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    While not specifically referring to socionics' , the following does shed light on Introverted Sensing as described by Jung:

    Introverted Sensing
    The introverted sensing type is primarily concerned with the concrete environment beside him. However, unlike the Extroverted Sensor he does not assume the identity of the object to exist in its own right, he interpolates his own perceptions between his inner life and the external object. In other words, he derives his ideas of what pens and desks look like not based directly on what he has seen, but based on the notes his unconscious mind has taken of the perceived objects. Thus a subjective perception is interpolated between the object itself and the mind of the introverted sensor. This is indeed a very peculiar psychological set up. As sensation is concrete by definition as well as oriented strictly by the external entities, yet is admixed with a flavor of introversion. The question to ask is, does Introversion detract from sensation or does it contribute to this faculty. The most intuitive answer seems to be that it detracts from sensation, or makes sensation less productive. This appears to be the case because sensation is primarily externally oriented and introversion, obviously, internally oriented. However, it should be noted that even the most externally focused faculties are indirectly fueled by the inner life or the mind. The extrovert is internally inspired to be externally oriented. In the same respect Introverted Sensation focuses on what is to be sensed, as the extroverted faculties focus on entities that one can interact with outside of his inner life. Thus the Introverted Sensation is the most intense form of sensation or most focused on the concrete and therefore most attuned with the senses. This is the case as it has been shown in many places in this book that introversion intensifies all faculties. As has been stated in the description of Introverted Intuition, perceptions are favored or disfavored not by their ostensible and objective merits or demerits, but by how they relate to the mind of the Introverted Perceiver in question. Some perceptions are attractive because they set of an inner trigger within the unconscious of the introverted sensor and some are repelled because there is little within the mind of the introverted sensor to attract such entities. Even though such a mindset brings about a keen awareness of the external physical environment, it is deeply puzzling why the judgment of this type appears aloof and arbitrary. Once more, as for every introvert, the introverted sensor orients primarily by what is to be found in this inner life than what is outside of himself. “The predominance of introverted sensation produces a definite type, which is characterized by certain peculiarities. It is an irrational type, because it is oriented amid the flux of events not by rational judgment but simply by what happens. Whereas the extraverted sensation type is guided by the intensity of subjective sensation excited by the objective influences, the introverted type is guided by the intensity of the subjective sensation excited by the objective stimulus. What will make an impression and what will not can never be seen in advance, and from outside. “ Psychological types. P. 295
    The primary difference between the Introverted and the Extroverted Sensor is that in the case of the latter it may be easily figured out why the type is attracted to particular sensations as they all could be observed with unaided eye. All that is necessary to do is simply an observation of concrete, external objects which require little more than our five senses. Yet the taste in perceptions of the Introverted Sensor remain enigmatic. As mentioned in Chapter one, Introverts, especially Introverted Sensors tend to have a nostalgia for the past due to their inability to properly interact with the external environment. Fluent interaction with the external environment requires Extroverted perception most of all, and proper cognitive assessment of the external environment requires Extroverted Intuition which often appears to be wanting in the Introverted Sensing type as the Extroverted Intuition is the inferior faculty.
    Because this type focused on impressions of what has been observed, as an obvious property of sensation, it is rendered even more easy to recollect than produce what is original. This makes the Introverted Sensor’s affinity with the past even stronger. His perceptions tend to be focused on what is of interest, just like that of the Introverted Intuitionist. Unlike the Extroverted Sensor, the Introverted Sensor can easily focus only on what most stimulates him, and not all that could be observed with the five senses. When these variables are translated into personalities of Western Culture, it often follows that the Introverted Sensor prefers only one kind of exercising routine, as opposed to experimenting with many, only one or few kinds of meals, and only the few selected sporting activities or activities which require active use of sensation. Perception is also concerned with how one leads his lifestyle, as perception by its nature is concerned with how one leads his lifestyle, as perception by its nature is concerned with the environment around us. For the reasons mentioned above, the Introverted Sensor prefers to have a static lifestyle with few changes, unlike the Extroverted Sensor who tends to enjoy a variety. It should also be noted that such a focus on what is important, in addition to the general focus on the concrete and detail makes it easy for the Introverted Sensor to pay meticulous attention to tasks of importance to him. Especially those that could be easily located in the concrete world of physical occurrences.
    In effect, the Introverted Sensor collects perceptions and memories that are of value to him and is forced to cling to them. Anything that disturbs his inner vision is deemed highly undesirable as he tends to see little distinction between the external world as a thing in itself and the external world as perceived by his vision. Seeing the external environment as a thing in itself is a matter of Extroverted Perception, which the Introverted Sensor by and large tends to lack. Adapting to the changes of the External environment requires a high intuitive capacity which orients around the External world, this is too to be associated with Extroverted Intuition which for the Introverted Sensor is an inferior faculty. For this reason the Introverted Sensor tends to experience immense difficulties when he is forced to adjust to the external environment.
    The Introverted Sensor, even though firmly in tune with the concrete, shall have difficulty finding a satisfactory concrete environment in the external world as his perceptions tend to be very rigid in their affinity with the inner life. For him it is the case that what he senses is either in tune with his inner, seemingly arbitrary hunches and impulses or they are not. Since he is lacking Intuition and abstract or Introverted judgment he is not in the position to do the proper assessment, therefore he but compares what he observes with what he deems to be fitting and proper. Such rigidity of thought is most firmly pronounced in military and religious regimes. We recognize that this is even further affinity with the unconscious tendencies of the Introverted Sensing type as religious practices tend to be loyal to one tradition that has been established many centuries ago, and the tradition is almost always faithfully preserved to resemble the vision that has been established originally.
    As a dominant sensation type, the Introverted Sensor is clearly in tune with his instincts, because he is the most sensation oriented of all types, his physical sensations are most intense. Usually such types are adept to participate in almost all physical activities that shall serve their interests. Since this type’s sensations tend to run in intensity and not extensity, as well as are more influenced by the past than the present, this type is most influenced by the occurrences that has happened in childhood, or occurrences that have happened before the type has attained a firm outlook on life. They serve as foundational to all experiences he will encounter in the future as Introverted Perception naturally imposes what has previously been collected onto what is to be embarked on next. Unlike the Extroverted Sensor who deems the external environment as an end in itself and is experiential, therefore can easily overcome the influences of the past, the Introverted Sensor cannot divorce himself from his perceptions. After those foundational entities have been established, they tend to haunt the thought of this type to the very end, often in mystical ways that he himself is not aware of. Unconsciously, as a result his perceptions concoct a vision of the world that combines all that he has observed in the past and is currently observing, though clearly with a more intense focus on the past than on the present moment. This is the case because the Introverted Sensor is in closer affinity with his inner perceptions than with the immediate external observations.
    As a concluding remark on the nature of Introverted Sensation, I shall remind the reader that introversion tends to deem one’s own judgment favorable and what has not been judged to be pernicious. This is the typical preference for the subject over the object. Since it is the sensation that is subject oriented, whatever has not yet been sensed is to be deemed a threat. For this reason, the Introverted Sensor tends to be highly risk averse and on a look out for potential dangers, even those coming from the simplest concrete objects. For this reason, among many others, novelty and whatever may disturb the current modus operandi is decried with extreme prejudice. Even minor changes in the physical environment often lead to great upsets, such as the change of temperature in the room or the change in content of daily meals. As typical of an introverted function, a very high standard is propounded to assess the external environment which obviously must be in the heavens, as nothing of the like is to be found on earth! Since the introverted perception in this case is primarily oriented by sensation, the focus is placed on creating the most sensually congenial physical environment. The behavior of a fictional detective Adrianne Monk represents this phenomenon. An exaggeration of this tendency is most expressed in the obsessive compulsive personality disorder.

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    @ConcreteButterfly Any more excerpts like this for the other 7 jungian functions?

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    Unlike the Extroverted Sensor, the Introverted Sensor can easily focus only on what most stimulates him, and not all that could be observed with the five senses. When these variables are translated into personalities of Western Culture, it often follows that the Introverted Sensor prefers only one kind of exercising routine, as opposed to experimenting with many, only one or few kinds of meals, and only the few selected sporting activities or activities which require active use of sensation.
    My ILE-Ti brother is exactly like that: refusing to try new foods, sticking to his red meat and sweets. No idea how to really make food for himself (could be an SP blindspot thing), he could just eat cereals all day and burgers from fast food restaurants. He wouldn't eat anything else if our ESE mother didn't make him food.

    The LIE-Ni I know is somewhat similar in that regard, considering the Vulnerable function is as weak as the Dual-Seeking one, it should be expected that certain behaviourisms overlap in that manner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SisOfNight View Post
    My ILE-Ti brother is exactly like that: refusing to try new foods, sticking to his red meat and sweets. No idea how to really make food for himself (could be an SP blindspot thing), he could just eat cereals all day and burgers from fast food restaurants. He wouldn't eat anything else if our ESE mother didn't make him food.

    The LIE-Ni I know is somewhat similar in that regard, considering the Vulnerable function is as weak as the Dual-Seeking one, it should be expected that certain behaviourisms overlap in that manner.
    agreed, although since the POLR is conscious and used self defensively I'd guess it's somewhat stronger than the dual-seeking, which really stagnates in the absence of a dual (or dual-substitute)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConcreteButterfly View Post
    agreed, although since the POLR is conscious and used self defensively I'd guess it's somewhat stronger than the dual-seeking, which really stagnates in the absence of a dual (or dual-substitute)
    Oh, so you think a person becomes only aware of their dual-seeking around people who possess that particular IE in their ego?

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    Excellent, easy to digest Si discussion. Cool find dude.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Myst View Post
    @ConcreteButterfly Any more excerpts like this for the other 7 jungian functions?
    Someone compiled this list of resources on another forum and it has more info from the book. It involves a lot of reading so I only have it bookmarked but plan to look through them later.

    http://www.intpforum.com/showthread.php?t=6602

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    Quote Originally Posted by SisOfNight View Post
    Oh, so you think a person becomes only aware of their dual-seeking around people who possess that particular IE in their ego?
    No they remain aware of it, maybe even moreso, but providing it for yourself becomes difficult as your 7th function becomes subconsciously prioritized, through the role (the flip side of the dual-seeking).
    And the dual-substitute doesn't have to be a person, it could be a certain place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aylen View Post
    Someone compiled this list of resources on another forum and it has more info from the book. It involves a lot of reading so I only have it bookmarked but plan to look through them later.

    http://www.intpforum.com/showthread.php?t=6602
    This, and also there's a preview on google books, just look up the title
    @wacey I'm a girl, but thanks! I found it very informative too

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    Si and Ni are actually very similar. The only difference is that Si applies to sensual info(looks, shapes, colours etc) and Ni to "brainy" info(ideas, concepts etc). That's it-long story made very short.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nondescript View Post
    Si and Ni are actually very similar. The only difference is that Si applies to sensual info(looks, shapes, colours etc) and Ni to "brainy" info(ideas, concepts etc). That's it-long story made very short.
    The similarity lies in the fact both deal with internalized perceptions of the world; either the sensorial world, or the abstract world.
    However, Si and Ni are still very different in other aspects. Saying Si and Ni are very similar is like saying Fi and Ti are very similar, aka Feeling and Thinking or Sensing and Intuition...
    I don't think it is that easy. But for understanding Si and Ni, your simplified comparison may be sort of helpful to some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SisOfNight View Post
    The similarity lies in the fact both deal with internalized perceptions of the world; either the sensorial world, or the abstract world.
    However, Si and Ni are still very different in other aspects. Saying Si and Ni are very similar is like saying Fi and Ti are very similar, aka Feeling and Thinking or Sensing and Intuition...
    I don't think it is that easy. But for understanding Si and Ni, your simplified comparison may be sort of helpful to some.
    Fi and Ti hmmm...I quite recall some people being stuck on choosing between just two functions. Because to ask oneself "Why do I really want to be different / in which way am I unique?" and answer "emotionally or logically" is not as simple as it might sound. Indeed it is not .

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    Quote Originally Posted by nondescript View Post
    Si and Ni are actually very similar. The only difference is that Si applies to sensual info(looks, shapes, colours etc) and Ni to "brainy" info(ideas, concepts etc). That's it-long story made very short.
    Quote Originally Posted by SisOfNight View Post
    The similarity lies in the fact both deal with internalized perceptions of the world; either the sensorial world, or the abstract world.
    However, Si and Ni are still very different in other aspects. Saying Si and Ni are very similar is like saying Fi and Ti are very similar, aka Feeling and Thinking or Sensing and Intuition...
    I don't think it is that easy. But for understanding Si and Ni, your simplified comparison may be sort of helpful to some.
    @Myst

    here's the Introverted Intuition section from the same book, in reference to INFJs (socionics IEI's). I bolded parts comparing Ni to Si:

    I.Introverted Intuition
    “Introverted Intuition is directed to the inner object, a term that might justly be applied to the contents of the unconscious. The relation of inner objects to consciousness is entirely analogous to that of outer objects, though their reality is not physical, but psychic. They appear to intuitive perception as subjective images of things which, though not to be met with in the outside world, constitute the contents of the unconscious, and of the collective unconscious in particular.”


    Introverted Intuition is an irrational function by the previously established definition. It does not rely on conscious scrutiny for assessment, but to something most closely in tune to the colloquial notion of 'hunches'. Since such Intuitive force is intuitively aimed, unlike the Extroverted Intuition, it requires very little external stimulus. We also know that Intuition is an information collecting faculty--as it is a perceiving function. Here we are struck by a paradox that Intuition is primarily concerned with collection of information, yet at the same time seems to rely little on the external stimulus. This leads us to question whether such an information collecting faculty truly does suffice to adequately collect information. Does it fall to the same malady Jung has evinced in Introverted Sensing?


    "Even with only a slight increase in the power of the unconscious, the subjective component of sensation becomes so alive that it almost completely obscures the influence of the object. If the object is a person, he feels completely devalued, while the subject has an illusory conception of reality, which in pathological cases goes so far that he is no longer able to distinguish between the real object and the subjective perceptions....Actually he lives in a mythological world, where men, animals, locomotives, houses, rivers, and mountains appear either as benevolent deities or as malevolent demons. That they appear thus to him never enters his head, though that is just the effect they have on his judgments and actions. He judges and acts as though he had such powers to deal with; but this begins to strike him only when he discovers that his sensations are totally different from reality."

    What, one may wonder, accounts for such a striking difference between the object itself and the IJ's perception thereof? Could it be due to the fact that this perception is Introverted? Namely that it defines the object by the internal agenda and the internal agenda itself is rarely clearly pronounced as it is an irrational function. Thus, if this were the case, the way the object is perceived is directly filtered through the scope of the introverted perception. For this reason, the objects are not assessed in terms of their own validity, but in terms of how they relate to the perceiver. Therefore, the perceiver tends to assume that the objects are much like himself, as he sees locomotives and animals as demons or benevolent deities.

    The accentuation here was on the locomotives and animals because the Introverted Sensing type, the type that the previous quotation meant to depict is focused primarily on concrete things--or sensations. Hence, he anthropomorphizes concrete entities. Or assumes that the objects in themselves have much to do with his own personal qualities. This is precisely the reason why we often have seen eyes on the Moon, the nose on the sun, and the Sword in the hands of the cloud. So our mythologies have compelled us to see!

    However, since Introverted Intuition, the function by which the INFJ is led is abstract, it tends not to see the external world in this fashion.
    However, the relationship it has to abstract perceptions is indeed much analogous to the relationship Introverted Sensing has to concrete data. Thus, Introverted Sensing anthropomorphizes the physical world, Introverted Intuition, almost wholly without a doubt, anthropomorphizes abstractions and ideas. For this reason it is not uncommon for INJ philosophers and scientists to be observed deeming some ideas as wicked and others as benevolent without having any reasonable explanations for such taxonomy. That is because there truly is not an explanation for such a thing, as judgments of the like reflect more about them personally rather than about the matter they have commented on and therefore often serves as evidence of their personal biases and prejudices.



    Because the way they interact with the world is necessarily influenced by their subjective perceptions, they are automatically drawn to focus most intensely on ideas that their unconscious minds tend to gravitate towards most. Such ideas soon flourish to be of solid and constant conscious interest in which their whole being shall be thoroughly imbued. This is an allusion to an earlier remark concerning how INJs tend to see abstract ideas as similar to themselves due to the anthropomorphic quality of introverted perception. This is more so for the INFJ than the INTJ as the former has a more personal and less logically rigorous approach to life. Conversely, ideas that are not in tune with their unconscious predilections, will be paid little heed to. This is where the INJ stands in sharp contrast with their Extroverted Intuitive counterparts who lack focus of perception because they are forced to confront all external phenomena at once. Introverted Intuition, however, has a distinct idea which entities are worthy of perception. To an outside observer, such judgments often appear arbitrary, yet this is more than likely the case because such Intuitive perceptions have a lot more to do with the inner life of the perceiver rather than the external world. The subject distinctly holds primacy over the object, and the Intuition itself has a clear notion of what is worthy of focus.


    "Like sensation, intuition has its subjective factor, which is suppressed as much as possible in extraverted attitude but is the decisive factor in the intuition of the introvert. Although his intuition may be stimulated by external objects, it does not concern itself with external possibilities but with what the external object has released within him."

    Thus, unlike the Extroverted Intuition that is concerned with collection of all ideas and assesses them based on how such ideas influence the external environment, the Introverted Intuition assesses such hunches based on its internal agenda and is interested strictly in ideas that befit the previously established agenda. Whilst Extroverted Intuition requires continuous stimulation, Introverted Intuition runs on itself. The Extrovert will be forced to engage himself in abstract external activities, such as writing or debating to maintain his world of ideas, yet the Introverted Intuition requires no more than a solitary retreat. The more peaceful the environment, the better, to a greater degree the vivid imagination shall flourish. Thus for an INJ, it would hardly be hyperbolic to claim that the creative energy derives literally from nowhere.

    "The extravert would say: "Reality does not exist for him, he gives up to fruitless fantasies." The perception of the images of the unconscious, produced in such inexhaustible abundance by the creative energy of life, is of course fruitless from the standpoint of immediate utility. But may give life a new potential, this function, which to the outside world is the strangest of all, is as indispensable to the total psychic economy as is the corresponding human type to the psychic life of a people. Had this type not existed, there would have been no prophets in Israel."

    Incidentally, here we touch basis upon the notion of the introverted perceiving faculty to anthropomorphize. For this reason ideas generated by these types appear flattering to men, as they seem to suggest to us that the greatest possible essences of the universe have much to do with our tastes and prejudices. No doubt, the greatest religions of the world are thoroughly imbued in personalities of their initial propounders. As the God of Christianity is much similar to Jesus, of Islam--Muhammad and respectively Moses for Judaism. There also could hardly be a doubt that many of the most influential prophets in those religions were INJs. More of them were more likely to be INFJs than INTJs because the Extroverted Feeling aspect strongly gravitates towards presenting their vision to the common folk and making it part of societal life in a very systematic fashion. But this is a note to be expounded on further in our next section on Extroverted Feeling.

    Such ideas of the Introverted perception are highly abstract as this type is most intuitive of all--due to the intensification factor of introversion. As a matter of this discovery, the INFJ turns out to be the most intuitive of all types because Feeling imposes less limitations on the perception than Thinking. Feeling is not a tough-minded function and is therefore more easily diluted by foreign elements than Thinking. For this reason Extroverted Feeling contains less of the judging element than Extroverted Thinking and therefore countervails the perception of Introverted Intuition to a much lower degree. Incidentally the perceptions of the INJ are ineffable and cannot be properly transmuted into the realm of concrete phenomena. When they do attempt to, their initial hunches are either grotesquely distorted or lost altogether. However, the Intuitionist himself appears much content with merely having the hunches that he has as they adequately guide him, even if he cannot duly explain it to others. Once more this is even more fitting to the INFJ as he relies less on objective assessment of his ideas than the INTJ for the reason mentioned earlier.

    Naturally, the INFJ converts these hunches into conventional symbolism by applying Extroverted Feeling to his perceptions. Yet, clearly the Introverted Intuition holds priority, the Intuition is the master and the Judgment is the serf. Unlike the INTJ who strives to convert his hunches into logically tenable symbolisms, the INFJ attempts to turn his visions into a public utility. Visions are often assessed in terms of how endearing they are to others and society by and large. However, as before mentioned, Intuition holds primacy over judgment for this type. Even if the visions are deemed inadequate by the Fe standard the INFJ utilizes, this will be no reason for him to stop having those visions and hunches.



    Indeed, the perception needs to be shaped in order to be shown to others, as this is what the artist will be compelled to do. Otherwise his ideas are mythological and unintelligible to others. Mythological no doubt, as he himself holds the central role in his fantasies and unintelligible to others because they are incepted in the irrational guise, or one that is not depicted in a systematic fashion. The INFJ is even more susceptible to this than the INTJ because due to the tertiary nature of his Thinking, he is less in tune with objective judgment. Very often Extroverted Feeling, when overwhelmed by the imposing presence of the dominant Intuitive faculty will be forced into the slave position. Or it will be made to conform to whatever the hunches deem favorable. In such an event the INFJ will pass value judgments strictly to support his vision. Extroverted Feeling does this even more easily than Thinking because of a lower affinity with objective judgment and in this respect supports the mythological tendencies of Introverted Intuition.

    As a last word on this contention one shall wonder if it is truly the case that Introverted Intuition, as contrasted from the Extroverted is unable to properly perceive the external environment because it anthropomorphizes it. It is indeed the case that Intuition is an irrational function and is therefore outside of the province of our conscious control, and hence many things are possible as a result of this. Especially if we take in consideration the extraordinary power of imagination entailed by such a faculty. The objects are indeed distorted, and the way they are represented is unintelligible to an outside observer, however perfectly discernable to the perceiver himself. For this reason the Introverted Sensor is well aware of the moon and the relation it has to himself, despite that he may see eyes on such a thing. The same should be said about the Introverted Intuitionist and his awareness of his abstract environment. Essentially, Intuition as perception allows for us to be most in tune with our external environment. Extroverted Intuition has a superficial awareness of all things that could be perceived, or as large of a network as possible. However, Introverted Intuition naturally focuses on the smaller pertinent zone and attains as profound of an understanding thereof as possible.

    Unlike Extroverted Intuition, Introverted Intuition cannot adapt itself to the external perceptions and the external environment but instead has a tendency to create an environment of its own. Since we know it is not possible to wholly create a world of one’s own, this endeavor of the INJs does not appear particularly promising---as nonetheless they will require some external stimulation to propel their perceptions in motion. Accordingly, just like the Introverted Sensor grasps the image of the external environment and then explores it in depth, the Introverted Intuitionist does no different. As he grasps the external environment in the guise of abstract perceptions and seeks to solidify the image. He does so because as an introvert, he forces the external environment to adapt to his own agenda, as his inner perceptions, unlike that of the ENPs are not capable of doing so. For this reason, status-quo for such a type must be preserved under all circumstances. Any variation in perceptions is tantamount to variations in the external environment itself, this strikes the IJ as unfathomable horror, as this is nearly tantamount to having their whole world unsettled. For this reason the INJs tend not to handle change well, especially change in their intellectual climate. They are forced to stick to their one vision upon which their whole worldview has been established. For the INJ, this is analogous to the axiomatic, foundational principles that the worldviews of INPs hinge upon. However, the principles of the INPs can be slowly altered as they do not depend on the fixed perception of the environment and by nature of themselves require emendation, yet the vision of the Introverted Intuition must remain solid as it serves not only as principles and guidelines in the mind of the INJ, but as the view of the world itself. If the INP was forced to change his axioms, he would rely on the Extroverted Intuition to collect the necessary information about the external environment as well as the prospects of changing the inner maxims, yet if the INJ were to attempt to do the same, he would undermine the very foundation that he stands on. As to interact with the external environment is tantamount to losing grasp with all that has been taken for granted hitherto.

    As mentioned in the ENTP profile, Extroverted Intuition works vertically, or in other words perceives all that could be perceived in the external world. However, Introverted Intuition works horizontally. Or perceives only what is relevant to the subject. Hence, it charts out one single path. Whilst the Extroverted Intuitionist often struggles to decide which path to take, the Introverted Intuitionist is never at a loss to do so as he always has his own perspective in mind, and has his aim set on the one path that comes naturally to his intuitions. This, however, leaves him very far from knowing where he stands or what he thinks, as such knowledge requires conscious awareness of his own perceptions. In order to achieve this, the INFJ will need to be able to use Extroverted Feeling soundly, and Introverted Thinking to attain knowledge of the impersonal world. Or he will need to be able to translate his amorphous hunches into symbols that are intelligible to a conscious mind. That is the topic we shall inquire into next.

    In the end of our inquiry into the functioning of the Introverted Intuition, one is compelled to question whether or not the ostensible aversion to change precludes the Introverted Intuitionist from being open-minded as traditionally associated with intuition. Can the INFJ be open-minded in the same respect that the ENTP is often well renowned for? In fact, I would argue that the INFJ is even more open-minded, despite that it may appear to be so otherwise to outside observers who are only superficially acquainted with the type and individuals representing it. Essentially, because of the boost of the Introversion factor, the Intuition of the INFJ is supported further and this respect becomes superior to the Extroverted Intuition of the ENTP. Intensity and not extensity is the aim of the Introverted Intuition. The ENTP will wish to explore all new ideas that befall his lot, and as soon as he has become acquainted with them, he will abandon them to move on to something new. This is the case for him because his perception is in constant need of external stimulation and he cannot stimulate himself from within when associating with the external entity which has long been depleted. The INFJ by contrast is on the radically different side of the spectrum. Introverted Intuition has a surplus of inner energy and can stimulate itself from within whilst requiring very little external stimulation. Thus the INFJ will entertain a myriad of ideas, more than any other type as long as they are relevant to his vision and can be explored in depth. The INFJ often has most ideas of all types on the account of being most intuitive of all. Introverted Intuition is naturally at home in exploration of ideas because it is the very essence of pure imagination. It is most comfortable in contemplation and cognitive manipulation of images conjured by the imagination. Much analogously to how the Extroverted Intuition is at ease in manipulating external images and ideas of practical application, the Introverted Intuition is most comfortable at contemplating whatever images and ideas shall befall its mind.

    “Just as the world of appearances can never become a moral problem for the man who merely senses it, the world of inner images is never a moral problem for the intuitive. For both of them it is an aesthetic problem, a matter of perception, a “sensation”.

    Accordingly, because the Introverted Intuition is most at home in the realm of abstract perceptions, it is most open to the work of the imagination and for this reason most distinctly in the position to entertain ideas.


    Before we are ready to move on to the secondary axis of the INFJ functioning—the Extroverted Feeling, there is one important point that we would be well advised to take note of. The INFJ stands in sharp contrast to the aforementioned ENFP in the regard of awareness of one’s own security. The ENFP is by nature adventurous because he perceives the external environment as an end in itself (as we have mentioned that extroversion is the attitude that perceives the external environment as foundationally existent—this not at all could be changed, thus because of the very weak perception of his inner climate, the ENFP pays little heed to his own security and unscrupulously dives forward into the external world. Introverted Intuition is quite the opposite in this respect. It does not take the external realm for granted. It takes the perception of itself, or an intuitive self-consciousness for granted and views the environment in terms of how it relates to the self.) Accordingly, the INFJ is remarkably unadventurous because he has difficulty interacting with the external world. And when he is forced to deal with novel environments, he inevitably imposes his vision of the previous environment that is still stored in his unconscious perceptions onto the new one. This is anathema to adaptability and therefore the INFJ struggles to properly adjust to change.

    Extroverted Intuition, as mentioned in the ENTP profile, tends to take the external world lightly as it is not fundamental to the inner being of the individual representing such a function. In effect, often has a playful, if not banal, happy go lucky—pick the berries attitude. Yet the introverted intuition, does indeed take the environment for granted as that is fundamental to its inner being, and in effect takes the external world quite seriously. Thus, security, especially intellectual security is of foremost and personal concern for the INFJ. If the INFJ has not managed to move his vision outwards and become properly attuned with the external environment, likely will become very rigid and dogmatic. As then the preservation of his vision, for the sake of his own security, will become more important to the INFJ than an accurate understanding of the environment and relationships encircling him. This again is an inevitable result of the Introverted Intuition having equated the existence of their entire inner world with the existence of their inner vision. Thus in such a case, the INJ will find himself barricade in his fortress of for the sake of which he will go at whatever length necessary to preserve his current train of thought.

    As this allusion could not have been carried out any more soundly than it has been here in Jung’s autobiography.

    “I can still vividly recall how Freud said to me “My dear Jung, promise me never to abandon the sexual theory. That is the most essential thing of all. You see, we must make a dogma of it, an unshakable bulwark.” He said to me with great emotion, in the tone of a father saying, “And promise me this one thing, my dear son: that you will go to church every Sunday.” In astonishment I asked him, “A bulwark—against what?” To which he replied, “Against the black tide of mud”—and he hesitated for a moment, then added—“of occultism” was virtually everything that philosophy and religion, including the rising of contemporary science of parapsychology, had learned about the psyche.”

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    Si is thinking that you won't enjoy your coffee as much if it isn't brewed a certain way, poured into your favorite mug, and drunk slowly, at the same time every day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebird View Post
    This reminds me of conversations between my husband and I. I type him Si creative.

    I got Peter Pan peanut butter...

    Him: "This stuff doesn't taste good. Why do you keep getting it?"
    Me: "Because it said 'natural' on it. I figured it had less preservatives."
    Him: "Well Jiffy tastes better."
    Me: "They all taste the same to me. What are you talking about?"
    Him: "You get the grossest coffee, too."
    Me: "When you put creamer in it, you can't taste the difference at all."
    Him: "I can."
    lol, sounds about right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebird View Post
    This reminds me of conversations between my husband and I. I type him Si creative.

    I got Peter Pan peanut butter...

    Him: "This stuff doesn't taste good. Why do you keep getting it?"
    Me: "Because it said 'natural' on it. I figured it had less preservatives."
    Him: "Well Jiffy tastes better."
    Me: "They all taste the same to me. What are you talking about?"
    Him: "You get the grossest coffee, too."
    Me: "When you put creamer in it, you can't taste the difference at all."
    Him: "I can."


    Sometimes I wish I was an Si ego so I could get that experience of having just the right kind of butter on my bread, being able to discriminate between various types of butters or coffees or whatever must make it incredibly satisfying to eat

    Se egos seem to notice things like that too, but are less inclined to change them to their own preferences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ConcreteButterfly View Post
    Sometimes I wish I was an Si ego so I could get that experience of having just the right kind of butter on my bread, being able to discriminate between various types of butters or coffees or whatever must make it incredibly satisfying to eat

    Se egos seem to notice things like that too, but are less inclined to change them to their own preferences.
    Difference is Si focuses on depth rather than breadth. It will really focus on the best way to make a cup of coffee, everything from the type of bean, the machine used, how fresh the ingredients are. I tend to drink my coffee black because cream and sugar tend to mask the robustness of the coffee, especially a good coffee. Also, cream and sugar can cover up the fact that you're drinking coffee that really isn't that good to begin with. Anyways, I'm drinking Maxwell house right now because the good stuff is too expensive.

    It's funny you mention the butter. I have a recipe that I've modified specifically for real butter because the butter enhances the flavor. I was going to make it last night, but didn't have the butter so went with the original recipe. It really does make a difference, I swear.

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    bump

    does anyone still want other sections from this book? Apart from info that's already in the link @Aylen posted (http://www.intpforum.com/showthread.php?t=6602)

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    Excellent thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebird View Post
    This reminds me of conversations between my husband and I. I type him Si creative.

    I got Peter Pan peanut butter...

    Him: "This stuff doesn't taste good. Why do you keep getting it?"
    Me: "Because it said 'natural' on it. I figured it had less preservatives."
    Him: "Well Jiffy tastes better."
    Me: "They all taste the same to me. What are you talking about?"
    Him: "You get the grossest coffee, too."
    Me: "When you put creamer in it, you can't taste the difference at all."
    Him: "I can."
    All good except I wouldn't get natural pb

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    Quote Originally Posted by TJay View Post
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    It's funny you mention the butter. I have a recipe that I've modified specifically for real butter because the butter enhances the flavor. I was going to make it last night, but didn't have the butter so went with the original recipe. It really does make a difference, I swear.
    Butter recipe? Its just cream, whipped, and add salt or not, right? I used to get fresh raw mile from my neighbor and whip my own butter, adding good sea salt. I never thought of anything else to add to it, unless its a special occasion thing like garlic herb butter or maple butter for a special meal.... so I wonder what you mean by butter recipe?

    I have to look into where to find raw milk around here! There is some low-temp pasturized milk nearby, but I would like to find the raw. I guess I can start with a look at the Weston Price website for it.
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    Found it! 20 min. away and a lovely drive. Here is how to find your raw milk. You need this! : http://www.realmilk.com/real-milk-finder/

    But I am tempted to take it 10 min. further into the beautiful countryside to get the Jersey milk...
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    "Having a clear faith, based on the creed of the Church, is often labeled today as fundamentalism... Whereas relativism, which is letting oneself be tossed and swept along
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eliza Thomason View Post
    Butter recipe? Its just cream, whipped, and add salt or not, right? I used to get fresh raw mile from my neighbor and whip my own butter, adding good sea salt. I never thought of anything else to add to it, unless its a special occasion thing like garlic herb butter or maple butter for a special meal.... so I wonder what you mean by butter recipe?

    I have to look into where to find raw milk around here! There is some low-temp pasturized milk nearby, but I would like to find the raw. I guess I can start with a look at the Weston Price website for it.
    oh, I use butter as a substitute to vegetable oil. It is for a buttermilk pancake recipe. I also use some sour cream. It's really yummy.

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