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    If you have a bad sense of direction, what polr is that? Just bad period. Not having a macho image of not asking for help if you're lost, but getting lost a lot in the first place.

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    I don't know if just one particular type or one particular PoLR would do that, but I CERTAINLY have trouble with this. I've lived in the same small city my whole life and I've gotten lost here a ton of times. Really.

    So ENFp would be one type that would have this problem IMO. I don't know if it's weak Ti or something else though.
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    I've considered it before, and I don't know. My Fi ENFp dad is great with it, I'm great with it, and my Te ESTj brother sucks at it.

    My guess is that it has to do with other brain stuff and orientations.

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    I'm awful at it too, Slacker Mom. Well I can do it but I have to put much more effort than the average person so it's not exactly one of my strengths if you will.

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    I *think* I have a good sense of direction. And then I prove myself wrong when I get lost. But I continue to think I have a good sense of direction. After all I always figure it out eventually. I consider asking for help "cheating," but if I really am lost I'll ask. What happens is I'll have it all straight, and then at some point I mysteriously get turned around. It doesn't always happen, but it happens enough. I still think I'm good at this. I consider it a personal challenge that I always strive to improve on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dee
    it's one thing to orient in space in relation to objects or some other way
    "Sense of direction" in this context = awareness of your orientation in physical space.

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    I'd say all four combined S and T functions to some extent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slacker Mom View Post
    I don't know if just one particular type or one particular PoLR would do that, but I CERTAINLY have trouble with this. I've lived in the same small city my whole life and I've gotten lost here a ton of times. Really.

    So ENFp would be one type that would have this problem IMO. I don't know if it's weak Ti or something else though.
    I always had TONS of trouble finding my way around when I lived in a fairly small town my whole life. You get so used to knowing where things are, that you don't really notice (or need) directions. Then if you have to find something new it's tough. I used to even get lost in parking garages for hours because I just didn't pay attention to where things were.

    When I moved a couple of times and was completely lost for a few months, I got much better. So I think it's not type-related, but a matter of knowing what to pay attention to certain things. Before, I always ignorred street signs, which was was north (because it's boring!) But i think paying attention to things like that, memorizing the major streets so you know which direction you're going, learning to use maps faster, etc, is all you need. I think people who have to find stuff a lot (like pizza delivery people and fed ex delivery people) are the best at it because they do it all the time.
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    I have a good sense of direction, and I rarely get lost. All I need is a map and I feel perfectly confident exploring a new city or town. And I hate to ask for directions.

    I'm terrible at giving directions, though. I'll know how to get to a place, but not how to describe how to get there in a way that others can follow. "Um....you go that way, but not too far that way, and then you turn right - no, left, left! - after...um...I think it's two blocks, or is it three?..."

    I can orient myself well, but in a way that I can't really describe to others. It's like my own personal GPS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BulletsAndDoves View Post
    If you have a bad sense of direction, what polr is that? Just bad period. Not having a macho image of not asking for help if you're lost, but getting lost a lot in the first place.
    Bad sense of direction is in all Alphas and NTs. FACT.

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    I don't know how good mine is. I've got PoLR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by discojoe View Post
    Bad sense of direction is in all Alphas and NTs. FACT.
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    There's a part of the brain thats been shown to become active when someone is trying to work out where they are going. Also this part of the brain has been shown to have far more activity in taxi drivers, in comparison to average people (suggesting it is a skill which develops the more it is used)

    I can't see how this is type related, unless all taxi drivers happen to be of the same few types of course ):

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    I always know how to get somewhere, but I don't think it's innate. My ISTp ex - you could turn him around randomly and he'd still know which way he needed to go. My skill is mainly b/c I pay attention to street names, and I like figuring out streets that aren't as trafficked or have fewer stoplights... also free places to park

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gilly View Post
    I'd say all four combined S and T functions to some extent.
    Probably so, but the lack of it can't necessarily be pinpointed to a function per-se. I would prolly say that the S and T functions are involved in some way regarding direction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by discojoe View Post
    Bad sense of direction is in all Alphas and NTs. FACT.
    (unless you were joking,) Talk to some Alpha NT astronomers, I doubt their sense of direction is bad, and of course I know that my own is quite good, and there's no other type I could be.

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    I'm good with directions.
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    Arguably, poor sense of direction is indicative of weak Se. Se is concerned not just with acquisition of spaces, but with the spaces themselves. Plus, Se's excellence in sensual, worldly matters emphasised mostly in Jung's Se is, if I'm not mistaken, carried across into socionics Se.

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