One of my personal mottos is that there is a time and a place for everything. Every one of our "cognitive functions" has places where it's valuable, and wisdom entails recognizing exactly when and where we should use each one, drawing upon the strengths of all possible approaches. I suppose this is how a Perceiver can be seen as well-organized but still prefers to keep plans open and explore possibilities, for example.
I suppose, then, that our preferences come to light (1) when we are drawn to certain environments and situations that allow us to use our natural skills, or (2) when we find functions at odds with each other and have to decide upon an approach, either consciously or subconsciously.
Coming up with examples of the former is easy. Feelers are drawn to occupations that allow them to deal with other people; Si-users can, for the most part, actually create a routine and stick with it; and so on. To this end, I suppose I have the most apparent preference between sensing and intuition, although even this has relaxed itself recently. Specifically, the conflict appears to be best described as a conflict between Ne and Si. In short, I sometimes don't pay enough attention to the details in my environment enough to be able to recall them later; I often daydream and play with random connections of ideas inspired by my environment.
We've had a lot of discussion on that, practically beating it to death, so I'd like to talk about the latter. So, functions at war.
This is when we're faced with life situations or even small decisions that could be approached from a variety of perspectives; it's also when our preferences become apparent.
Have you ever noticed conflicting internal advice from "functions telling you what to do"?
Exactly when do you find your preferences actually manifesting themselves out of the ashes of a conflict between approaches dictated by different functions?
Does this phenomenon even actually occur?