Central to the LII is their coherent structure of laws and principles through which they formulate an understanding of the world around them. LIIs are motivated by a need to analyse and make sense of their experiences, abstracting from them certain rules or regularities and drawing them into a consistent, theoretical framework. For them, truth is the pinnacle of understanding and such truth can only be reached if everything accepted fits together and makes perfect internal sense. Only then can their structure possibly be correct. Many LIIs will be drawn to fields where they are able to make sense of the fundamentals that ordain our world, with many being found in mathematics, philosophy or even theology. Less intellectual or educated LIIs will nevertheless have an emphasis on the general principles by which they have naturally come to understand their experiences and will insist on trying to make sense of things according to these principles. Some LIIs can dedicate their lives to being system-builders, slowly and painstakingly piecing together a jigsaw in their minds that might revolutionise their chosen field. However, at some level, all LIIs will be driven to create a certain theoretical consistency in their lives, carefully ordering their thoughts and ideas through which to interpret a variety of phenomena.
The structures of LIIs are usually theoretical, being general principles behind interpretations of a multitude of daily events. Abstraction is a key process in an LII's law formation, with the manifold possible happenings and instances in our complex world ideally being successfully and consistently explained by only a few axioms and their logically sound interactions. As such, the LII is often very intellectually curious, and regularly seeks a broad horizon of instances and examples that they can draw together into a systemic framework. This might also make them rather nosy, asking probing questions into people's lives in their drive to better understand and analyse a situation. Often they may resort to unusual thought experiments and previously unconsidered states of affairs in order to demonstrate the conclusions of their reasoning, thus demonstrating how their logic can account for any and every situation. Similarly, their interests and hobbies may be rather offbeat and quirky, with them trying out past-times that others would not think of attempting.
LIIs tend to be very gentle and abhor any sort of aggression or social pressure. Usually their idea of fairness and order has no place for forceful competition and they may naively underestimate the capacity of others to wilfully act in their interests against the tenets of the system. The LII may see their reasoning as an appeal to the higher virtues, failing to adequately confront the more brutal, primal instincts that demand more for oneself than is duly owed. They will likely show disdain for those who attack others on superficial failings or resorting to crude, unrefined behaviour, such as trying to get one's way through brute force, rather than sitting down and having a rational discussion. Often the LII will be rather brittle, being unable to force people into respecting their principles and snapping under pressure from others. In this way, they tend to make poor leaders, failing to establish dominance and either stepping down as soon as the going gets tough or stubbornly clinging to their principles until ousted. Occasionally LIIs may be sceptical towards the social machinations of others, believing that people are going to gang up on them and try to force them to do something that contradicts their principles.
When leading the conversation, LIIs can come across as a bit stiff. Emotional expression does not come easily to them and their focus on detached logical thought can result in them being rather disconnected from the emotions of those around them and unable to communicate adequately how they feel to others. This can result in social awkwardness or them boring others when talking about a niche topic interest, as well as being unable to tell that they are failing to impress. However, when a good mood is set by others around them, they can begin to cut loose and become surprisingly expressive in short bursts of happy emotionality. However, they will lack the ability to regulate this themselves. Despite often having something highly insightful and well-thought to say, LIIs are not very good at getting people interested and cannot adequately command people's attention. As such, they greatly appreciate engaging, charismatic individuals who are able to communicate the importance of their messages and, more importantly, welcome them into a social circle they can be themselves in. Furthermore, the doggedness of LIIs with their principles can result in a lacklustre existence. They often need someone who can raise their spirits and keep them in a positive mindset, as well as include them in the social goings on.
A crucial aspect to helping LIIs emotionally unwind is in the creation of physical harmony in their surroundings and satisfying their more aesthetic tastes. LIIs are naturally out of touch with their physical surroundings and can find it to easily become overpowering. As such, they can be quite picky and sensitive about their sensory experiences, with a fastidiousness over the things they like and a need to satisfy these preferences in a well-balanced moderation, enjoying very particular kinds of food and only liking physical contact in certain areas. Although trying to avoid anything that feels like a chore, LIIs will tend to attempt certain daily tasks as a therapeutic or enjoyable activity, such as cooking, jogging, painting or some other physically creative pursuit. Provided the demands are placed on attention to detail, rather than physical exertion, LIIs can do rather well for themselves. Such hobbies they will pursue with a highly self-critical perfectionism. However, they will be very responsive to the expressed approval of others in these areas and will swell with pride from compliments. LIIs can learn to dress neatly and well, but tend to remain modest, liking to show that they have a sense of taste but rarely feeling the need to change what they wear for new fashions. When they find a look they are comfortable with they may stick with that outfit for years.
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LIIs' pursuit of truth is largely based on the theoretical structures they deduce from basic, self-evident axioms. When it comes to appealing to factual data or seeing how the structure compares to empirical tests, the LII is rather less interested. Although able to analyse the data if necessary to back up their theories, LIIs tend to be dissatisfied with the idea that truth comes from the statistics we happen to observe under arbitrary conditions. Instead of seeing this as the commonly-accepted standard for knowledge, the LII will prefer to acknowledge the only indisputable fact of scientific practice; that it is never perfect but always falsifiable. LIIs strive for perfection in their truth and such a thing can only be acquired through the intellectual purity of mathematical and logical thought. Furthermore, LIIs prefer not to assess the worth of their activities based on how helpful or productive it is. Although capable of working efficiently and creating helpful structures, the LII is unlikely to assess the merits of a system based on how well it works. Instead, their priority will be that all parts of the system hang together in a consistent manner.
Some famous people we think are LIIs:
Some fictional characters we think are LIIs:
- Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
- Ross Geller (Friends)
- L (Death Note)
- Milton Mamet (The Walking Dead)
- Jerry Seinfeld (Seinfeld)