So after some research, I'm almost positive I'm an Si valuing type...probably Si dominant. The thing is, over the years I feel like people have tried to shut that down. My parents are constantly on my case about being more considerate of other people/stop being so selfish(although I wouldn't say I've been/am selfish, just less interested in other peoples lives and more involved with my own)For example: Someone is trying to move a box and I'm not really paying attention...thus I don't help them move it and the following conversation ensues- Parents: "You should've helped them move that" Me: "Move what?" Parents: "What do you mean, 'move what,' you saw them trying to move that box" Me: "Oh, I wasn't really paying attention, they seemed fine" Parents: "Well, maybe you should stop thinking about you all the time and start thinking about other people."
I'm just not apt to help people if they don't ask for it...I'm like that. If I need help I ask, if I don't ask I usually don't want help. That translates into being, "selfish" to my parents, though.
Another issue I dealt with growing up, were other kids labeling me a "pansy" or "wuss" because I didn't want to take certain risks-I'd rather go sit on the swings for a bit than play a round of tackle football. So I grew up being pressured by my peers into pushing Si aside and "manning up." I guess it got to me after awhile.
So I've grown into rejecting one of my valued functions in favor of being more "acceptable." And since caving in and changing my behavior it's been causing a lot of stress in my life.
I recently read this line in an SLI function breakdown, "SLIs are typically focused on what they are experiencing inside and are rarely aware of what qualities people around them might notice in them..." That describes me perfectly, when healthy. The thing is, over the years I've been force fed so much of this, "don't focus on what you're experiencing inside and focus more on what's outside" stuff, that I'm having difficulty getting back to the normal, healthy me. I seem to be able to tune back in if you will, but this learned behavior keeps coming back.
Any ideas on how to break this habit and has anyone else dealt with this?
Also, could this be any indication of my type? Just to clarify...I ignored everyone up until the age of maybe 16 and then I started adjusting my behavior.