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Superior Attitude

Introversion prefers ideals and ideal thoughts about the outer world, formed by the subject’s own mind, isolated from its environment. The process of introversion is that of abstraction, which means that it takes information and grasps its most salient aspects, and forms or cognizes a general archetype, prototype, or model. Plato’s Forms come to mind here. For example, there are a totality of different individual dogs in the outer world, but they all appeal to the perfect idea of ‘dog-ness.’ Each dog is an imperfect imitation of the ideal dog; the form of dog; the one true quintessential dog. Maybe the philosophical Youtuber ‘exurb1a’ summarized it best:

This is a cat, this is a cat, this is a cat also. They’re all different cats but we still get that they’re cats, so there must be a perfect cat living in some perfect realm above us that all cats are made from.

All that being said, introversion refers to its ideals. A simpler way to describe introversion is that it prefers to look at things by a model to refer to. Introversion does need to observe objects as a stimulus for it to even cognize it’s internal model. It needs something to compare to.

Throughout one’s life, extroversion will gather information about the variety of objects in its environment. Introversion will put those things into an inner ‘archetype,’ which is an idea that is regarded as the best representation of that thing—which again, refers back to Plato’s forms. A very basic example of this would be seeing all the imperfect circles in the world, but being able to conceive a perfect circle in your head. All of these imperfect circles appeal to the overarching idea of ‘circle.’ That’s basically what an archetype is. Figuratively speaking, introversion consults this perfect circle



Inferior Attitude


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