About Ni and Si.
First, I have a better and clearer understanding of every other cognitive processes except Ni (introverted intuition) and Si (introverted sensing).
My first problem with the two is memory. As I read articles and comments on the Si function, I feel that somehow Si is equivalent to memory and the past. Perhaps I may be mistaken. But if that were the case then all of us would have a high Si because most of our lives are centered around our memories which were formed in our past. For instance, we learned what the standard for a 'tree' was, and that standard for a 'tree' allowed us to discern between a 'tree' and, say, a 'rock'. For some of us the standard of a 'tree' was unsatisfactory so we created a different standard for a 'tree'.
Now, I often reflect on the past (whether it be my own, another persons or through history) to create or uncover a significant pattern or a 'meaning'. Say, for instance, as I reflect on my friend's past by reflecting on what I've learned in my education and my experience I uncover that every time he or she binge drinks he or she has a feeling of abandonment which reminds him or her of the parent that abandoned him or her. Though I myself don't understand this cycle myself because I don't do or have experienced it I feel that it nevertheless exists in the other person, and I'm able to predict their behavior much more. Is that Ni or Si at work here?
Another example is this. In high-school, I would study philosophy. I would then in my mind wonder what the implications would be if everyone would do if so-and-so was true based upon what I envision myself as wanting to do without the 'standards' created by whomever or whatever. But I often wondered to myself what the 'standard' was for, say, morality and ethics. Is there even such a 'thing' as morality and ethics? How would my life be different if I began to see an entire concept in a different way? Am I being hindered by what we define as moral or ethical? I was more focused on my interpretation thereof and not the world itself.
This all sounds a bit muddy, but I hope that it does make some sense! I do want to understand whether or not I use either Ni or Si more than the other.