Sensory overload


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Sensory overload

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Editat: març 25, 2009, 6:30 am

I wanted to know if my experience with sensing is an INTJ thing or not.

In large, busy shops (on enforced shopping trips with my wife) I find myself tiring after about 20 to 30 minutes. My wife thinks it is a strategy for getting out of shopping, but it is real - I find it difficult to think, everything seems to shut down and I walk around like a zombie.

Similarly in big conferences when there is a break and hundreds of people mill around talking I find it hard to tap into what individual people are saying.

This is not just the standard INTJ aversion to chit chat, it is an inability to focus on individual voices. I hear the group noise but not the individual. If, after a supreme effort of will, I listen to and reply to an individual, I find myself drifting out again within minutes.

Any others with similar experience?

març 25, 2009, 11:07 am

yep, not quite as extreme as you but I definitely notice it, it's closer to an hour or more for me, but I usually want a nap after an hour or 2 of shopping, I think it helps that book stores and Home Depot are relatively quite, WalMart sucks.

If I go to a conference or something similar, during breaks I will find a quite corner to try and center myself. I can listen to 2 or 3 conversations going on as along as I don't have to participate but I find it almost impossible to have a conversation with one person in those situations and if it involves 2 or more other people don't bother asking my any questions. I am on data gathering mode and having a hard time keeping up, much less be able to process a response.

Some friends of ours like to have a TV on while sitting in the living room having a discussion, if there is anything even remotely interesting on good luck having an intelligent conversation with me.

abr. 3, 2009, 2:43 pm

Absolutely, I tend to get very exhausted in large groups of people. Sensory overload is a very accurate term. Also, my sense of hearing is very acute, and it really exhausts me to hear lots of random noise for an extended period of time. I like to "hear myself think."

abr. 3, 2009, 3:56 pm

I can tune out visual and auditory overload, but have difficulty processing incoming auditory information in such situations. Have to repeat to myself internally what was just said to me to process it. My overload shows up most with music. I CANNOT listen to orchestras--it just degenerates into so much white noise. I have to have a strong melody line to stay focused. Also, like Jose, I get exhausted in large groups when I have to interact with lots of people. In the mall, I can ignore everyone and do my own thing, so don't find it so tiring.

I always thought of all this as weak auditory processing. Never thought about it in terms of INTJ.

abr. 4, 2009, 8:16 am

ronincats - the music analogy is interesting. I have always liked music made by small groups but not big groups, so big band jazz, orchestral music etc has never been particularly listenable to me.

Perhaps this is also an INTJ trait?

I had thought it was just personal taste - but potentially it is similar to this inability to process information coming from a multitude.

White noise is what I hear when I am in a big room with many people talking at once. I cannot focus on any one conversation for more than a few seconds.

abr. 4, 2009, 8:40 am

Yeah, it's a familiar feeling.

I find it hard to even listen to music. I can take a melody I like for a few minutes, but anything beyond that is like an orchestra of hammers hitting my skull.

abr. 6, 2009, 8:03 am

Actually I really enjoy big band. However when listening to it, that is about all I am capable of.

jul. 10, 2012, 12:47 am

I also have similar experiences, I dislike shopping and cannot have a conversation with any one particular person in a crowd. I also think this is why I dislike talking on phones, I have a hard time separating out what is going on with the phone conversation and what is going on in the room. I am wondering if a dislike of talking on the phone is an INTJ characteristic. I also prefer instrumental music to vocal music; I have a difficult time distinguishing one singer over another.

jul. 21, 2012, 9:47 am

I don't mind talking on the phone. If the room is full of other people I just switch off from them, to the degree that they really have to call my name out before I notice that they are talking to me...

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