Relate everything to your self, don't ignore external input, but don't readily accept it either? like you carefully analyze each piece of information and keep what makes sense for the situation and discard the rest? not the same as hearing what you want, it's more like at least for myself it might not be what I want to hear but it does make sense, and though I don't like it I accept it.
The bolded part sounds more Ti
Originally Posted by five sounds
5w6 or 9w1 sp/so/sx, I think
I don't relate everything to myself, but the rest sounds pretty good. I tend to relate things to something else to grasp them more deeply though... almost a knee-jerk analogy-forming thinking. But it's not always or even mostly "myself".
"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
There have been phases in which I relate everything to myself. I think it can be painful if you're not comfortable being a self-referential sort of person. Your relationship with the world can become stifled and you search for meaning but to no avail because you're attempting to cull from the wrong source. I think it's possible to maintain a level of healthy self-absorption if you take ownership of your feelings and don't drag everyone else with you.
My reductionistic tendencies (dismissing what doesn't fit) seem to depend on how much I care at any given moment. If I'm apathetic or tired, I'll shut down and sort of get mired in a particular project. Other times I can be insatiable and passionate about accruing information, almost for information's sake.