Thinking Introversion

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Accuracy: Introverted Thinking

The last of Carl Jungs functions, introverted thinking, was supposedly about a personal conclusion about what is logical or objective. Inner thoughts and opinions were balanced according to clear rules and systems. Opinions that didn’t fit with your rules and systems would be discarded. The introverted thinker would want their inner life and their values to be based on reason or some form of consistent inner logic. The introverted thinking type in Jung’s world lives based on a subjective or intense logical principle, rather than a neatly organised system of categories. Where the extraverted thinking type asks himself “what can I know about this world?” the introverted thinking type asks “what is knowledge?”, engaging in a meta-critique of thinking in itself.

Metaphorically, introverted thinking is best described as a tactical compass, or like an intricate system of gears and levers, that you methodically realign and put in place to help you run numbers, data, and facts. This process is generally involved with double-checking, running through facts, and information, to make sure it’s correct. When you use this process, you think “Is this true” or “Is this false?” and you make sure your awareness of the information is accurate. Beyond simply observing and gathering data, you process data and numbers, and so, this process is highly involved with critical thinking.

The introverted thinking type believes that he can simply reason himself to any knowledge, and he is essentially deconstructing reality, where the extraverted type has a more constructive approach. Jung hints that the introverted thinking type desires to establish himself as an expert, as he constantly feels that other people are threatening the world with fake or overly simplistic facts. And the deconstructing nature of the introverted thinking type can lead the introverted thinker to alienate and confuse his or her listeners.

This makes sense, because often, the introverted thinking type rarely gives us any clear information about the world and it’s mechanics, but rather gives us a critique of the concept of mechanics. The introverted thinking type in Jung’s book is described as obstinate and hard to persuade in any direction. The introverted thinking type often has a feeling that other people, who can’t navigate his or her jargon or detached logic, are incapable of providing any meaningful information.

Introverted thoughts

Enneagram: Healthy 5s, Anxious 7s

From an emotional perspective, the introverted thinking types have a high trust in their own reason and critical thinking. They believe they can reason themselves to truth on anything, but they doubt anything that is presented to them as truth by the outer world.

They carry a sense of general disbelief towards what they see and hear, and so, they ask many questions and they analyse logically before they decide it is true. The introverted thinking types see everything they hear as a logical statement that is either true or false. They fact-check, and they seek validity in everything.

When statements are unclear, the introverted thinking types seek to make them more clear, and so, these types love to think in terms of yes or no. It is difficult for them to deal with things outside this dimension. It’s not enough for them to know that something seems to work in reality, but they must know why and how it works, and they must deduce through wit that it is working as it should.

Analytical intelligence

Analytical intelligence is the ability to create an internally valid and logical system to decide what is right and wrong. Someone with well developed introverted thinking lives by high rules and standards. They tend to be experts and skilled critical thinkers. They think complexly about things. They are skilled in technical and deconstructive thinking. With high analytical intelligence, you feel as if you have mastered the laws of the universe themselves. But often, this intelligence is hard to use in practice.

It may be difficult for these types to solve problems in practice, because they can rarely use this intelligence to make meaningful statements about reality. Still, this form of expertise has personal importance to the scientists. They themselves understand themselves perfectly well, and can use this intelligence to make decisions far beyond what a normal person would be able to do. People with high analytical intelligence tend to establish themselves as irreplaceable experts, simply because nobody else could do what they were doing. Nobody else would understand how it was done. The complexity of your maths, your thoughts, and your opinions are simply too intricate. 

The Scientist (IXTX)

Analytical intelligence is the ability to think critically about information and what you believe to be true. I would describe a person with analytical intelligence as their flow state as a person with a strong desire for mastery. With mastery, I mean the sense that you have truly made a skill your own. That you know it inside and out, and that you understand all the mechanics of a system. The scientists enjoy immersing themselves with theories, technical language, mathematics, and complex information. It helps them navigate reality, and it helps them draw logical conclusions about it’s shape and form.

The scientist doesn’t just find the understanding of the world’s deeper mechanics fascinating, they enjoy being able to bend the world and people to their will, simply through subtle actions and tricks. To know why, logically, a person is liked, or what made someone successful, gives the scientist a sense of power and confidence. If they can understand the laws behind people, power, and life itself, they can control the world. Knowledge really is power to this type. And beyond power, it brings them peace and calm. It is to not understand, to see people behaving irrationally, or against your better judgement, that troubles you. It is not just that interpersonal, social actions and events are boring to the scientists, but it is also that they are unnerved by it. Truth is, scientists can feel perfectly fine if they can understand why a cultural ritual, religion, or a social experience exists, but if they don’t, they become frustrated with it.

While philosophers are comfortable with just understanding the world from a philosophical standpoint, the scientist wants to investigate and understand it’s laws and finer mechanics. How does a rubber duck function, and what are it’s elements? What is the inner workings of a clock? Why do people shake hands? The scientists may even find these theoretical discussions more insightful than practical information about reality. Yes, while interpersonal issues may strike the scientists as pointless, the more intricate details and the more theoretical aspects of it are more than entertaining. It is not uncommon for a scientist to be unaware of how to tie their own shoes, while being completely aware of the elements and the chemical components that were used to make the shoelace. Introverted thinking types are often better at understanding how the world works, than how to operate it.

    • Knowledge of how something works in fine-detail
    • Awareness of exact ways to operate a tool
    • Being able to do something according to an exact protocol