Fi (introverted feeling), as my demon function, has been a function which I have mostly neglected my entire life. In fact, it wasn’t until understanding the cognitive functions that I was able to recognize this error in my psychological behavior. It has been a source of pain, confusion, and conflict for as long as I can remember.
While I find myself feeling nearly convicted in only selecting some books I’ve read and marking them as “the life-changing books”, there are certainly ones that have stood out to me. I come from the perspective that there is something to learn from every book you read and that each book will impact you on some level - whether the effects be conscious or unconscious.
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.
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.