I wonder what the attitude of INFPs to studying philosophy is.
Throughout my childhood and teens, I was always called 'the philosophical type' by family. The little glimpses I had of the Buddha, Aristotle, and other philosophers was wonderful. But when, as a young adult, I read philosophy books, I decided to not pursue it academically or professionally. The reason was that it seemed too much in the head, like a mental gymnastic, or mental masturbation - to be more frank and crude.
"I think therefore I am"? To me, that has no relevance to how I live my life, the purpose of my existence, the values I shall abide by, and how I respond to life's crises and challenges. All that is wisdom to me, wisdom is not solving a jigsaw puzzle in the ivory tower of academia.
These issues, plus the fact that very few jobs exist in philosophy, made me stay away from it.
Yet, philosophy continues to attract me. Especially the kind of philosophy that is close to theology, like Eastern Philosophy, and some forms of religious existentialism. Philosophy that monks studied, not because they liked intellectual games, but because it was a matter of life and death to them. I sometimes regret not having studied philosophy.
I also feel that reading beginner's level philosophy books is quite interesting, but when it comes to real academic research, or reading philosophers in the original, it feels far too abstruse and cut-off from real life.
The ambivalence remains.
Do other INFPs feel similarly about philosophy?