Admittedly, I had recently been caught in Ti-Si loop. And after several months, I am finally learning how to get out of it. This is something I as an INTP have been struggling with my whole life to make sense of, as it has been a (rare) but recurring event throughout my life. Emotions, in general, are difficult for the INTP to process, so when caught in a loop shifting back and forth between two functions can definitely make the INTP feel as if they are “stuck” in mental disorientation. This is especially detrimental to the INTP which arguably favors mind over matter more than most personalities.
All of MBTI can be summed down to this concept: that human life consists of receiving information and reacting to information, and that every individual has natural preferences in their approach to both.
A helpful trick I was taught by a previous mentor of mine is to use creativity to overcome things like anxiety, worry, depression, etc. For someone who has a difficult time expressing emotion, she taught me that doing so doesn’t have to look the same for everyone. (And for some reason I had thought otherwise until then.) I had some irrational fear that expressing emotion had to be done a certain way or it wouldn’t be “accepted” as legitimate by others. She helped me realize that I could express emotion creatively, and it would both be effective and a challenge.
If we live in our minds, then the mind is like a home and we should be careful who and what we let inside. We should lock up at night, tend to it's cleanliness, and find comfort within.
This past weekend, I went to the beach. (Yes, I know the world is in lockdown, but this particular area of Northern CA was open.) Being surrounded by nature always puts me into a different mindset. There’s something about the feeling… When we flee to nature are we escaping reality or finally getting there? It’s an interesting question and I found it very prevalent during my weekend stay. Obviously, both life in nature and life in the city are equally real, but I also believe they’re both equally important for growth.
As I've been shifting gears and re-focusing, I came across an opportunity that I quickly became very excited about. I will even go as far as to describe it as a dream job.
I assume you're probably questioning the direction of this post, doubting it will impact you, and you're probably skeptical about what “crafting your own education” means anyway.
That is, if you’re like me.
Through reading, you add joy to the mind and apply new perspectives to the world. The moment you learn something new or have an epiphany, it's as if the world shifts a little - and you're the only witness.
People keep saying quarantine isn’t a productivity competition, but trust me, I’m not competing with anyone but myself.
Trust me, I get it. I used to set goals all the time. In fact, I looked forward to it. There’s something thrilling about writing down everything you want to accomplish, isn’t there? But after years of failing, learning, and analyzing, I’ve realized that the cons tend to outweigh the pros. Besides, apparently only 8% of people actually achieve their New Year’s resolutions.