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March 28, 2005


When I was reading about Myers-Briggs-Jung personality types, I saw this trait about Feeling/Thinking. In their concept of personality types, they have four traits: Extravert-Introvert, Sensing-Intuiting, Thinking-Feeling, and Judging-Perceiving.

This Feeling/Thinking trait clicked immediately. I suddenly understood a lot what is happenning to me.

The thing is -- I have been moving from the Feeling type to the Thinking type. And now that I have moved over extremely over to the Thinking side, I have realized that my current depression/sadness is rooted in the demise of my Feeling side.

Feeling was good -- it helped me form relationships with people, it made me have simple minded desires which fueled me onto things. Feeling makes you create a very simple-minded framework of likes-dislikes-desires for yourself, on which you make most of your decisions and choices. You expose this framework to others, and people relate to each other by mixing and matching these frameworks. I think that for being loved, it might almost be "required" to have such a framework.

Whereas "Thinking" is different. You think to make choices, rather than just using some simple emotional framework. I have gone to the extreme end of this line. I think before I even emote. Even the slim emotional framework that still remains in "Thinking" people has become slimmer for me.

This has caused a lot of changes. A lot. Not many of them for the positive.

To live in this world, you need to be atleast slightly tilted towards "feeling", otherwise, you will have a hard time remaining happy and conforming both at the same time. Not that you will understand happiness at that point.

Feeling side is important for relating to people. With no feeling side, it is difficult to have normal emotional relationships with normal people.

[UPDATE: I am orignally an INFP, though converted over time to INTP, but still hold both personalities]


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Came here through the comment u posted on Noufal's blog. Here goes my 2 cents.

When we think about the traits that differentiate between life and not having it, the subtle difference is we have the ability to think or we have a soul. The conciousness that we possess or the "aathma"/"rooh" is what differentiates between living and non living. If we look at the technology we have been successful in replicating almost all the traits of life or we have been successful in creating artificial life. But the whole model is based on the fact that there is no meta physical world which each and every one of us know is not the matter of fact. We know that we have a soul and the soul at this stage of your life is searching for the truth which is a good thing. Basically if you go to the simplest of all the questions, it boils down to What is the purpose of your life? The answer you get on to this question might help you to make your perspective to your life.

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