I have two questions though:
Originally Posted by Eric B
1.) I'm still not sure whether I'm really an E though since:
a.) I don't really need people that much - I don't mind sitting in front of a computer reading theoretical articles on Wikipedia all day while listening to music on YouTube.
b.) I just act like an E for utility's sake most of the time (or because I'm comfortable with the person/people involved, but that would have to involve some sort of synergy here - one example is an INTP colleague of mine who I somehow related to instantly personality-wise despite our different emphases - which is usually not the case).
2.) Can both of these types have a very strong rational side though? I've always been into critically analyzing philosophy and theology as such [albeit for the purposes of: 1.) trying to get the truth out of something and 2.) using it to learn more about my values and justify/spread those values to others]. (Implied by this is that I'm not necessarily afraid of cold, hard facts or logic - although I admit that when I am criticized, I feel really hurt, but I don't really show my emotions there.) Also, I'm pretty good at math (went through BC Calculus in high school), and often times, I find myself laughing at NT things because I find them clever or because I find those actions as something that I would be doing.
For example, when I went to this same INTP colleague of mine (who was a literature/theology teacher and a graduate student in philosophy) to help me critique this one guy's paper, I completely understood the concepts that even one of my NF friends says would go over her head straight away. Plus, when he said in an email that "I was going to type up a full assessment of this, but it got completely got out of hand", I laughed because I could imagine doing something like that, especially in my younger days - not to mention the fact that it's sooo like him, using his Ti to get into technical reviews! )
Finally, on tests, I have flip-flopped back and forth between being a T and an F (although both would end up being weak preferences for me, since I can use both very well). I know cognitive functions are important, but I think actual behavior is key as well, no?