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    Default I Have An Amazing Memory

    I remember actual physical details from my early childhood, things like looking at the wall, the clothes hamper, what our dogs were like, the clothes that I had, etc. I have a vivid sensory memory.

    I remember things that very occasionally other people either don't remember, or are very unhappy that I do recall, and so try to deny it. And to me, what I'm remembering is so stupidly matter of fact that I can't believe they'd even deny it, unless they have a head injury or a drug/drink problem of epic proportions. You know, things that have happened in the last three to five years, really common sense stuff, nothing obscure.

    My ESFJ friend once marvelled that I could repeat back things that just happened or were just said with stunning accuracy, she's like "it's almost like rain man."

    My mother refers to me as "the walking dictionary/encyclopedia."

    I've even noticed when I'm telling people something, I'll sometimes throw in other related facts.

    Is this related to being Sensing dominant? It's not Si. Si is not memory, and I did think I must have Si for a very long time because of the sharpness of my sensory memory, but this would be improbable in an ENFP who rejects Si for the first part of life.

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    Despite your wishes of an alternative explanation, strong socionics Si is my guess.


    I'm new to the theory, though.

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    perhaps cognitive abilities are simply proportionate to the development of various structures in the brain so you could have a good visual recall and that would not be "contradictory" to whatever parts of your personality you do not see that to be integrative with
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marmotini View Post
    It's not Si. Si is not memory, and I did think I must have Si for a very long time because of the sharpness of my sensory memory, but this would be improbable in an ENFP who rejects Si for the first part of life.
    Why do you think it not Si? I had thought Si was related to memory. I honestly have given up on functions as being really that useful, but that was my understanding of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jontherobot View Post
    Despite your wishes of an alternative explanation, strong socionics Si is my guess.


    I'm new to the theory, though.
    I don't have wishes of an alternative explanation. I type myself as ISFp in Socionics.

    HOWEVER, I'm talking about Jungian Si.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Why do you think it not Si? I had thought Si was related to memory. I honestly have given up on functions as being really that useful, but that was my understanding of it.
    Si isn't memory. It's kind of a ...world view.

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    Although a clear attribution of memory to one function is unrealistic, the type of memory you mention is most likely Se, in my opinion. To my knowledge, Si builds up a worldview of how they think/feel about past sensory details, whereas in the OP you are mention imagery such as looking at the wall etc. Seriously though, not everything is related to typology... you simply just have a great memory. So do I, and Si is apparently my last function. If you used these memories to aim for consistency in the present, or trying to acquire similar situations from the past, then perhaps it is Si. It's what you do with it and your motivations.

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    Well, one thing to remember (ha) is that we will remember things that are important or vivid to us.

    I have some occassional strong details that stick in my head, but not nearly as many details as internal subject states as well as ideas. I remember ideas, and I remember how I positioned myself to the ideas, and even sometimes some of the emotions attached to that experience.

    I never really focus much on external sensory cues, except as pointers to my inner world and processes, unless the detail was vivid to me BECAUSE it was so strongly impacting the inner. I've tried to memorize extremely sensations and just have a hard time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer View Post
    Well, one thing to remember (ha) is that we will remember things that are important or vivid to us.
    Well, SOB... What is wrong with me then!? How come I can remember my class schedules from 6th grade to 12th grade!? Like that's important... Although, I guess I remember those and not K-5 because of hallway interactions. In K-5 we never left the classroom except at lunch and for gym... But 6-12 we changed classrooms and I can remember who I walked to class with and stuff like that. I guess perhaps it's not so much that I remember the class schedule, so much as I remember the details of heading to certain classes, therefore it's easier to remember the schedule?


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    We all have great memories, and everyone else are ignorant buffoons for not recalling things as we remember them. Memory is subjective to the individual.

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