The TiNe-Ti, like the TiSe, leads their psyche with Ti – creating an overall attitude of absence, detachment and dispassion. Being far removed from Fe, which sits in the unconscious, their relationship to the social world will be muted and stunted. They may neither feel the need or desire for interpersonal closeness and will tend to withdraw just as much from their own emotional world as that of most others. For the TiNe-Ti, the world is experienced from the vantage point of an outside observer. Nothing is directly personal. Their own existence may be a curiosity to them, and with the innocent eyes of a child they will explore this bizarre world they find themselves in with playful imagination. Having Ne as their perception process, their conceptualization of the world will be forever changing in real-time as better ideas come into mind. The TiNe-Ti will make it a personal challenge to shift their ideas continually and rapidly until they arrive at the most internally cohesive points or premises. They will spend days or months manipulating ideas into different arrangements – as if ideas were mental toys or objects – seeking symmetries and trying to resolve philosophical as well as logical paradoxes.
|Function Hierarchy||Ti (Ne–Si) Fe|
|Approx. Temperament||INT (Introverted Intuition Thinking):
|Spiritual Narrative||Alin: The consuming void of nihilism which threatens to devalue all actions for their absence of rational reason or justification. Oppositely, the hidden aspiration to escape this void-ness by creating the highest meaning possible through personal willpower and the ignition of an inner flame.|
The TiNe-Ti is a rational being driven by a soft, understated pursuit of truth and an alignment to it in the way they come to define it. They are evaluative, observant and responsive rather than active, initiatory or objectively oriented. They do not seek to manipulate or control reality but instead are most content observing its effects unfold and attempting to understand them. While outwardly quite disorganized and unconcerned with the affairs of life, the TiNe-Ti will approach their inner world of ideas with a rigid sense of structure. Their ideas may be sharply defined, particular and crafted out of careful contemplation from a variety of angles. They are driven toward accuracy in their thoughts and to describe the nature of existence properly.
For the TiNe-Ti, the world is often seen as a place of incongruences and complexities; of paradoxes and mysteries. They notice many choose to navigate themselves in this flux without giving serious thought to what factors compel them in those directions. Inversely, they would wish to understand a situation fully before moving within it, to do so appropriately. But that aspiration seems ever out of reach as time constraints disallow a full evaluation of causality. They are always one step behind the world, with more on their plate to analyze than what they can reasonably digest – and indeed they wish to analyze it all.
Yet in attempting to find order in chaos, they may discover certain irrefutable conclusions even if that is how unknowable everything is or how faulty the pursuit of knowledge may be. At other times, their pursuits may yield more positive central axioms of reality such as the Cartesian cogito ergo sum, the tenants of existentialism or Pascal’s Wager. The TiNe-Ti then slowly begins to structure a framework of reality from central premises which feel most conceptually pure to them. This central apex will act like a cornerstone; the first crystallization of a snowflake from where other conclusions branch from. They may update their central premises along the way, necessarily reformatting adjacent conclusions from that new place, as it’s important to them that the whole set of their conclusions stem form a unified place with a traceable deductive pathway.
The TiNe-Ti seeks to encapsulate the essence of a thing through semantic precision; meticulously working out where the boundaries lie between two adjacent thought groupings. There is little more satisfying to them than when data suddenly clicks into perfect arrangement, revealing a fundamental truth. The TiNe lives for these rare and magic moments and by engaging in this differentiation process, they gain a firm mental grasp on the world; dissipating the fog of the unknown. The further the TiNe-Ti is from clarity of definition in his own thoughts, the more internal dissonance will be felt. There is a perfectionist quality to this act wherein their personal desire for purity of logos is at once a desire for purity of the self. Indeed, the TiNe-Ti’s success in building this framework is tied to their sense of identity, as they may view themselves primarily as a seeker of truth. There will be an ethical quality to their pursuit which manifests in a valuing of neutrality, honesty, authenticity and clarity. Lack of neutrality, honesty or lack of clarity will be sensed as a transgression; one which they avoid in their own behavior and which they may also depreciate in others. As a compass type, the TiNe-Ti will strive for a type of nobility of character, which he can sustain only if he feels he is being honest with himself and avoiding as many impurities as possible in his own thinking.
And while such firmness to principle can be admirable, in other situations they can be stubborn and difficult to negotiate with because they fixate on certain ideas they feel are true and so long as their idea remains in their head, their heels remain sunk in that interpretation. This can lead them to become impractical in many real-world situations when the consequences of their definitions collide with certain necessary actions. They may be quick to find reasons why certain lines of thought and resulting actions are not rationally aligned to truth. They’ll often refuse to participate in something that seems necessary to some, but misaligned to them. However, while no amount of pressure, external circumstance or logistical necessities can bend a TiNe-Ti’s opinion, a properly aimed rebuttal can radically shift their stance in moments. Suddenly the gates of their thoughts reconfigure, allowing for a completely new trajectory to be possible and new actions to emerge. They are persuaded by the integrity behind decisions, and aim to embody their most updated truth paradigm at all times.
Strangely, despite how subjectively this type seems to define their reality, they are driven to place at their center certain ideals and axioms which must not be solely theirs. They depreciate their subjective feeling of things, and don’t consider their own emotions to be a legitimate reasoning to believe something. They must find reasons outside of themselves for why their axioms are correct. But neither do they fully trust the objective, which they find limits the pursuit of truth to a narrow circumference of facts only circumstantially available in the present time. They instead turn to a kind of philosophizing in sterility, reasoning from a priori and using decontextualized logic as their external metric. By doing so they can aim for the largest questions of life, striving to attain a more timeless comprehension of existence.
As their attention is turned to the logically airtight, rather than the practical or pragmatic, the TiNe-Ti will not be exceptionally brilliant at empirical thinking or tasks such as engineering or science, which calls upon them to abandon the domain of their own deductions and adapt their logic to the necessary consideration of the physical. This robs them of their capacity to self-form ideas, constricting their thinking to ‘what is’ rather than what may lie underneath or behind the process. For the TiNe-Ti, the experience they physically occupy is always seen as a circumstance rather than an actuality; feeling always in some sense that their consciousness, or at least their pursuit of knowledge, exists separate from the specifics of any situation or environment.
The TiNe-Ti is among the most detached, invisible and non-present of all types — not necessarily out of reclusiveness, but because of a faint energy and interpersonal unavailability. This absence is neither voluntary nor born out of a grudge against feelings, but from an inability to truly feel. Their somatic constitution is minimal as is their involvement with the sensory. They will feel a lack of engagement with reality as though they were standing back from it as an outside observer; watching their own existence from behind glass. This may cause them to struggle at work, having an altogether lackluster performance that is constantly and automatically disengaging from tasks. Their psychic attention is forever being called into a solitary world of concepts and away from the duties and obligations of life, which they only engage in with tentative fingers and a delayed pace. They may be perceived as tepid, aloof and lacking initiative or animation/vitality. Only the most persistent and strong connections will survive this detaching tendency, as the TiNe-Ti will be very prone to lose touch with people and friends. This tendency can be quite troubling to the TiNe-Ti who might be motivated to reconnect with people in a more fundamental way, but ever struggling to be “present” to the degree that they would wish to be. Others of this type may come to embrace this tendency and take the solitary but tranquil path of zen, wherein there is cessation of striving and a comfort felt in relinquishing the struggle for passions, expectations and aspirations. The seemingly neutral and non-human-centric attitude of the universe may be deeply felt as personally resonant, and they may come to align themselves with the idea that all accomplishments are aiming to cover up, momentarily, a far more bittersweet yet serene and everlasting Śūnyatā.
Adding to the TiNe-Ti’s already detached way of analyzing reality is a surreal and somewhat imaginary form of viewing their surroundings. The eyes of the TiNe-Ti will only faintly and momentarily register the actual details of objects; almost immediately turning their attention to an associative activity where the impression of the object is cross-contextualized to other related ideas. They may find themselves relating Harry Potter characters to types of trees, comparing insect sounds to classical symphonies, or redefining words by what they sound like they should mean. This sort of abstraction is mostly playful and fleeting, with associations leaving as quickly as they come. However, this can be both highly stimulating or disorienting to them, as they may find themselves continually distracted by their perceptions and experience their thoughts as a web of potentialities and ways to see the world.
While many may not bother entertaining such seemingly fruitless paths, something in the TiNe-Ti is optimistic that maybe knowledge could emerge out of their speculations – and indeed sometimes it does. They may enjoy dabbling with other conceptual models that hold their own inner structure and can suspend their premises in a kind of mental emulation alongside their own. The TiNe-Ti can suspend several such emulations in their mind at a time; cross-contextualizing aspects of them to each other. They will have a receptiveness toward novelty and a leniency toward the unknown, but behind each speculation the TiNe-Ti retains their aspiration for discovering cohesion and structure. They will explore with the intention of finding ways to expand their conceptual framework. Out of all the possible realities that their imagination constellates in their mind, they seek to find the truest one. As such their leniency has a limit and they may also reject hypotheses that are too fantastical and don’t align with their set of starting premises. While other types can explore more freely and gregariously as an exercise until itself, the TiNe-Ti is most energized when such explorations lead to meaningful insights and a synthesis of knowledge.
Their surreal relationship to the world will also manifest itself in a lack of attentiveness toward the details of their own life. They may find themselves oblivious to their physical appearance, eating, sleeping or working. They may perpetually lose track of time and place; often arriving to places without noticing the journey they took. Prone to be an absentminded daydreamer, they can be seen as clumsy by others with more awareness and physical coordination. The order of their physical surroundings may crumble as their attention is turned toward an inward exploration and constant reorganization and refinement of ideas. There is little the TiNe-Ti enjoys more than turning ideas around in their head, finding new and better ways to arrange their knowledge. And this can become a favored pastime they indulge in at the expense of more worldly concerns. They may become immersed in their fantasy games, card games, or reading sci-fi novels, contemplating the possibility of alien visitations and anything else that can distract them from the rather glum and desaturated state of the outer world.
The TiNe-Ti will not possess the greatest practical wisdom for managing day to day life, matters of finances, logistics, future goals or civil duties. From the vantage point of their higher conceptual aspirations, such tasks may feel menial and unfulfilling; rote and senseless. They would much rather ponder the great questions of life than build for themselves an establishment in the corporeal; a domain which does not rival the timeless reality which they more fervently aim to uncover. But in failing to realize that for all their musings they are tethered to this reality in unpardonable ways, they hinder any opportunities they may have to manifest productions and to quantify what it is they are discovering. The TiNe-Ti may dream of creating great literary works or institutions, but find themselves unable to manifest the conscientiousness required to meet those dreams. Preparing for the future and following through with their preparations will be a difficult task requiring a level of physical investment that is hard for them to sustain. Their impulse is to detach from the physical and enter their favored domain of thought, and becoming grounded in habits and customs may prove exceptionally difficult.
Any tasks that require attention to static information suffer from an equal level of neglect from this type. The TiNe-Ti may struggle to digest large amounts of facts chronicling history, world events, names of places, species or people and their biographies. What came before is not as stimulating as what could be, and information must have conceptual potential to engage their attention. The TiNe-Ti will often be disconnected from the past, living in a place largely void of context and pregnant with new energy and what new ideas and clarity can offer.
As they organize their inner journey from a ground-up approach to knowledge, their relationship to existing protocols for moral behavior, ritual and action will also undergo rigorous questioning. Rather than adapting the customs of their parent culture and gaining from it a sense of structure to life, the TiNe-Ti will challenge their fundamental suppositions, choosing as much as possible to remain untethered in their thinking. They will reject any doctrines that impose constraints on their ability to speculate freely about everything. If per chance they adapt a doctrine, they will do so after a great deal of research. Nonetheless, they will invariably differ from their peers in how they understand the scripture, discovering their own granular interpretation of it and developing a specialized knowledge of it. More likely, however, they will nurture an entirely independent set of precepts which may take decades to mature but which perfectly encapsulates their unified view of life.
The TiNe-Ti will have limited emotional energy, often possessing far less stamina than those around them. This is not to say they don’t wish to connect with others but their emotional tank, so to speak, will be very small. Doing even simple emotional engagements can represent a great energetic toll; one disproportionate to the taxation felt by others. The TiNe-Ti may often feel exhausted after a phone call, a long conversation with family or an outing with friends. They may require ample time to themselves in solitude after each engagement. However, the time spent in recovery is not indefinitely cumulative. Despite how much time they take to recover afterwards, their reserves can only replenish so far. Indeed, even weeks of relaxation can only replenish them to 100% which may still be prone to depletion with another few hours of full engagement in the world of people.
This will often cause them to be very selective in their energy expenditures and interactions, choosing only to be emotional with one or two people who they feel most at ease with. Finding others who don’t represent a large emotional strain becomes important to them, and a positive source of lasting friendship. At other times, they may choose to channel their emotions in more subtle ways through writing or art, rather than through vocal displays or animation.
Given the lack of force of the TiNe-Ti’s emotional center, they will ever be in an adaptive or yielding relationship to people. They will tend to oblige to the emotional requirements of situations, insofar as their energy allows, and present a cordial, amiable but mild persona – using what they know to be proper etiquette and possibly feigning emotions in the process. They may come to resent their own expressions, lack of transparency or self-representation. But it can be difficult for them to act from their paradigm of ideals while also still honoring the needs of the social situation. Values of honesty and authenticity may conflict with the sensitivities of people and the present. They may wish to experience complete transparency with others; advocating for an unveiling or removal of personas in all human dealings and hoping to interface as directly and earnestly with others’ true opinions as he does with his own. But this request may be too indelicate to fulfill, as many human interactions involve complicated dynamics, a dance of hearts and a level of coyness or subterfuge. They may lament this impossibility and resign themselves to its dynamics, or in a few occasions may resolve to speak their truth plainly without regard for the frivolity of human conduct.
Notwithstanding the struggles faces in the social world, an even greater source of tension can manifest within the TiNe-Ti’s own emotional world if he aspires to fully align his emotions to his beliefs, values and actions. The TiNe-Ti may wish to exist as an entity fully free of contradiction, aiming to also reconcile his feelings with his ideals and paradigms of truth. This may lead the TiNe-Ti to try to control their emotions or guide them in the direction of a logical principle. In the best situations, the TiNe-Ti achieves an internal harmony and syzygy of ideal and action. However, when control of emotions is not possible, the TiNe-Ti may resort to suppression, and mark certain inner states as irrational and thus illegitimate. In doing so they regain inner alignment, but at the cost of an aspect of themselves.
But if the heart is allowed to exist for its own qualities and free of suppression or idealistic constraints, the TiNe-Ti will have a very child-like emotionality. Being a more undervalued aspect of their psychology, their heart will lag behind other parts of them in terms of wisdom and experience, manifesting as that of an infant. They may feel radiant with an infantile optimism, refreshing open-heartedness and a grace toward the world that is only seen in those unadulterated. At other times, they may be shy and eager for simple love and affirmation. Whatever the shape of their inner world, it will exist in a raw form and be forthright in its wishes.
When the stress and gravity of life cause a fall out of emotional health, their already faint emotional energies become even more deeply coveted. Unable to operate meaningfully in the environment, they will flee fully from the world and into a protective barrier of their own making. They will shut off emotionally and may become suspicious and avoidant of intrusions to their private space. This can lead to a very isolated experience where they feel they can only rely on themselves to figure out the answer. Driven equally by feelings of self-sufficiency and fear of emotional openness, they will aim to shoulder their pain entirely alone.
In one scenario, they meet the problem with callousness of feeling. What is not felt cannot hurt, and here their natural capacity for dispassion is repurposed and used to strip power away from the heart. They may sever their connection to others with surprising ease, and forget the magnitude of their inner affect. What is non-ideal is rejected as they continue their pursuit for the ideal both in themselves and others. Yet the content remains, and they may harbor unresolved feelings for years at a time – often freezing their heart in the process. Merciless as they may be, they will intellectualize their decisions, satisfying their need to act from just premises and retain a proper sense of self.
Wailings and charged emotional reactions may be perceived as irrational and therefore inappropriate and to be avoided. However, as stress accumulates further, their logic will become gradually more distorted as they aim to rationalize what is essentially an emotional objection underneath. Unable to clearly and cathartically convey their heart’s voice, having stripped it of its power, their inner pains will emerge through distorted logical arguments and skewed claims. Their tendency to intellectualize matters of the heart will lead them to push the narrative into a form that agrees with their unconscious feelings.
As their stress furthers, they may disconnect themselves from others entirely and fall into schizoid tendencies. A deep apathy may fall over them as their thoughts spiral into nihilistic territory. Their own mind becomes their enemy as they deconstruct the legitimacy and value of any meaning or goal.
In another scenario, where the heart remains open, they meet the problem with honesty of feeling. In their pursuit for authenticity of self, they allow the full gravity of their situation to hit them and they familiarize themselves with their darkest disappointments, losses and despair. Evident now in striking clarity is how far from the ideal life has fallen. They will yearn for lost paradise; that which they feel could be possible “if only.” All that is absence is longed for, and attaining the ideal feels to be the only escape; compelling them to grasp for it ever more intently. And because they are perfectionists by nature, they will turn their attention to themselves to understand what is wrong. They may come to feel responsible for all that is not going well in their life and will be prone to episodes of melancholy and deep ruminations about their shortcomings or imperfections. Worse yet, if a conclusion emerges (“I’m horrible”, “I’m responsible”) that cannot be rationally or emotionally refuted, be it true or not, they will need to continue believing it in order not to betray their compass, even if believing such a thing causes continual pain. Moving past certain damages can be challenging unless their paradigm changes to reinterpret their past in a way that puts them in a more merciful place. They will have trouble accepting positive emotions just for the sake of it, without cause to feel positive. They will feel dubious of any trajectory of healing that isn’t somehow also justified in a certain sense. In this way, they do themselves no service. Holding onto their ideals/conclusions so adamantly can be the cause of their own demise.