Just recently I had a sort of major break through about something, particularly concerning being ST. I experienced it from the LSE perspective of course....
At any rate, I realized why I am always looking to or trying to find a code of beliefs - for myself, an LSE, something to "serve". For me, it has to do with implementation. I have come to realize that, almost my entire perspective and psychological formulation is based on implementation of tasks in terms of how they lead to goals and objectives (Te). Even when I was discussing spirituality or beliefs with someone, it was all about implementation, and my ethical take was totally about how to go about the goals, rather than actual ethical interpretation. Basically, my stance on beliefs and spirituality was "action" and movement, rather than ethical consideration.
I was comparing notes with an INFj, and, when we did, I was extremely alarmed at our differences on a matter. What I thought was something spiritual was more like a machine readout. Indeed, to me, the INFj's notes were totally without any action or implementation mechanisms at all. But the difference was so remarkably clear that it shocked me. I was analyzing the conversation via socionics throughout, but it was definitely a breakthrough in understanding for me.
For myself, I realized how unconscious I can be / am about actual ethics, and furthermore, the actual differentiation between an Fi approaching a situation and a Te approaching a situation. It very much made me feel like a soldier, or like James Bond even, but not in a totally glorious way. Rather, it was somewhat alarming because I "experienced" an aspect of reality in a more direct way that I barely ever consider, and as such, it felt like I was blinded, or vastly incompetent. Like, James Bond listening for his mission over an earpiece, in some totally new and distant place, but then, the earpiece goes completely silent and there is nothing - so what do you do? The easy, basic instinct is to take direct action towards the survival of resources or ideas that are important, but, as far as determining the ethical parameters of the situation.... nothing.
It is funny because, even studying socionics and life itself, you think you kind of have it figured out and have a grasp on your weaknesses. But then you get a glimpse of something, and, especially comparing it to someone of a complementary nature (and probably most severe in terms of your dual), you realize just how lopsided your psychological disposition is. Maybe it is a finer aspect of duality - this realization - or maybe it can happen in other settings.
Basically, I feel like a soldier or worker or something, but without a real sense of spirituality or mind. Maybe it is a realization STs have when being appropriately humbled by an NF. It sort of made me feel hollow at first, and at the same time, really made me question my judgment and interpretation of things. In one sense, it made me feel dependent on other people for ethical judgment, or just very unconfident about such things in general.
Has anyone else seen or experienced this in terms of ST - NF relations?