IN Philosopher Types: INT Theorists, INF Idealists

TYPES OF IN PHILOSOPHERS

The Theorists: INTx

The theorists are characterized by very strong (4th dimensional) Ti and Ni. INTPs value Ti, and INTJs value Ni, but both are the most powerful types in regards to these two functions. As a result, the two types occupy similar roles as people who are reflective analysers the world around them, build thorough and precise theories and mental constructs, and act as the architects of philosophy and knowledge. As IN philosophers, they create thoroughly thought-through and envisioned worldviews via Ni, but being thinking types, they are very strong at building them up with the careful deductive and logical framework of Ti. As an advantage, they tend to be the best people when it comes to understanding complex ideas, coming up with thorough, rational explanations, and for trouble-shooting abstract technical issues. Their approaches can be the most level-headed and thorough. As a disadvantage, they suffer the most from paralysis through analysis, and their skepticism is what most keeps them and others from taking action. They can throw cold water on others’ initiatives.

Being very weak (1 dimensional) at Fe & Se, they are not good at being “Energizers” who can easily engage people and stimulate, invigorate and aliven them to activity in real-time, but this side of them can show up in key moments, and when around such activity or even attempting to produce it themselves, it can create a feeling of “coming alive.” A sense of passionate proactiveness from combined Fe & Se may be missing in their lives. Both Ni and Ti, as detached and reflective introverted functions, can be resistant to action and involvement with others. INTJs and INTPs are quasi-identicals to one another. They may at first appear alike because of the similar roles they occupy and similar strengths, but their preferred methods are quite different from one another.

INTs can strengthen their roles as “Theorists” if they start to embrace the very strong function that is not valued by their type (Ti for INTJ, Ni for INTP). If embraced, a natural strength that is untrusted can quickly become a boon. If unembraced, this function will remain relegated to the unconscious and express itself in less constructive ways. INTs can choose to learn to be open to the other Theoretician type (and provide a counterbalance to it), thus developing their unvalued and very strong 4D function. This would lead to better, meaningful, and more satisfying connections with their quasi-identical, as well as make them more effective Theorists. If they just resist or ignore their quasi-identical, their theories will be less mature, and it can stunt their growth.

Though these types are the most likely to be Theorists, many individuals of these types also take on the roles of other types, provided they develop a function that is not a 4D function. For example, they can become like EN “Visionaries” (very strong Ne) and have transformative and instigating ideas which they share with and create with others. They can be like ENT “Innovators” (Te & Ne), if they develop both of their “strong” 3D functions, Te & Ne. This comes from becoming pragmatic and structurally forward-moving with Te and idea-generating in terms of the possibilities in the outer world via Ne. By doing this, or working with innovators, they can watch their theories come to life in a visionary fashion, and transform the outer world, and they will have entrepreneurial products from their technical designs. INTPs prefer Ne over Ni, and thus will attempt to get into a expansive ENT “Innovator” phase and out of the reflective INT “Theorist” modus operandi by circumventing Ni with Ne. INTJs prefer Te over Ti, and thus will attempt to get into an expansive ENT “Innovator” phase and out of the reflective INT “Theorist” modus operandi by circumventing Ti with Te.

INTs do not necessarily opt to be Innovators even though they are potentially good at it, being “strong” at Te and Ne, because they tend to apply their extroverted functions cautiously. They may get too cautious when it comes to innovating in an ENT sort of way. As introverts, they tend to be bolder with their introverted functions, because they are more comfortable with an introverted approach, even if this involves their weaker functions. They may be bolder at becoming INF-like Idealists (applying weak Fi with Ni), or IST-like builders (applying weak Si with Ti).

INTs can become like INF “Idealists” (Fi & Ni), if they develop and embrace their “weak” function of Fi (their Ni is already very strong). This comes with being in tune and vulnerable to the personal values and ideals stirring from their hearts. However, both types may apply Fi too boldly even though it is weak–know that Fi is not a strength, so need not to be overdone. It can deflect from your natural abilities to provide a sound reasoning. Fi can provide their theories with a mission that can inwardly move and inspire others. INTs can become like IST “Builders” (Si & Ti) if they are willing to be detailed-oriented enough with physical instruments and tools while being technical with Ti. This is applying their theory to tangible products. It may be tempting to force oneself into activities that involve two weak functions (Fi, Si, Fe, Se). When entering such activities, one must do so with care, and not let it take over or be the main reason for being alive, for that can become neurotic or unfulfilling.

The Idealists: INFx

The idealists are characterized by very strong (4th dimensional) Fi and Ni. INFPs value Fi, and INFJs value Ni, but both are the most powerful types in regards to these two functions. As a result, the two types occupy similar roles as people who deeply feel the weight of the human condition and reflect upon it, providing empathic insight into the matter, who peer into the depths of others’ souls and provide empathic counsel, and who create a moving idealist philosophy for how the world can be a better place that reflect higher morals. These are your mystics, counselors, and psychologists. As IN phiosophers, they create thoroughly thought-through and envisioned worldviews via Ni, but being feeling types, they express them very powerfully with personal, emotional conviction through Fi. As an advantage, they try to deeply understand human motivation to its core, and provide morale from carefully thought-through insights on individuals by connecting to them one-to-one at an intimate, sincere, and sensitive level. As a disadvantage, out of all types they can suffer from emotionally hyper-sensitivity because of a highly internalized and subjective experience of the world (almost like a sponge of the world’s woes), and can be quickly demoralized from their efforts as a result.

Being very weak (1 dimensional) at Te & Se, they are not good at being “Commanders” who can take charge, make quick action-oriented decisions moment-to-moment, and organize people quickly in real time, but this side of them can show up in key moments. When periodically producing this activity or being surrounded by it, it can create a feeling of “coming alive.” For them, it is that feeling of decisive proactiveness of combined Te & Se that is missing in their lives. Both Fi and Ni, Fi being quite visceral and both functions deeply abstract, may struggle for personal understanding and validation. INFPs and INFJs are quasi-identicals to one another. They may at first appear alike because of the similar roles they occupy and similar strengths, but their preferred methods are quite different from one another.

INFs can strengthen their roles as “Idealists” if they start to embrace the very strong function that is not valued by their type (Fi for INFJ, Ni for INFP). If embraced, a natural strength that is untrsted can quickly become a boon. If unembraced, this function will remain relegated to the unconscious and express itself in less constructive ways. INFs can choose to learn to be open to the other Idealist type (and provide a counterbalance to it), thus developing their unvalued and very strong 4D function. This would lead to better, meaningful, and more satisfying connections with their quasi-identical, as well as make them more effective Idealists. If they just resist or ignore their quais-identical, their ideals will be less mature, and it can stunt their growth.

Though these types are the most likely to be Idealists, many individuals of these types also take on the roles of other types, provided they develop a function that is not a 4D function. For example, they can become like EN “Visionaries” (very strong Ne) and have transformative and instigating ideas which they share with and create with others. They can be like ENF “Inspirers” (Fe & Ne), if they develop both of their “strong” 3D functions. This comes from becoming vocal champions of causes, learning how to influence and connect with others, and openly sharing ideas and infusing others with inspiration verbally in a visionary way. This allows them to get their worldviews better recognition and understanding, allowing them to effect others.

INFs do not necessarily opt to be Inspirers even though they are potentially good at it, being “strong” at Fe and Ne, because they tend to apply their extroverted functions cautiously. They may get too cautious when it comes to inspiring in an ENF sort of way. As introverts, they tend to be bolder with their introverted functions, because they are more comfortable with an introverted approach, even if this involves their weaker functions. They may be bolder at becoming INT-like Theorists (applying weak Ti with Ni), or ISF-like artists. (applying weak Si with Fi). INFPs prefer Ne over Ni, and thus will attempt to get into a proactive ENF “Inspirer” phase and out of the reflective INF “Idealist” modus operandi by circumventing Ni with Ne. INFJs prefer Fe over Fi, and thus will attempt to get into a proactive ENF “Inspirer” phase and out of the reflective INF “Idealist” modus operandi by circumventing Fi with Fe.

INFs can become like INT “Theorists” (very strong Ti & Ni), if they develop and embrace their “weak” function of Ti (their Ni is already very strong). This gives their ideas more grounding with more technical fine-tuning of their ideas, giving their ideas structure and sound theoretical basis. Ti can be applied a little too boldly even though it is a weakness for both types. Don’t let theoretical structure drown out your natural ability to inspire via an intuitive, passionate, intimate and sincere style that may not all be completely “technically true.” INFs may strive to be ISF artists (Si & Fi). Many INFs may identify as artists, but when speaking of artists in an ISF sense, I am speaking about a high attention to aesthetic detail (Si), not just in art but in the environment, which may be lacking in both INFs. INFs can either go over-board or be absent with Si. INFJs employ Si as a role function, and INFPs as a mobilizing function, and both function roles tend to act boldly even when weak. Artistry can be a great way to provide tangible appeal to their ideas, carefully crafting them in beautiful forms either in writing, visual art, among other mediums. When going into ISF mode, INFs can provide tangible care to others well that demonstrate their ideals. It may be tempting to force oneself into activities that involve two weak functions (Ti, Si, Te, Se). When entering such activities, one must do so with care, and not let it take over or be the main reason for being alive, for that can be neurotic or unfulfilling.

5 Comments on “IN Philosopher Types: INT Theorists, INF Idealists

  1. Oh so charged right now, I must thank you!

    I’m an INFP myself and was wondering about how you can highlight your use of Fi to an INFJ, and vice versa?

    I would seem that insights from INFPs based solely on subjective authenticity (Fi) might be hard to decipher for an INFJ due the complex framework that comes around it to form such conclusions. Likewise for INFJs to express their Ni to INFPs. I guess my question is; how can one express their dominant functions to mature their quais-identicals for one another? It would be great if you could ‘paint a picture’ by expressing how the two types could actually interact in this manner to develop and grow their I-D shadow functions in the form of a fiction or something.

    Keep these gems coming please! I love reading your thoughts and theories on typology.

    James

    1. Quasi-identicals can have a great conversation if they share a same mission, if together they work on some sort of exciting bold initiative together. You’ll find each other’s insights fascinating and deeply appreciate them. It is in quieter moments of just hanging out there may not be as much of a spark. Another thing is to present Fi but not make such a big deal about it and be particular about it. INFPs find Ni in INFJs enjoyable, and INFJs find INFPs Fi enjoyable too, but the turn off is when each type is so particular and insistant about it I don’t really write fiction, but we can certainly learn to appreciate each others’ inferior functions more. Thank you for your compliments, they are truly appreciated!

      1. I’m sorry for even suggesting fiction, was silly of me but what you mentioned illustrated the point further and made it much more lucid. Thank you so much for taking the time to do that! I may be booking a session with you in the near future. A lifecoach with your mindset and experience is just what I need! I look forward to your upcoming videos.

        p.s I really enjoyed your ted talk using eastern paradigms vs western ones to represent and shed light on the status quo. Since a young age i’ve always appreciated blank space, being in clutter is kind of stressful as I can easily stray off path. I think this due to my insanely weak Te and and overactive Ne playing with objects and thoughts. Too many things to perceive and play with doesn’t satisfy my Fi as I view it as pure hedonism which appears as something untrue to my actual self. In the past i’ve noticed thoughts and objects too juicy, and, like a butterfly I flutter to each one without ever getting from point a to b efficiently. Ironically, maybe this is due to the high output found in western culture (more is better) and I secretly wish life was flipped and there wasn’t a demand to do more but reflect deeply with our own values and limited time in this bubble we call life!

        MBTI really highlights the yins and yangs though and I am ultimately happy we have both introverted and extroverted functions to keep ourselves balanced just as you mentioned. Your video on Hipster vs Mainstream really helped me(INFP) and my girlfriend(INFJ) come to terms with how Fi and Fe interact. Literally to the point where we were unsure about marriage but now with this framework and understanding, are willing to take that leap despite being opposites in that function. As an INFP to another INFP I felt it was the right thing to share this with you and to spur you on to continue with your ever insightful words and knowledge. My thanks.

        1. Hi James, I look forward to hearing from you! Just give me a message, I appreciate you sharing yourself and I think I’d enjoy speaking with you.

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