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    To the INTs out there:

    When you were a child (before puberty), and you were in that phase of exploring and learning so much about the world and its ideas (I assume such a phase exists for you), how did you go about it?

    In what ways did you explore new ideas on your own? It's kind of a general question.
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    I never really explored others' ideas, I came up with my own.

    I did conceptualizing of my own worlds and only used external stimuli as a jumping off point.

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    I play with ideas and put things together. I remember I took my lego and railroad track set together and used it to make a transport system for marbles. Then I made up stories of how there's emergencies that destroyed half the system and ways to fix it up. I also love to read (still do). Sometimes I spent hours on end in my room reading and imagining myself within the plot.

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    Hey, there you go. That's the kind of stuff I was wondering about.

    We could talk about more academic exploration, but not just that.
    You can't spell "justice" without ISTJ.

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    I'm not the academic type. It's everything but free-thinking.

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    When it came to exploring ideas, I always waited for other peoples first and intentionally sought a completely different one. I loved being original; I still feel compromised as a person if my ideas are the same as others.

    This isn't really an academic example, but in year 5 English, we had to write a short story on how "the x animal came to be." As in, how the zebra got its stripes. Despite being told to either write about how the hedgehog got its spikes or the leopard got its spots, I wanted to be different and write about "how the bat got its echolocation." So I did. The teacher told me off for not obeying instructions, but commended me for my "enthusiasm."

    I honestly can't remember how I went about learning. I recall being told off for not paying attention, or something like that.
    Um, yeah.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimarron View Post
    To the INTs out there:

    When you were a child (before puberty), and you were in that phase of exploring and learning so much about the world and its ideas (I assume such a phase exists for you), how did you go about it?

    In what ways did you explore new ideas on your own? It's kind of a general question.
    Why are you asking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by INTJMom View Post
    Why are you asking?
    I guess to contrast it with my own stage of development back then. INT vs. IST.

    But I didn't want to hear predictions of how that might look, I wanted to hear it straight from the source how INTs learned about the world, and developed their early base of knowledge. I'm not explaining it very well...
    You can't spell "justice" without ISTJ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cimarron View Post
    I guess to contrast it with my own stage of development back then. INT vs. IST.

    But I didn't want to hear predictions of how that might look, I wanted to hear it straight from the source how INTs learned about the world, and developed their early base of knowledge. I'm not explaining it very well...
    I watched tv mostly and played games with kids in the neighborhood.

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    I remember pondering a lot of small philosophical points when I was very young, such as:
    The color I see in the sky is blue and I call it blue because everyone says that color of the sky is blue. But when someone else looks at the sky, do they see, say, red and call it blue because everyone says that the color of the sky is blue?
    I remember, years later, hearing about how Descartes arrived at his "I think, therefore I am" conclusion and remembered that I had pondered the same kind of thing as a child.

    I also couldn't wait to learn how to read. I knew that all of mankind's accumulated knowledge was written down, most of it in English, and I wanted access. Once I could read, I spent countless hours with encyclopedia volumes spread across the floor around me, as the answer to one question raised another question, which raised another, and so on.

    So, that's my INTP childhood (and it's not over).
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