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    Default ISTPs....philosophical?

    Found this earlier: PINK MANHATTAN: INFJ / ISTP Tertiary Loop (plus celebrities & MBTI Types)

    INFJ and ISTP are both philosophical types. INTJs are more known for their inclination towards philosophical pursuits, while INFJs are more often associated with psychology (because as NF (iNtuitive Feelers), they're credited with being experts at character study, like the ENFJ Actor), but the fact that clergy is among the INFJ's suggested careers is with good reason; we ask the deep questions. It turns out INFJ and ISTP share a tendency to cope through philosophical means, "with ISTPs ranked first among all the types in using spiritual /philosophical coping resources." (Source: J. Shelton, in MBTI Applications by A.L. Hammer, 1996. I don't ever recall the ISTP being called a philosophical type before, but there it is--the tools they try to master are not only in the physical realm. Beliefs and belief systems can be useful tools in many cases; what we choose to believe has transformative powers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy Conduit View Post
    Thoughts?
    My thoughts are about whether you relate to it or not.

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    Ti man.
    You hem me in -- behind and before;
    you have laid your hand upon me.
    Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
    too lofty for me to attain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silvery sleeves View Post
    My thoughts are about whether you relate to it or not.
    well, i've always enjoyed philosophy, but i never considered myself a super deep person. i continually ask new questions in my head but that doesn't make me a philosopher.

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    Jung said sensors have a far more mystical character than intuitors, who are typically oriented towards the quasi-actual - sexuality, financial status, suspected illnesses.
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    I find that ISTPs have a tendency to re-state and fall-back on ideas/beliefs that are very familiar.

    I also think that because ISTPs spend so much time evaluating their own personal world,
    it appears to others that ISTPs are philosophical.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuzzy Conduit View Post
    well, i've always enjoyed philosophy, but i never considered myself a super deep person. i continually ask new questions in my head but that doesn't make me a philosopher.
    FWIW, philosophy usually annoys the crap out of me, and I am the inverse of an ISTP .
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    I think SPs can be philosophical. I am, but it is more of the "how to live" kind. Analytical philosophy bores the living hell out of me. I did like Plato when I was in college, it seemed to represented the way I felt about the world, about there being absolute beauty, justice, etc. Even if I read philosophy, I may understand what's being said, but I have a difficult time trying to explain it in a way that shows I understand it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fun in the Sun View Post
    I think SPs can be philosophical. I am, but it is more of the "how to live" kind. Analytical philosophy bores the living hell out of me. I did like Plato when I was in college, it seemed to represented the way I felt about the world, about there being absolute beauty, justice, etc. Even if I read philosophy, I may understand what's being said, but I have a difficult time trying to explain it in a way that shows I understand it.
    The allegory of the cave is my favorite thing from Plato.

    I suppose ISTPs can get philosophical in the throes of a Ti-Ni loop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dannik View Post
    I find that ISTPs have a tendency to re-state and fall-back on ideas/beliefs that are very familiar.

    I also think that because ISTPs spend so much time evaluating their own personal world,
    it appears to others that ISTPs are philosophical.
    Self-evaluation and self-awareness create ripe breeding grounds for philosophical thinking, perhaps?

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