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    Default Does depression make you an intuitive?

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    I'm not sure if if the depression causes and intuition, or the other way around, but I'm going to posit that depression can, and perhaps often does, develop the intuitive function. The mechanism would be something like this:

    Depression takes over
    The depression increases a person's tendency to ruminate, but also reflect on things
    Reflection is an intrinsically intuitive exercise, where normal labels and definitions of things are dissolved
    Depression urges people to dig deeper into people's motivations and pain
    Exploration like that is often an intuitive exercise
    Intuition is developed in conjunction with depression

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    You must be a fan of Keirsey if you falsely believe ruminations are an intuitive thing. Jung was pretty clear about it being an introverted function thing.
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    I suppose being unhappy with how things currently are and being stuck without a way to change them could be iNtuition without judgment to balance it...but I don't know if that alone is caused by depression, especially since depression is caused by the exact opposite situation, as well.

    And if anyone read Keirsey, they'll find that the SJs are matched up with the depressive (melancholic) temperament.

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    No. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that there is an correlation with being intuitive (or introverted) and having experienced depression, but I would say that it's more likely that being an intuitive (or introverted) would make one more likely to be depressed. I'll stop before I get too much into special snowflake territory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmotini View Post
    You must be a fan of Keirsey if you falsely believe ruminations are an intuitive thing. Jung was pretty clear about it being an introverted function thing.
    I think Keirsey's interesting. I think MBTI is a little stupid in general, but it has its value. I don't know what Keirsey or Jung said about ruminations, but the fact that he said it doesn't interest me. Why did he say it? Did he have a good reason?

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    Yeah I was about to say that Kiersey would give you a pat on the back.

    I think depression could lead to intuitive activity, but not always. A bout of intuition caused by depression would lead to an epiphany about how to solve the problem that is causing depression. Jung would agree here. Ideally, the ego would take control of the process behind the scenes. If not, the intuition may lead to psychosis and a myriad of problems more damaging than depression.

    The former process is probably extremely common. The latter, not so much.

    EDIT: I should clarify that I'm not talking about long-term preferences. Just instances of cognitive activity.

    If long-term depression is changing your cognitive preferences, frankly, it sounds kinda crappy.

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    I am neither an I or an N and I have gone through periods of pretty severe depression and over rumination.
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    I think intuitives are more likely to get depressed (isn't intuition correlated with neuroticism?) but I think that's probably because we tend to be more isolated and less understood, because less common in the population. Also, because we analyse the fuck out of shit, which doesn't always help.

    I don't think depression causes or develops intuition, no, though it does develop character.
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    I've had something akin to Disthymia persistently since I was 12. No sensor-privilege here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by msg_v2 View Post
    No. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that there is an correlation with being intuitive (or introverted) and having experienced depression, but I would say that it's more likely that being an intuitive (or introverted) would make one more likely to be depressed. I'll stop before I get too much into special snowflake territory.
    I think depression has a much higher correlation with introversion than intuitiveness.

    Also, there is always the possibility of this "Si-Fi loop" that you guys talk about with depression.

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