There absolutely are times when it's counterproductive to get lost in the DDLD. There are times when just getting something done is more important than getting it done as well as I'd like- especially where work or school are concerned, where there are deadlines that effect me even more than a thing's RIGHTNESS effects me. It's definitely hard to put aside the desire to get it RIGHT for the sake of just getting it DONE.When it comes to emotions, my ISTP has a tendency to get into the DLLD. In other words, he tries to apply his Ti to "understanding" and "defining" his feelings and this overloads his processor (because you can't understand emotions using traditional ISTP Ti tactics) and thus he gets stuck in the DLLD zone. I think of a robot who is trying to process some sort of logical problem that doesn't have any solution so it gets stuck and can only repeat over and over, "Processing... processing..." It tends to completely blow out his operating systems... so to speak.
Said in another way, sometimes I notice my ISTP is so concerned about finding the RIGHT answer that he never puts forward any answer. He gets stuck sorting out the permutations and since no clear answer is forthcoming he will not proceed.
While I believe, esoteric, you are coming from a place of trying to be helpful: I'm not sure this is one of those places where many of us will be willing to let go of accuracy for the sake of getting something done. It's hard enough to be willing to put forth (what feel like) half-ass ideas in venues where our grades depend on it just getting done, or where we're actually paid to just get it done (i.e. where our livelihood depends on it). Just like there's a heavy Fe bias in our culture, there's a heavy Te bias as well- breathing down our necks to let go of accuracy for the sake of just getting it done.So what I'm hearing from you is that because you can't sort out a scenario that you think matches my request, you can't give me an answer. Very interesting. Let me tell you what I tell my ISTP when he's going into the DLLD:
"Don't focus so much on being correct. Sometimes you can get overly focused on trying to find the right answer.... to the point that you don't act at all.
"Sometimes the only way to get to the right answer is to close your eyes, say your prayers, and jump. You might jump to a place with no foothold. This means you'll have to scramble a little bit to catch your balance, but at least you'll have a new place from which to re-evaluate things. And perhaps from this new vantage point, the answer will become apparent."
When I wrote earlier, "what's the point?"- of trying to suppress Ti for the sake of getting it done- it’s because participating in this forum is a leisure activity. The advice you gave above is helpful- if it were in our interest to just get it done. I just don’t think it’s going to appeal to many Fe types participating in this thread- if only because the Fe types participating happen to be the ones heavy with Ti. The opportunity to find accuracy is what makes questions worthwhile- and where it doesn't look like there's much hope of it, there's little incentive to "close your eyes, say your prayers, and jump."
And sadly, the Fe types without a lot of Ti don’t seem to be interested in participating in the first place.
edit: I did try offering suggestions on how to make the questions seem more worthwhile, because it does seem important to you to get these answers from us.