Epiphanic post, FineLine! Thank you!
It taps into something I posted over at INTPc (link):
Maybe we are just taking cues from the profiles we have read, but when discussing S/N, it seems like Ns (myself included ) tend to compare average S with ultimate N - thus indirectly taking credit for all N achievements. (Designing the pyramids, anyone? )It seems like the N profiles are written as best cases, whereas the S profiles are written as averages. Sure, there may be a lot of ISTP mechanics out there, but what are my colleagues in business going to find aspirational in that description? If the INTP description was rewritten as an average, it would probably be "The Unemployed Geek" instead of the philosopher-sounding "The Thinker". Similarly, what INTJ doesn't prefer the sound of "The Scientist" to the probably more universal "The Know-It-All"?
How about we start a thread where people can post what they have actually achieved so far in life and refer people to it whenever the S belittling crosses the line? That might be a reality check for N conceit big and small.
Edit: Oh, the OP was great too.