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This is a discussion on Stream of Consciousness/Vent Thread within the INFP Forum - The Idealists forums, part of the NF's Temperament Forum- The Dreamers category; Originally Posted by Thracius that's a physiological reaction unchanged for 40000 years, I say enjoy it, it's just part of ...
there's a good example right there, language wise! i am all for the making up of words for this reason! language anarchy, WOOOO!gffriendwithbenifitsperson
anyway, yeah i definitely feel that way, i've noticed that as i've learnt different foreign languages, it's like i can see the world in a whole new way! it's like looking through differently distorted binoculars or something... and that's part of what i love about foreign languages. just as they say, so much can be lost in translation, and sometimes there's really no translation at all. i hadn't thought about it terms of communicating emotion, but i can totally see that, seems true to me. i've heard english really sucks as a language, lol. i'm just glad i didn't have to learn it as a second language, would be a really crappy language to have to learn i think!! though of course english has it's beauty too.
it's amazing how much is embedded and transfered in language... culture, vision, wisdom... emotion.. and it's also amazing how much language can limit our perception and experience of the world too.
as a side note, i've noticed that many INFPs seem to get along well with people from different countries and cultures, perhaps that ability to empathetically connect helps. or maybe that empathetic connection is necessary to really connect with someone from a different language background, and that ensures depth of relating, which it's probably safe to say most INFPs want, so it makes sense in that way too!
My best friend in the sixth grade didn't speak much English, and I didn't speak any Korean, so we communicated by drawing pictures on note cards for a while. :)
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I had also wondered about the MBTI makeup in other countries. It was the first thing I tried to find information on after I got into MBTI. I don't recall finding any really convincing evidence though. Spotty research when I looked. Perhaps someone from another country on PC could help out with this?
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