I find myself using these constantly. If I didn't frequently dream, use figurative language, or such, I'd stop flexing my intuitivity and start going the highway to hell--->the highway to becoming an S! Then since I'm a J, if I stopped being intuitive, then I'd become an SJ and that would be intolerable! :angry:
Yes! I use them especially when I want to validate how other people feel. A friend might struggle in putting their feelings into words, so I attempt to metaphorize what I think they feel. Other times I might just be staring out blankly and begin to mumble out the things I see... in metaphors of course.
I use them a lot in writing, or if I'm having a deep discussion with someone. I would use metaphors and such in lighter, every day conversation, but I'm afraid people would just think I'm weird. I hate when someone asks me what I'm thinking about because then i need to pull back from all the analogies and metaphors going on in my mind and state the root of what i was thinking about and then it always sounds so bland.
I find I use them more with my NF friends and family. I use analogies and metaphors the most, often times it is the only way I seem to be able to get across what is in my mind. For me it's kind of like beaming down, instead of getting in that slow 'ol shuttle craft and flying all the way down to the planet surface...
Of course! I really dig playing with words and language in general, though. In a single sentence I may use multiple languages, use metaphor, puns, cultural and historical references, hand gestures, facial expressions, vocal tone, onomatopoeias, homophones, all of it at once! I'm a very expressive and effective speaker most of the time. Even if people don't get every point in the sentence, they get the main point, and those rare people who get all the little subtleties are very appreciative of my style of communication.