It sometimes a blessing and a curse having an internal dominant IN hey, as you and I are the only two types on the planet that have it. About a month ago I called the ending of the TV series Damages that just wrapped up on Wednesday, and a few people had to concede that it made sense for me to be bored with watching the rest of the show play out because I had connected the dots. The S types were kinda blown away and didn't get how I could do that, and I, as a cocky bastard that I am, got to do a gloat fest of "I told you so's" while everyone was annoyed with the cockiness. I think that's a good example of how, at least our IN, works in comparison to others...a mental leap made ages ago that waits to be confirmed while others just simply don't make the connection because it's made outside of the physical sensory world. It's especially true with S type humor as opposed to N type humor, like a sharp divergence in what we find really funny compared to each other. N's prefer understatment and S's prefer slapstick, which makes sense.
I see this of INXP types too. Their attitude to want to wait until it actually happens, so that Si will reflect on it. Ss want to be completely sure of the fact. ESXPs so they can act according to how they feel about the situation. ISXJ so they can securely reflect upon something they believe is worth it. I'm an INTJ and I believe it is worth reflecting upon as just a possibility, so you, like me, have learned to train just this Ni ability to see trends in our Je functions after the reflection. Ni reminds me of Si + some imagination to create an outer model. That's how I at least think of it.
Don't tell S types that, they'll just get pissed at you, although that's almost it as I think, N = S plus imagination all at once, where the physical world is taken for granted like a ceterus paribus. I have no Si in my four functions, only a 4th place Se, and almost completely oblivious to the physical reality of the world, as that Si is taken for granted altogether, at least for me.
Yes, although we're personalities so having both N and a bit of S can make it confusing to differentiate between the two while just examining behavior. I'm sure a lot goes in for aid, and what comes out can be better seen.
to create an outer model apart from the reality of the physical sensory world, is absolutely the case for the Ni distinction that waits to confirm it's model. Well put! Not really clues or hints, but huge ideological patterns not based on the senses at all.