While thinking of and , it occurred to me that the differences and common themes of forum discourse of and may best be best grasped when conceptualized in terms of a systems approach. A system in this case is just the structure of a series of related concepts. You can visualize this in your head however is easiest for you: a library of books or 3D-modular spheres (Lawnmower Man). And when we talk about a systems approach it is how we disseminate and process concepts and ideas through either a preference of or in all types, not necessarily those with either of these two functions in their primary two functions. Because functions should not just be understood by how they are used, but also by how they are received, and even those who do not regularly use these functions still prefer one over the other. And even then, much of the discourse on Nx is almost entirely in the context of Alpha and Gamma NT, which does a disservice to functional understanding.
: Intra-Systems Thinking (Linear Process Intuition)
Introverted Intuition is a form of intra-systems thinking. is used to submerse the individual within the actual system itself. This is the subjective quality of the function. Picture a point-of-view shot in a tunnel that is constantly moving forward. But it is constantly moving forward in a linear fashion. allows the individual to traverse the system of ideas or concepts along a subjectively linear pathway such that they can test the structural integrity of the system through the use of either or . In the case of , is used to internally examine the external systems of relations and people. This is why Beta NF is sometimes associated with the ability to be social climbers, because they have examined the internal system of people through . In the case of , is used to examine the external systems of fact. And it traverses this tunnel to check the structural integrity of a system through facts as a form of truth. This is also why Gamma NT is associated with critics and business, because is a valuable tool in exploring the internal workings of an idea or concept. This can be seen as top-down in that it is seeing the idea and then diving into the idea itself. For either, the path () is determined by how they understand the external quality of either people or facts, which means that the direction of the path may vary or changed based upon this external understanding of the external rational function. Of course then one comes to question, if is linear process thinking that acts within a system, how then does related to ? seeks to be a part of the external form of the system which seeks to understand.
: Inter-Systems Thinking (Non-Linear Process Intuition)
Extroverted Intuition is a form of inter-systems thinking. In other words, is used to try and connect the these different concept spheres together. is used to get an overview (generalization) of the these different systems-spheres. Whereas the image of is one of the linear movement within a system, is one in which the individual is standing still to examine systems often by relating one system to another. Another way perhaps to conceptualize is that if every system was perceived as an apple on a tree, would be used to look pick the apples and look at the overview of the surface of the apple. allows the individual to generalize the concept or system to its base parts so that it can be deconstructed to either breakdown, create, or recreate a perceivably better system through or . The reconstruction of a sphere from the base parts of a system is due to the personal subjective qualities of and . For , is used to relate, generalize, and then restructure external spheres (systems) to their personal ethics. In a similar method, uses to relate, generalize, and then restructure external spheres (systems) to their personal logic. And as it was with , this process systems thinking analysis can be used to understand the interrelation of and . In general, these two functions are how about the personal self and form (Si relates to a series of external systems (). provides for the solid ground for standing which allows for one to safely explore the systems around an individual. provides for the process of exploring the different systems for the one which will enhance or protect .
There may be better analogies or ways to conceptualize this, but this is how I have come to understand the difference between and based upon the discourse of these boards. So (coupled with Xe) seeks to understand a system by being a part of (or linearly traversing) the sphere (system), (as coupled with Xi) seeks to ultimately recreate or rework the interrelation and/or structure of the spheres (system).