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    I think mostly with mental imagery. Even when there's a conversation, I often tend to imagine the words spoken as images...as if they are being typed in my brain.

    When I visualize things or events that are not present in my view, it's as if I'm in an internal movie. When I listen to certain kinds of music, I'm more easily able to imagine my own movie scenes that are subjective and in no way related to the music, and so it becomes totally abstract.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    By brother (ISFP), used to remember phone-numbers by how he dialed them (when he was 7-8 years old). We all thought it was cute (he's the baby in the family).
    * That's how I remember numbers & codes (bank account numbers ) too. So for e.g. if a keypad is different from the one I normally use (e.g laptop row vs numpad), I'd normally screw up the input. If I'm asked to recite the numbers, I'd screw it up too, unless I do the air-typing Randomnity does.

    I think about people rarely in concrete words. My mind sees people in something akin to flashes and swathes of colour and forms that may not be anything like their physical self. Someone strongly emotional (even online) I'd almost physically feel as a wash over me and I'd fight not to take on their colour. Shades of them may remind me of someone else and the figures overlap then. When I'm not forcing myself to focus, I could call someone by a different name because of the overlaps

    If given a concrete problem at work, I see it in multi-dimensions, as part of a free-form lego structure to draw an analogy, where how it is meant to be/how I want it to be is the open bone structure, and the tools and pieces are in different shapes and colours, and i fiddle around with them like tetris blocks to get them into the structure.

    Objects are in terms of sensations - e.g. when you say "book", I'll get an indelible smell of old paper and ink and feel the fragile edge of a page under my fingers.

    Actions bring about the same - sensations. e.g. "dance" brings about the smell of hardwood floors, the physical cold of a studio, the memory of curving into a partner, the blankness of mind when the music takes over and I don't even see myself in the mirror, but as a flame reflection in colour, of the music.

    When I have to verbalise things is when I draw upon language to "interprete" what my mind sees. It is not always enough.

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    Usually when I'm spacing out I think in images, and when I'm more anxious I think in scenarios much like Silently Honest said.

    When I'm "in touch" with the world I usually think in words. Since I'm much more used to thinking in images and being anxious, it's actually a refreshing change of pace. I love thinking in images and abstraction, sure, but I know I can have complex thoughts that can be articulated in words. Having a simple thought is a nice feeling, too.
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    I usually think in words, as written in a book or spoken. Past experiences (of my own) are described in third person and written down in my head. I think it's quite seldom I think in pictures - there would have to be a reason to stray from the inner voice and the constant ticker tape behind the eyes with all experience typed on it. Maybe I can visualize something from the words, but the words come before the picture if I'm not dreaming.

    I also think in scenarios, but these scenarios are mostly dialogue with no real imagery going on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randomnity View Post
    I think in videos when thinking about events or relationships with people, and overall pictures/impressions/patterns/concepts when thinking about other things. There might be a word here and there but not ordered phrases or anything.

    For instance, I wouldn't think "hmm, I wonder if so and so had a good time at the party"...I would picture their actions in my head and form an overall impression of their feelings, without actually thinking up words for it.

    I suspect this is why I often have trouble putting words to thoughts. I kinda thought most people were like that though....I mean, images are so much faster than words to think with...
    This describes how I think accurately! Do you get the video thing when you read? It's like watching a movie to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aelan View Post

    * That's how I remember numbers & codes (bank account numbers ) too. So for e.g. if a keypad is different from the one I normally use (e.g laptop row vs numpad), I'd normally screw up the input. If I'm asked to recite the numbers, I'd screw it up too, unless I do the air-typing Randomnity does.

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    I was the same way back before cell phones & programmed numbers. I used to remember the pictures or pattern the numbers made on the phone. If you asked my what someone's number was specifically, I probably would have to look at the phone to figure out the numbers associated with the picture/pattern I had remembered.

    When I listen to certain kinds of music, I'm more easily able to imagine my own movie scenes that are subjective and in no way related to the music, and so it becomes totally abstract.
    Same here. I actually don't like to watch music videos because I already made the video in my head & it doesn't always match up with the actual video. Kinda ruins it for me. I can listen & "watch" music for hours though because of this, though.

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    I suppose a lot of people remember things by how they use their fingers. It seems like the most effective way to lean to type.

    It was just so different, the way my brother remembered phone numbers, that we thought it was cute. No put-down was intended. It worked real well.

    Remember the little girl who won the junior high spelling-bee a few years ago...

    She used to put her hands over her mouth and mouth out the words, before she spelled them out.

    She was so different that she had a South Park character modeled after her, but there was no doubting it was an effective technique (despite what NLP experts say about visual spellers being more effective).

    So to different modalities. It is part of what makes us unique.

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    I'm thinking something's wrong with me now, I think exclusively in words and I hear them all. Unless I'm doing something that involves focus, words are all I hear through my head on a continuous basis. I have trouble sleeping as a result.

    What I'd like to know though is what people (mainly introverts) are pursuing when they think and what words they use. Just to discern the differences between Si, Ni, Ti and Fi.

    For example if you were just sitting on a bus, what thoughts would run through your heads and what function would you tie that in with?
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    I think in words. I actually remember transferring over from non-word thinking to word thinking as a little girl. I think I was pre-school age. I felt a little sad about it, like I was being closed out of something. I also remember when I started not being able to see words without reading them. That wasn't as sad, for some reason.
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    I answered "not through words", tho it's probably what I think in the most. I think my list in order of prevalence..

    -First in words, but in self-speak, not finnish, english or anything I know. I feel it's close enough to real languages that little is lost in translation. I do find that I'll naturally write rather verbosely if I try to capture the essence of my thoughts.
    -Second, as graphical representations of functions.. I picture in my mind how some variable will be affected by another, and what the resulting function will look like.
    -third, memorizations and imaginations of myself in some experience and how it makes me feel.. sounds, feelings, smells.. these are as much data as they constitute everything that I truly desire.
    -fourth, as commonly accepted symbols. Every language has rules as to how to handle the symbols, rules to forming new expressions, new truths. It is exact, ideally flawless, can't describe everything, and it's relevance to real world must be verified in other ways. I use this kind of thinking when I want to be damn sure about something. Then I think like a computer (or attempt to), or use pencil and papre. I essentially make a conceptual model of some real thing, do my thinking with symbols, and then return the result to the real world. It's very much like engineering.
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