Hello, fellow INTPs. I was thinking of making my first post about some endlessly debatable philosophical issue or scientific matter (such as "Where is the cheese?"), but I'll start out with a little quirk.
I'm a music lover, and I've recently discovered both jazz and classical music (through John Coltrane and Frederic Chopin.) It's been a nice surprise for me, finding out that there's so much more to both genres of music than easy listening. The musical complexity that I've found in both Coltrane's and Chopin's work is completely astounding. Deconstructing the rhythms, trying to grasp the harmonies and see the logic behind the progression of tones is a very engaging kind of mental gymnastics for me.
Now, I've listened to music perceptively before, but there usually isn't that much to deconstruct in the blues and classic rock (notable exceptions notwithstanding) that I'm such a big fan of. However, when I pay close attention to a classical or jazz piece, I can only go for so long before getting completely mentally exhausted. As a straight up introvert, I could compare it to how I'd shut down at a party as I force myself to focus on a lot of different things at once. Just complete mental and sensory overload. The only difference is that getting to that state of overload with music almost feels like a natural high (one that I have to terminate before my brain knocks out the roof of the building.)
I know that almost anywhere else this post would sound loony, but that's why I'm doing this here with all you other misfits. I'm interested in knowing if anyone else gets overwhelmed (in a good way!) by certain things, whether it's by music like me, mathematics or the process of pasteurization...heck, anything. Do any other INTPs seek mental overstimulation at times?