Originally Posted by Decaf
I think most INTPs are fairly confidant in their ability to filter out the really bad ideas. At least the ones that require logical reasoning to justify (not the ones that attack us emotionally, like conspiracy theories).
I thought a lot about this over the years and do have more compassion on non-Ti-primary people.
When I was growing up in the church, there was a popular phrase called "Garbage in, Garbage Out." People would use it as a means to avoid experiences and ideas they felt would taint them. I could see why it might be good for them, but I never felt it was very useful to me. At the time I just blamed myself, I feared I was wrong; then later in life I realized that I actually processed information differently than many others.
Basically, with many of them (especially the Si types), they take information inside and incorporate it without really filtering it much. Thus, experiencing something -> incorporating something. They HAD to install external filters in order to prevent themselves from absorbing bad stuff.
But Ti people in particular have a HUGE filter process that goes on before information is deemed "acceptable." IOW, we can hold a set of ideas or experiences at arm's length and examine it in detail before incorporating it into who we are. And we are very critical, so we throw out a lot before it comes inside.
(It's the sort of thing that allows INTPs to also observe and analyze things some people see as horrific -- an interest in the dark, macabre, eerie, socially unacceptable, etc. -- without being too changed by it.)
Thus, "Garbage In, Garbage Out" is not nearly as useful for us... and in fact might even be negative because it would keep us from acquiring information to process.
I feel bad for people with introverted thinking as their inferior function. How tough would it be for them to resist a compelling argument if they let everything in?
Yes, that is why I sympathize with said people now and try to take that into consideration before I hit them with hard things.
The Si oriented people (ISxJ) have a big issue with Ne too -- they are afraid to try new things (including entertain new ideas) because they do not have the ability naturally to sensibly "intuit". until they get some experience, their intuitions can become full of paranoia and unreasonable concerns.
Funny how type really does impact the acquisition and processing of information, and I think we really need to consider who someone is before we judge their response to information.