My SO is my sounding board. When I cannot unravel a situation, or have had a new idea, I'll bounce it off of him and wait for him to show me a completely different view on the situation, and he doesn't disappoint
All of my best friends are ENTJs. Having a constant litmus test for everything you say can be quite beneficial.
"That's the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty, even if they're not much to look at, or even if they're sort of stupid, you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are. Girls. Jesus Christ. They can drive you crazy. They really can."
They confide in me and vent to me though. I play everyone's therapist :rolli:
Honestly, when I was close to one INTP (before he crossed the line of no return into belligerent ass land), he would offer emotional support in his own little INTP way: "Who cares what other people think; other people are stupid!". No actually, he'd get quite philosophical, but it would convey a practical message; it was helpful.
"Charlotte sometimes dreams a wall around herself. But it's always with love - So much love it looks like everything else. Charlotte Sometimes - So far away, glass sealed and pretty." - The Cure
he would offer emotional support in his own little INTP way: "Who cares what other people think; other people are stupid!". No actually, he'd get quite philosophical, but it would convey a practical message; it was helpful.
That sounds familiar, only the INTP I know tends to provide me with an infinite number of comedic and creative ways in which I can decapitate or otherwise maim the people that are frustrating me. Frustrating situations get the laser-guided bomb from space approach.
Either way... not practical actually, but it does usually cheer me up.
Mmh, when I can't think of a really solid advice that would be sufficiently pleasing in my mind. I will seek out light headed alternatives that will indirectly help nonetheless.
I had a period where a lot of people confided in me, and I did a lot of cheering up and can relate to this a lot. We seem to have a way of relativating the most trickiest of situations. Dillema solving R us. :P