Lethran (gwyd) wrote in mixedtype,

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Problem Solving Observation

I'm noticing that my probably ISFP partner and I (XNTP) have

Example 1. I'm looking for something. I immediately go to where I left it and look there. It's gone. I search and search, but can't find it. Mr. ISFP finds it two minutes later, a few feet from where I was looking. I realised that I rely almost entirely on memory to find things at home. It seriously confuses me when people move my stuff to a location where I wouldn't have put it.

Example 2. Any crisis involving paperwork. I hate it and avoid it. It takes a major act of will for me to cope with it. He can't figure out what the fuss is about and calmly and quickly fills in the forms, deftly translating officialize into English.

Example 3. His truck breaks down an hour and a half before we leave for seperate job sites. I calmly call AAA to tow it and figure out a way we can both get to multiple jobs with him only being 15 minutes late to the second one.

Example 4. I break a bone in my foot. I get my boyfriend at the time to phone someone who has a car to take me to the hospital. Then I get him to collect all the things we need and take the dinner off the stove before it burns.

I'm noticing I'm really good at practical organizational problems, but terrible at routine and finding things. He's apt to panic in real world crises, but is so much better at day to day details.

So is this a NT vs. SF thing or what?
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I think it's more of a N vs S thing. Although the F factor might make him easier to panic

I'm not sure if it's an SF thing but everything you said about yourself I could apply it to my life. I indentify as an INTP, amongst other styles. ;)

See, with me, I can easily go both ways (sometimes even at the same time) — I identify as INFJ, but ISFP also always seemed to make a lot of sense when applied to me. My I and F are very strong, and I’d say that about my N and J, too, except that while I strongly identify with much of what has been said about Ns and Js (and of the specific things about INFJs’ N and J), I can also strongly identify with much of what is said about Perceivers and Sensers (Sensors?).

I guess my issue is that I have yet to pick up the distinct differences between each. I can see the obvious ones — Perceivers like spontaneity, prefer ‘‘informing’’ over ‘‘dictating,’’ etc., and Sensers (Sensors!? I should probably just look this up already, but I’m lazy this afternoon, alas) don’t deal with abstractions as well as facts and figures. My problem is that I see many people doing these to varying degrees in many situations, and also that ‘‘cold hard facts’’ are not necessarily divorced from abstract processes — way more often than not, they’re intertwined, and I see people dealing with these in ways too seemingly complex to divide into a dichotomy. So how does one really pinpoint whether a person is one or the other? Also, there are many cold hard fact-related issues/situations I don’t fare well with, but the same can be said about me with abstract processes and situations. Which I do better with handling typically depends on the day and my mood.

This tangent is getting out of hand now, though, so I’ll stop talking.