Factual, applicable knowledge. Read what I wrote about Home Inspection. Also (and more importantly), I use Te in making decisions such as where to buy a house. I studied statistics about various areas. I read census data about % of homes that are own occupied, average income of the residents, average age of the residents (important because neighborhoods turn over and change when a lot of the people who live there are old), crime rates, etc. I also studied the city planner's and department of neighborhood services' plans for various areas. I then picked a specific area and looked at dozens of buildings there, getting an idea of the market values. Many people criticized me for choosing the area I did (it's the most racially and economically diverse neighborhood in the third most segregated city in the world), but I refused to listen to any of their warnings or wishes and proceeded to find a house that was priced tens of thousands of dollars less than market value.
I learn as much as I can and then put that knowledge to use. In talking with others about factual data, I look at the information in terms whether or not it has practical use. I don't like to deviate from the a point until I feel the original matter is settled. It's like I'm talking about whether we should make cake or pie and other people start talking about the ingredients before we even establish what it is we're making.
Cherry was showing off her new navel jewelry to a bunch of people at work. I told her to make sure she keeps it clean because she'll be more likely to get an infection with her new jewelry. She got irritated and said "No Joy, you're wrong" (this particular person and I had a history of being irritated with eachother, and this particular conversation is a good example of why). I started to explain why I made the statement I just did, and she cut me off by yelling "No Joy. You don't know everything about everything." I said, "No, I don't. There's a lot of stuff that I don't know anything about. But I don't make stuff up. I know that it's more likely to get infected because I spent two months learning about body piercing full time. Jewelry with that many crevices tend to trap bacteria, and it's harder to clean because it's not like a ring that you can spin around." She laughed and said, "Okay, maybe you do know about that" and went on to ask me about the best way to clean it.
Another example was when my ex boyfriend's dad was talking about how it's easy to overeat when you have spaghetti because it's so good. I told him it could also be because pasta expands 3 times it's size in your stomach, and he got this annoyed look on his face and was like, "I don't care." lol
I've also always done well on tests at school because it's easy for me to absorb and utilize facts. Story problems were never difficult for me because of this. I also learn math problems best when I see examples. You can explain how to do it all day and it won't do much good (part of the reason is because it's difficult to pay attention), but if I can briefly study a couple of example problems, I'll get it right away.
At work, I've always been able to find efficient ways of doing things. For example, when I worked at Burger King, everyday I saw the manager cleaning the fryers. It would take him a couple of hours. He got moved to the night shift, and cleaning the fryers became my responsibility. Within a week I had a system of doing it that took less than half an hour. It was easier, too. I did a lot of things like that at my waitress job, too. I'd come up with better ways of getting side work done well. Some people got irritated as if I was being invasive, but many of the ways I did things were adopted because they were simply better. When I was a delivery driver, the manager changed the shifts that the drivers would work because I suggested a different way of doing it and she saw how it would more effectively cover the necessary labor while cutting down on hours. When I was bartending, the owner adopted a few of my suggestions on how to run the bar more efficiently, including the way drinks are rung up. He changed the register to the way I suggested it be changed.
I've been told that I always have to be right. It's not true. I don't care about WHO'S correct... I care about WHAT'S correct. I really don't mind being wrong at all.
Side note: I am more confident in
than I am any other function.