few Thinkers around. But then again, they don't socialise, so it's a vicious circle we condemn ourselves to. I tense up around people too. Mostly because they're loud. Loud people strange me out for no reason at all, haha.

Thanks for responding :)
 

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Love your post, maybe all those people are superheroes and they didn't come to the rescue. That's not cool, unless they had other pressing things to get done. Anyways welcome
 

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Haha, but I understand that it appears to help other people on an empathetic level. I've always been of the opinion that if anyone very close to me died (like my parents) and someone said they were 'sorry' I would probably punch them out, haha.
Haha What would you like them to say instead of that?
 
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