During my first year in college (last year), I took an American literature course, and I was terrified when the professor told us that we had to choose our own topics. I was indeed "lazy" in choosing a thesis, but not really brain-dead. I have to process things for weeks at a time in order to develop it. When I got stuck, I just started to force myself to going from something detailed, into something more general- until I got to a clear, detailed thesis. I came up with a brilliant thesis, as well as a great paper (took me three weeks to sort it all out in my mind).ISTJ lack of creativity? Laziness when it comes to imagining? And by creativity, I'm referring to things such as creating your own ideas for an essay topic (as opposed to having assigned topics), etc
I think that this is very true too. I try to choose topics that are interesting to me, but sometimes it just isn't possible. When that happens, I force myself by going from the tiny details to a more broad, general thesis. (My professors have often commented on my abundance of details/specifics. It's both bad and good.)
I can completely relate to that. I, with my friend, was doing a group project on teenage health and issues. We went into so much detail that our assignment took 60 pages while every other groups was max. 4 pages. The look on teachers face when she received our copy of work was well, priceless. :crazy:The prerequisite was 5-10 minutes long, covering the basic time-line and events. simple right? well I got all that and then some!! 30+ minute presentation with over 60 slides!! :crazy: and, yes, I got 100%! one cannot say that I am not thorough)
I relish free topics. Coming up with fresh interesting subjects/viewpoints has never been a problem. I'm free to say what I think about that subject, and I know I can write reasonably well ('work' essays at least, as opposed to fiction-writing).Open question. Do you guys relate to this? And if so, what could get you motivated to tap into your creativity? And by creativity, I'm referring to things such as creating your own ideas for an essay topic (as opposed to having assigned topics), etc
Yep. I once watched people in my class do a social studies presentation over about 50 minutes despite the fact that the teacher said it must be between 10-15 minutes. Despite a great presentation, the teacher docked them quite a few points(woulda been a 95 but ended up an 88 because they went way over the time limit).I'd rather it be assigned. Like some others have posted, choosing a topic wastes so much time that could have been used nailing down the specifics/details of the assignment.
A word of caution: when some professors say 3-5 pages, they mean 3-5 pages ... as in if you write 8, you'll be docked. I try to write about ½ page more than what's required just to cover my bases, but that's about it. Learned that the hard way in one of my courses a while back.
Don't sell yourself short. Your writing is better than probably 90% of the population. With a good dose of creativity, you could write very well.Interestingly, my writing skills were considered pretty positive from my teachers. Despite this, I know my writing isn't that great.
Yes, I'm seeing this in my brother a lot. It's when it's a subject he's not interested in, he calls me for help. And sometimes it sounds to me like he's just asking me to think of ideas for him lol
I relate to this 95%. I know I can write reasonably well and create a strong argument for an essay backed with solid research, given that it is a free topic. And I like having the freedom to explore and come up with my own idea.I relish free topics. Coming up with fresh interesting subjects/viewpoints has never been a problem. I'm free to say what I think about that subject, and I know I can write reasonably well ('work' essays at least, as opposed to fiction-writing).
I approach assigned topics a tad more cautiously. It requires more energy to try to figure out exactly what the professor wants, and guidelines definitely do help at this point. Not as fun as a free topic essay, but I can usually make it fun by the time I'm done with it.
I suppose it really depends on the person in question. I love airplanes, history, animal planet and talking politics/religion and AFV....but not everybody doesYes, I'm seeing this in my brother a lot. It's when it's a subject he's not interested in, he calls me for help. And sometimes it sounds to me like he's just asking me to think of ideas for him lol
So question - when a topic doesn't interest an ISTJ, what is a good way to help foster ideas?
Emphasize its practical applications.So question - when a topic doesn't interest an ISTJ, what is a good way to help foster ideas?
Exactly. Establish relevance and we're on board. However, it must be relevance and not consequences. Relevance = importance to the grand scheme of things. Consequences = Because I said so and I'm the one that writes your paycheck (or the one that gives you the grade).Emphasize its practical applications.
Then say it has 'a substantial impact on today's politics and society'.
Just dress it up a bit so it sounds like it's an 1) important 2) fact.