What does it mean to be intuitive or an intuitive type?

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    INFP - The Idealists

    What does it mean to be intuitive or an intuitive type?

    I am frequently typed as a sensor by most people but I still feel like this partially isn't true.

    - I enjoy thinking deeply, I am actually very interested in philosophy and people's opinions on such matters. (I'm guessing this has to do with the abstract thinking, correct me if I am wrong.)
    - I am very absent minded, I often think of possibilities as well as the current situation.
    - I am good at looking at the bigger picture, even when other people do not.
    - I spend a lot of time in my own head thinking up creative ideas or adding to the ones I already have.
    - I often listen to ambient music, but when I do not I think about how these ideas relate to the lyrics or come up with new ones from the lyrics.
    - I tend to be good with laws and even enforcing laws, unlike ISTP which I have been typed before, which works with me but not completely.
    - I enjoy speaking to adults or even those younger than me than people my own age.

    I'm not sure whether this would make me intuitive or not and I know a lot of sensor profiles aren't very good. But what does it mean to be an intuitive person (predominantly) do you relate to what I am saying or am I being stupid?

    Is this even in the right topic?
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    First sentence in your reasoning doesn't require either sensing or intuition.
    Second sentence needs context.
    Sometimes the colloquial big picture is not necessarily intuition.
    Spending a lot of time in your head... more Ti than intuition.
    Next one may be Si?
    Not every ISTP is going to be rebellious and stuff, at all.
    The last of those things doesn't seem related to a type at all.

    When it's said intuition is reading between the lines, it means they're "seeing" situations but not in a way you'd get out of just a regular experience. There's a certain symbolism in intuition.

    If it feels like being a sensor is merely partially not true, it could be because it's not easy to use sensing with no intuition backbone and vice versa. People are probably less aware of the impact of their lesser functions.
    I think you're checking to see if really you're something other than whatever type you arrived at or what others say.

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    Well, I don't feel I know enough about you specifically to give an opinion about your type, but just in direct response to the traits you've listed, I feel a lot of the phrases you've used are a little too removed, if that makes sense. So, for instance, "I am good at looking at the big picture, even when other people do not" - in what situations, exactly? You've used "big picture", a phrase often associated with intuitives, without any real clarification of what you mean by it. Same with "I often think of possibilities": all people do this, and again you're lacking somewhat in clarification.

    Deep thinking has nothing to do with intuition, nor does "[spending] a lot of time in [one's] own head". I agree that most type profiles aren't very good, but I personally struggle to do any better in actually saying what being of any given type actually involves (as opposed to what's extraneous to type, or generally not related to a particular dichotomy/function). Suffice to say I don't think any of the points you list, to the extent that they're clear enough to establish something from, give any real impression of what your perceiving function might be.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by Kabosu View Post
    First sentence in your reasoning doesn't require either sensing or intuition.
    Second sentence needs context.
    Sometimes the colloquial big picture is not necessarily intuition.
    Spending a lot of time in your head... more Ti than intuition.
    Next one may be Si?
    Not every ISTP is going to be rebellious and stuff, at all.
    The last of those things doesn't seem related to a type at all.

    When it's said intuition is reading between the lines, it means they're "seeing" situations but not in a way you'd get out of just a regular experience. There's a certain symbolism in intuition.

    If it feels like being a sensor is merely partially not true, it could be because it's not easy to use sensing with no intuition backbone and vice versa. People are probably less aware of the impact of their lesser functions.
    I think you're checking to see if really you're something other than whatever type you arrived at or what others say.
    I am able to read-between the lines too. But I'm just not too sure how much I do it. I do find it pretty easy.
    It's not necessarily the colloquial bigger picture either.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by StunnedFox View Post
    Well, I don't feel I know enough about you specifically to give an opinion about your type, but just in direct response to the traits you've listed, I feel a lot of the phrases you've used are a little too removed, if that makes sense. So, for instance, "I am good at looking at the big picture, even when other people do not" - in what situations, exactly? You've used "big picture", a phrase often associated with intuitives, without any real clarification of what you mean by it. Same with "I often think of possibilities": all people do this, and again you're lacking somewhat in clarification.

    Deep thinking has nothing to do with intuition, nor does "[spending] a lot of time in [one's] own head". I agree that most type profiles aren't very good, but I personally struggle to do any better in actually saying what being of any given type actually involves (as opposed to what's extraneous to type, or generally not related to a particular dichotomy/function). Suffice to say I don't think any of the points you list, to the extent that they're clear enough to establish something from, give any real impression of what your perceiving function might be.
    I was able to look to the future, even if the people around me disagreed with me. I feel like I do it a little more than other people, that and if there was more sensing types around me and in my life, I should be able to relate to them but I don't.

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    To me being an intuitive means that I understand the world that is there but is not there. It's all about personal symbols and symbolism. Jung called them primordial images. It's a little like seeing things that are there but not actually there, like when I see another person I see something about their character that you can't literally see like they seem like a person who is climbing up a ladder but keeps falling down.

    For example, when I read your OP I see something akin to a confused child not sure if they should listen to their teacher or their parents about what the right answer is.

    None of the things you listed therefore relate to intuition in the Jungian sense though it may in an MBTI one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostsoul View Post
    I was able to look to the future, even if the people around me disagreed with me. I feel like I do it a little more than other people, that and if there was more sensing types around me and in my life, I should be able to relate to them but I don't.
    I don't quite follow what you're saying here. Are you saying you're better than those around you at determining what's going to happen? I'm not sure how relevant it would be even if true.

    Again, I'm not entirely clear on what you're saying, but if you're suggesting that you might be an intuitive because you don't relate to the people around you too well, and they're more likely to be sensors statistically, then again I don't think that says much. People will struggle to relate to those around them for a myriad of reasons, and differences in perception/cognition are just some of those reasons.
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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by ephemereality View Post
    To me being an intuitive means that I understand the world that is there but is not there. It's all about personal symbols and symbolism. Jung called them primordial images. It's a little like seeing things that are there but not actually there, like when I see another person I see something about their character that you can't literally see like they seem like a person who is climbing up a ladder but keeps falling down.

    For example, when I read your OP I see something akin to a confused child not sure if they should listen to their teacher or their parents about what the right answer is.

    None of the things you listed therefore relate to intuition in the Jungian sense though it may in an MBTI one.
    That makes sense.

    I just felt myself relating too a lot of things that the initiatives said. I'm not too sure whether this was because I was sensor or because of something else. It could possibly be due to the lack of understanding between sensors and intuitives that I picked these things up.

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    INFP - The Idealists

    Quote Originally Posted by StunnedFox View Post
    I don't quite follow what you're saying here. Are you saying you're better than those around you at determining what's going to happen? I'm not sure how relevant it would be even if true.

    Again, I'm not entirely clear on what you're saying, but if you're suggesting that you might be an intuitive because you don't relate to the people around you too well, and they're more likely to be sensors statistically, then again I don't think that says much. People will struggle to relate to those around them for a myriad of reasons, and differences in perception/cognition are just some of those reasons.
    Possible because I feel people don't relate to me, I don't relate to them emotionally in some way. This is more of a Ti thing?

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    Unknown Personality


    Quote Originally Posted by Ghostsoul View Post
    Possible because I feel people don't relate to me, I don't relate to them emotionally in some way. This is more of a Ti thing?
    Naaaah. It just isn't anything mang.

    Tell me what you listen to, I'm a good judge of picking out types through musics.
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