Using the INFP values and the Dopaminergic Engagement Cycle, with the sparkle as the point of hyperfocus, here is the cycle described in terms of the sparkle:
Uncertainty and confusion (🤔🧐): The INFP may feel unsure about their direction or purpose, seeking meaning and alignment with their values. They might feel overwhelmed by the complexity of the world or the numerous possibilities they envision.
Seeking stimulation (🧩🔍): In this stage, the INFP looks for inspiration, searching for ideas or experiences that resonate with their values, beliefs, and emotions. They may explore new books, art, or engage in deep conversations with others.
Sparkle: inspiration or “aha” moment (💫): The INFP encounters a situation, idea, or experience that aligns with their values and triggers a surge of inspiration. They feel a strong sense of purpose, excitement, and motivation, as if they’ve found the key to unlock their inner potential or a path to make a meaningful impact.
Hyperfocus and sustained attention (🎯💡): Fueled by the inspiration they’ve found, the INFP becomes intensely focused on their chosen endeavor, whether it’s writing, creating art, or helping others. They are wholly immersed in the activity, driven by a deep connection to their values and a desire to bring their vision to life.
Boredom and reflection (💭📖): As the initial excitement fades, the INFP begins to feel a sense of boredom or restlessness. They may start reflecting on the experience, considering the lessons learned and how it aligns with their values and long-term goals.
Seeking new engaging activities (🔄🌈): The INFP, now craving novelty and fresh inspiration, begins searching for new stimuli and experiences that align with their values. They may pursue different forms of creative expression, explore new perspectives, or delve into their emotions to find the next “sparkle” that will ignite their passion once again.
This cycle continues as the INFP navigates through life, seeking experiences and encounters that resonate with their values, inspire them, and provide the opportunity for deep emotional and intellectual engagement.