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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
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    What type? I think isfp or istp. I am curious why you'd go either istp or isfp for him. I'm really interested in this one and I'll dedicate the rest of the year to it. This interests me.



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    “I am learning to understand rather than immediately judge or to be judged. I cannot blindly follow the crowd and accept their approach. I will not allow myself to indulge in the usual manipulating game of role creation. Fortunately for me, my self-knowledge has transcended that and I have come to understand that life is best to be lived and not to be conceptualized. I am happy because I am growing daily and I am honestly not knowing where the limit lies. To be certain, every day there can be a revelation or a new discovery. I treasure the memory of the past misfortunes. It has added more to my bank of fortitude.”

    “Showing off is the fool's idea of glory.”

    “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”

    “All fixed set patterns are incapable of adaptability or pliability. The truth is outside of all fixed patterns.”

    “Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.”

    “Simplicity is the key to brilliance”

    You know what I want to think of myself? As a human being. Because, I mean I don't want to be like "As Confucius say," but under the sky, under the heavens there is but one family. It just so happens that people are different.
    Bruce Lee: The Lost Interview (1971)

    When you're talking about fighting, as it is, with no rules, well then, baby you'd better train every part of your body!
    Bruce Lee: The Lost Interview (1971)

    All types of knowledge, ultimately self knowledge.
    Bruce Lee: The Lost Interview (1971)
    Bruce Lee is the iconic ISTP, however I would argue that, contrary to popular belief, Bruce Lee is a 1w9, not a 9w8. He has principals like a 1, and not the lust of an 8.

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    I think he's an ISTP but that is only because I have typed my dad as ISTP and Bruce Lee is my dad's hero.
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    He's my personal hero, too. Wish I could have trained under him. I don't know if that says anything about his type, though.

    I think in Socionics he'd be an ESTP-Ti subtype. Definitely strong Ti, but he was outgoing from what I know of him. He does give off an ISTP vibe, but I'd say that's mainly due to his cultural background and some of the parts he played in movies.

    I'll have to go with ESTP for Myers-Briggs, too. Maybe ISTP. I don't see INFJ at all, just high Ni from his studies in philosophy.

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    Bruce Lee is undoubtedly an ISTP. He is disciplined because Ti - introverted judging function, which may come of as J-ish. He has his own rules and stick to it. Creating something new and better out of the old and the obsolete is something Ti excel in. Bruce Lee's creation is Jeet Kune Do.

    "Jeet Kune Do, abbreviated JKD, is an eclectic and hybrid martial art heavily influenced by the philosophy of martial artist Bruce Lee, who founded the system on July 9, 1967, referred to it as "non-classical", suggesting that JKD is a form of Chinese Kung Fu, yet without form. Unlike more traditional martial arts, Jeet Kune Do is not fixed or patterned, and is a philosophy with guiding thoughts. It was named for the Wing Chun concept of interception or attacking while one's opponent is about to attack. Jeet Kune Do practitioners believe in minimal movements with maximum effects and extreme speed. The system works by using different "tools" for different situations, where the situations are divided into ranges, which are kicking, punching, trapping, and grappling, where martial artists use techniques to flow smoothly between them."

    Breaking down variety of martial arts to understand and to add and subtract to create a new improved form, something more efficient yet open ended, and that too something he can put into practice, is basically Ti - Se.
    His work aside watching his series of interviews and reading his biography, the guy is easily an ISTP. Bruce Lee kept notebooks, tons of it, writing down to break down parts of parts of his craft to let himself better understand and keep tabs on his progress; also scribbling any discoveries he has had in his training.
    Also, a lot MBTI experts who type Bruce Lee as ISTP are much more in number than those who type him off as something else.
    Finally, Just because he dabbles in philosophy doesn't mean he's an N or an Fi type. We should recall that ISTP do NOT like to dabble in philosophy or theories ONLY because it can't be put into practice. There are philosophies and theories that are realizable, which refines your action. That's what he did and certainly ISTP do take great pleasure learning such "practical philosophies".
    His Fe is expressed in wanting to help people. He wants to show that he care through his action. He also kept pets. ISTP love pets because it's something where the type can expressed his emotions uninhibited; it won't matter if it didn't come out right. Bruce Lee is an ISTP.

    P.S. you can overanalyze an apple and say that it's a banana but in reality it's just an apple.

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    "Ni is deep in the present moment, and that is where Lee is."

    No that's Se.

    Ni is outside of time and tends to be more future oriented.

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    ...A lot of the misconceptions about spirituality is how rooted precisely it is in an internal logical system. Spirituality can be theoretical and immensely logical from the ground up; it can be a way of understanding the world, not like Western (and maybe others) conceptions of faith, where one simply accepts what they are told. (Of course, it depends on the individual and on specifics...)

    Put it simply, swordsman Miyamoto is ISTP, Dalai Lama is ISTP, and therefore I don't see any reason why Bruce Lee can't be ISTP, short of digging the man up from the grave and asking him about his thoughts.
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    We just watched the movie about his life, and he impresses me with a lot of Se and Ni. There is also an expression of Fi, but I don't know if it is cultural or the actual function. I'm also not certain about J or P because he also has some structured J qualities. I completely get why most people vote ISTP, and that could be correct, but I'm not 100% certain about it, although I don't have another type that I'm suggesting for him.
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