Have you ever just thought to yourself, why can't this person see what I am seeing or understand what seems so simple in your own head? I think people get the wrong impression about Ni doms missing details, and in the case of IEI, being "airheads". It is pretty insulting actually. I can call myself that, even my friends can, playfully, but when it is said seriously it just makes me feel indignant toward the idiot, who has such limited perspective, that they write me off as an "airhead". I think that is why I tone down Fe around some people. Not just Fe polr types.
We see details (I am going by what other IEI tell me so I can use "we" loosely) but they are blended into a big picture and can be dismissed rather quickly in favor of the most useful information. I am not blind to things. I can even do Te. I do not consider it painful, it can be annoying, maybe, sometimes, because I do not favor it over my own intuition, ever. I just don't always find details important aspects to understanding. They just bog me down in endless speculation.
I like what he said about seeing multiple timelines all at once. I do that but not like an Ne dom see possibilities. Hard to explain. I still see them as distinct but overlapping timelines and I do see what is most probable according to how the situation is unfolding. I am not likely to share it with anyone unless asked.
I am aware that there could be other factors that can shift the timeline and probabilities. Like someone mentioned recently, Ni is not omniscient. For me it really comes down to probability > possibility. I could possibly learn to fly a plane but it is not within my probabilities. I have no interest even though I do think I have an aptitude for it, if I applied myself. I am embarrassed to admit I did not get a handle on direction, north, south, east and west, until I was in my late 20s. I had not thought about it until then but now I use the sun as my guide. It was so simple, yet I was scared to learn.
I used to get lost a lot driving until I learned that. I had panic attacks if I had to take unfamiliar routes as I had no experience. Now I have driven long distances, alone, with little problem. I have more problems driving with people who keep pointing out where to go. I find that distracting and makes me panicky when there is no need. Some people disturb my flow and will get us both lost by shouting out random instructions like, "turn here now!" when I already have my turn timed. I just need enough of an information base and then I can figure things out. I am good at predicting traffic flow and timing lights when no one is distracting me. I am a really good driver when people leave me alone. Fortunately for me my friends and family trust me enough not to back seat drive. Hmm, I went off track here for a moment.
Sometimes I see something that seems trivial, to others, and it turns out to be the most important aspect of a solution . I have been praised for seeing a solution that I was not even aware of giving but the other person knew and would explain it to me. I would say something like, " don't know how I knew. It just came to me". When someone actually understand something I am explaining it is a really comfortable feeling. This can happen with all types and with some effort I can understand most people.
I had problems with algebra for most of my life. I also had a problem with fractions. An ILI would help me and I would retain it for a short period, long enough to pass tests. Then years later an SLE explained it and it was like a light turned on for me and it clicked. I think I do that for some people with different ideas.
Sorry, I got on a roll. hahah