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Thinking (Logical)

High scoring Thinking testimonials
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Highest scoring Thinking traits

I asked low scorers for some insight into their orientation, here are their answers:

I think you should not change yourself for anyone! M-38 O-27 T-16 I-38 V-38

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I value both science and intuition based knowing. I have experienced some wonderful adventures by following my gut/spirit/? knowing. M-44 O-66 T-22 I-61 V-88

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I am a very emotional person. My emotions can be overwhelmingly dark or overwhelmingly positive. Even though it makes my life chaotic and my mood somewhat uncontrollable, I find rational decision making difficult to do, and I am an intelligent person. This is because I like the excitement and spontaneity of feeling-based decision making. M-66 O-83 T-33 I-44 V-27

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I scored low on the Logical drive. I think that, when making desicions, it is a good thing to go with your gut instinct rather than over-analyze and over-complicate the situation. Of course, this could also be a con to not being logical-- not thinking about a desicion at all could result in making the wrong choice. M-50 O-83 T-16 I-55 V-27

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I value feelings because growing up, both of my parents were extremely logical and I hated the way that they lived and all of the decisions they made. I wanted to be nothing like them. I do what I want and tend to not care what other's think as long as I'm happy. M-66 O-88 T-27 I-22 V-33

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I think I am this way because my dad is very logical and growing up I wanted love and acceptance. He was never affectionate, so now I somewhat hunger for it! Well I guess I always have! I raised my five kids with lots of attention and affection. Even though they are all grown, I have made sure they stay close to me emotionally and we all live in the same town. My kids and grandbabies are very important to me and I want them all close! I give all of them lots of attention and affection. I am single because I think I crave the closeness so much from a man so much that I think it may damage my relationship. Either that, The closeness I have with my kids is so strong that letting someone else close would mean they have to take me as a package deal with my kids and maybe that is hard for someone to do. I would like to know a little better myself why I am like this. I would very much like a relationship and I fear I will never have one again! M-72 O-88 T-38 I-55 V-16

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In short, I am the best as who I am. I mean my feelings have never failed me so far, and they never will (honestly I feel it again). When I listen and act according to my feelings I end up in happy situations, on the contrary, when I tend to act too logically I find myself amidst tense and stressful situations, making me feel as if I am the unhappiest dog on this planet. M-72 O-83 T-38 I-61 V-88

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I tend to overanalyze things and do last-minute tasks, that is the basic reason behind using more of intution than logic. M-77 O-44 T-38 I-55 V-5

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MBTI type is INFP. I would assume that my tendency to "prefer using feelings/gut/instincts over logic to make decisions" is an innate thing to my personality. I have been this way for as long as I can remember. My mother is the same way if that could possibly be a factor. Pros is that I think I am more intimately aware of my emotions and how I feel about certain things and WHY I feel that way. The con would be that, while good feelings can be fantastic, the bad ones are terrible. I tend to have have terrible mood swings and am very ruled by my emotions. Depression and anxiety are something I am not unfamiliar with, though I'm not sure how related that would be to the subject at hand. M-33 O-55 T-33 I-83 V-44

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I think feelings/gut should be taken in account for making decisions, probably because there must be a reason for feeling a certain way. Also, I have experienced that making decisions on what feels best works the best for me (after of course looking at the options I have). Of course think logically is useful too, but at the end I listen to my heart (damnnnnn, cheeesy!). I am an INFP btw, if that rings a bell. M-11 O-83 T-33 I-55 V-50

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I feel it is because logic is connected to reality. And based on our history the "reality" we've created provides a lot of negative traits. Which I, in my mind, categorize most of our advancements in nearly all earthly categories as forms of class seperation. And I've had it with that, LOL. For example, I am currently homeless in Austin, TX. I quit my job, threw away my credit card, dropped off my car at the bank. I came down here to "find myself" and I'll tell you honestly in my head my goal is to become the biggest rock guitarist of all time. And teach others my views. I know it sounds cocky and it is. But I act purely on emotion. We are all free. M-55 O-88 T-16 I-77 V-61

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I think that the reason I prefer using feelings/instinct to make decisions is because I've found that often times this can be more accurate than logic. The advantages include inspiration and creative solutions to problems, as well as an extremely significant ability to pereive communication. The disadvantage is most profound within personal relationships because people do not function with the same insight/morals etc. and believing they do can be dangerous when decision making. M-77 O-83 T-38 I-83 V-55

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I believe I scored low on the logical drive because I'm very impulsive based on how I feel. I make rash decisions that are very "in the moment" without thinking of long-term consequences or after-effects. This is apparently a repeating pattern in my personality. M-22 O-77 T-27 I-22 V-66

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As long as I remember, I've always believed that the logical answer or course of action is not always the best one. I try to go over the pros and cons of each and though sometimes the logical answer is the one I feel is right, it isn't always. M-33 O-66 T-38 I-77 V-11

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Actually you are right. I do usually prefer to use my feelings/gut/instincts to make decisions. Why do I do that? It's funny because the answer is, it just feels right. I can give you a quick bit on my back round to see if that may help. I always knew that the way I was raised was going to have some major negative effects on me and possibly some good ones. I now believe that I am who I am largely because of genetics but my childhood environment played a HUGE factor in why I can't live up to the best me. Or the me I would be under ideal circumstances or conditions.

So, quickly, I am a 37 yr old stay at home mom, at first I found that quite rewarding but now that my kids are getting older and don't need me near as much (they are teenagers) I feel like a total underachiever. I have a hard time following through with most things having to do with going out in the real world ie: go back to school, get a good job etc etc, and it's because I'm scared. So there is an example of letting my feelings control my decisions. I want to go back to school to be a nurse possibly but every time I do I get intimidated very early on in the process and let that stop me in my tracks. It seems silly, I know,not being able to matter of factly follow the steps to fill out the app, inquire about my GED to be sent to the college, and take the college entrance exam. My "feelings" about it override any logical steps most times.

My mom was a bi-polar, schizophrnic, so my child hood was confusing. When I was extremely young I knew I/we were different from every other family and not in a good way. As I got a little older I became keenly aware of people watching or observing us when we went somewhere public because of my moms bizarre behavior. I was also aware we weren't being looked at for good reasons or because I was so cute. I would get so embarrassed sometimes I would have an anxiety attack right then and just want to flee. I felt so inferior and different and those things also made me feel horrible and alone. I think in most situations now I just want to feel good and comfortable. I may equate most uncomfortable things back to the way I felt most of the time in my childhood. To make a very long story a bit shorter (I'm sorry) I just think that logic failed me a lot when I was a kid so I don't or am really unable to rely on it much now. Right now we have to move and it is proving nearly impossible because out of the 15 houses we have looked at in our price range, I "didn't feel right" about each and every one of them. It would be a lot easier I'm sure, if I was able to look at this more logically. M-72 O-66 T-33 I-66 V-61

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I think my emotions help me more then logic. M-0 O-77 T-16 I-33 V-33

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I have been through awful relationships. Lying, cheating, and stealing. I believe that I am more guarded now. Sad really. I used to be much more happy. M-50 O-61 T-38 I-44 V-66

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To me, logic has never served me well. When I stop and think through a decision and think I'm making the "logical" choice it has always come back to haunt me in incredibly terrible forms. When I become comfortable with the status quo and begin to rely on things and accept things as they are as "logical" they always change in sudden, unexpected, and negative ways and it has shaken my faith in logic. Whenever I go with my gut feelings I always feel like I've made the right decision. Even if that decision has negative consequences I always feel like I learned something important about life through that decision. I trust myself the most of all and since logic is made by experiences it inherently involves other people, whom I don't trust to make decisions about my life. It works well as long as I don't stop to question myself and I tend to feel pretty good about all my decisions. It can lead to me seeming "rash" or "hasty" to people who don't understand that I go by base instinct. M-22 O-77 T-27 I-77 V-55

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Difficult to answer. I might not have the patience to figure out a problem's point a to b or the capacity to visualize said logic map. I do openly (guardedly) hold certain delusions close to my heart. M-22 O-44 T-27 I-77 V-5

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I believe when I get old I will regret the things I did not do far more than the things I did do so I simply live as I feel not as I think M-27 O-83 T-27 I-88 V-88

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I prefer using my feelins/gut/intincts over logical decisions because I feel humans have the choice to make the best decision based on the sitution. Making the logical decision to me means never taking a chance on something that could turn out to be great. M-22 O-83 T-38 I-72 V-61

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I believe that logic and instincts have to be balanced. I feel that we live in a world that has not taught us to be safe with our gut instincts, and we need to get back in tune with that. Perhaps that is why I scored low on Logical drive... Plus, this is really just an innate part of myself. I've never had a mind that processes things with pictures, or numbers, or sequence. I just know things (have a feeling about things) and generally I am right. M-27 O-61 T-33 I-55 V-72

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I AM who I AM. After serious accident, life, goals, dreams, achievements are never external, they only ever exist within, satisfying the soul. never making judgement on external influences. Logic is only a small part of making the correct decision in any given situation. Logic is a term "penned" in board rooms, committee meetings, amongst groups. Systematic conditioning of how to think based upon pre-set forms and guidelines.

Primative man was only able to think, feel, and act based upon gut feelings. No language or explanations were used, only sounds,instinct. Modern man has made far to many mistakes using logical drive alone. To rise in the morning, breathe the fresh air, see the sunshine, think "what i can achieve today", feel how good it is to be alive does not require logic. Happiness within my self,around my family,friends and enjoying what i do for work. Is the only reward drive M-38 O-72 T-27 I-66 V-55

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I scored low on my logical drive you said and you believe that means I make decisions using feelings or gut instincts. I don't know that this is necessarily true. However, I do believe that trusting too much in logic or in what can be seen or proven can be a dangerous or unrewarding way to live sometimes. I scored high in the area that said I love knowledge and I do. However, I believe in a letting-go sense and trusting yourself and what you feel. When it comes to making decisions I have a lot of trouble to be honest, and while happy with them, often doubt whether I made the best one for me and find myself revaluing it constantly. I tend to over-think decisions in this way. M-33 O-77 T-38 I-77 V-22

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I am an intuitive person and find that when I listen to my "gut", I make the best decisions for myself and in regards to others. M-44 O-61 T-16 I-83 V-5

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I would have to say that I am like that depending on the situation I am in. I have grown up paying close attention to body language and so it has in my opinion made me more aware of my environment and more aware of a persons true feelings or intents. Therefore, many more times then not, my gut feeling is really more of an unspoken observation upon which I tend to base my decisions. M-33 O-88 T-27 I-66 V-55

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I trust by feelings and gut instinct to guide my decision making process. I tend to act on my feelings instead of thinking/planning ahead and then acting. The pro's are that I believe I can do what others may see as a hard thing/choice but because of my "strong feelings" I just do it. The cons are that I am easily taken advantage of by others because I tend to believe the good in everyone and give people a lot of chances when maybe I shouldn't. I'm "easy-going" and so I give up what I may want easily and that can also be taken advantage of. M-44 O-77 T-16 I-61 V-38


*for a low score assume the opposite of the above. the descriptions listed here are made up of personality items. people who scored high on this type scored higher on the above items compared to the average. (more info)
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