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Though I hadn't considered it in terms of cognitive functions, it's something I've noticed for years... when you're sleep deprived, or mentally fatigued in a similar way for any other reasons, do you find yourself deeper in your own head, and notice that your Se is weakened ?

On the particular day I was struck by the thought, for instance... the air was cool & crisp, I'd already been running for a couple miles at a solid pace, in nature, shirtless- conditions that would typically be conducive to a "clear" head. Nonetheless I found myself struggling to take in the details of my surroundings with the vivid sort of perception I like to when alone in nature. I'd had little sleep the night before. Certain times I am a very keen observer of vegetation, geography, etc & find it a stimulating game of sorts to be as mindfully present as possible in my observation. But other times, like on that run, I basically felt like an abstract, floating ball of Ni. My very conscious efforts to take in my surroundings were met with cloudiness and an inability to focus in a clear way.

It's dawning on me as I write this that obviously lack of sleep impairs the ability to focus in anyone. But I'd suspect from my own experience that INFJ's may be more prone to a rather insurmountable withdrawal from reality under said conditions. I suppose logically Se would be the first function sacrificed when cognition is weakened... But I'd propose that my "kinda tired" brain would lose in a test of Se to a hungover sensor who'd been up for two days.

Anyway. This is a dynamic particularly of interest to me as I've concluded time after time that optimizing my Se is crucial to my creating a reality that's in harmony with my intuition, imagination, and subconscious. Any thoughts on any element of this stuff are very welcome...
 

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I need a lot of sleep, regularly, myself; I become a scary not-functioning version that I detest being around when I'm any level of tired! Your write up of it was rather beautiful.
 

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I often find myself less patient with my Ni assumptions and expectations not coming true. It's often minute things: I will have a harder time adjusting to changing plans like which bar we're going to with friends, or a friend being a few minutes late, or not performing music up to my usual standards. When better rested, it's easier to use Se to inform Ni in real'er-time.
 
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Definitely! I remember when I had to wake up at 5 am for my summer job as a cleaner and I was just mopping away and daydreaming/writing stories and scenarios in my head. Not in this world at all, that takes more effort.
 

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What Kirjuri strikes me as very similar.

Yes, however I, when tired, am struggling so hard that I just do really boring Te stuff that lines up with Se -- you know, move the widget into the right hole and make sure you don't start the place on fire.

I'm often very tired, which is how I say it's better to be assured of resting oneself.

Cannot feel or have anything but vague intuitions in a tired state, is always regression to a sort of barely-functional automaton.

Don't know why I was reading this, obviously not INFJ, don't worry about it.
 
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