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.
So… What is it?
Looping occurs (as stated above) when an individual has suppressed two cognitive functions of their ego and is thus shifting between the other two. For introverted types, the looping process reverts to their introverted functions. Therefore, for INTPs, it’s the Ti-Si loop - shifting between their hero and child function.
What the Ti-Si Loop Is Like
“It’s like I have two options: feel absolutely nothing [Ti], or be in a constant state of anxiety over the time I’ve wasted [Si].” - Me, during the loop.
How to Get Out of it?
The simplest way to phrase it is to use your Ne again. (Extraverted intuition.)
Easy to say, hard to do.
Because INTPs really depend on their parent function, Ne, you are essentially depriving yourself of the nurturing comfort that your psyche needs to function correctly.
Change up the conversations you’re having. I found that for myself, I was really exhausted by always talking about one topic (economics), that I needed to branch out and get back into talking about psychology with people. Debates and deep conversations are good for your Ne. Do that.
Learn about something new. Not only should you change up the topics you’re talking about, but you should also be searching for things you’ve never learned about. And quite frankly, it can even be helpful to talk to people (smart, nice people) that you haven’t really talked to before. Learn about their story, they probably have some unique ideas to learn from. If you can find an ENTP or ENFP you like, even better.
I’m not even kidding about this last suggestion, I know it sounds weird, but it helps. Go on Pinterest, search up your favorite topics/interests, and organize things that catch your attention. The goal is to get the creative juices flowing again, so remember that.
Listen to new music, try different foods, pick up a new hobby, etc. Do things differently.
Best of luck to the suffering INTPs out there… I know the struggle,