As an SeTi I— you are an Explorer type, inescapably driven towards the proactive absorption of information. Your relationship to the world is mediated by an insatiable curiosity, a restless itch to peek into new things and experiment with a variety of experiences – whether they be deeply touching, entertaining, humorous or shocking. This proclivity towards immersive experiences can lead them to suck you in, loosening your grip on other matters until you find yourself in a different place or time without noticing how your investigative journey lead you there. Your exploration of ideas will tend to be vivid, visceral and will pull you deep into a flow state. Your attention is channeled towards a physical immersion into the subject at hand, giving you an acute hyper-focus that’s also charged with a sensual energy. Your bodily presence and intensity is part of everything you do, making you a manifestation of realism and a way to convey how reality truly is felt and lived. But because of this, your mind is a mixture of hyper-attentive and inattentive at the same time. You exhibit an overwhelming indulgence towards ideas or things you presently find engaging, but just as much disregard for those things that lack engagement for you. This can cause problems with distraction and issues with keeping to a lifestyle that’s too predictable.
Your mind can be “a lot” to handle, and this can be both rewarding when it generates a seamless stream of inspirations and very exhausting when it leads to inner and outer chaos and disarray. In the worst cases, this can cause chronic troubles focusing on work or studies, a habit of disregarding protocols and getting into trouble due to impulsivity. At other times this can lead you to be incredibly prolific and creative, generating new material at a rapid, real-time rate. Depending on which form this takes, people may experience you as lively, animated and witty on the one hand, or childish, disruptive and imprudent on the other. But in either case, there is never a dull moment with you. While others may hold themselves back from reality, you plunge forward once you see a promising opportunity, and this can cause your presence to bring a contagious dynamism to those around you.
But this appetite for staying in motion, either literally by traveling or mentally by jumping across interests, can develop into a panicked or anxious need to do so. Problems may arise with staying satisfied with what you have or where you are now. The hunger for novelty develops into restlessness, stress and can be at odds with your own deeper goals, which may require years of temperance and gradual progress that quickly becomes suffocating and imprisoning. Interests and people may be picked up and dropped off quickly – breaking connections in the process. And in times of difficulty, you will be viscerally compelled to stay on the run by avoiding your own anxieties and fears – moving to the next thing as a way to distract or catch the fall – resulting in a personal hollowness accumulating in the background. You may begin to ask reductionist questions about what the objective meaning of life is, how such a thing can ever be defined, and you may be prone to the occasional existential moment. But this may not always be acutely felt, and for the most part you are satisfied with the trade-offs of being a free-spirited, unbound trailblazer.
However, behind your voyaging, or perhaps because of it, will lie an inner yearning to find or make a “home.” In your career, your passions and in love, you’ll struggle for a place to settle – somewhere that evokes absolute belonging – even though you may find it difficult to stumble upon any place that checks all the boxes and which would anchor you to it. This yearning for home will also contain a more abstract aspiration for a holistic, spiritual synchronicity with the cosmos – the call towards a state of being where your life, your body and soul are moving in perfect rhythm with something numinous that exists beyond you. And while this is a frightening idea in some parts of consciousness, it is also the hidden agenda of your unconscious and is a source of idealistic fantasy. Your wanderings are motivated, at heart, to coming across that place that will satisfy all your criteria, give you the right answers, and tie you down happily forever.
Adaptive > Directive:
As for your emotional disposition, if you are adaptive you present yourself with an agreeable demeanor, being affable and cordial in person. You know how to maneuver around social dynamics in a way that shows your compassion towards all people in general. You value an ethical approach that is inclusive and mutually uplifting, rather than discriminating or selective.However, there may be a felt distance between your cordial presentation and the more scrutinizing aspect of your thoughts, which are altogether more dispassionate and sterile. While your outward persona may carry a placid smile and knows how to play the part of a decent person, you are much more robotic underneath. Your courtesies and platitudes have no place in your introspection. And when this more analytical aspect has a chance to voice itself, this inner and outer contrast comes into public view. You may alternate between being openly warm and caring, or being emotionally flat and absent. Nonetheless, both represent true aspects of you, and although you sometimes vanish from all social presence to pursue a dispassionate interiority, you ultimately return again to engage with those you love and wish to form meaningful relationships with.
Directive > Adaptive:
As for your emotional disposition, if you are directive you have an analytical approach to information that turns its attention inward, removing itself from social contexts in order to arrive at conclusions that are dispassionately true regardless of their mainstream appeal. If you desire to persuade or convince anyone of your opinions, you wish for it to be done through a shared appreciation for sound reasoning rather than emotional niceties. And although you’re fully aware of the social dynamics in a given situation, courtesies and platitudes are not your preferred approaches to managing your social life.This can make you appear harsh to others, as you withhold praise or approval that you don’t think is true or deserved. You do show praise and admiration, but when it’s born out of an authentic display of nobility, rather than doing so because the situation would desire it. Inversely, when someone shows a less than noble character, you may be prone to critique it, even though you don’t see it as your place to change them. You like to see people grow and mature into their best selves, and you often utilize your analytical thought to provide commentary as to how that could be done. And although your analyses can be a little tough sometimes, your heart ultimately wishes for people to maximize their own inner potential.