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Do any other INTPs go through phases with your interests?

I say I like reading, but really, I like reading for a few months out of the year. I'll go through a few books and really enjoy it and it seems to be a part of my daily life, and then all of a sudden I'm done and I don't read anymore.

Here are the stages:
1) Inspiration - Things start popping into my head about what I could do with the hobby. New, interesting books I could read, pictures I've always wanted to paint, a craft I've always wanted to try, a video game from my childhood I want to replay.
2) Rumination - I don't rush into it because I a lot of times I don't actually feel like doing it. But the ideas won't go away and I know they won't until I do something about it.
3) Execution - I start reading again! Or painting! Or whatever! And I think this is so fun and I really should make it part of my everyday life again!
4) Boredom - This is part of my everyday life again, therefore it's boring.
5) Well I'll try that again in a few months. Or years.

Honestly, I think the only hobby of mine that I keep up with no matter what is cooking, and that's only because I have to eat every day, so I might as well.

I wish it was easier for me to keep up with my hobbies. If I get excited by another one just as I get bored by an old one, that's great. But sometimes there's a gap and I just spend all my free time on my phone :(
What really bothers me is that I get in this same habit with more important things. Any sort of positive life change goes through the same process, especially exercise. I really hate exercise, so the boredom stage happens pretty quickly.
 

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Yes. I'm currently in a gap, which is annoying, because it also affects my motivation to take care of important stuff. I just want to hang on the couch after work and in the weekends.
 

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People who think they got it all figured out will suggest 'time management' strategies - pomodoro technique, quadrants, ... But honestly they don't work for me. If anything, they make it worse because they add an extra layer of rules, structure and commitment that I can do without. I may (unwittingly) apply some vague notions of those existing strategies, which, I suppose, makes me a methodical freewheeler.
 

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Yep! I have always had phases of interest, and they can be very narrow. My first phase of interest was with Dora the explorer, at the age 2.
This went on to mazes, peep and the big wide world, geology, dogs, astronomy, certain types of mental illnesses/ disorders(conduct disorder, sadism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder(this was when I was only about 9-11 years old)), smash bros, the sisters Grimm,gymnastics, escape from furnace, the nest, psychics, medical science, my little pony, rainbow dash presents, mentally advance series, hello Kittie, Mario Bros, cheese sandwiches, the flash, young justice, top ten list, neurology, psas, etc. Right now I am going through an obsession with both child abuse, and puck from a midsummer night dream(I remember him from the book series the Sisters Grimm).

I pretty much go through all five stages all the time.
 

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Absolutely.

Reading is the one constant interest in my life.

I enjoyed cooking for many years, because as you say, I had to do it anyway. But now I'd be happy to have pizza, Chinese food, etc., delivered to my door every day for the rest of my life--if I could afford it and could stay healthy on it.

Any other activity, well, I might like it a lot, and I might even think I love it, but after a while I'd just as soon skip it. Really, I'd do nothing most of the time if I could get away with it.
 

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It's who you are, roll with it to the extent possible. If there's anything you want to really stick with to turn it into an integral part of your life will have to find ways to keep the passion in it, look at it from different angles, etc.

Yep, that's me. I read a lot, then run out of books that interest me at the time. I may get to the others later, say if I'm not in a non-fiction mood now, maybe later. Then I'll spend a couple Saturday afternoons out on the patio reading them.
 

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Same thing here, I think it's a very INTP thing. I think I go through all 5 stages of interest at all times, shuffling and moving through 5 things of interest at a time. It's good for me. Prevents me from going down the rabbit hole too fast too soon.
For me the constant in my life is drawing, which I have done for age-7 years of my life. It's not even something that I do consistently, just a recurring theme in my life for some reason. I'm obviously no picasso, but I spend a lot of time at a desk and where there is a desk there is paper and pencil. When I see blank paper and pencil, my hand and brain starts to itch, man. I have this sudden, carnal instinct to make a mark on the paper and next thing I know there is some form of art made out with the paper, and time just loses track of me for the duration. It's probably the only thing that does that to me. Well, reading too, but for obviously different reasons.
 

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That's what a sizable P, coupled with Ne, does for you.

(I love it, wouldn't have it any other way.)
 

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I go through these phases myself. But reading of books isn't typically involved although it happens every now and then. Instead of reading I tend to get involved with activities. Lately I discovered that I'm much more likely to stick to an activity if it's a group activity.

Also for me another frequent reason for abandoning current interests besides boredom is the sudden inspiration to pursue a new interest. This is especially true with books and other study materials. I must have at least a dozen in various stages on (in)completion. I tend not to return to them. Hmm, this means that a dozen is a gross underestimation. Oh, well...
 

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Reading has definitely been a constant interest.

Between middle school and high school I dedicated myself to studying languages (learnt five new languages during that period) and reading classics of literature. At the end of high school, however, I cheated on languages and literature with Philosophy (especially contintental) and History (BA). I really loved History of Russian Philosophy, but I could not specialise on it because I had never learnt russian (learning a new language from the scratch would have taken me years, without considering that I wasn't that young anymore). So, I decided to give a try to analytic philosophy, and did my MA in Philosophy of Mind/Psychology.
 

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Yeah, it's what happens when you have too many interests to maintain simultaneously. Novels, poetry, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, programming, formal logic, physics, German, neuropharmacology, psychology, maths, photography, drawing, painting, aesthetics, violin, discovering music.. it's all a bit much really. Plus I want to start learning basic electronics, ultimately building an analogue synthesizer, and DJing (progressing ultimately to production). Damn.
 
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