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    Default Has any "I" type been important to history?

    I understand I could answer this question with a quick google search, but I would rather hear y'all's interpretation on the matter.


    I, personally, don't feel an introverted type has cared about the external world enough to see lasting change among a population. If they have, they sure must have transcended into the extroverted realm of thinking.



    I'm fairly new to this deep psychology stuff, so if I am incorrect, please provide factual information as to why I may be talking out of my ass.

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    George Washington immediately comes to mind, ISTJ. Mother Theresa was an ISFJ as well.
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    Albert Einstein was an INTP.
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    I'll have to research both mother theresa and george washington's motives, although I can most definitely understand how someone like albert einstein could reach a place of infamy while maintaining his introversion.

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    The only thing "introvert" means in terms of cognitive processing is that you derive more thoughts from inside your mind than from the external realm... so while this may have a moderate correlation with how much you interact with the external world, it probably has a fairly weak correlation with how much you care to make change in the external world.

    Personally I suspect that IxxJs are more likely to have lasting impact than ExxPs - they possess more of a drive to manipulate the external world.

    What about Jung himself? He's variously typed as INTP or INFJ, but has had quite an impact on the psychological community, including every single person who posts here.

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    "Introversion" does not mean locking yourself into a cell in a monastery or being a hermit (and even there you could write an influencial book, do research, etc). It just means you have an either small or pronounced preference for inward directed cognitive processes. Plenty of introverts are out and about in the world, making a difference. They just might come home a bit more tired than others if their work requires them to interact with others and constantly focus on external aspects (which doesn't have to be the case).
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCat View Post
    George Washington immediately comes to mind, ISTJ. Mother Theresa was an ISFJ as well.
    'One of (Lucas) Cranach's masterpieces, discussed by (Joseph) Koerner, is in it's self-referentiality the perfect expression of left-hemisphere emptiness and a precursor of post-modernism. There is no longer anything to point to beyond, nothing Other, so it points pointlessly to itself.' - Iain McGilChrist

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    While I am not historically relevant (yet!), I'm going to pipe up as an introvert who very much cares about the outside world. Many scientists and writers are introverted. I'm fairly certain that J.D. Salinger was an historically relevant introvert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jontherobot View Post
    I, personally, don't feel an introverted type has cared about the external world enough to see lasting change among a population. If they have, they sure must have transcended into the extroverted realm of thinking.
    Of course Introverts care about the external world. This would be like me saying no Thinker has ever cared about people enough to make an effort to make people's lives better, because obviously, only Feelers care about people.

    EDIT for examples:
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    Martin Luther
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    JK Rowling
    Steve Jobs
    Jackie Kennedy
    Kurt Cobain
    Masquerading as a normal person day after day is exhausting.

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