Monday, 1 June 2015

ILI - Intuitive Logical Integrator

This is the profile for the Intuitive Logical Integrator (ILI). To see more type profiles, click here.

Isaac Newton
1. Time
The ILI is disposed towards inner reflections on the flow of events. Detaching from trivial concerns, ILIs turn their attention to the more important and far-reaching matters of life. Penetrating the misty vestiges of the past and future through depth of imagination, ILIs tend to synthesise for themselves a profoundly realist, neutral world view that can be perceived as 'bleak' or 'gloomy' by others. Such a world view is frequently in the form of a singular eventuality that current events will head towards given certain variables. For them, the present is only important in so much as it is the midway point between what has happened and what will happen, and that sometimes actions can be undertaken to change or alter that interaction, usually in the form of preventing stupidity that might lead to disaster later on. Often what is completely obvious to the ILI makes very little sense to anyone else and they may be frustrated that other people are too dense to see the issues so clear to them. Frequently, ILIs may feel that they have a responsibility to inform people of these dangers, especially if they may affect the world at large. As such, ILIs regularly come across as critics and augurs for the consequences of foolishness, putting themselves between the short-sighted and the damage they might wreak for years to come. In less important matters, they will likely keep themselves to themselves, not deigning to get involved.

2. Pragmatism

Eugénie de Montijo
ILIs tend to be rather well-read. Regularly informing their perception of events is a wealth of useful and relevant information, often historical, that they tend to slowly accumulate over time. However, ILIs do not merely take in the facts to apply them, but undergo a long rumination process, picking out patterns and trends that they see as carrying particular temporal weight and thinking these through until they have an idea on what they mean for the long term. Such information they can usually recall well and use to back up any points or musings they might come up with. Furthermore, should there be a long term outcome that an ILI deems as favourable, or one that they particularly wish to avoid, the ILI can plan out the processes by which these outcomes can be reached or prevented. Often they will enjoy board games that require strategy, and will may be a number of steps ahead of their opponents, creating a plan and adapting any technique at their disposal to fit the plan. However, this ability also allows them to know when something is inevitable or out of their power, and in such situations, the ILI will fatalistically wait it out. In a similar way, the ILI will often be the first to point out when an action is useless or pointless, already knowing that it will not lead anywhere despite the optimism of others. 

Stanley Kubrick
3. Senses
The ILI is best situated when detached from the present day and pondering over themes of times been and yet to come. However, a certain amount of begrudging self-maintenance is kept with the ILI, who usually attends to chores and concerns around the house at a slow, steady pace, freeing up the mind to go elsewhere. ILIs are usually unconcerned with how they look, but will nevertheless know to maintain basic hygiene and standard practices. However, ILIs will have little care for anything luxurious or pleasant. The room they may occupy is a simple holding cell for them to sleep in, its comfort being as important to them as their distant memories of the room years later. They may also possess a good eye for detail when needed, being able to spot errors and and read the fine print, keeping an eye on the specifics of practical tasks without much difficulty. Many may take up work requiring repetitive or detailed activity and perform well, although they will use such physical tasks to go elsewhere mentally.

4. Emotions
Jean-Paul Sartre
ILIs do not tend to care what others think of them and often would prefer not to unnecessarily interact with people other than those they care about. Frequently, ILIs fill the archetype of the outsider to any social circle and the teller of unpopular truths, not because they actively desire to be contrary or controversial, but because they do not see the point of sweetening their words for the ears of others at the expense of accuracy and sincerity. For the ILI, this is partially due to a lack of awareness of their own emotional expression and the impression they are giving off to others. Furthermore, the concept of showing emotions, rather than simply feeling them internally, is quite alien to them, sometimes resulting in a listless or austere manner when speaking. When aware that someone is putting on a façade of sunny emotions, the ILI approaches them with scepticism, questioning their angle. The ILI may stubbornly resist attempts by such people to make them to join in with the forced enthusiasm, socially alienating themselves as a result. ILIs may express frustration with seemingly pointless social norms like small talk, avoiding pleasantries and cutting straight to the point in conversation. These tendencies run the risk of spoiling the positive mood, resulting in a loss of popularity for the ILI. Consequently, their fore-warnings can often fall on deaf ears as people may decide not to listen to them and may mistake it for pessimism. However, to accuse ILIs of pessimism is to misunderstand their realism. After all, unjustified negativity is as bad to them as unjustified optimism.

John Adams
5. Force
The ILI tends to possess a sardonic sense of humour and when the situation calls for it, will not hesitate to make harsh or biting comments at those they think deserve it. However, this is usually the limit of an ILI's aggression. Although often appreciative of power and the will to confront or change reality, they themselves are unable to adequately make these changes themselves, having difficulty overcoming the inertia of excessive thinking before any action might be taken. They may not immediately realise they have such a difficulty, until noticing how their slower, more reserved actions will often fail to make the same impact that others have. This is largely because they know when and how to act, but cannot perform actions with the right gusto or force. Rather than jump in and think on their feet, ILIs find it easier to succeed through careful preparation and review of as much information as possible, making sure that whatever they do will ensure good outcomes for the future. This can lead to a certain indecisiveness that can be very apparent in the moment, although once a decision is finally made, it is stuck to. ILIs tend to be risk averse, and will sooner not act at all than act rashly. Frequently, ILIs may encounter difficulty asserting themselves with others, often being resisted by people who need to be forced to comply. In such situations, they may retreat to think about how best to proceed, when the matter could have been solved through force of character. Instead, they tend to appreciate those with the relentless and ruthless energy to get what they want when they want. The ILI will find the positive liveliness of such people refreshing and respect their capability at audaciously getting things done while they are still in the planning stages.

6. Relations
Emily Brontë
Although many appear cold and detached on the outside, ILIs can possess stormy feelings and sentiments that are shut out from public view except in short bursts of temper. ILIs rarely forgive and even more rarely forget the wrongs done to them by other people. They may hold grudges and can dryly state their dislike of certain unsavoury individuals if it allows them to not see the disliked person again. ILIs can have a rather strong moral streak and sense of decency that is often reserved for those they are close to, doing large favours without complaint for the select few they care about. Although being difficult to get close to, ILIs genuinely want to encounter people who they actually like and can be very loyal. However, this goodwill is rarely communicated with the warmth required to be appreciated by most. Rather than occupy any social circle where group approval is required, ILIs get by on close, personal contacts, serving as trusted advisers to those who sincerely find them worth listening to. However, ILIs are rarely proactive in the forming of such relationships and do not actively seek people out. Rather, every now and again, someone sees the sense in what they say and decides to strike up the friendship, allowing it to mature into a close bond over time.

Alan Moore
7. Ideas
ILIs tend to have little patience for brainstorming with others and running through different options. Instead their goal is to deliberately limit the range of possibilities as much as they can, putting together the most probable estimation for how future events are going to turn out from the trends and information available. When faced with alternatives, the ILI will likely respond with stubbornness, seeing their conclusion as the most likely outcome and the only one worth focusing on. This can be interpreted by others as arrogance, although the ILI is unlikely to have a position at all until they have given the matter considerable thought and surveyed all the relevant variables in forming their opinion. Often the ILI will turn out to have been right all along, by which point people would have likely forgotten there was an issue in the first place.

8. Laws

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
People often perceive the ILI to be a source of natural intellect, given to forming a good understanding of phenomena. However, the ILI approaches clear, seemingly straightforward philosophies and theoretical structures with a natural scepticism. For the ILI, nothing is ever so black and white, but perceived in various shades and scales of grey. As such, a system claiming it has everything neatly ordered and understood is a red target that the ILI will likely attempt to dismantle. With an artful command of logical reasoning, the ILI can quickly look for the flaws in a theory and poke it full of holes. After undermining the logical integrity of a theory, the ILI is unlikely to offer a new structure in its place. Instead, the ILI will focus attention on the functional purpose of such tools to assess likely outcomes, stripping away at any framework to leave only the parts that work for them.

Some famous people we think are ILIs:

  • John Adams 
  • Clement Attlee
  • Emily Brontë
  • Gordon Brown
  • Claudius
  • Calvin Coolidge
  • Domitian
  • Eugénie de Montijo
  • George I of the United Kingdom
  • Aubrey de Grey
  • Edward Heath
  • John of England
  • Franz Kafka
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Alan Moore
  • Isaac Newton
  • Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Philip II of Spain
  • Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
  • Karl Popper
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • David Starkey
  • Tiberius
  • Gore Vidal
  • Virgil
  • William III of England

Some fictional characters we think are ILIs:
  • The Beast (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)
  • Daria Morgendorffer (Daria)


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  2. A great description, thank you for sharing.