About TPL

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Hello.  I’m The Peaceful Listener; TPL for short.  I’ve never had much success at keeping up a blog and, after 8 months of no posting, I’m hesitant to hope for more consistency.  At any rate, here I am again.  And here’s a little about me and what I hope to accomplish with the re-launch of the website.

As is true of anyone, there were a myriad of circumstances that contributed to the person that I find myself to be today.  I am the offspring of intellectual, creative, thoughtful, and serious people.  A good book is mostly preferred over strenuous activity, as is a good discussion or mulling something over internally.  I also grew up, or well, spent some important years, in a small town as the child of a public figure in the community.  This led to its own phenomena of isolation and judgement, as well as, absorbing a unique perspective on society.

Pile on top of this circumstantial evidence a history of mental illness, substance abuse, repression, abuse, good ol’ Midwestern passive aggressivity (ie. general dysfunction) in the family dynamic, and you’ve got TPL!  That’s not to say there weren’t good things, also (good family values, hawaiian night parties, trips to the family place of origin, laughter over goofiness, kitties, a dog, ice skating in the backyard, LOVE), but some of the things I’ve noted above are why I’ve started this concept of TPL as a blog, a service, a forum, etc.

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As an INFP, I am 4% of the population.  Possibly much less of the population in small towns I’ve lived in here in Minnesota.  Simply put, I’m an introvert who uses my intuition, feelings and perceptions to make sense of my world.  I find that being a small percentage of any scenario leads to much loneliness and lack of understanding.  When things have been difficult in my life, there was often no one to turn to.  No one to trust or anyone who would understand.  I have so much love for people and their uniqueness.  We are each such a spark of light in this crazy/stupid world.  I don’t want people to feel the way I have and often still do; we all need someone to listen, to talk to, to trust, to rely on.

These are true INFP statements as 16personalities.com describes:  “INFP personalities are true idealists, always looking for the hint of good in even the worst of people and events, searching for ways to make things better. While they may be perceived as calm, reserved, or even shy, INFPs have an inner flame and passion that can truly shine.”

My goal is to provide a unique perspective in these blog posts that you find valuable and interesting.  I also hope to accomplish this through my twitter feed @peacefulistener.  Soon to come will also be a “services” page where you can book appointments through Skype with me.  I am here to listen.

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