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How would you describe your Ni?

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I'm just trying to understand Ni better than I do.
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All my creative ideas well from here. I love to brainstorm and put things together in new ways. It's my playground. When I get into the right zone I can turn off everything else and let all the ideas and associations and moods dance around creating one reality after another. When I'm really into it I lose all sense of time and place and turn into this strange absent mystical person. Then I turn my Te back on and act more normal.

(And yes, I know you probably can't actually turn off functions. That's how it feels to me, though)
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Most people forget it is part of a system and by defining all the aspects of the system you can more clearly see the interactions and attributes of the functions. Anyway from an article I wrote a while ago:

Introverted Intuition - INTJ and INFJ

Foreseeing implications, transformations, and likely effects

As ever introverted intuition is an ill defined process. It is an introverted subconcious perceiving process thus leaving most bewildered at its function. It imaginatively creates benchmarks and using iconology determines the similarities in ideas proposing the implications of these ideas and how they can affect the world. It is also sneakily subjective as it lends to a person a censored thought pattern to others around them as the benchmarks and iconology may bear little relation to reality but subtle guide the definition of the introverted intuitive. Over time it is passively enriched by other functions as experience is gained.

For the INFJ the introverted intuition is supported by extroverted feeling as a way to deal with the need to protect the imaginative and uniquely defined benchmarks of the Ni mindset is reconciled with attempting to gain a mutual understanding of shared external space.

In contrast the INTJ supports introverted intution by protecting their mindset by logically critiqueing their external environment using thinking to select elements of the environment which suit their inner vision.
Good article, and good point about not describing the functions in isolation. Okay, I'll try to describe Ni in terms of all four functions. It's a bit like an unruly committee meeting, with Te trying to moderate it and Ni not really paying attention but somehow triggering all the ideas. Here is an example from a project I worked on last week. It is obviously not quite like the following, but it gives the general idea of how this INTJ's head works:

Te: Everybody come to order. On the agenda: we have to come up with a craft about sheep. It must be appropriate for three year olds, not take more than fifteen minutes for them to make, use materials we already have, not take too much prep time.

Ni: (humming): On the radio, woo ooo, Mexican radio.
Fi: But are sheep a good topic? Will they enjoy making sheep?
Ni: Sheep! Such silly animals. "On the radio, Mexican radio." Maybe we should move to Mexico!
Se: I'm hungry. I want a sandwich."
Te: This isn't working. Let's go look at the supplies.

Go poke around in the craft supplies.

Se: I like all these colors!
Ni: Sheep farming in Mexico. Maybe Patagonia. We could make serapes or sweaters. With the three year olds?
Te: No.
Se: These cotton balls are soft and fluffy.
Ni: Like sheep wool.
Fi: Children like cotton balls. I like cotton balls.
Te: Let's try them.

For brevity, I'll skip past the rest of the sheep design. I ended up making a sheep stick puppet with cotton ball wool. Te was happy, this was a practical craft that met the criteria. Ni was happy thinking about life as a Patagonian sheep farmer. Then I hit a snag when the lesser functions chimed in:

Se: That is the ugliest sheep I have ever seen. What's with the pink head?
Fi: It looks mean. No kid will like that.
Ni: Ha ha ha - it's a psychopathic sheep. Just think, all the preschoolers running around with a flock of killer sheep! Blood everywhere! Ha ha ha!
Fi: That is completely disgusting, Ni. You should be ashamed of yourself!
Ni: But he's glaring at us! Looking at us dead in the eye.
Se: Yeah, he really is.
Te: Dammit. Okay, try moving the head.
Se: And make it not pink. So ugly.
Ni: Really it could be any animal, if you change the head and fur color.
Te: Duly noted. Good idea for future crafts.
Ni: (humming): On the radio, woo ooo, Mexican radio

The completed sheep puppet craft was a big hit with the preschoolers and did not remind anyone of a serial killer. Another success from the Ni Te Fi Se committee.
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Green Girl- Ni there sounds more like Ne.[/QUOTE]

I personified it just a tad for literary effect. But maybe it is Ne. My brain sometimes mystifies me. I read InvisibleJim's article right before I went to bed and woke up with my second post all composed in my head. I just sat down and typed it out. Does that sound more like Ne or Ni? Or something else?

I also dreamed I went to a scientific conference on personality theories and all the people from PerCafe were there delivering learned lectures that I couldn't really follow. Everyone looked vaguely like Einstein.
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