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- Type: TiSe
- Development: l---
- Attitude: Adaptive
Hello everyone! I was just recently typed, so I’m still new to CT, but I’ll give this a go.
1) Do the themes associated with your first function resonate with your personality and role in the world? How does that function manifest, and which themes of the descriptions are ‘not you?’
Ti:Search for Universal Axioms
Yes to almost all of this, although “searching” sounds more active than what I experience. For me, it’s more like I’m trying to keep my words, thoughts, and beliefs in alignment with the truth, and I’m casting off everything that isn’t true. This casting off process is how I narrow in on the truth. (This may apply more to the next section.)
Yes. Especially this: “…it tends to be far better at identifying what things are not, than what things are.”
Ti: Castle Construction
Personally, I don’t feel like I have a castle. I relate more to what @ivory wrote:
“It’s more that I sense the world through a series of intuitive impressions, and I am constantly making educated guesses to why it does what it does – why it is what it is. In a sense, this requires a lack of a strongly structured core.”
For me personally, voicing my ideas helps me find out if they really make sense or not – especially when having conversations with other people.
Ti: Ontology & Linguistics
Absolutely. This is exactly what I do.
This is very true for me, but the work I do involves a lot of critique and feedback, so I’ve gotten pretty used to accepting the idea that perfection is sometimes subjective and not always a realistic goal.
Ti: Stubborn Alignment to Framework
About 50/50. For example,
Very true for me: “The strong Ti user must reason his way out of a certain conceptual hole…” Yes. The problem is that not every conceptual hole can be layered nicely under the structure of reason, so it’s easy to get stuck. This is made even worse when Ni has made a pessimistic forecast and every new Se refresh perceives the same bleak situation. (At least that’s what I think is probably happening functionally. I could be wrong. 🙂 )
Not so true for me: “They’ll often refuse to participate in something that seems necessary to some, but misaligned to them.” Unnecessary things can be annoying, but I’ll do them — unless they’re actually unethical.
Ti: Lack of Presence
This doesn’t really ring true for me. I feel very much in my body and in the world even when my mind turns inward. It’s more that I’m not able to focus on the external world and my inner world at the same time, so when I go into my head I stop paying attention to the external world, but I’m still “here.” Could this have something to do with Se vs Ne?
Behaviors Under Stress: Emotional Shutoff
Sort of. I do have a “tendency to intellectualize matters of the heart,” but this actually helps me get more in touch with my emotions during times of stress because I become obsessed with understanding them, and this forces me to contend with them.
Behaviors Under Stress: Hyper-Focus on Imperfections
I don’t really relate to the myth of the void as it’s described, although I think the light version of the myth is beautiful. If anything, I’ve generally been more prone to feel certain aspects of dark Alin. The myth of Aler (Fe) is the one that resonates with me most strongly.
2) Do other people see you in the themes associated with your first function? Have you received feedback about these qualities from others?
From the people who know me best, definitely. But I think in some social and work settings I might come across as more Fe-like.
3) Is there another function theme – aside from that of your first function – that resonates more with your personality and role in the world? If so, how does it manifest?
Not more than Ti, but I relate to a lot of the Fe descriptions in the Attitudes of the Heart article. I also relate to several aspects of the Ne description, including: daydreaming, lack of attention, tinkering, and sometimes (under stress) distraction and escapism. Honestly, I could also make a case for parts of Fi, since I’m very human-focused and I definitely feel that I have a strong, emotional, value-oriented core — though, my experience may be very different from that of an actual Fi user. 🙂
4) Is there a certain “shade” of your type that you match? If so, which one and why?
I’m not sure I know enough about this yet. Probably Technical Specialist or Poised Actor.
5) How does your personality and role in the world compare to the other people in your type category?
I’ll hold off on answering this until I have a better sense of what other people in my type category are like.