"Collecting Information" Mode: What it Is, and Is Not, and How to Supplement It
Tuesday April 23, 2019
You’ve probably been there: INTJs can get sucked into Collecting Information mode. Browsing, linking, piling up resources, buying books, bookmarking websites, liking Youtube videos.
This is a lot of things: Smart, resourceful, clever, and perceptive—“ah, I might need this later;” that kind of preparatory, contingency thinking.
This is not: Deep (it’s shallow, relatively speaking—or perhaps “broad” is a better term). It’s an extraverted task in that breadth-first way.
This is not: Learning, so much.
Some alternates to consider alongside this activity:
Learning Mode: Developing your depth-knowledge of a thing. The following can help with that:
Organizing Information Mode: Dive into the thing and start giving it your own method of organization. Plan your study.
Testing Information Mode: Running an experiment after having learned something, or theorized about something.
Producing Information Mode: Writing or illustrating or speaking about what you’re learning.