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.
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.
|Eugénie de Montijo|
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.
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.
|Mohammad Reza Pahlavi|
Some famous people we think are ILIs:
Some fictional characters we think are ILIs:
- The Beast (Beauty and the Beast)
- Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights)
- Daria Morgendorffer (Daria)
- Piccolo Jr. (Dragon Ball)
- Eugene Porter (The Walking Dead)