Introverted Thinking Types, MBTI Introverted Thinking, Cognitive Functions Introverted Thinking, MBTI Introverted Thinking, INTP Introverted Thinking, ISTP Introverted Thinking

Introverted Thinking is cautious, precise, accurate, and sometimes perfectionistic. Seeing the world not as it is, but how it should logically function. The introverted thinking type breaks down complex everyday life to questions of mathematics, data, rules, and logical principles. By doing so it hopes to understand reality better and to gain a feeling of security in the world. So Ti types have the mind of scientists or reformers, and they can wield this function to deal with problems and obstacles in the world.

The Logical Intelligence, Ti is often referred to and studied in science alongside introverted iNtuition as our fluid intelligence. It combines thinking, which is a task-positive and mechanical approach to the world. Generally, it breaks down information to tasks, principles, data, and numbers. It also includes introversion, which is primarily experienced internally and personally.

The Archetype Of Introverted Thinking

Introverted Thinking is primarily found in four personality types: The INTJ, ISTJ, ISTP and INTP personality types use this function effortlessly when in flow.

Critical thinking is one of the key principles we think of when we think of introverted thinking. Cautiously, slowly, carefully, they build up an understanding of an idea and its value, weighing and measuring to see what is best. Introverted Thinking involves the task positive network (TPN) and a top-down processing style in the mind.

With this style logic and systems are defined internally and the world is then studied by how it performs according to these processes. So Introverted Thinking is an evaluation style in which we see how the world behaves or should behave. As an archetype, Ti is like a scientist or reformer or perfectionist. Precise, methodical, and rational. Things are defined by what they could be at their best, not just how they could be better.

The primary need for the Introverted Thinking Type

Ti may hold logical algorithms in their head about life, but they need to get results from their systems and principles. It's important that you can take your methods to the real world and use it to get value and results from the world. Many get stuck on simply having the right answer, but not knowing how to execute it or use it practically to achieve something successfully in business.

Introverted Thinking States

In flow, introverted thinking is like a sword that is always sharp. You feel in flow that you know and have the right answer. That you've achieved perfection or done something truly excellent. For other types, introverted thinking can be experienced during inspiration. Then, it is something you dream of or wish you will find for yourself one day, something far away, at the other side of the rainbow.

In the INFJ or INFP, introverted thinking is sure effortless and easy, but more an escape than a value in itself. The ideal of perfection can confuse the introverted feeling type. Because things are never going to be truly perfect, there is no point putting any effort into a work. Perfectionism can block these types from expressing themselves or achieving something important.

For the ENFP or ESFJ personality types, with extroverted feeling as their flow function, introverted thinking is an endless critic. To them, nothing is ever good enough, and everything is always flawed. So these types fight to maintain their passion and to stay hopeful and to maintain their romantic ideals.

Introverted Thinking as the dominant function

As your dominant function, introverted thinking and the quest for perfection swamps all other concerns. You desire correct and accurate knowledge and you work to be the best possible at everything you do. As the auxiliary or secondary priority, introverted thinking is rather an ideal or standard you seek to hold over yourself. You strive to be perfect at what you do but you do not let it keep you from moving forward in what you do.

If introverted thinking is your tertiary concern, it is something you work towards when you have free time available. Ideally, you like to sit down and practice and rehearse something and improve at it so you can execute it flawlessly, but if you’re too busy, you’re okay putting things forward regardless.

If introverted thinking is completely repressed, perfect is something you don’t have time for in your life. Being wrong is sometimes necessary, and doing something is better than doing it right. You know you’ve made a few mistakes, and this can frustrate you at times, but you don’t know if you have time to fix things or if there is anything you can do to correct the situation anymore.

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5 comments on “Introverted Thinking | Ti | The Logical-Mathematical Intelligence”

  1. There is something wrong with this article
    The author said that Ti found primary in ISTJ , INTJ , ISTP , INTP
    But ISTJ and INTJ have TE in the auxiliary function!!?

    1. This is intentional, more and more people who have run studies on INTJs and ISTJs have found that these types are also highly capable at using Introverted Thinking and that they have this as a kind of "play" function. INTJs and ISTJs understand Ti however, they tend to be more linear in how they apply it than INTPs and ISTPs.

      1. Ok I understand your point and thank you for explaining ... but there is two things that I didn’t understand : first , how INTJs and ISTJs apply Ti in general?
        Second, what is the “play function” ?

        1. i could be wrong, but i think he meant that the Te-dominant types use Ti when they're engaging in fantasy, not thinking or doing anything serious or important. hence, "play" function. they use it while "playing". they use it to entertain themselves.

          1. ok so, elsewhere on the site he has said the following,

            "INFJs and INTJs are the two personality types that demonstrate the most strong, profound, and natural version of Introverted iNtuition... [They] believe that they can speculate on the future and that they can know what is going to happen in advance of a situation. ...[They] spend much time trying to formulate a plan or a vision about something ahead of time. Furthermore, [they feel] that [they] could shape the future of the world. INFJs and INTJs believe themselves to be not just seers, but also visionaries. [They] think that [they] can transform the world to be the way [they] think is ideal. ... INFPs and INTPs are two runner-ups, also known for a highly complex ability to visualise and understand abstract concepts and theories. The problem is, these two types tend to have less of an interest in shaping or transforming a concept. Most of the time, these types tend to let Introverted iNtuition remain in the “play” stage."

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