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Horse or zebra. Is this part of intuition, and if so, what kind (Ni or Ne).

I always want to think a little outside the box. For example, once when a professor asked a class I was in to make speeches on leadership, everyone else spoke on how to be good leaders, while I (having heard the others and wanting to do something different) spoke on how not to be bad leaders.

A problem with this kind of thinking is that it can also be quite negative. For example, right now I'm going through a medical situation. Instead of thinking, "It's going to be over soon, there'll probably be no complications, etc." I'm thinking, "Mine's the case that's going to go horribly wrong. What if this, what if that, etc."
 

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A problem with this kind of thinking is that it can also be quite negative. For example, right now I'm going through a medical situation. Instead of thinking, "It's going to be over soon, there'll probably be no complications, etc." I'm thinking, "Mine's the case that's going to go horribly wrong. What if this, what if that, etc."
Is that an Ni thing? I don't fret so much, but I often do consider the negative consequences.
 

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Is that an Ni thing? I don't fret so much, but I often do consider the negative consequences.
It's not straightforward to me how it would be an Ni thing, but I've noticed that Ni-doms have a tendency towards that sort of negative thinking. Maybe because when we consider negatives, we can't let them go easily but instead imagine following them through to their natural conclusions.
 

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Don't think it's Ni or Ne.

Sounds more like Ti (if it really has to be any function) doing what it does, taking an opposing stance to everything, haha.
 

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instead of figuring out what the sentence you said mean, you have to figure out what thought process lead you to saying that?

Predicting something will go wrong is a result of Ni and Si because those are functions based on past experience... You just have to figure out if it was concrete and clear experience from the past that made you think something will go wrong [Si] OR was it an unclear, fuzzy feeling from the past that made you think something will go wrong [Ni]?
 

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Is that an Ni thing? I don't fret so much, but I often do consider the negative consequences.
I think it's often a sincere act of trying to understand a situation, that can then turn neurotic or unhelpful, and I think it is to some degree a Ni thing.

When my cat died I tried to make my best guess as to what that experience might have been like for her, and that meant entertaining some pretty bleak thoughts. At the time I actually got the most comfort out of considering the fact that, as an animal, she probably died completely alone and never really understanding what life is. My justification for that thought was that since animals are driven by comfort and security, that means that their memories are relatively short, or that they have little to extend beyond immediate or recent comfort or satisfaction, and death and illness are extremely uncomfortable. Essentially, how most animals are seems to mean that they can never die with a sense of perspective or closure about their lives, if any of us can.

When I was entertaining that thought, I wasn't really doing it to try to take account of the worst possibilities, or to engage in a kind of masochism. Instead, it was more like failing to account for some possibilities, particularly those that might very well be true, added even more tragedy onto the tragedy that was already there. Since Ni approaches the world primarily through its own understanding, then it probably finds a degree of satisfaction, or exerts its own strange sense of control, in trying to perceive a given situation adequately, whatever that might mean in that instance.
 
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