This is a discussion on Have you ever seen through an N's eyes? within the ISFJ Forum - The Nurturers forums, part of the SJ's Temperament Forum- The Overseers category; Originally Posted by ertertwert It's a lot of fun and I wish everyone could do it. Hint: that was mostly ...
Is it really that intriguing on either side!??
I still have difficulty understanding N's. I wish I did understand them because I know I'd be able to see so many things I miss on a daily bases, Such as what people are really like and I could understand so much more. It would save me a lot of frustration and uncertainty that I feel about the future and the world around me. I'd be a lot less 'clueless'. But at the same time when I really look into things I cant help but feel overwhelmed with so much information that I dont know what to do with it all. I usually feel like retreating but my need to 'do something' about everything and anything results in me choosing the most feasible action possible to make the world better or at least my world and just go with it. Does anyone else relate to this?
Well, ISFJ's get inferior Ne. That's something N!
As for what goes on in my mind when I use Ni... well...
One example for me would be this... It's an idealized vision, a vision that is tangible, almost as if you're dreaming while awake. You actually see things in your mind, as if it were a dream. It's imagination for us, I believe. When we're young, we have very active imaginations.
As we grow, our Ni gets put to use in daily life. I think there's two roads INFJ's go down...
1) conceptualizing an ideal version of reality and wishing it were true (perhaps even implementing it)
2) modeling their Ni around reality as they perceive it to be... so Ni becomes less judgmental and instead, tries to construct itself to find hidden truths about the nature of the world around us
I am a number 2 type INFJ. I seek to understand, not to implement my ideal. Now, I might use type 1 Ni for goals in my life, and a type 1 may use type 2 Ni for an understanding of specific things.
I think type 2 Ni is a more advanced manifestation of the function; because it relies on the use of other functions, namely Se and Ti. Data is taken internally, it either fits with the Ni model or it does not. If it does not, the Ni model may require re-evaluation and change. If it does fit with the Ni model, then we immediately understand that data, why it occurred and so on...
I am an ISFJ who is borderline S/N and F/T. My mom is a INFJ who is borderline N/S. Growing up with an INFJ mother, I have had to learn to wrap my brain around things that most ISFJs don't have to until later in life. I have always been more adept at understanding (things). I can kind of shift my mind to think differently or alter my perceptions of things(whether physically or metaphorically).
I almost always understand N's, however N's usually struggle to understand me. It generally takes them a very long time to even begin to scratch the surface. With S's I am usually well understood, however some high S's have difficulty understanding me.