I recognize Ne right away, with the implied third dimension added. Ne is even a 4D experience for me - when I think deeply or shut out sensory stimuli, my inner world rapidly expands outward into a vast, new space - like the Big Bang. From there, thoughts and speculations branch out, cluster and multiply, continually knitting, unraveling and reknitting patterns across the expanding void. I really love it, but haven't learned to harness its potential.Picture A is Ne. (basicly this is 3d version of what BC posted)
Picture C is Ni when it's job is finished. But in reality this is 3 dimensional picture. For example that third dimension can be time.
In theory you can connect all of the dots with all dots but that is impossible to create because that plan couldn't be placed into motion. (because of practicality I will skip the explanation why this is the case)
Instead my brain gives my exactly the right "order" of how dots should be connected. But the most important things is that all connection are made in two directions.
So the case that third dimension is time you can go up and down on this web. Up is future , down is past. I think you can imagine that there is layer upon layer od connected dots that look similar to each other and similar as a picture C. So when you create a connection between two layers you are forseing into the future or past. Also you can create an "artificial" level between levels where you can check if the connection is right / good.
What Ni allows you to pick up aare facts/events in the past and drive it through present into the future. So what Ni is trying to do is grasping a chain reaction of which other people are not even aware of.
When it is just a one series of events then people can grasp it but if there is 10 interconnected events that are not even geographically close or similar in nature most people will fail in grasping it. They will probably not even realize that there is a connection.
And since people can't grasp it they treat it as magic or something like that.
Of course this is Ni with alot of Te (just to be clear).
Basicly this is why Ni-doms tend to look so confused most of the time.
This is because you are not providing exact cordinated in that web with layers. By that I mean we have a huge problem placing things into the context since you are just providing facts that are not connected with anything. What means that if I give you my answer it would not hold any real value (to me of course) since it is not connected to the "web of reality" and as such it is just a "pointless" speculation.
Despite the fact that you've described my least used function in conjunction with my shadow function, this makes some sense to me. However, given the way Ne works for me, any sense of intuitive 'order' or directionality is still a challenge for me to grasp. Nonetheless, the 'chain of events' analogy helps me visually bridge the gap between the basic refining and narrowing function of Ni and its ability to 'see' future events. So Ni hones in on the most salient events (no matter when/where they occur), connects/relates them in the appropriate order/timeline and perceives their trajectory from there? I think I have a rough theoretical understanding, though I can still hardly relate to it.
It would be amazing to be able to just pluck these linear connections from my nebulous, amorphous Ne world. That said, the lack of (conscious) context must be frustrating when the reasons for your conclusions cannot be verbalized. Sometimes the certainty of the INTJs I know can be baffling to me when they don't adequately explain their reasons. Maybe I will give them the benefit of the doubt more often.
In that case, I feel both Ni and Ti related frustrations a lot. Thank you for illustrating how I 'experience' Ni. I guess I don't really notice its presence. Just its absence.As an INFP, using the archetypes, the OP should look for Ni to come up when being very critical and grumpy about stuff. Like perhaps the underlying meaning of life, or various situations the direction things are heading, etc. Ti would be something that might irritate you (impersonal analysis of the theories for its own sake, and not for understanding self/helping others?) And then you use it to try to undo others' Ti conclusions, like proving them inconsistent. (We could say, Victor is last-place Ti incarnate?)