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    Senior Member paintmuffin's Avatar
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    Default Solving a Rubik's cube

    Would it be an NT thing or an ST thing? I'm pretty bad at them.
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    It would be a combination of extreme boredom and a conveniently placed nearby rubik's cube thing.
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    I think in most cases it has less to do with ingenuity and more to do with someone teaching you. My old roommate (probably ESXP) was great at them. But yeah, I doubt personality type plays any kind of significant role.

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    I've mastered the rubix cube. It's not that hard actually. Many different patterns according to many different movements. It takes a while though to get the hang of it.

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    My NT husband loves the Rubik's cube. I think it's impressive, but I would never waste my time memorizing the codes. My ST friend was obsessed with it too, so I'm inclined to think it is a "T" thing.

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    First of all, the Rubik's cube is a child's toy which anyone given enough time and the proper instruction can learn.

    Second of all, one can find a myriad of videos and instructional articles detailing the solution to the Rubik's cube.

    I can solve a standard 3x3 cube in two minutes or so, and a 4x4 in about twice that time, although I haven't solved or owned a Rubik's cube for some time now.
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    I think it is a "able to memorize visual codes" thing. So it is a thing for someone who is either has a good deal of natural talent for that thing or someone who has a little bit of talent for it and is obsessed with being able to do it.... so yeah, probably more common for T types.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElizaJane View Post
    My NT husband loves the Rubik's cube. I think it's impressive, but I would never waste my time memorizing the codes. My ST friend was obsessed with it too, so I'm inclined to think it is a "T" thing.
    Waste time? There are about eight simple algorithms for you to remember. You can learn it in one good session.

    Then again, you're an NF...
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    Oh yes, to answer your question: It would be an "NT thing." Solving a Rubik's cube requires analytical abilities which come more naturally to NTs.
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    Yes, Lex, a waste of time for me because I find it difficult to do things that don't contribute to a big picture that has some greater purpose. I don't think other people are wasting their time — it could be a great mental exercise for them. I don't judge them poorly for it. I would just rather assume that I could memorize the algorithms and instead spend those minutes obsessing over the future or how to improve a relationship of mine. Others might consider that a waste of time. I guess it's an INFJ thing.

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