the object enthusiast

Self-Care & Helpful Tips for INTP “The Thinker”

Functions: Ti-Ne-Si-Fe

Strengths

  • Great analyst & abstract thinker
  • Imaginative & original
  • Open-minded
  • Enthusiastic
  • Objective
  • Honest & straightforward

Weaknesses

  • Very private & withdrawn
  • Insensitive
  • Absent-minded
  • Condescending
  • Loathe rules & guidelines
  • Second-guess themselves

Turn-on = Understanding

Turn-off = Manipulation

What stresses INTP out

  • Being in an environment where they feel controlled by others.
  • Not being allowed to go with the flow of the moment.
  • Being required to do simple and repetitive tasks.
  • Being surrounded by individuals they see as incompetent.
  • A lack of autonomy.
  • Being in charge of the quality of another person’s work.
  • Not enough alone time. Too much extraverting.
  • Being immersed in emotionally charged environments.
  • Being in a place where their expertise is not appreciated.
  • People “barging in” on their space.
  • Not having their strongly held values validated

How to help an INTP experiencing stress

  • Give them alone time and space
  • Excuse them from some of their responsibilities
  • Let them get away from everything
  • Don’t ask them how they feel or if they’re okay
  • Encourage them to have some alone time exercising
  • Let them know it’s okay to feel unreasonable sometimes
  • Stay out of the way and forgive out-of-characteristic behavior


How INTP handle Grief

  • Bury their feelings
  • Not good at opening in front of others

How INTP handle Guilt

  • Over-analytical
  • Pressure themselves to do better

What INTP are like when Sad

  • Appear apathetic & disinterested
  • Dislike feeling vulnerable

What INTP need after a Bad Day

  • A new project to distract them from self-destructive thoughts

What INTP do when Angry

  • Ignores their anger for years at a time until they eventually snap unexpectedly and spew snarky insults about the opposing party’s intelligence.

What INTP Should do Instead

  • Take note of when and why they’re feeling angry, rather than pushing it down, in order to avoid outbursts.

What INTP Struggle with

  • Giving words of affirmation

What INTP are Hard on themselves for

  • Constantly feel like they should be do better

INTP’s Purpose in Life is

  • Seek that which is unknown

What INTP Need to Know

  • Emotions aren’t scary monsters, and you are not void of them. Being vulnerable is not the worst thing in the world. It is okay to live in the moment, and not feel guilty for it.

What INTP Should never Forget

  • You are capable of true warmth. We value your intelligence and are thankful for your unique views and understanding. You are always someone we can depend on to solve the problem at hand.
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At S+F, my main focus has always been to seek out and showcase emerging artists and designers. It’s our passion to give an outsider artist a chance to expose their process and work and vision from the beginning stages in a small independent boutique. Case in point, Simply gorgeous new ceramics from Wichita, Kansas artist Emily Reinhardt,AKA, the Object Enthusiast. Emily made her Portland/World debut in a brick and mortar retail setting showing her latest ceramic works here at Sword+Fern, and we are so happy to have her pieces in for fall. From Emily’s blog:“…i am emily and i am an object maker. i love to make objects that other people want to spend time with. i am a ceramic artist living and working in wichita, kansas…today i make most of my ceramics using yoshi ikeda’s shimpo. he bought it in 1981 and gave it to me in the spring of 2012. he is the reason i studied ceramics in school, and now i’m making my work using the wheel that he used for nearly 30 years. he said, “emily, i would only give this to you. you work hard.” i will never be able to fully express how much my wheel means to me. i’m inspired every time i sit down at that wheel.” Come see Emily’s pieces before they’re gone! images courtesy Emily Reinhardt