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This is a discussion on Ask an INTJ a question. within the INTJ Forum - The Scientists forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; Originally Posted by Abraxas You don't extrovert an introverted function. Yes, you do, usually just before farting a rainbow, sign ...
As I reflect on my cognitive functions being used most of my life, I begin to see that I am actually far more emotional than I ever really was willing to admit to myself because of... well, a lot of issues in my childhood and most of my life that I have failed to confront and just buried inside or repressed in order to soldier on.
This is basically causing me to doubt my type as I begin to unravel what my primary cognitive preference is, either for thinking or feeling. This is either because I am actually a feeler and coming to terms with it - or, conversely, because I am actually a thinker coming to terms with their feelings. I realize this is going to take some time to figure out, so I'm just going to leave my type as INTJ (where it has been the longest) for the sake of continuity to my posting here so that if anyone cares to follow me down the rabbit hole (or already has been), they can do so efficiently.
Last edited by Abraxas; 03-01-2012 at 03:24 PM.
I know you said something about being a whole lot more focused other people's feelings. I might have said the same thing about myself a while ago, until I looked more into it. I'm not really interested in what people are feeling, what their personal value-judgements are, but in what sort of thoughts are running through their heads. Those thoughts are often, in my opinion, based on emotional states, like fear, anger, anxiety, nervousness, playfulness, sarcasm, seriousness, stress, happiness ect. I pay attention to these things because they are major, important cues for me to be able to understand what they are thinking, so that I can understand them better. This part of me comes back to being a 9 and being able to see all sides of a situation to increase understanding and maintain peace.
I'm curious, why do you not set your type to unknown? Though I note you said "who" here and not "what":
I'm curious if any INTJ expresses their feelings or emotions ambiguously?
The relevance of typology to my identity now is part of a greater pattern I see reflected within all reality. Jung saw it, and it inspired him to create his life's work. His entire work was devoted to the same thing I have seen, the same thing that has been seen a thousand times before by others. It is the essence of so many systems and behaviors in reality, underlying the symmetry within nature that gave rise to mathematics and logic itself - as well as concepts such as 'God' and 'spirits' and even 'meaning' itself. It is the sequence itself, as it is happening.
When I speak of my 'self', I am referring now to a concept so abstract as to be practically meaningless in normal conversation, if you follow what I am hinting at.
So then people might begin to see what purpose I have given to The Quest for 'self-knowledge' that 'I' have undertaken.
For reasons beyond my control I think I like you, perhaps it might be because you seem stable enough to like and you have an interesting ways of expressing yourself which doesn't bore me stupid.
I think anyone who isn't INTJ might think....oh, how mediocre, I'm boring but they like me (a little?). I don't feel special. I'm sure that other INTJs would know the fact that there is an admission plus not being able to control it that it was a substantial statement and it gives clues to how vulnerable they are feeling.
I've never said that above, but I've said similar things, lord demon help me, and wondered why the other party doesn't see how crazy I am about them.
So.....yes and no.