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    Interesting. Now that you put it that way... it does make it really difficult to see where exactly the difference is. Even if it is in the process, it isn't easy to point out since if I encounter something new (that I don't have valued before) I would think through the pros and the cons (if I was smart). And if a thinker encounters a familiar situation (which he has valued before) he will use the old formula (if he is efficient). So, where is the difference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nolla View Post
    Interesting. Now that you put it that way... it does make it really difficult to see where exactly the difference is. Even if it is in the process, it isn't easy to point out since if I encounter something new (that I don't have valued before) I would think through the pros and the cons (if I was smart). And if a thinker encounters a familiar situation (which he has valued before) he will use the old formula (if he is efficient). So, where is the difference?
    Right. We may come to value something because of having weighed the pros and cons in the first place (meaning that we didn't just arrive at an instant value judgment and work from there). Or we may value something already and then use a formula based on that value to come to quicker decisions (because we are familiar with the situation, and therefore can reduce time spent thinking about it by applying a familiar formula, which is still based on a value).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangey View Post
    Hmmm...this makes me wonder what the real difference is between thinking and feeling. Your reservations for going to the party could still be construed as feeling because you value your responsibilities (and the overall benefits that attending to them can bring you in the long term) more than you value your friends feelings, which is still a judgment based on value (though I'm not saying that you don't value your friend's feelings, just using this as a scenario).

    And this really gets to the crux of my problem with the whole T/F divide. Say you're in a situation where someone who is important to you (in a career utility way) says something prodigiously stupid during an informal conversation, which you disagree with on a factual or moral basis (this doesn't matter to the scenario, only the fact that you disagree matters). Regardless of what is motivating your desire to argue, you have a few choices to make...you can either ignore him/her, try to find a polite way to correct him/her, or outright argue with him/her (accepting the high possibility that this engagement will probably offend him/her).

    The problem is that no matter which one of these options you choose, it will always be rooted on a base value. If you choose to ignore him/her, your decision could have been based off of utility, in which case you value the long-term career and financial benefits that you will receive if you let the error pass. Or you might not want to hurt his/her feelings, in which case you clearly value social harmony. Or you might not want him/her to think poorly of you (even though you're right) because you value the feeling of being appreciated. In all cases there's something that you value.

    And even if you went about in this way and weighed the pros and cons of each potential decision (which is something that is typically grouped under "thinking"), you would still be basing your final decision on what you valued most. Essentially, I'm saying that if feeling = making judgments of value, then we are all feelers, because almost all decisions are made from values.

    Or are we saying that the difference lies in the process? That the thinker would have automatically gone through the pros and cons of each choice, and the feeler would have automatically known what to decide without considering the other possibilities? That in ThatGirl's case, if she were a feeler she would not have consciously considered any other alternative to what she valued?
    really interesting...and this is the part of the conversation that i'd like to explore more too because it is hard to differentiate sometimes....i'm not sure i always know the difference...the only time i can be sure is when i'm in analytical mode and i'm purposely detaching from my feelings to examine them...but i can't do that in the moment or with people at all...it seems to me the opposite might be true for a thinker. ??
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    I always viewed it like this:

    T's: Go about decisions in a more detached way.
    F's: Go about decisions in a less detached way, and are more likely to empathize with the situation and the people involved. More likely to be influenced by feelings and values in the decision making process.

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    So, it is attitude to emotions? Still, that attitude is a value judgment.. isn't it?

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    i'm curious though...when you're in love with someone and being sweet and affectionate and all that...you're just feeling right? there's no detached application to feeling is there...or an intellectualized feeling...it's just natural feeling isn't it? like say i'm taking a test...i'm just thinking...i'm not having a feeling about the thinking process...while in the moment.

    did that make any sense?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nolla View Post
    So, it is attitude to emotions? Still, that attitude is a value judgment.. isn't it?
    On the "values" thing, we could ascribe values to both T and F decision making, but I think F's tend to have a more elaborate personal value framework, one that is utilized more often in the decision making process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by erinavery View Post
    i'm curious though...when you're in love with someone and being sweet and affectionate and all that...you're just feeling right? there's no detached application to feeling is there...or an intellectualized feeling...it's just natural feeling isn't it? like say i'm taking a test...i'm just thinking...i'm not having a feeling about the thinking process...while in the moment.

    did that make any sense?
    I think when a T is in love, they become less detached to a degree, especially during close intimate times with their partner.

    This is probably why they say "Love clouds logical judgment" and things to that effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    I think when a T is in love, they become less detached to a degree, especially during close intimate times with their partner.

    This is probably why they say "Love clouds logical judgment" and things to that effect.
    Yeah, that describes it about as well as I would. You can look at Ts and Fs as having habits. Ts T out of habit, and Fs F. But in love everyone Fs, and in math, everyone Ts.

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    well not a very romantic answer but thanks...i'm j/k
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