i am an INTP. i am interested in the thought process of our type. so i am using myself as my own test subject. here are my thoughts. your thoughts are welcomed.
I wanted to answer this question publicly because this is something that I…and I am sure other people with the T preference are usually misunderstood by other with an F preference. And again these are my thoughts and how I connect to being an INTP as an individual. I cannot speak for all INTPs in the world.
To clarify first of all there is no “fear” or “revulsion” to expressing emotion. I am afraid to tell you that you are really over thinking it. And the answer is really quite simple. But before that I have to flip this around and understand yourself. I have an INFP friend and she has come a long way in trying to understand how my emotions operate. You see…for you and others like you, your emotions guide you. They are your main compass in life. My INFJ friend struggles with the idea that I do not allow my emotions to guide me in the manner they do him. And so from this lack of understanding F types therefore assume that we FEAR emotions. “Are you afraid to express yourself emotionally? Are you worried that you might get hurt? Why do emotions disgust you so much?” All of these statements are false. I do not fear them…they do not disgust me. And I do not think of my emotions harming me in some way if I decide to let someone else see them.
The cold fact is however. That to me. They are irrelevant. Emotions do have their part to play in my life. I HAVE emotions. Yes indeed I do. When and where I decide they are to be used outside of my own body is for my choosing if the situation calls for it. Now I am different from an INTJ who decides that ALL situations must have emotions removed in order for there to be a completely sound conclusion. My INTJ friend is this way. But as an INTP I am an empath. I have the uncanny ability to feel YOUR emotions if I need to understand your point of view. And so in a situation where more than one person is involved it is completely logical to take into account ALL points of view and ALL the small details in order to arrive at a complete and logical outcome. This at times calls that emotions be taken into part of the equation. Data in effect is EVERYTHING that can be taken in and understood and then translated into an answer. And that includes emotions.
So where some T types might view emotions as the way you just described. I can assure you that I do not…as an INTP. Again ME as an INTP…not us all. I use them just as I would use any other tool. We understand emotions quite well. Just as you as an INFP have the ability to understand logical thought and yet your are not afraid of it…or your do not turn your nose up to it. So is the same for us and emotions. Here is a picture that makes light of that subject and it makes me smile whenever I see. Not sure if I answered your question. But hope I shed some light into our world.