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    The way I see it (and see myself thinking with it) is basically: Perspective.
    once you adopt many and attack something from so many different angles you eventually whittle out the core; the best "true" way of looking at something. but of course it's an eternal work in progress and constantly being revised on the go, which is what makes it irrational.
    the following is Ni/Fe biased I'm sure, since I'm basing it off of myself, but for example I'll try to put myself into the shoes of all types of people (not necessarily specific people, but a type of a person) and see it from their perspective and eventually you can see it in what you believe is the clearest way. (idk how an ILI experiences Ni) for clarification, it's not something i decide to do but i just do it (have been observing how i think for a while now)

    so i think when i was a kid i had very strange&distorted ways of looking at things/life/situations/etc and sometimes i feel like my life is just the journey of gradually figuring out how i'm actually supposed to look at things more "normally" or properly.
    when I give advice to friends it's essentially me giving a bunch of different ways of looking at things to help, because perspective really is everything. and i hope that it's not that they choose and adopt one of the new perspectives i give, but rather that they combine all of the ones into a unified perspective. (mental image of a bunch of arrows converging into a dot, and if you're able to reach/be the dot you see everything around you with as little holes as possible (depending on how many arrows you were able to assimilate))
    So basically.. I really see Ni as "perspective" if you had to name it one thing.

    However, Ni is named intuition of time and i'm confused as to where Time comes into play.
    I'm not sure if it's said if Ni ppl are often on time or have good sense of time, for example, but i think they say Ni PoLR have trouble gauging time?
    Anyway, I'm almost always late to things because I lose track of time (and partially from having grown up with parents who didn't place any emphasis on being on time). I seem to believe I can pause time at will (my experience of it, that is) and create my own little bubble within it. For example, if my tutoring class is in 10 minutes and I'm not particularly looking forward to it, I decide to check out and lose myself outside of time and into whatever i'm doing (idk how to explain) and I forget about everything and suddenly I blink and there's -1 minutes left and so i frantically fumble to create the zoom call.
    in this same way, no matter how hard i try i always lose track of time and end up being late to things (within my circles I'm known as the person who's always late and i even get jokingly congratulated if i'm only 5 minutes late T-T. but i wish i weren't, because it's disrespectful to always be late, and i personally HATE being on the receiving end of it because like Strat says I'm so so picky with my time..).

    SEI and SLI grandparents were always on time to anything because they're more rooted to the actual minutes and hours, I feel. But Ni concept of time seems to be one that is detached from it?? idkk i also suck at estimating how much time it will take to do something (severely underestimate usually ) but that's more bc of Te PoLR right?

    but I am sorta good at fluidly arranging time to suit me, now that i think of it. i usually have this idea of how my day will look like with alternative lining-ups, and depending on whatever unforeseen things come up i rearrange around it (they are expected, anyway). i think i'm always aware of what i want to do next (again, it's not set into stone and is easily modified depending on external influences).
    and i seem to calculate the most time/effort-efficient ways to do the things i want to do, so for example when i shower (hey there's lots of nuance) so i can shower the least but still.. so when i go out my hair will be clean (it needs to be washed often) and i just do it automatically without much effort.
    on the smaller scale, say i'm in the kitchen and there's an island in the center with countertops around, so if I'm cooking, well you know, you leave ingredients and tools in different spots and there's always back and forth, but i try my best to minimize the amount of trips to go somewhere, thinking of all of my necessary actions of the future even if it's totally not part of what i'm focused on doing rn at all, and if i do miscalculate then it's rly annoying cuz now i gotta walk the extra back n forth (sigh)

    and i always waste my own time but THAT'S MY CHOICE! (i tell myself) but if someone else causes for me to lose some time (a "time inefficiency") and it's nothing i can control that's so so annoying and it's like they created a pesky airbubble within my flow.

    Small digression: I wonder if other IEIs are like this, but I have this little talent for, in a conversation, always finding the perfect word to express what someone is trying to say, and I really think that's rooted in Ni/Fe but I don't know how to justify using words for why.

    so.. i feel like there's something i'm missing in my understanding about what Ni is (I think I wrote the all of my understanding/experience of it..) please illuminate me!

    stuff i write is always so verbose and messy the underlined is the main question, if it was unclear what the point of this post is.

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    It's not time. You're fine.


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    This is great! It falls in line with how I view Ni too.i personally just jump from point to point (Ne) but there's always a pattern that emerges from it. I do have flexibility but it's always important that the data points fit the pattern, and then I can see a narrative emerging from it.

    As for the time aspect of it, I'm really really stubborn with "my time". I know this is an annoying habbit of mine, but I can't be urged or hurried. I keep my own clock and if it doesn't sync up with others oh well. I used to have difficulty respecting the "time boundaries" of other people and didn't care about being late but I'm a bit older now, and I've been working as well so I don't really have a choice. It's like the world has a beat of its own, and I have my own beat. Sometimes it annoys me that other people don't really get it. I ignore things that don't fit into my rhythm, so it can appear like i don't have a good sense of time. I get super annoyed with people who talk about time management, because I already know how much time something will take so why bother? Conscious time managent makes things unnatural. It's bizarre to me that people can work like that. "I'm going to start studying at 3 pm and I'm going to study for 3 hours. I'll divide the time into these 15 segments and I'll take two bathroom breaks!" That has always been the wasteful and unnatural use of time. Because, if that person had followed the natural clock inside, he might not need the 3 hours. Does that make sense?

    I also have a good grasp on history. I can take different events that happened around the world in a particular time period and make a narrative emerge. With Ni, there's always a focus on this larger story that is already there. Sometimes it feels like I already know everything, and I just need to discover my knowledge by playing around with ideas. In that sense, i can't really escape my Ni, even though I'm an Ni devalued type.

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    "once you adopt many and attack something from so many different angles you eventually whittle out the core"

    I'm not completely sure about this, but this sounds a lot like Ne to me, or maybe holographic panoramic cognition... Ni is more understanding that certain actions, if undertaken, will lead to an certain outcome. It's common for beta NFs but especially IEIs to warn SLEs that their carelessness w people will lead to alienation from the group or a loss in their standing, for example.

    "when I give advice to friends it's essentially me giving a bunch of different ways of looking at things to help, because perspective really is everything. and i hope that it's not that they choose and adopt one of the new perspectives i give, but rather that they combine all of the ones into a unified perspective. (mental image of a bunch of arrows converging into a dot, and if you're able to reach/be the dot you see everything around you with as little holes as possible (depending on how many arrows you were able to assimilate))"

    and also this... "the bunch of different ways of looking at things" seems ne to me.
    I feel like an Ni type would settle on one way to look at things based on the most probable outcome and give advice on that. Like they would be able to combine everything into one unified perspective themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pississippi View Post
    "once you adopt many and attack something from so many different angles you eventually whittle out the core"

    I'm not completely sure about this, but this sounds a lot like Ne to me, or maybe holographic panoramic cognition... Ni is more understanding that certain actions, if undertaken, will lead to an certain outcome. It's common for beta NFs but especially IEIs to warn SLEs that their carelessness w people will lead to alienation from the group or a loss in their standing, for example.
    She said that this is what she hopes the other person does, so she is seeking someone with a Holographic-Panoramic perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbbds View Post
    She said that this is what she hopes the other person does, so she is seeking someone with a Holographic-Panoramic perspective.
    oh wait really? i didn't see that in what she wrote- my bad. @chocolatte is that what u meant? I'm not sure though bc it seems like you expand on that idea w/ "bunch of different ways of looking at things," which you said about yourself

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    Quote Originally Posted by pississippi View Post
    oh wait really? i didn't see that in what she wrote- my bad. @chocolatte is that what u meant? I'm not sure though bc it seems like you expand on that idea w/ "bunch of different ways of looking at things," which you said about yourself
    She said it’s how she hopes her interlocutor takes her advice, not that it’s what she herself does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbbds View Post
    She said it’s how she hopes her interlocutor takes her advice, not that it’s what she herself does.
    no, she explicitly says that she herself does this:
    Quote Originally Posted by chocolatte View Post
    when I give advice to friends it's essentially me giving a bunch of different ways of looking at things to help, because perspective really is everything. and i hope that it's not that they choose and adopt one of the new perspectives i give, but rather that they combine all of the ones into a unified perspective.
    what's interesting is that she wants them to combine their ideas into a perspective themselves instead of providing that perspective directly. I think an example would be helpful

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    Ni visualizes that which is not currently perceivable, which superficially appears to be related to Time. But you can visualize alot of things without those things being related to what you are doing in the future.

    Ni /should/ be time to those who like things to be useful and concrete, since anything that is not related to the future but also not related to the present, to many people would be deemed "useless" and "baseless fantasies". So I guess you could say Time is what society wants Ni leads to control and be aware of, as that is something beneficial. But Ni could very easily just be fantasy in a timeless universe, unbothered by everyone else who adheres to and worships time so dearly.

    This is like me saying Si is comfort, because I only see Si as useful for making things comfortable. But Si leads can do some quirky shit that basically brings the opposite of comfort in my eyes, but is a perfect world for them.


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    Quote Originally Posted by pississippi View Post
    no, she explicitly says that she herself does this:


    what's interesting is that she wants them to combine their ideas into a perspective themselves instead of providing that perspective directly. I think an example would be helpful
    I could see the first part as being Ne,

    when I give advice to friends it's essentially me giving a bunch of different ways of looking at things to help”

    but the second part is what she hopes the other person does.

    i hope that it's not that they choose and adopt one of the new perspectives i give,...”

    IEIs obviously have strong Ne too, so it’s not really a big conflict.

    Edit: @pississippi actually I get what you mean, that that first part does sound like she’s seeking an Ip person instead. However then she says this:

    (mental image of a bunch of arrows converging into a dot, and if you're able to reach/be the dot you see everything around you with as little holes as possible (depending on how many arrows you were able to assimilate))”

    This to me definitely sounds like IEI Ni looking for someone with HP perspective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbbds View Post
    I could see the first part as being Ne,

    when I give advice to friends it's essentially me giving a bunch of different ways of looking at things to help”

    but the second part is what she hopes the other person does.

    i hope that it's not that they choose and adopt one of the new perspectives i give,...”

    IEIs obviously have strong Ne too, so it’s not really a big conflict.
    Yea, they do have strong Ne... but idk... I'd think IEIs focus more on Ni to the point where they may completely dismiss other possibilities as extraneous. Chocolatte seems to be using Ne directly as a tool to help others. It's possible that she has Ne as a demonstrative function, with Ni creative, if it's in her ego at all.

    It's possible ”i hope that it's not that they choose and adopt one of the new perspectives i give,..is Ne devaluing, but I'm not really sure.
    The next part of her sentence is what I don't understand...
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    rather that they combine all of the ones into a unified perspective."
    I don't know if this is an IEI thing- I thought they were more direct about their intuitive conclusions. Also, "unified perspective" sounds Ne as well

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    Ne ignoring doesn't quite literally mean the person is ignoring Ne. I say the ignoring function is a background program that just reminds you every now and then that it exists. Like, it pops its head out. I'm Te ignoring, but that doesn't mean I don't take Te into account. It's just a thing that pops out every once in a while and it factors into my decision making. It's not always on, like with LxEs for example.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pississippi View Post
    Yea, they do have strong Ne... but idk... I'd think IEIs focus more on Ni to the point where they may completely dismiss other possibilities as extraneous. Chocolatte seems to be using Ne directly as a tool to help others. It's possible that she has Ne as a demonstrative function, with Ni creative, if it's in her ego at all.
    What you’re speaking of hypothetically would be more like Ne creative.

    IEIs also have 3D Ne, so in theory the “amount” of Ne they inject into their lives should be similar to that of an Ne creative.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbbds View Post

    (mental image of a bunch of arrows converging into a dot, and if you're able to reach/be the dot you see everything around you with as little holes as possible (depending on how many arrows you were able to assimilate))”

    This to me definitely sounds like IEI Ni looking for someone with HP perspective.
    So she's the arrows and her friend is the dot i think. Because she's the one who's giving all the perspectives (arrows) for the friend to see everything with no holes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Panda View Post
    Ne ignoring doesn't quite literally mean the person is ignoring Ne. I say the ignoring function is a background program that just reminds you every now and then that it exists. Like, it pops its head out. I'm Te ignoring, but that doesn't mean I don't take Te into account. It's just a thing that pops out every once in a while and it factors into my decision making. It's not always on, like with LxEs for example.
    Yea, you definitely don't ignore ur ignoring function. You use it in private to support your conclusions that you make with your ego block. But in her case it seems like she's using it directly. She seems to be throwing out a bunch of possible solutions.
    IEIs are aware of the possibilities a situation holds but they disregard them to focus on one that they see is most likely.
    But in order for them to understand what's most likely, they need to evaluate what's possible first

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    Quote Originally Posted by pississippi View Post
    So she's the arrows and her friend is the dot i think. Because she's the one who's giving all the perspectives (arrows) for the friend to see everything with no holes
    Vortial-synergetic cognition is pretty Ne while still having a certain Ni tethering point. She gives her individual perspective, and then her interlocutor still sees one perspective in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pississippi View Post
    Yea, you definitely don't ignore ur ignoring function. You use it in private to support your conclusions that you make with your ego block. But in her case it seems like she's using it directly
    I can see what you mean. But I think it's just a matter of wording. Unifying perspectives is not something I do, for example, though I use Ne. Imo, the perspective is already there and my use of Ne just teases it out - makes it visible to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbbds View Post
    Vortial-synergetic cognition is pretty Ne while still having a certain Ni tethering point. She gives her individual perspective, and then her interlocutor still sees one perspective in the end.
    Vortical synergetic cognition is more like a coalescence of impressions/ideas, rapidly tested, rather than a turning, multi-perspective based style. Vorticals often have a "eureka" moment where everything seems to click- u can see the positivism here. Her individual perspective is more like a bunch of ideas based on seeing the situation from many different angles. It's complimentary to vortical because as she tests perspectives, her dual sees one that's the perfect fit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Panda View Post
    I can see what you mean. But I think it's just a matter of wording. Unifying perspectives is not something I do, for example, though I use Ne. Imo, the perspective is already there and my use of Ne just teases it out - makes it visible to me.
    do u think that might have to do w ur Ne being creative

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    Hm but I understand the sense of urgency that comes with time... I have an internal alarm clock that only rings when I'm on the brink of on-time and late, so yeah I usually am 1-2 minutes late to everything. I never really forget my obligations, they are just waiting to spring up on me when the time I think I'll need to do it is coming close.


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    I'm not entirely sure. I always have this feeling of "there's something interesting here" so I jump from one point to another. It's like using Ne to Intuit puzzle pieces and seeing how they fit. Someone said that interacting with me can be like sculpting, that there's already a statue inside and it's just worked at. I would say, I can already see the statue in most situations. But it requires several angles of attack to arrive at it. Sometimes you even need to use unconventional means to do it. It's something like that.

    Forgot to quote you @pississippi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Panda View Post
    I'm not entirely sure. I always have this feeling of "there's something interesting here" so I jump from one point to another. It's like using Ne to Intuit puzzle pieces and seeing how they fit. Someone said that interacting with me can be like sculpting, that there's already a statue inside and it's just worked at. I would say, I can already see the statue in most situations. But it requires several angles of attack to arrive at it. Sometimes you even need to use unconventional means to do it. It's something like that.

    Forgot to quote you @pississippi
    i think the creative function is basically a tool to serve the goals of the lead function- it sounds like it fits what u said

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    Quote Originally Posted by onfireee View Post
    my bro on ni:

    He's not wrong. What type is he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chocolatte View Post
    The way I see it (and see myself thinking with it) is basically: Perspective.
    once you adopt many and attack something from so many different angles you eventually whittle out the core; the best "true" way of looking at something. but of course it's an eternal work in progress and constantly being revised on the go, which is what makes it irrational.
    Isn't that just HP thinking style??? And not really Ni.

    I've heard this talk of multi-perspective view of things from ppl of other types, namely IEEs, SLEs, and ESIs.

    Believe it or not, but this paragraph about HP cog is actually saying the very same thing:

    "This cognitive style has much in common with the holographic principle in physics. A hologram (optical) is a statistically recorded interference pattern made by two beams of light which are transmitted and reflected from a single source (aka "Perspective"). Holographic technology allows us to obtain a three-dimensional image of an object. The hologram itself is an aggregation of stripes and spots exactly resembling the embedded object. The two beams of light are superimposed in such a way that every part of the hologram carries information about the whole.

    In this way, by mentally superimposing multiple projections of the same object, Holographists reach a holistic view. To do this, they look at the image and select a desired angle of examination (hence the "work in progress" even though this is described from an LII pov) ...
    [HP] actively uses the principle of perspective; unrestricted choice in point of view. The holographic approach is a progressive approximation towards the purpose, or away from it, accompanied by changes of perspective. The holographic process is carried out as if calibrating focus."

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    Quote Originally Posted by pississippi View Post
    i think the creative function is basically a tool to serve the goals of the lead function- it sounds like it fits what u said
    I actually think it could be the opposite. I think the lead works in service of the creative. I don't really have much control over my Ti. It's on all the time, and it's somewhat rigid. I've seen ILEs in debate for example, and they use logic in a different way than I do. I can use my Ne in different ways, look for different angles of approach, changing up my methodology, etc. I can imagine it would be different for a type with lead Ne.

    I remember this joke that I saw on this forum, but I can't link it because I don't remember. So I credit some other member with it. But someone posted a video of an LSI explaining how to open a can without a can opener. The member says "If that was an SLE he would just smash the can open." I guess it's somewhat like that?

    I also remember reading in a Socionics post that the reason activation becomes painful is because the creative function of one activity partner imposes on the inferior of the other. So if I'm extrapolating, it would mean that the person with the inferior function finds it difficult to mitigate the creative use of it. In my own case, lead Fe would be "safer" to experience than creative Fe. I'm not entirely sure if that's the case. I'm just throwing ideas out.

    But the more that I think about it, Ti is like a foundational aspect of my personality that I can't really change. Ne is like a superpower that I can use to get whatever I want. I create the world through Ne, in that sense. At the core, I feel I'm closer to a Ti-Ni combo. I sometimes resent that I am so inflexible in this regard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Panda View Post
    I actually think it could be the opposite. I think the lead works in service of the creative.
    You are both on the wrong track: the creative functions serves the mobilizing function of your dual, while your lead function serves the suggestive function of your dual. We should always keep in the back of our minds that it is called Socionics for a reason, and not Psychonics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pississippi View Post
    Vortical synergetic cognition is more like a coalescence of impressions/ideas, rapidly tested, rather than a turning, multi-perspective based style. Vorticals often have a "eureka" moment where everything seems to click- u can see the positivism here. Her individual perspective is more like a bunch of ideas based on seeing the situation from many different angles. It's complimentary to vortical because as she tests perspectives, her dual sees one that's the perfect fit
    Vortical-synergetic doesn’t have the eureka clicking moment. That’s more like HP or CD, static cognition styles. Vortical style is more like a dynamic, chaotic vortex.

    ”Clicking” is more like socionics negativism as well. Positivism is more about adding more information. Negativism is reductionist.

    This is part of why dynamic negativism (DA) and static positivism (CD) are seen as less stable than HP and VS are— because they’re contradictory, in a sense. A static “click” that actually adds more information is counter-intuitive (in the colloquial sense).

    And she didn’t say that her dual “sees the one that’s the perfect fit”. She described it as seeing an image filled in from different angles, with as little holes left as possible. That’s literally HP cognition:

    H-P cognitive style: LII, SLE, ESI, IEE
    This is imprecise, multi-perspective thinking. It is mosaic-like. It works according to the principle of a hologram - the creation of three-dimensional representation of the object through the imposition of several of its sections. It is suitable for solving complex multifactor problems that have no clear-cut algorithms.

    https://www.the16types.info/vbulleti...Victor-Gulenko

    HP works by superimposing perspectives of different angles until a wholesome view with minimal “holes” is reached.

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    @Lord Panda love how you explain it!!

    Quote Originally Posted by pississippi View Post
    "once you adopt many and attack something from so many different angles you eventually whittle out the core"

    I'm not completely sure about this, but this sounds a lot like Ne to me, or maybe holographic panoramic cognition... Ni is more understanding that certain actions, if undertaken, will lead to an certain outcome. It's common for beta NFs but especially IEIs to warn SLEs that their carelessness w people will lead to alienation from the group or a loss in their standing, for example.

    "when I give advice to friends it's essentially me giving a bunch of different ways of looking at things to help, because perspective really is everything. and i hope that it's not that they choose and adopt one of the new perspectives i give, but rather that they combine all of the ones into a unified perspective. (mental image of a bunch of arrows converging into a dot, and if you're able to reach/be the dot you see everything around you with as little holes as possible (depending on how many arrows you were able to assimilate))"

    and also this... "the bunch of different ways of looking at things" seems ne to me.
    I feel like an Ni type would settle on one way to look at things based on the most probable outcome and give advice on that. Like they would be able to combine everything into one unified perspective themselves.
    ^that's what i meant
    by considering many different perspectives the goal is to reach one (what i hope is) unified way to look at something. that is the one way i settle on. but you have to reach it somehow.
    i settle on it because it seems the most representative of truth, and therefore the most useful. once you can see something properly then you can best know how to act because you know what matters, what will do things (--> Se)
    the thing is.. understanding that certain actions will lead to certain outcomes is what arises naturally out of being able to see right.

    also, i think i phrased it wrong, when i give advice to friends i mostly just give one other perspective that usually contrasts the most with theirs, and i hope they can unify it with their previous one to better understand the problem/what to do from there (rather than adopt that perspective)
    after that (or if i feel that the previous is not something the specific individual needs or will care to pay attention to), i of course give my own advice afterwards based on the one way i see things
    anyway, the point is that any advice is always coming from the perspective i hold. whether i hope they can come to see it and understand it themselves or simply know the product of it (know how they should act which was deduced from the POV regardless of if the POV is understood or not)

    tysm for your replies. it really helps to discuss

    Quote Originally Posted by pississippi View Post
    So she's the arrows and her friend is the dot i think. Because she's the one who's giving all the perspectives (arrows) for the friend to see everything with no holes
    no, i am standing at the dot and trying to lead the friend into it with me, so they can understand the conclusion themselves, but if they don't see it i can also just tell them what i see from there.

    Quote Originally Posted by pississippi View Post
    Yea, you definitely don't ignore ur ignoring function. You use it in private to support your conclusions that you make with your ego block. But in her case it seems like she's using it directly. She seems to be throwing out a bunch of possible solutions.
    IEIs are aware of the possibilities a situation holds but they disregard them to focus on one that they see is most likely.
    But in order for them to understand what's most likely, they need to evaluate what's possible first
    no, never throwing out a bunch of possibilities. i want to delve deep into the one course of action/idea i have decided to be right/most possible and any other superficial exploring feels useless or irrelevant

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    @pississippi To clarify, I don’t mean that vorticals can *never* click (as dual cognitive styles periodically switch), just that it’s not their regular modus operandi. HP thinking of their duals adds structure to their thinking. In that sense, VS thinking is kind of chaotic and “unstructured” at first, thus pretty similar to the idea of Ne.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken of the Sky View Post
    Ni visualizes that which is not currently perceivable, which superficially appears to be related to Time. But you can visualize alot of things without those things being related to what you are doing in the future.

    Ni /should/ be time to those who like things to be useful and concrete, since anything that is not related to the future but also not related to the present, to many people would be deemed "useless" and "baseless fantasies". So I guess you could say Time is what society wants Ni leads to control and be aware of, as that is something beneficial. But Ni could very easily just be fantasy in a timeless universe, unbothered by everyone else who adheres to and worships time so dearly.

    This is like me saying Si is comfort, because I only see Si as useful for making things comfortable. But Si leads can do some quirky shit that basically brings the opposite of comfort in my eyes, but is a perfect world for them.
    I see what you're saying! makes sense

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    Ok i reread the cognitive styles article and i definitely use vortical synergetic
    it's definitely kinda chaotic and i don't try to structure anything that much (maybe it reflects itself in how i write). like it says in the article it's very "self-organizing" and i'll let things pop up and i pretty much trust it.
    but sometimes on the inside things seem to make sense but once i try to translate with words, the unstructuredness starts to reveal itself to me and i can see how HP would complement my thinking.
    and i definitely need something to "take away" (reductionist)
    @sbbds
    How does it feel to have HP? in more relatable terms?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chocolatte View Post
    @sbbds
    How does it feel to have HP? in more relatable terms?
    So basically it’s the opposite I guess.

    I like to know how everything works dynamically as a whole and it bothers me when I lack insight on that. For example, at a former company I used to be dispatched to various different branches one by one, and it was only after the 3rd branch that I felt like I grasped how things all worked together. It was because I lacked sufficient stable information, not because I can’t structure the information. I have no trouble with doing that myself.

    Similarly I like to have holistic approximate views of other things and of how the world works as a whole. I can achieve this when it comes to certain topics (S or T topics), but when it comes to complex, dynamic topics that involve human activity (e.g. when I first learned about inflation, I was really confused on whether it meant in a country or all around the world and I still don’t feel like I grasp all the implications of it because everything is so interconnected and dynamic), it can be really difficult for me. I always aim for a simple, objective bird’s-eye view, with just enough complexity to cover nuances enough for it to be really usable and workable with in most circumstances. Any extra, irrelevant information gets cut away first. Next contradictions are identified, and either resolved or the reason for their existence identified and examined. I repeat this until I reach an elegant structure with minimal and simple but strong rules.

    I like to think of HP cognition as being like when you’re at the eye doctor’s and they’re trying out different lenses with differing levels of intensity to see if they fit you. You get several lenses layered on top of one another, and through that see a certain view which includes all of them and the excess gets cancelled out. Or if you layered colored cellophane strips or stained glass windows on top of one another, until only a particular shape/color of light is still able to shine through all of them: the answer.

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    Interesting post. I related to some of it as I'm IEI-Ni, but I am actually good at understanding just how long something will take.

    I do like you saying, Ni sees all perspectives- I think this is part of why our role is very lookalike SEI-ish as diplomats and mediators etc. And ppl in authority often put me in 2nd command no matter where I go (both online and Real life) because they sense how fair I will be because of it. (and also of course assuming we're not incompatible types with each other etc) It sounds like I'm kissing my own ass but it's true- it *is* the awesome strength of four dimensional Ni.

    Also though the dark side is probably why I'd make a bad judge or cop, I'm too soft and see all the underlying dimensions of how people turned out the way they did, instead of just focusing on one action or misdeed they did. For example I always really liked and related to those flashbacks on tv show where you learn just *how* the villain turned out to be such a bitch or prick or whatever. It makes me feel really deeply for them or something... a delta to me would be more like 'what you did was wrong. and you need to be punished for it, because it was wrong.' This doesn't mean that I don't have a sense of justice, and I can feel really enraged sometimes when an ethical mishap happens of course but I always will try to see all the sides of it with Ni instead of just joining the mob with the pitchforks. Te and Fe are basic bitch-y and follow the group with things like that, but Ni doesn't really.

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