[INTP] Does it feel like you're waiting for something?

Does it feel like you're waiting for something?

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This is a discussion on Does it feel like you're waiting for something? within the INTP Forum - The Thinkers forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; Pretty much all my life, I've always had this feeling like I'm waiting for something to happen before I do ...

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Does it feel like you're waiting for something?

    Pretty much all my life, I've always had this feeling like I'm waiting for something to happen before I do anything. It's got in the way of me doing important things, speaking to people, and almost everything else. It's like when you're at a social event and you always want the people to speak to you first, rather than you approaching them.

    But this is too specific. What I'm talking about is a vague feeling that I'm always waiting for something big in my life to happen before I do anything big that I need to do. It's not that I can't do anything, I could very easily, but this "thing" I'm waiting for never happens. Ever.

    I understand that this is nothing new, you've probably all thought this before and talked about it too. It's not like it's procrastinating, well it is, but usually when you procrastinate you're only putting it off. It always seems that there's a reason why I'm putting things off, but I have no idea what it is. It's the same sense I get when I'm waiting for the perfect moment to do something, but as we all know and realize at some point, there is no such thing as "the perfect moment".

    Why am I like this, is anyone else like this and how do I make it go away?

    *sigh* Pointless thread is pointless?

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    Unknown Personality

    I have the exact same feeling. The feeling something big is going to happen to me; i'm going to find out the meaning of life, i'm going to invent something extremely useful, something.

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    Unknown Personality


    What's even stranger is that it may have already begun to happen.

    For a while now (about a year), I've been experiencing a series of small, apparently unrelated events... that somehow connect. Even this forum, and this thread, you asking this question.

    Perhaps it's a psychological thing, finding patterns in everything, just like some people see Mary or Jesus or George Washington in potatos.
    But I'm having a hard time imagining myself reaching these little epiphanies without these events, events that made me ask myself some very specific questions - that I may have not asked of myself otherwise.

    So, I don't know. Maybe it's something that has always existed somewhere in my mind, waiting for the right trigger? Though there are times when I wonder if I'm losing my mind.

    It's hard to be more specific, since it's not fully mapped by my rational mind. It's like you're searching or waiting for something your whole life, and then you see it. It's blurry, you can't make out the details, but there is this overwhelming feeling that this is what you've been waiting/looking for.

    Anyway, it's not a religious experience, and I've tried to not make it one - despite having some feelings of that primitive religious fear that most people have when they are faced with something their minds cannot yet fully grasp.
    It's simply about me, and what *I* want - and about how *I* fit in with... everything/everyone else.

    It also could be something that is slowly shifting in our collective subconscious. Maybe a next step. Towards something.

    And my apologies if I sound like a raving lunatic.
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    INTJ - The Scientists

    i've had this feeling aswell for a while, a feeling that I shouldn't worry about anything because im blindly working towards something very good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sleeve Of Wizard View Post
    *sigh* Pointless thread is pointless?
    Not a pointless thread at all!

    I very much relate. Throughout my life I've waited for things to happen to me. In high school, I'd wait for someone to approach me and ask me out on a date or invite me to some social event. At work I tend to wait for people to ask me to undertake interesting and special projects. Initiative has not come naturally to me although as I've gotten older I've gotten better about taking the initiative on things rather than just waiting for something good to happen. I do believe that for the most part if you just sit and wait, things aren't going to happen, you have to make them happen yourself.

    If I want a relationship, I have to take action. I have set my reserve aside and make myself approachable to others. I have to be willing to approach others I'm interestered in. At work, if there is some project I'm interested in or if I'd eventually like to get promoted, I have to let them know of my wishes. I can't just expect others to read my mind.

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Is it a coincidence that I registered to this forum? I'm not so sure.

    There should be something that brought me here, and I honestly forgot what that is.
    The weird thing is, I definitely do not plan to register to this forum, to understand about MBTI and the like.

    There are various situations in my life that I do not plan either, like my job and career.

    Some of the things that I did plan for, tend to ended up in failure.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    An amazing female companion whose thought process is very similar to mine.
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    INTP - The Thinkers

    Dear lord, you've discovered our terrible secret:
    All INTP's are cylons...

    To be honest though, yes... I've always felt as though I'd have a hand in something that changed the world drastically.

    Perhaps this is a defense mechanism INTP mind creates to keep us sane, since it rarely manages to accomplish anything and the weight of how worthless we really are would be to soul-crushing to endure...
    AkiKaza, Unicorntopia, darksoul and 2 others thanked this post.

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    INTP - The Thinkers

    I have the same feeling. I feel like being INTPs we have a lot to work with. I mean, Einstein was an INTP and it makes me feel like I need to achieve something really great. I feel like something really important is going to happen and feel like im just waiting for it.

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    ISTJ - The Duty Fulfillers


    It's a hard to describe feeling. Not premonition or being psychic, but just an overall 'sense' about something important that's going to happen.

    Some of the best things to happen to me and people I've met were led up to by seemingly random sequences of events.

    And on a more solemn note, I've always had a feeling I'm going to die relatively young.
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