One of the unusual things about Socionics compared to other Jung-based typology systems is the characterization of one of the types that isn't one of the ethical types in primarily emotional terms....namely, our old friend, the INTp type.
This is very interesting. No other type is described so much in terms of optimism/pessimism. My take on it is that the description of INTps as pessimistic, sardonic, etc., is based on a particular subset of INTps, and not really a general characteristic.
In theory, anyone who is more T than F should be characterized by objectivity, not by either optimism or pessimism. If INTps really see life through pessimistic glasses, rather than through logic, shouldn't they be called INFps?
I wonder if the characterization of INTps as pessmists is truly due to their inner state? Or is it rather a misinterpretation of their behavior based on the fact that what they say seems pessimistic to others?
Any insights on this?