xylotopages01 said: Whenever I watch a tv show/read a book and really "get into it" I come out of it and subconsciously and unconsciously seem to begin to act like my favourite character (usually the protagonist) Is this common in my type (INFP) or is it just me?
I personally think a lot of INFPs are people that can absorb emotions, personalities and skills. A confident INFP can easily slip into different personalities and characters in social situations. This is where you get our commonly found “manipulative” nature. Some INFPs don’t let others get close to them, to see the true person they are. They tend to “mirror” the group they are in order to blend. We are known to be chameleons. INFPs are also artists and are inspired by strong emotions, personalities and experiences…So if you’re reading a book that effected you or a movie that swept you into a different world for 2 hours, it’s hard to shake that. And I think yes, you can subconsciously adapt to that… talk about hard to get back to reality! I mean, most people don’t understand how difficult a song is for people like us, I can listen to the same song and be in that mood for hours to days. a movie? twice as bad, a book? it could take a month to shake off a book.
Personally as a child I loved seeing movies and running outside to pretend and play myself into the storyline. I was always creating characters and changing my world around me. We are the ultimate imagination-based people. (It’s a gift and a curse, in this situation, more on the curse side sometimes)
You probably are one of those that just honestly absorbs things. Nothing wrong with that, it’s a very interesting trait to have. Other people may not understand it, but even as an adult, having strong experiences can be very difficult for me to process and explain to others, and sometimes I can find myself acting like the protagonist I just read or saw the movie of and not even knowing it.
The answer from my personal opinion is that this could be a common trait among those with our functions and type. Anyone else have similar experience with this?