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Not in terms of what you are doing, but rather what about what you are doing that makes you feel alive. For example I've heard one Ni dom describe she felt most alive when she was synthesize paradoxical things into one model of understanding that made sense, or when she could see similarities in system structure between two independent systems.

What makes you feel alive? Why?
 

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When I'm at a Muse concert or a club with great music. Music is the thing that can take me out of myself. Inside my own skin I usually feel deadened and doubtful to some varying extent.

I deeply enjoy rushes of insight, but they're more like a high than something that makes me feel alive.
 

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I see two different answers:

One, the adrenaline-based feeling of being alive and human and caught up in the moment.

Two, the "I see how everything is connected and I and everyone else and all of nature are cogs in the mechanism of the universe and isn't that a beautiful sunset" feeling of really being.
 

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Drawing parallels and making analogies. Also, problem-solving in general.
 

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When I'm shocked speechless by something beautiful.

A dark starry sky.
One of my kids. Or all of them together.
Music.
An infrequently seen animal in the wild. Or underwater if I'm swimming/snorkeling.
When I hear someone say something really creative and funny, it surprises me, and I laugh hard.
When I accidentally write something beautiful. Not writing it, reading it back.
Riding a horse over a jump course.
Sweating because of exertion. Yoga, Fencing, Dance, or...whatever.

Not thinking, that's for sure. Thinking is unpleasant to me and does not make me feel alive. On the contrary, it makes me feel like a robot.
 

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When I'm shocked speechless by something beautiful.

A dark starry sky.
One of my kids. Or all of them together.
Music.
An infrequently seen animal in the wild. Or underwater if I'm swimming/snorkeling.
When I hear someone say something really creative and funny, it surprises me, and I laugh hard.
When I accidentally write something beautiful. Not writing it, reading it back.
Riding a horse over a jump course.
Sweating because of exertion. Yoga, Fencing, Dance, or...whatever.

Not thinking, that's for sure. Thinking is unpleasant to me and does not make me feel alive. On the contrary, it makes me feel like a robot.
These are great, too.

I should also clarify with mine -- it's not the thinking process -- it's the beautiful skips and leaps that come as a result of thinking. When every point on your head is tingling.

Off of what you mentioned, recently for me, the total solar eclipse. The intense mindfuck that was to watch was truly amazing.
 

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When I'm shocked speechless by something beautiful.

A dark starry sky.
One of my kids. Or all of them together.
Music.
An infrequently seen animal in the wild. Or underwater if I'm swimming/snorkeling.
When I hear someone say something really creative and funny, it surprises me, and I laugh hard.
When I accidentally write something beautiful. Not writing it, reading it back.
Riding a horse over a jump course.
Sweating because of exertion. Yoga, Fencing, Dance, or...whatever.

Not thinking, that's for sure. Thinking is unpleasant to me and does not make me feel alive. On the contrary, it makes me feel like a robot.
Quantum oneness. Once you get this down and realize (not as an intellectual exercise but in your bones) you're not a tiny separate cog in a big clockwork universe and neither is anything else...well. At that point a trip to the supermarket or trimming your toenails should impart the same sense of awe and wonder as viewing the night sky. All that Newtonian background noise makes for unpleasant thought...it's a source of perpetual angst. Hold up, God wants a donut...
 

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Solving a particularly interesting problem.
Learning something interesting.
Outwitting someone in a (strategy) game.
The moment I master something I've spent a while trying.
Doing well during a sport's match.

So in general, things that make focused and/or when I'm successful at something challenging.

I guess this is why I like video games so much.
 

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When I am asleep.
 

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then i avoid death, then i flirt and during a fight:

nothing makes you feel alive as being close to death ( or generaly a very risky situation )
 

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What do you mean by "feel alive"?

Because the literal answer is "always".
 

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Today I was playing Kingdom Hearts 2.8 on the PS4 and while watching the opening music video I felt pretty alive.
 

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When I'm starring up at the stars. When I'm watching Bob Ross The Joy of Painting. Getting heat exhaustion from being up on a roof for too long. When petting kitties. When learning about something fascinating. While giving a speech. When generating new ideas like velcro fences. When contemplating an idea and walking into a fountain or pole. When derailing a math class because the prices aren't realistic and managing to get to fire ants are evil. Finding out I wrote "If You Give a Dog a Donut", when I was 6, was accused of cheating, then 5 years later the author publishes a very similar book. After eating 22 hard boiled eggs at once.
 
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