So I figured I'd get the best responses by asking the most intuitive thinkers here
As a sensor, I'm trying to wrap my mind around the idea of thinking in metaphors, analogies, and symbols. I think about these in classic literature, within movies, or historical patterns. I don't find it too difficult to notice recurring themes that are representative of a symbol, but it takes me a bit more time to put the pieces together.
In high school lit class, I had to work very hard to understand some of the more challenging themes within the books and the superficial metaphors, imagery, and analogies were easiest for me to pick up on-- definite sensing use. When I was in college, math and logic were difficult and now I know why. I obviously struggle with symbolic thinking, but I'd like to improve or learn how to see the world in a more abstract manner because I'm considering a career change that might require additional schooling.
A lot of intuitives tell me that they're able to make logical leaps and tend to be "all over the place" when thinking before they arrive to their final conclusion. My functions are rather linear, similar to a food chain. I go from one, to the next, to the next. It can be painstaking because I have a tendency to move through my thoughts in this manner instead of considering other ideas. I can't even imagine how intuitives think or what these leaps might look like.
How do you "read between the lines"? what's considered abstract or symbolic thinking? When you are conscious of it, how would you describe what is happening?