Hi, i'm having some doubts as wheter i might use more Si or more Ni.
I'm going to tell you about some situations, and i hope you might be able to tell, from there, what i'm using more:
1)I'm writing some lines about some things i know, or i remember, or i might have studied in the past.
Probably there's some kind of scheme inside me, i mean if i remember something then that something would lead me to another something, and so on...that's how i remember things.
But each time i remember something, that scheme must be rebuilt...it doesn't seem to be very rigid.
I've read a thread that says that Ni relies on the past as well, but while Si organized datas in a kind of “library”, Ni is more flexible, and works like a browser spider.
My own impression is that i'm working more like a browser, estabilishing links on the moment..but i might be mistaken.
2)Going to a restaurant.
Let's rule out any “whim phase” (e.g. At a given moment i feel i want pizza, and i will go eating pizza, unless the other possibilities are more convincing – but they really have to be!).
In general, if i were to decide about wheter to go on a new or an old place, i'd like to know what both of them do, and then i'd choose.I'm not for going in an old place because it is the place i know, but if the old place does a dish i like, and the new doesn't, i'd probably prefer going to the old place.
I'd also prefer ordering food i know as a general rule – partially out of traditionalism, but mostly because i wouldn't like to waste my money.
However, i'm also fairly open to new dishes and new stuff...i mean, i know some people who are very much for eating what they usually eat, and dislike trying something new, i've tried going out with them, and their interest as far as food goes were far more limited than mine...so i think i'm not that traditionalist in the end.
3)Remembering the past – details.
I'd say that i don't remember too much of the past – but the few things i remember, i remember vividly.But those vivid images are rather blurry and not precise, mostly remembering only a striking feature, and not the whole picture, and especially not it's details.
I enjoy reading about it, though my interest is more motivated by finding the patterns, and how and why things evolved in a certain way.
In another thread that was aimed at explaining cognitive functions, there was an example about a cake.It went (hope to remember it correctly) somehow like that:
Ne:What if we put almonds in the cake next time?
Si:Oh no, the last time we tried to do so the result was horrible!
Ni:Cakes...during eighteenth century they were eated as part of a meal, now we eat them as a dessert at the end of it, how and when will they be eaten in the future?
While thinking about history, or about the present situation, i often think in a way that's more similar to the one of the “Ni” in the example i've mentioned.
Sometimes i have “a-ha” moments, where i combine past datas and images – especially in dreams – and the result is that those past images changes their meaning or, more frequently, creates something with a completely new meaning.
It does happen fairly often, and it looks like it's one of my favourite ways to overcome problems, if they're not strictly pratical ones.
I also have some deja-vu moments, but i don't experience them now as much as i've used to.
Oh i'm afraid this is rather long-winded and confusing post – i tried my best to write this in a decent way, but i think i wasn't really successful :( - but sometimes the things i've mentioned were a bit difficult to describe and recall even for me...well, hope you can understand it anyway.
Thanks for your attention, and feel free to ask questions if you need :).