My Se-dom friend just advised me the other day to "live in the present" as a solution to my melancholy. I protested, since I live in the future and can hardly imagine anything else, but it's something I've been thinking about too.
Take some Ritalin.
(I'm not kidding.)
i think one of the ways for me to be able to live in the present is by travelling. long journeys by foot. the problem is that it's no good in daily life. i can't get stuff done because i start thinking about how it plans out, and then when i go back to work it's uninteresting. i just want to flow. movement between structures is the only way for me to experience reality with interest.
It's just so darn difficult. Sometimes I think about nothing other than thoughts. How do I create a relationship with reality? I want to hear from you fellow INTPs
Try the power of now. Erkhardt tolle
Try and experience life through your senses, feel it, taste it, touch it, listen to it, mell it, let it happen and then move on.
Thanks for the reminder
OK, after doing a few research, I've noticed that this "Unable to live in the present" problem is an Introvert problem. The higher the introversion, the worst it is. Introverts live in their own world, not in the present. The type of problem is different to each MBTI types
- INXJ <=Busy day dreaming
- INxP <=Busy understanding things
- ISXJ <=Busy reflecting the past (Imagine movie flashbacks)
- ISxP <=Busy solving things
If controlled properly it's not actually a problem. It can be a source of natural leadership and intellect.
Thanks for your reply. I'm not sure it's a E vs I problem. I know many introverts who are happy-go-lucky people. Having said that I would suspect it's gravitated more towards the Introverts as their dominant function always an introverted one.
If any of the functions were to have some sort of effect on being able to live in the present, it would have to be Se for obvious reasons. This function does not appear in INTP. That, along with domTi (not impulsive), secNe (endless possibilities). Like how I often feel I need to look into the future to protect myself, and how I often run through all possible scenarios in my mind on something. But that's just my speculation and it's definitely interesting to see if this only appears in introverts.