How INTP Improves: Road of Pain and Discovery

( Author : A. Kim, Esq.)

자녀들 중에 분명코 바보는 아닌데 어떤 문제의 해결에 있어서 다른 해답을 가져오기도 합니다. 그런데 곰곰이 생각해보면 그 대답이 분명 다른 사람들의 대답보다 더 논리적이라는 것을 알 수 있습니다. 논리적이라는 것은 분명 문제를 정확히 파악하고 그 문제를 풀 수 있는 대안에 대해 논리 정연하게, 정확하게, 또는 가장 합리적으로 방법을 제시하고 있다는 것입니다.

바보가 아닌 그들이 천재로 인정받기 위해서는 그만큼 사회도 그들을 인정하려는 자세가 필요합니다. 사실 이러한 천재들은 사회를 변화 시키며, 또 남들이 생각하지 않았던 것을 생각해내는 훌륭한 과학자, 예를들면, 아인슈타인 박사, 또는 테슬러와 우주왕복선을 개발, 발전 시키고 있는 앨런 머스크등을 볼 수 있습니다. 여기에서 내성적인 직관이 발달된 그들은 먼저 문제가 발생하면 문제를 해부, 분석하여 문제의 흐름을 간파하는 등, 그 문제와 관련하여, 규칙과 법을 적용하는 등 어떤 문제와 사건에 대해 깊이있게 다루며 이 문제가 후일 어떻게 전개될 것인가, 어떤 영향을 끼칠 것인가를 면밀히 조사분석하는 형입니다. 그러다보니 당장에 어떤 답을 기다리고 있는 사람들에게는 상당히 답답하다는 느낌을 주어 바보로 생각되어질 수 있지만 실은 그들은 문제를 분석하느라고 그렇게 시간을 들이는 것입니다. 즉 안에서 프레임화 시켜서 답을 구하는 INTP 형과,  밖에서 답을 구하는  외향적인 직관을 사용하는 사람들(예를 들면, ENTJ)과 조금 다를 수 있다는 것입니다.

아래 글을 읽어보시고 우리 자녀들이 INTP형에 해당이 된다면 그들에게 시간을 주고 기다려 주세요. 그러면 그들은 분명 당신들이 기대했던 것 이상 결과를 만들어 낼 것입니다.

특히 한국 부모들에게는 참 힘들다는 것 압니다. 하지만 자식들에게 시간을 주는 것도 결국은 부모가 해 줄 수 있는 최소한의 배려가 아닐는지요?

현직 변호사가 자신의 경험담과 친구들의 경험담을 기초로 지난 10년동안 연구분석한 MBTI의 이해에 대해 여러분이 관심을 가지고 자식, 친구, 배우자에 대해 생각해 보는 시간을 갖는 것도 좋을 듯합니다. 기타 문의 사항은 아래 웹싸이트에 가입하셔서 직접 문의하시면 한국말 또는 영어로 답변을 해 드릴 것입니다.

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Case of INTP: Dumb until Smart

It has come to my attention that INTP (especially) have to deal with this issue: being dumb until they suddenly become smart.

What do I mean by this?

I look to introverted thinking (Ti) dominance in the INTP to answer this peculiarity in the INTP to answer that question.

The INTP’s Ti is always running. It is always building and correcting one’s internal framework, looking at different facts, figures, concepts, and arguments (even if contradictory) to create the most accurate build of whatever Ti user is interested in (could be anything from fashion to math, by the way).

Now, that sounds really cool. I admit it. However, there’s a caveat to that: internal. Unlike Te dominant people (extraverted thinkers: ENTJ/ESTJ), the thinking process in the INTP is introverted, meaning the INTP uses a subjective categorizing system to identify, sort, and store the data they observe and obtain. Te users use the external data itself to make decisions, while Ti user must have a framework in which to put that data into, otherwise it’ll likely have no relevance and therefore, be forgotten.

Thus, an INTP is only as smart as the model one has built in one’s head, and equally, as dumb as the model one has built. If that model is inaccurate in some way (whether due to lack of due diligence in Ne and Si or unconscious Fe), the INTP individual will have trouble identifying problems and and coming up with adequate solutions. INTP will struggle, not with the delivery of thought or idea, but rather, with the reception or lack thereof.

Because the subjective Ti model is incorrect or inaccurate, the Ti using INTP will not be able to figure out where the disconnect is. Then it’s the familiar pattern; confusion, frustration, and finally, decision that everyone else is dumb for their inability to comprehend or understand. Because Ti is a rational judging function (even if introverted), INTP will actually believe the self is right and even be able to convince themselves that they’re not the problem, even if others point out flaws or differing viewpoints.

That’s how you have a dumb INTP.

However, with enough failures, some dumb INTPs stop thinking that they’re 100% correct. They start to question their presumptions and conclusions. They question the model. Some of them may question themselves (could lead to depression or other instability during this phase). They realize that the model they have in their head might be incorrect and start research to verify that their “deductions” are correct.

This is how you have the typical, average INTP.

Then, the INTP begins to seek out more objective observations. They talk to people, asking for input. They share their thoughts, not with the goal of arguing, but for clarification. And when they’re in this “exploratory mode,” they will likely tap into their unconscious inferior Fe function, which will prevent them from coming across as crass, cold, or like a jackass. In the process, INTP will likely find many consistent but also inconsistent information, they’ll find different but potentially equal and valid points, and seek to integrate it to the Ti model. As the INTP actively turns and twists the model within oneself, INTP will finally be granted their “Eureka” moment, when everything finally clicks into place. Of course, through this process, their model is going to be potentially immense and complex (yet at the same time, incredibly simple for the Ti user) due to the amount of Ne-Si data collection that will have likely gone into it.

INTP will find that their model is perfectly suited to understanding many areas, but also to actually solve important real life problems, … this will make the INTP very happy. This allows the inferior Fe to come out more as well, due to the relaxation resulting from an accurate understanding. The INTP will then continue looking at new things to incorporate and change their models to be even more accurate and applicable in even broader areas of life, and this will make a very excited INTP. This also helps those around them, and they’re more likely to come to the INTP for advice, which the INTP will more than likely be happy to help with (depends on the problem).

And that’s how you finally have the smart INTP.

Not saying it’s easy to be any other type, but being smart INTP takes a lot of determination and work for sure. So keep at it, INTPs. You’re always going to be a work in progress, but that’s when you’re “smart.”

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