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    I'll cut right to the chase:

    1. Do any of you ever feel as though you don't (or possibly, won't ever) understand anything to the extent that you'd like? Please note that when I say 'anything', I'm referring to big Q questions on the level of morality, tolerance, piety, justice, reality, etc.

    2. Does the ability to see so many different (and often contradictory) sides of a given issue ever leave you feeling paralyzed? If so, how do you overcome it when asked to place "premature" judgment upon something?

    3. Is "mental paralysis" more prevalent in younger I/ENTPs, or does it withstand the test of time?

    I poked through the forum a fair amount before posting and I'm fairly certain that these issues haven't been directly addressed in the OP of any recent threads? My apologies if I'm beating a very dead horse. D:
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    Quote Originally Posted by cattywample View Post
    I'll cut right to the chase:

    1. Do any of you ever feel as though you don't (or possibly, won't ever) understand anything to the extent that you'd like? Please note that when I say 'anything', I'm referring to big Q questions on the level of morality, tolerance, piety, justice, reality, etc.
    No, They're arbitrary rules, so there is no right or wrong answers. Everything I can think of is as valid as anything else and therefore I understand these rules completely.

    2. Does the ability to see so many different (and often contradictory) sides of a given issue ever leave you feeling paralyzed? If so, how do you overcome it when asked to place "premature" judgment upon something?
    No, it doesn't leave me feeling paralyzed. It leaves me knowing two sides of a story. If asked what I think about that subject I give my arguments for and against and let them decide. When I really have to myself I weigh the pro's and con's.

    3. Is "mental paralysis" more prevalent in younger I/ENTPs, or does it withstand the test of time?
    What's mental paralysis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cattywample View Post

    1. Do any of you ever feel as though you don't (or possibly, won't ever) understand anything to the extent that you'd like? Please note that when I say 'anything', I'm referring to big Q questions on the level of morality, tolerance, piety, justice, reality, etc.
    There are many things that I don't understand to my satisfaction. I attribute this lack of understanding to insufficient study, as opposed to a lack of ability, however.

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    2. Does the ability to see so many different (and often contradictory) sides of a given issue ever leave you feeling paralyzed? If so, how do you overcome it when asked to place "premature" judgment upon something?
    I don't know what is meant by "paralyzed".

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    3. Is "mental paralysis" more prevalent in younger I/ENTPs, or does it withstand the test of time?
    I don't know what is meant by "mental paralysis".

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    Quote Originally Posted by cattywample View Post
    1. Do any of you ever feel as though you don't (or possibly, won't ever) understand anything to the extent that you'd like? Please note that when I say 'anything', I'm referring to big Q questions on the level of morality, tolerance, piety, justice, reality, etc.
    No.. these topics have so much depth (possibly infinite) to them, so they're usually interesting to delve into.

    2. Does the ability to see so many different (and often contradictory) sides of a given issue ever leave you feeling paralyzed? If so, how do you overcome it when asked to place "premature" judgment upon something?

    3. Is "mental paralysis" more prevalent in younger I/ENTPs, or does it withstand the test of time?
    All the time. A given sign can be evidence for multiple conclusions, so it can be difficult to know exactly how to act based upon a collection of evidence. I always end up in a conversation with myself about the conclusions I've drawn, since the evidence can point in another direction.

    How to overcome it?

    Apply your ability to synthesize multiple perspectives by seeking the advice of many other people.

    Or, if nothing else, just start moving. Do something.. get the ball rolling. A moving car is easier to steer in the right direction than one that's standing still.

    Go with your gut. Often, it's not going to be wrong. And, even if it is, you're actually moving.

    I think overcoming mental paralysis comes with experience and maturity.

    See also: overthinking stuff

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    Quote Originally Posted by cattywample View Post
    I'll cut right to the chase:

    1. Do any of you ever feel as though you don't (or possibly, won't ever) understand anything to the extent that you'd like? Please note that when I say 'anything', I'm referring to big Q questions on the level of morality, tolerance, piety, justice, reality, etc.

    2. Does the ability to see so many different (and often contradictory) sides of a given issue ever leave you feeling paralyzed? If so, how do you overcome it when asked to place "premature" judgment upon something?

    3. Is "mental paralysis" more prevalent in younger I/ENTPs, or does it withstand the test of time?

    I poked through the forum a fair amount before posting and I'm fairly certain that these issues haven't been directly addressed in the OP of any recent threads? My apologies if I'm beating a very dead horse. D:
    1. no. why would i 'ever' not understand something? 'ever' implies end of time or end of me...i really dont see either happening anytime soon

    2. yes. bombard the situation with mroe questions to narrow a possibility. use experience to narrow possibility. if its a work thing, ask people...social thing, listen to myself

    3. it probably comes and goes depending on your life situation though maturity should help you to deal with it better

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    Quote Originally Posted by cattywample View Post
    I'm beating a very dead horse. D:
    here's a moral question:
    is it better to beat a dead horse or a live horse?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cattywample View Post
    I'll cut right to the chase:

    1. Do any of you ever feel as though you don't (or possibly, won't ever) understand anything to the extent that you'd like? Please note that when I say 'anything', I'm referring to big Q questions on the level of morality, tolerance, piety, justice, reality, etc.

    2. Does the ability to see so many different (and often contradictory) sides of a given issue ever leave you feeling paralyzed? If so, how do you overcome it when asked to place "premature" judgment upon something?

    3. Is "mental paralysis" more prevalent in younger I/ENTPs, or does it withstand the test of time?

    I poked through the forum a fair amount before posting and I'm fairly certain that these issues haven't been directly addressed in the OP of any recent threads? My apologies if I'm beating a very dead horse. D:


    1. Yes, and for my response I try to prove myself wrong. Which leads to the pursuit of all encompassing, overarching, universal principles deduced by flawed hyper-Aristotelianism.

    2. Yes. I think that is one of the causes of my fickle depression.

    3. No clue. I hope not.

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    1. Do any of you ever feel as though you don't (or possibly, won't ever) understand anything to the extent that you'd like? Please note that when I say 'anything', I'm referring to big Q questions on the level of morality, tolerance, piety, justice, reality, etc.

    Yes, but it doesn't keep me from trying.

    2. Does the ability to see so many different (and often contradictory) sides of a given issue ever leave you feeling paralyzed? If so, how do you overcome it when asked to place "premature" judgment upon something?

    Dillemma's can sure be troubling, but they are most intruiging as well. I overcome a premature judgement because I know I'll have made the best possible judgement I could have at that time. There's no need for regrets.

    3. Is "mental paralysis" more prevalent in younger I/ENTPs, or does it withstand the test of time?

    Definatly more prevalent in younger minds. I think I'm pretty much passed the negativity at this point in life. But I had a troubling period in which I struggled greatly with all this.
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    I'll cut right to the chase:

    1. Do any of you ever feel as though you don't (or possibly, won't ever) understand anything to the extent that you'd like? Please note that when I say 'anything', I'm referring to big Q questions on the level of morality, tolerance, piety, justice, reality, etc.

    Why would I even WANT to understand everything? Discovery is half of the fun anyways. If I understood everything, what would the point of thinking?

    On the other hand, it's all subjective. While I like to model objectivity, it simply isn't possible to be fully objective. To gain an objective view of any issue is simply impossible. Therefore, any subjective view is as "acceptable" as any other subjective idea, per se.

    2. Does the ability to see so many different (and often contradictory) sides of a given issue ever leave you feeling paralyzed? If so, how do you overcome it when asked to place "premature" judgment upon something?

    Logically, when faced with a decision, I must make the best one based on the knowledge I am provided with, regardless of it is the "right" judgment. Thus, I make a judgment regardless of my understand. What is to regret about the best possible judgment I could have made? Even if, in retrospect, I discover that that judgment is not as good as the one I would have made had I been provided with more information, the best use for the decision is to learn from it and apply the lesson to future circumstances, not to be stuck in the past.

    3. Is "mental paralysis" more prevalent in younger I/ENTPs, or does it withstand the test of time?

    By mental paralysis, do you mean a state induced by excessive thought to the point that making judgments is rendered impossible?
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    1. I used to, but over time found that a level of pragmatism combined with a sense of empathy does well to function regarding those issues. It's interesting how simple those questions start to become as you assemble the core parts into the cohesive whole. For example, what is our entire criminal law system but a speciation of the Golden Rule?

    2. I don't find that to be the case so much anymore, though it does pop up from time to time. Enough time has gone by to see enough of the patterns where one can figure out the logical consequences of a given action. At that point, you simply pick the consequence you find to be ideal in that situation. The seemingly innate predilection toward egalitarianism often helps inform this. Also, being taught in an environment geared toward SJs does help anchor one to the thought that hard rules are good sometimes - not because of any inherent usefulness, but because they're data points within the logical pattern of human interaction. If you want this done, you're going to have to do this, this and this, not because they make any sense, but because it simply makes the process go more smoothly, irrational as it may be.

    3. I think this is characteristic of someone still trying to find their identity. Once you've figured out what works for you, I see little reason why it wouldn't be easier to make a decision based on past information that has been synthesized and internalized.

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