This question popped into my mind while I was watching Prometheus with my ILE bf on Friday night and spending the duration of the movie trying not to groan at all of the heavy-handed symbolism pushed at the audience. Are certain types more likely to pick up on symbolism (imagery, allegory etc.) in movies, other media, and life events due to the functions they value, or is this yet another thing that isn't type related?
I tend to pick up on symbolic imagery, allegory and underlying themes in different media without much effort, and am wondering if this is more related to Ni/Ti valuing or my education/life experiences. When we talked about what we thought about Prometheus, I found that my ILE bf hadn't picked up on the symbolism that seemed so lame and forced to me, though he recognized it when I explained it to him.
Do you pick up on and understand symbolism well, or is it something you tend not to notice? Why?