I'd like to relate a query from an SLE friend regarding her SLE socionic type and her unusual memory. She's able to remember every single person that she's met, the circumstances of the first meeting, what they were wearing, saying, etc. Also she can place music and tastes to a particular situation, even if she only encountered the stimuli perhaps once. This leads to statements like "the school chocolate milk tasted like nail polish remover," or drawing a connection between the music style of 'Lacuna Coil' and a scene in X-men III, without being very familiar with either. The most striking aspect of the memory is recall of people or situations. "It drives me crazy when I recognize someone I had met months ago or years ago, but I can't tell them because it would be too creepy that I remember it." "this is Brandon R---, I met him in summer school in this class, and this is  and I swam with her in this lane during swim practice...." etc. She doesn't remember "pictures" but rather "situations."
I can't really sympathize with that situation, since I am usually oblivious to strangers around me, and forget casual acquaintances easily. This 'trick' memory to me seems almost enviable. I am likely to remember a conversation long after I have utterly lost the face of the person I had that conversation with. This SLEs memory for people and situations is thus incomprehensible to me.
I was wondering if this is related to socionic type where the friend's extraverted sensing leading function would abet her iconic, echoic, and heptic memory. Whereas, as an ILI with weaker sensing, my recall would focus on the 'essence' of the people I meet, and conversations better than people. I would love to hear from SLEs and people who know them as to whether this memory thing is a socionics- linked trait.