Most of us have probably heard the "Is the glass half full or is it half empty?" analogy before. For me, every time I've heard it, I've heard it as a representation for an optimist vs. a pessimist...an optimist would focus on the fact that they have of the drink/liquid left viewing the glass as half full, and the pessimist would focus on the fact that half of it was gone, viewing the glass as half empty.
But the thing is, since the two are the exactly the same statement, it's possible that both are simply objective viewpoints of the same situation, and neither one is the "positive" or "negative" viewpoint. Or maybe either view could be viewed as positive or negative.
But I was wondering if type could be related to this at all instead. I know I'm stretching a lot here, but I just wanted to throw it out.
First off, it's not necessarily that the liquid in the glass is decreasing...maybe we're looking at filling it up instead?
If this was the case, then maybe an S type would view it as half full. They might focus on what's already been done...the fact that half of it has already been filled. I say this is S for two reasons: (a) the liquid is real/tangible, so they don't have to imagine it, and (b) like I mentioned, the process is filling the glass...so this is a focus on the past or on the present.
An N, on the other hand, would be looking to the future, or the work that still needs to be done...they're picturing filling the glass to the top, so they're imaging the big picture goal. They're already thinking about what could be done to finish the job, rather than what's already been done.
I say this because it kind of came up in another thread...and it shows that someone who views the glass as half empty can actually have a more positive/optimistic viewpoint than the person who views it as half full...or at least one doesn't have to be more pessimistic than the other.
Of course, this is all a little different if we think about the glass being emptied rather than filled...in that case, I don't know how the S/N viewpoint might work. And it might even be possible that it can go in both directions at the same time...more can be added to it or taken away from it.
Anyway, I just wanted to throw that out there, because sometimes I feel like we make assumptions about people's viewpoints or intents that aren't really there. I've recently found out that sometimes I do this more than I realize.
And like I said, I know I'm stretching to make it type related, but there's no harm in throwing the idea out there, right?