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    I've been spending some time with a couple of INTPs, and I'm amused by what I can only assume are [amusing] Ti prompted conflicts with metaphor. I thought I'd start a thread hoping others would pitch in.

    My friend, reading the lyrics to a Japanese song, laughed at "I will continue to run after my last breath" and responded, "So, she's a zombie?".

    Same friend, same song: "I stand in the lonely rain", response: "How can rain be lonely?"

    A young INTP, watching 'Dr Horrible's Sing-a-long Blog' remarks, "Don't they notice that they're suddenly singing? Musicals are weird."

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    INTJs are even worse - at least the INTP has Ne working on their side.
    as INTJ only really ever understands their own metaphors, and Te is even more literal!
    we fukin won boys

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nocapszy View Post
    INTJs are even worse - at least the INTP has Ne working on their side.
    as INTJ only really ever understands their own metaphors, and Te is even more literal!
    I'll have to keep my eye out for the Te variety. I noticed that INTJs will forcefully appropriate metaphors and do wrong things to them.

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    That kind of too-literalism can definitely happen, but keep in mind that Ti-types sometimes take things literally in order to be funny/irritating. Deliberately misinterpreting things (including level of abstraction) has its own rewards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qlip View Post
    I'll have to keep my eye out for the Te variety. I noticed that INTJs will forcefully appropriate metaphors and do wrong things to them.
    yes.


    Quote Originally Posted by Seymour View Post
    That kind of too-literalism can definitely happen, but keep in mind that Ti-types sometimes take things literally in order to be funny/irritating. Deliberately misinterpreting things (including level of abstraction) has its own rewards.
    yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seymour View Post
    That kind of too-literalism can definitely happen, but keep in mind that Ti-types sometimes take things literally in order to be funny/irritating. Deliberately misinterpreting things (including level of abstraction) has its own rewards.
    Oh, no doubt. My friend understands, he just wishes he didn't. An the young INTP was confused, but managed to figure it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seymour View Post
    That kind of too-literalism can definitely happen, but keep in mind that Ti-types sometimes take things literally in order to be funny/irritating. Deliberately misinterpreting things (including level of abstraction) has its own rewards.
    I thought the zombie quip was fairly amusing, myself.

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    I think if an INTJ forcefully misappropriates a metaphor, it's because they've picked up a general understanding of an outside source without regarding the finer structure of that general understanding and how it would be applied in a metaphor accordingly. An INTJ would be perceived as literal because he insists on a literal expression of dogma rather than a devotion to the finer points of his own systematic comprehension. It's as though an INTP would prefer knocking down a single domino to achieve the same effect an INTJ would cause by steamrolling the entire set. The relationships an INTP would draw through metaphor are dependent on a particular portion of one body of thought compared to another, resulting in what would appear to be a completely random relationship being drawn between two loosely similar things. On the other hand, and INTJ would pick up tons of information to appropriate a more comprehensive metaphor, even in the form of a novel being rigorously stitched together between a plot and a single theme. Idk, I think everyone is literal but those who are sometimes noted for their literal interpretations are simply overly dogmatic, and in being rigid, one may actually inhibit understanding of literacy by refusing to admit the presence of assumptions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seymour View Post
    ... keep in mind that Ti-types sometimes take things literally in order to be funny/irritating. Deliberately misinterpreting things (including level of abstraction) has its own rewards.


    Yes, it's often just a humorous footnote.

    PS. Where did you hide my rewards?

    Quote Originally Posted by onemoretime View Post
    I thought the zombie quip was fairly amusing, myself.
    I smiled at the other two.
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    INTPs don't have as much sense of 'the point' of a particular thing which is why they take things not to different perceptions to find the point, but to a framework that makes sense as a build up of logical thought.

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