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
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.
In the Enneagram, introverted thinking is best described as a Reformer. They are highly idealistic, as they see the world as it should be, not as it is. They want to always be right and would rather not admit to fault or flaws. Their desire for perfection can keep them from trying out new things and experimenting with something.
Systems should be clean rather than rough, and efficiency is the key word for this type. Often, they can take the back seat, working behind leaders to offer critical feedback on decisions. Here, they can work to ensure the best decision possible is made. But their search for efficiency can make them unproductive as their search for the right answer keeps them from settling with just a good one. And sometimes, when they’ve reached their right answer, they are content with this. Knowing what is right, can to this type be more important than doing it.
Because things rarely meet this types standard, a key emotional struggle is overcoming and managing one’s frustration. When you get the wrong answer or do poorly at a task, you feel frustrated as you think inside your mind that you know better and that you could have done it differently. When others do not meet your expectations or work the way you wish they would, they may cause endless frustration. But when things do work as they should, this type feels true peace and sanguine bliss.
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.