Okay. So I hear from some people that INTPs feel little emotion.
But then others say that it’s not the emotions that matter, but how they’re approached.
What do you guys think?
I’m going to be utterly pretentious and quote myself from another post (totally off-topic: it is super-hard to find a post from a couple months ago, especially if you don’t remember what you tagged it with. To brave the archive or not brave the archive, that is the question) about emotions:
Emotion? What even is?
I think I have three basic emotions—happy, angry, and sad—and there are different levels one can reach. I mean, there’s “Yum double-chocolate-chip frappe with hazelnut and caramel” happiness, and there’s “Wow really awesome fanfic” happiness, and there’s “ASDKFHUSLK HOLY CRAP GOING TO EUROPE” happiness. Similarly, there’s “Can you stop blocking the path and walking 0.2 mph some of us have to get to class” anger, and then “WTF people stop being prejudiced dickbags” anger, and then “YOU SAID WHAT TO MY FRIEND? LET ME TEACH YOU THE MEANING OF PAIN” anger. Oh, but sadness only has two levels—low intensity “this kind of sucks but whatever” sadness and “MY LIFE IS FAIL *depths of despair*” sadness.
If I feel anything it’s generally low-level happiness or anger but I think most of the time I’m just neutral. Happiness and anger last about the same length of time but anger is easier to feel just because it’s less passive—I can be happy without necessarily noticing it but if I’m angry I always consciously feel my anger. Sadness is kind of a tertiary emotion; I go through lots of days without feeling sad even once but it’s rare not feel some form of happiness or anger every day.
TL;DR generally I don’t really feel anything. (Or perhaps I’m just unaware of it?)
Most of the time when I feel things they’re pretty fleeting and inconsequential. But when I flare up (whether it’s anger or excitement or sadness) it can be kind of overwhelming. (That’s usually the sadness, though. Excitement, even strong excitement, passes pretty quickly, and I view anger as a positive emotion because it usually feels good. Or, not good, but…how do I phrase this? When I’m sad, I dislike the feeling and want to stop feeling it. Not so for anger—it can be energizing.)
Actually, I’d say that I feel a lot more deeply when I’m reading something I really like or watching something I really like—especially when it comes to reading. Some writers describe feelings so well it’s like you can feel them yourself, but IRL I never feel those things.
This was kind of incoherent. Oh well.