Gineasll asked: You once said that you hate your xNTP professors because they have all the opposite functions of an INTJ? Could you go into more detail on how that plays out? Are there any other types you hate as professors?
I love you! ….distantly, and without emotional investment…Hold on, let me revise that: I love you theoretically!
I have nothing against xNTPs as people. In fact, I love my xNTP friends, but yes, I hate them as teachers. I hate xSFJ teachers equally well (same functions as the xNTP).
Ne vs Ni
My interior Ni wants to focus deeply, intimately and intensely on a single area of study at a time, but Ne dom/aux teachers want to jump all over the place.
Hey here’s an idea! Just kidding, let’s talk about this one! Somehow, they’re connected, I swear!
Ni wants ideas to be fully fleshed out, fully understood and brought to the level of God’s understanding before moving on. But Ne doesn’t necessarily care about resolving the ideas it brings up. Ne just wants the thrill of the idea passing through their mind long enough for another one to come along.
Furthermore, Ni wants to filter out the unnecessary –cut out all those random, unnecessary and unrelated tangents about this one time that the teacher was playing with his kids and they said something funny.
Ne teachers however, want to talk about everything without discriminating the importance of one idea over another (even if they claim to stress importance on one thing, they really don’t).
Unconsciously, they place equal importance on every idea, while Ni wants to cast aside anything irrelevant and focus on a specific few ideas. In Ni terms, it’s always better to understand one thing thoroughly and completely than to have a vague knowledge of everything.
Te vs Ti
The Ti teacher cares way more about how things work than a Te student does. Ti gets into the details of how such and such works, meanwhile my Te really only cares what it does.
I don’t care how the market economy works, just so long as it works and I can understand the significance of its usefulness in our society (NiTe).
I don’t are how the cogs of the machine fits together. I care what results the machine will bring. In the cases that I do want to know how something works, it’s usually because I want to try to implement it into my life (and thus have to know how it works in order to duplicate it).
Furthermore, my Te can often be more than a bit blunt, and that doesn’t usually come across well to Fe using teachers (even if they’re T types).
Also…Ti isn’t very organised. Courses run by upper Ti/Ne users tend to jump all over the place with seemingly no direction and as an NiTe user, I hate that.
Te doesn’t ever want to be surprised mid-semester by a huge project that wasn’t on the syllabus, or told that they didn’t follow the instructions (when the problem was that the instructions were either too detailed or too vague to be followed by a Te user).
My Te also likes to have the freedom of bringing up and discussing bluntly controversial topics that most Fe users are adverse to talking about in class. I’m usually the kid who sits in the back of class, either silent throughout the entire semester, or the one who always asks the uncomfortable questions.
Fe vs Fi
Often, I find myself trying desperately not to roll my eyes in the back of class when an Fe using teacher makes a sweeping generalization about people. They make wide claims that they think are universal, but usually aren’t, and as an Fi using INTJ, I am perfectly aware that few of those generalizations apply to everyone in the room (or even the majority for that matter).
Furthermore, a lot of Fe teachers assume that everyone in the class lives by the exact same moral code when they talk about ethics in lecture.
FeSi/SiFe teachers also seem to hate my poker face. In fact, they make comments about my death glare on a regular basis.
The poker face can make Fe users secretly and subconsciously hate me –often skewing grades unnecessarily unless I make direct efforts to manipulate the teachers into liking me (never something I enjoy).
Se vs Si
This one I legitimately HATE. Primarily because the S function is how we intake information.
I’ve said before that I, as an NiSe user, am a visual/kinesthetic learner. I don’t like to read the instructions before I start learning. I need to figure out how to perform tasks as I’m doing them.
If I’m learning how to do a specific type of math, reading the text book doesn’t help me. I need to try the math problem itself in order to learn how to do it.
Si runs by the books. It wants you to follow a specific set of instructions before you try anything out.
Si is also good at memorization. Se isn’t typically as good as Si at remembering information off the cuff, especially if it’s coupled with upper Ni that immediately deletes any information thats not specific to it’s worldview.
So there are times when, if none of the information I’m learning in a class is not applicable to my worldview — I will literally come out of lecture hall having subconsciously erased everything that was said during lecture. Upper NiTe basically only remembers what’s really important to it, but unfortunately, I can’t trick myself into believing that boring classes are important to me.
Sherlock can’t remember that the earth revolves around the sun! I’m the same way (except with different topics).
It’s for this reason that I use the method of Loci as a memorization tool. First of all, it feeds my visual mind, and it forces me to feel like I’m doing something (albeit virtually).
Also, specific to xSFJ teachers –they always want to teach details first, then big picture. My Ni wants big picture first, then details.
Either way…it’s a lose/lose arrangement for both xNTJ students and the xNTP/xSFJ teacher.