Awesome, Jawz. It gives me a much better understanding and actually a lot more commonality to think about. Thank you very much for this and for helping the big s. =)Hey Alesha - I already worked with him yesterday and after some good back and forth we decided that he's actively showing more inferior Ni as well as Se overall. In his other thread in the ESFP section he does indeed indicate that he has a lot of fairly stereotypical sensor related preferences ...
I had this discussion about what appears to be Ne for ESTP's with another ESTP (I'd mention but he's retired now) and he and I both concluded that Extroverted Intuition because of its extroverted nature is not completely opposed to ESTPs introverted intuition making it easier for us to access it in times of necessity and need. We revert to it when our flow is broken in a crisis because once that flow that is so central to ESTP's is non-existent we need to develop ideas, brainstorm and actively give ourselves access to opportunities we develop in order to continue to function and return ourselves to that flow.
Reality for us is absolute and a must. Deep inside our head is a mishmash of junk (I call it that because it's a lot of loosely fitted/abstract concepts and ideas that need to be taken one at a time and compared with reality in order for them to make sense and be practical). A lot of that junk as I like to call it are abstract ideas, big picture thoughts, loosely related concepts that have collected over the years but have been deemed to not have much practical use or purpose. But often times those deep ideas will connect to something in the external world and it will be like "oh yea, wow that makes so much sense" and that becomes the basis for a new, deeper realization, world-view etc. This can make a more reflective, deep thinking ESTP appear to almost "N-like" mistyping as any of the intuitive types.
The problem with introverted intuition for ESTP's is not that we can't think big (thinking is the T function and not the N function as some tend to think), it's that we actively suppress our hunches and second guess ourselves - therefore tending to at times stick with situations longer than we have to.
At the same time, we tend to have a pull towards spirituality and also orientation towards big picture thinking inside our minds because of the introverted intuition. Just because it's an unconscious side doesn't mean it's just not present. It just means that whatever big picture/future-oriented idea we get we tend to repress, suppress and not think about in the moment, but that over a long sequence of events/and over time we do indeed develop a strong idea or ideas overall.
My most desired goal out of MBTI was to get a solution so I wouldn't repeat the mistakes I made in my 20's. It was still a desire to practically apply cognitive functions to reality. To make use of it somehow. It's never been just about the ideas because almost like a stereotype every time I dive into any conversation my goal is almost always to pull out something practical and useful out of it - irrespective of whether it's abstract or not. Abstraction for the sake of abstraction is essentially a boring activity for me and therefore I tend not to indulge too much into it - unless I have some other (obvious or hidden) motivation that has something to do with my current reality.