A friend, whom I suspect is an INTP, told me this:
"Much of what we like don't really have any practical use. I mean, Philosophy? Haha! Spirituality? Hahahahaha! I mean, sure, we do like writing, but there's no such thing as a writing industry. What we like, we can only do as a recreation. But to make a career out out of it? At some point, we'll just have to suck it up."
Great piece of advice from him. Him, being someone who hasn't heard of MBTI and didn't have the time to explore his Ne and Ti, unlike us MBTI people, who have, at some point, devoted time understanding who we are using MBTI as a template, even losing more the little traces of practicality that we have.
I'm not saying that he's necessarily a very well rounded character though. He still have those stereotypical INTP flaws (like being comparatively short tempered and more pricky than me. Being ENTP, I'm more easy going than him). It's interesting to note that he's able to endure 4 years in the Business Process Outsourcing Industry (the industry that has all the corporate bullsh*t imaginable).
I was just thinking that, instead of the usual articles where preferred careers (often idealistic) for each NP type is listed online, wouldn't a "coping up" advice seem more realistic and practical? Most of us NPs will never ever get to have that full chance to explore our passion anyway.
The tricky part is this. Most of NPs lived an SJ life/environment. NPs are the types that get hurt the most by the SJ environment. Often times, they end up resenting it, probably using MBTI as an online haven. Except maybe for the ENxPs who have outlets to make them more perky, and less depressed.
But my INTP friend has a point. At some point, we go back to being SJ, again.
My question is, just how do you do it? How do you go back to something you've resented, and cope again?