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Ptah
01-14-2014, 06:36 AM
... you understand the difference between "shy" and "introverted"; shy people don't want to be there (and/or fear it), introverts don't mind/fear being there, they just want to be left to observe or engage in smaller groups, if not 1:1;

... you know the difference between if and when you are feeling shy, and when you'd just rather not be involved/engaged; feeling awkward and is not the same as feeling a lack of confidence (ala fear)

... you get that "ugn, do not want" feeling somewhere deep inside when someone tries to engage you in idle banter, small talk, polite but trivial chatter

... generally, you can feel some social chitchat as almost something to defend your independence and autonomy against; these people, trying to pull me into their banter...

... and yet, every so often, when you want to initiate some kind of conversation, you a) find yourself frustratingly considering the very same banal polite/smalltalk approach and/or b) just don't really know how

... there is 1:1, which is either ok or to be avoided entirely, and sometimes you can't really tell why or whether it goes one way or the other

... and then there's big groups (like parties) into which you can just disappear alright, no problem, although not necessarily preferred

... but then there's the group that's too small to hide in; the awkwardly cozy gathering during which you'll feel a pressure to say something, but there's too many people at once involved in the same conversation, and so you take a passive/reactive approach despite you occasional prompting to participate, while there is also this feeling of "I haven't said anything" accumulating into a stronger resistance to say anything as the conversation goes on.

... in such small group situations, when directly addressed, no problem although not necessarily ideal/desired

... also, in small groups you may feel yourself wanting to strike up a conversation with someone there in particular, to get to know them, etc, but you feel that the group conversation is both ongoing otherwise ... and would be rude to basically hijack into a two-way dialog between you and the one other person.

... which brings it full circle; you don't want your peace/space interrupted by smalltalk, but you are also keeny aware of interrupting that of others, despite your occasional prompting to speak up into it

Stigmata
01-14-2014, 07:52 AM
You've participated in at least (3) different threads, on various different MBTI forums, in which the fabled "friend zone" is the subject matter.

TeresaJ
03-29-2017, 02:44 AM
*necro*

You know you're an INTP when you look in the mirror at 3:00 pm for the first time since waking up at 5:00 that morning, notice that your hair looks crazy, get distracted thinking about something else, and don't so much as run a hand through your hair until you happen to look at a second mirror four hours later and notice/remember that your hair looks crazy.

JRM731
04-29-2017, 01:49 AM
You're like someone took DNA from multiple types, threw them in a blender, tossed out the Se and Fi and what's left stacks up like:

Ti
Ni
Ne
Si
Te
Fe

And you know that the Ni is manifested in a strong Critical Parent Role, so can be a fooler.

jyng1
04-29-2017, 09:58 PM
Interesting article on what your Facebook updates say about your personality (https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/08/what-an-introvert-sounds-like/378624/?utm_source=atlfb).

gator
05-01-2017, 05:08 AM
*necro*

You know you're an INTP when you look in the mirror at 3:00 pm for the first time since waking up at 5:00 that morning, notice that your hair looks crazy, get distracted thinking about something else, and don't so much as run a hand through your hair until you happen to look at a second mirror four hours later and notice/remember that your hair looks crazy.

This, so much. Except for me it's usually me noticing that I should pluck my eyebrows and then forgetting until much later.

Josh510
06-08-2017, 09:21 AM
When you are not understood and feel like you can either kill someone or kill yourself 😊

TeresaJ
06-23-2017, 02:13 AM
(Particularly female) You experience retail anxiety rather than retail therapy.

Sistamatic
06-23-2017, 02:41 AM
When you have a productive day and accomplish all kinds of really amazing things, but still feel like a failure because you didn't manage to do one single thing that was on your "must do now" list.

Sinny
06-23-2017, 07:38 AM
(Particularly female) You experience retail anxiety rather than retail therapy.

Ha, yes!

pmj
06-23-2017, 01:09 PM
When you have a productive day and accomplish all kinds of really amazing things, but still feel like a failure because you didn't manage to do one single thing that was on your "must do now" list.

If it's any consolation, that can be an NTJ thing too.

Many are the times I've been driving home, content with myself for being exceptionally productive that day... but then I'll get a sudden insight - usually when my mind is drifting aimlessly - that I forgot to do the one vitally important thing.

Cue the total evaporation of said contentedness; engage savage self-berating.

Fucking brains, eh?

Sistamatic
06-23-2017, 02:06 PM
When your obsession with accuracy prevents you from acknowledging a compliment, and then you struggle to return the compliment fast enough because again, accuracy, and then the conversation with the ESFJ goes downhill from there.

Ex: Approximation from wedding...
ESFJ (beaming): I like your shoes.
INTP: The woman at the store said they were in style, but I ... errr ... I mean thank you.
ESFJ (not beaming anymore): silence.
INTP: Uh, I like your ... ( Crap...it looks like a dress, but it has like a seam in the middle, but it isn't quite pants...uh...uh... ) uh... your hair looks pretty.
ESFJ (scowling): Thank you. You've got an interesting style. Did you do it yourself?
INTP: Thanks, yeah. ( Crap, do I have to make another one now...uh...)
ESFJ: Oh look it's (name). It was nice to see you. (flees)
INTP: (Oh crap, here comes another one. She looks familiar. I bet I'm supposed to know who she is. Crap crap crap.)
ENFP husband returns from bathroom: Hey (name). Haven't seen you in ages, cousin. You look beautiful. You remember my wife...

Mxx
08-14-2017, 09:53 AM
... you understand the difference between "shy" and "introverted"; shy people don't want to be there (and/or fear it), introverts don't mind/fear being there, they just want to be left to observe or engage in smaller groups, if not 1:1;

Yeah, I get annoyed when people assume I'm shy because I'm quiet. I'm quiet because I'm honest. I have two switches: honesty or silence, pick one. After they try the honesty button, they quickly opt for silence.

jyng1
08-14-2017, 10:26 AM
Yeah, I get annoyed when people assume I'm shy because I'm quiet. I'm quiet because I'm honest. I have two switches: honesty or silence, pick one. After they try the honesty button, they quickly opt for silence.

:rofl:

interprétation erronée
10-05-2017, 05:43 AM
you know you're an intp when...

you signup on this website and post that you're an intp in your profile, like this, "type: intp".

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the other day i got in my car only wearing my boxers and just drove, because i was bored. i put the window down and this blend of sunshine and cool air fanned my face. it was refreshing and just felt nice. i ended up at a new grocery store and actually got out and went inside. lots of food in my cupboards already though because my girlfriend had gone shopping at the dollar tree for tv dinners three weeks ago. didn't want to shop or nothin really, i just wanted to walk around somewhere unfamiliar and new, maybe grab a bag of bit-o-honey, then wait in a long ass line with other unattractive people. haha, just pass the time somewhere novel and enjoy life. because i was bored. we all do this. we all do things because we get bored.

as i was walking around i ran into some guy with a toupee and handlebar mustache stopped in the middle of an aisle looking up at the ceiling. just standing there looking up. so i asked him what he saw. he said he was a retired mathematician and whenever he did mental calculations he would look straight up and i guess it helped him concentrate. so naturally i asked him what he was trying to figure out. "you see this bag of change? (he showed me) i want to buy a box of beer, 2 bags of chips, 3 tubes of meat, and...". that's nice, i said, and kept walking around. then i decided to find the deli to price their subs sandwiches. but i needed help so i said deli out loud while throwing my hands up and my gosh this extremely smart clerk just turned, looked me in the eye, and pointed in the correct direction. and there was the deli. how'd he do that, i thought. *sigh* so bored. when i got to the deli there was only fillet mignon and truffle cheese and lots of wine. in fact it was basically a wine store. i tried to ask a question, but the butcher shot me this apprehensive homicidal glare. "geez relax." i mumbled under my breath.

my watch said it was getting late so i took my bag'a treats to the check out line. and then i saw tasty collection of gourmet game jerky for sell so i bought them. well not really, because my debit card got declined. couldn't buy the bit-o-honey either. but on my way to the car i bumped into someone really nice smoking a menthol cigarette. it was funny really. see he was into hip hop i'm guessing because he was black. i nodded at him but i guess i'm not dark enough. because he didn't react.

i feel like i learned some things and made a new friend. hm, kinda fun.

















and here we are 500 words later... you get the point.

Mxx
10-24-2017, 05:27 PM
...you're at a work event, and you find yourself a nice quiet corner to get on your laptop, drink another glass of prosecco and post on INTPx while everyone else is socializing and taking photos.

Sinny
10-24-2017, 05:39 PM
You're sitting on your bed, working on a Tarot spread when you should be getting ready for work.

Also, was just in the local chippy when I realised after the fact that some girl was trying to intimidate me.

I didn't catch what she was saying so just gave her a quizzical look. But her words echoed through my ears by the time she'd left.

Well that was completely wasted on me :lol:

Hephaestus
10-24-2017, 07:04 PM
...you notice your fly is down, but are too busy with something else to deal with it, so make a mental note to take care of it once you're done, only to rediscover the issue when you're too busy to take care of it again.

TeresaJ
07-10-2018, 08:22 PM
You initiate the planning of a social event on a whim but then immediately regret doing so. However, you lack the social skills needed to cancel or adjust it. It is now a beast beyond your control.

The unwieldy social event in question involves like three people showing up at your house to eat food and relax.

rokki balbotox
07-11-2018, 10:29 AM
You initiate the planning of a social event on a whim but then immediately regret doing so. However, you lack the social skills needed to cancel or adjust it. It is now a beast beyond your control.

The unwieldy social event in question involves like three people showing up at your house to eat food and relax.
LOL
Reminds me of this
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