[Enneagram Type 4] 4w3s, I've a Question. Let Us Pow Wow

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This is a discussion on 4w3s, I've a Question. Let Us Pow Wow within the Type 4 Forum - The Individualist forums, part of the Heart Triad - Types 2,3,4 category; I'll be to the point since it's not a lengthy thought. How do people react to you? Answers will definitely ...

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    Type 4w3

    4w3s, I've a Question. Let Us Pow Wow

    I'll be to the point since it's not a lengthy thought. How do people react to you? Answers will definitely vary, because of tri-types, Jungian types, genetics or whatever, but I want to know. Think of it as if there is a huge group of people who know the tendencies of everyone around them (kinda like a small village or island. or a broad social circle in school). Picture that this group of people is standing together and all of a sudden you show up. They pretty much have identified everyone one way or another, including you. How do they see you? What are they thinking when they see you show up all of a sudden?

    I know, we're not mind readers, but I want the gist of it. We are an intuitive enneatype after all, so it's not beyond us to grasp how people feel. For me, the group would most likely think about how odd I appear. My distant stare, my deliberate movements, my choppy mannerisms and such. They may be thinking "he's often alone, so he mustn't have friends. we shouldn't talk to him either, lest we stand out as much as he does." They may also think I'm very selfish for not compromising my behavior completely. You?
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    I find that I can mold others' impressions of me. Usually I just don't bother, and I am seen as very aloof. When intent on charming someone, I can be very attractive and entertaining, using the 4's intuition (to read people's mind and be very sensitive to their reactions) and the 3's social confidence (to please and delight)... but here's the catch. The person who happens to like me because I put on such a good show, will always be kept at an arm's length, so while I can amaze and impress, I will never actually get close to people. The curtains close, and I return to my addictive loneliness. As a true 4 I am much more comfortable in my own head being my natural self-indulgent self, and the social persona I construct runs on a limited battery.
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    Type 4w3

    Quote Originally Posted by 7legion77 View Post
    I find that I can mold others' impressions of me. Usually I just don't bother, and I am seen as very aloof; when I am intent on charming someone, I can be very attractive and entertaining, using the 4's intuition (to read people's mind and be very sensitive to their reactions) and the 3's social confidence (to please and delight)... but here's the catch. The person who happens to like me because I put on such a good show, will always be kept at an arm's length, so while I can amaze and impress, I will never actually get close to people. The curtains close, and I return to my addictive loneliness. As a true 4 I am much more comfortable in my own head being my natural self-indulgent self, and the social persona I construct runs on a limited battery.
    Just the kind of answer I hope for. What skill it must take to mold how others see you. I'm powerless there. Teach me! lol But really, I'm good with it. By the sound of how closeness, for you, doesn't seem to register between you and your interested listener, it appears you don't have an interest in developing a "selfless" relationship? Regrettably, that's the only word that would come to me. But it's like you said, you'll thrill and excite someone, but your energy doesn't always linger with the person for long. It flows wherever your yearning takes you, right? I think I know someone like that who is also a 4w3.

    That aside, I relate to you on returning to the loneliness. Even after great encounters, it's like I leave empty-handed. Something's not satisfying about what I'm left with. And yeah, self-indulgence is sweet.

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    Type 4

    I generally get perceived as odd, shy (though I'm rarely actually shy), kind, nice, and approachable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le9acyMuse View Post
    Just the kind of answer I hope for. What skill it must take to mold how others see you. I'm powerless there. Teach me! lol But really, I'm good with it. By the sound of how closeness, for you, doesn't seem to register between you and your interested listener, it appears you don't have an interest in developing a "selfless" relationship? Regrettably, that's the only word that would come to me. But it's like you said, you'll thrill and excite someone, but your energy doesn't always linger with the person for long. It flows wherever your yearning takes you, right? I think I know someone like that who is also a 4w3.
    I wasn't always that way. Through acting on a stage a lot when I was young, being a musician, and now working daily in customer service I've developed a way to turn my self-consciousness inside out. I am so aware of every nuance of impression I make on someone, that my fine attention to these details helps me surf the wave, so to speak.
    When I'm in that mode, I won't stutter or miss a beat and I feel untouchable.
    But it is always objective-oriented; I do it as a job so I can get rid of all the fourish sentiments; as I tap into this pure focus on performing. My true thoughts and feelings are left to fester and mutate on their own, concealed perfectly inside the world that I always escape into come night.

    The ability to be selfless and form close relationships with others is badly underdeveloped in me. The self-preservation instinct runs strong.
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    It's different depending on the type of person.
    I generally come off as talkative, humorous, and cheesy with the people who I actually get along with. Then, with the people whom I do not get along with as well , I come off as very shy, aloof, and weird :B
    To be honest, people do not even know that I have a huge private/public split so they rarely get to know the real me. Hah, I don't think it something people want to see either so I'll just leave it at that.
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    Type 4w3

    Quote Originally Posted by 7legion77 View Post
    I wasn't always that way. Through acting on a stage a lot when I was young, being a musician, and now working daily in customer service I've developed a way to turn my self-consciousness inside out. I am so aware of every nuance of impression I make on someone, that my fine attention to these details helps me surf the wave, so to speak.
    When I'm in that mode, I won't stutter or miss a beat and I feel untouchable.
    But it is always objective-oriented; I do it as a job so I can get rid of all the fourish sentiments; as I tap into this pure focus on performing. My true thoughts and feelings are left to fester and mutate on their own, concealed perfectly inside the world that I always escape into come night.

    The ability to be selfless and form close relationships with others is badly underdeveloped in me. The self-preservation instinct runs strong.
    That's fascinating, making me wonder about something. What you did was adaptation that anyone could do, but you also have a strength that helps you to move in rhythm with how you desire to act, or with what goes on around you. I can adapt, but the meaning of that strength you have, in regard to my differing strength, escapes me. I do wish I could do that, but I use my 4w3 energy differently. Yeah, it could be the adaptability of the instinctual variants for all I know. So, one way in which you use your awareness of yourself and others is to play any role that benefits you the most? And when you're not "performing," you return to that painfully self-indulgent fantasy world where you reflectively peel off your dead skin, so to speak?

    And tell me about your aloof side, as people may see it. Are you seen by your peers as difficult, in any respect? Do you have a "reputation" (one assigned to you by people)?

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    Type 4w3

    @unico Do you try to come off a certain way to people around you? Does it create friction?

    @jaurim You react to all people in the same core manner, right? The identity that you let be known, what response does it get from the typical person? I know it depends on the person, but you can probably divide people into two categories: those that "get it" and those that don't. Do more people seem to "get it," or in other words, receive you well (not necessarily like you, but coexist easily with you)?
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    @Le9acyMuse I usually observe people before we even get to know each other. I can pick up the emotions of people very quickly and my Ne usually does a great job at predicting motives and stuff :B This means that most of the times, I already have a "vibe" of who that person is.

    The identity that you let be known, what response does it get from the typical person?
    The side that I usually show to people is my "public" side. Responses are usually enthusiastic since I tend to laugh a lot at people's jokes because I somehow find humor in the weirdest things. People like it when you laugh at their jokes ya know :B
    I know it depends on the person, but you can probably divide people into two categories: those that "get it" and those that don't.
    For those who get it, I joke along with them and we laugh together. For those who don't, I don't joke around as much and only laugh at their jokes and playfulness.
    Do more people seem to "get it," or in other words, receive you well (not necessarily like you, but coexist easily with you)?
    Oh no, most people do not just "get it". They really have to get a good sense of how Ne works to get along very well with me because I am always skipping from one idea to another and I don't even realize it. Most people would actually become insulted when I "disregard" their comments. I didn't disregard their comments, it only seems like it because my Ne causes me to think of things that are connected with their comments (they don't see the connection and it really does seem like I ignored their comment and just went straight into my thoughts).
    Sorry if I seem very off topic at times!!

    ahahah on a random note I just noticed the "let us pow wow" in the title OMG SO CHEESY AND CUTE BUAHHAHA
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    Type 4w3

    @jaurim I've been witness to the same sensation of having vibes of someone. My tertiary Ni has its moments. I often can grasp someone's nature, knowing whether I can totally trust them or not. I'm surprised at how accurate it can be. If I were an ENFP, then I might be bulldozed flat by all that inferential information! You're making great use of that Ne.And I've experienced the thing with intuition jumping from stream to stream. An INFJ I know had me puzzled and feeling offended years ago when I understood the phenomenon much, much less than I do now. It's unfortunate that sensation and intuition have such difficulties meeting in the middle. It's probably because of relying too much on what we're used to.

    That's great that people's reactions to you are typically enthusiastic, whether they get you or not. You've got a point. People do like their humors being appreciated. I know an ENFP 4w3. This chatting could help me figure her perspective. So, as a 4w3, you relate to retiring from the extroverted energy to secure your footing? Do people ever see that part of you coming through your public persona?

    "Let Us Pow Wow." heh heh I seem to have gotten good results.


     
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