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    Default S-Practical/N-Theoretical Divide is Nonsense

    Never believed this because I'm strong N and don't walk around talking about theories all day. Meanwhile, a good friend of mine is strong S, and uses a lot of big words to express what could be said far more simply. While exhibiting many S traits, the last thing you would call him is "practical".

    While I think it's harder to tell S/N apart than the other 3, whether someone is "practical" tells you nothing. No idea is practical if it can't be used. The iPhone, bifocals, and light bulb were all invented by strong N's, and are very practical. Difference is they required looking ahead, and this to me is the biggest distinction between S and N - S lives in the moment, N lives in the future, but you can't say one is more practical than the other.

    One of the common traits of ADHD, mostly an N diagnosis, is impending doom. As an N, I can understand this, because I naturally think about how what I'm doing now will impact the future. Many NPs I know are best motivated by work that alters how people will do things in the future, even if it relates to something small - like changing how an industry orders parts from suppliers. Everything can be improved upon. Also noticed many NPs sometimes care a lot less about money if they feel their work will impact the future. Ss on the other hand will be happy making an impact immediately.

    I think this time distinction tells you a lot more about S/N then whether someone discusses theories. Some of that is the result of individual experience, not innate type.

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    Living in the moment = living in the present reality = practical
    Living in the future = living in your mind of what could theoretically happen = theoretical

    You contradict yourself.

    You have many flaws in your arguments. I suggest you research more about the functions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel Tufnel View Post
    Difference is they required looking ahead, and this to me is the biggest distinction between S and N - S lives in the moment, N lives in the future, but you can't say one is more practical than the other.
    It would be hard to type me N or S if you focused on seeing if I live in the present or not. This is because you can't observe me when I'm not around people. When I am around people I tend to live in the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragingkatsuki View Post
    Living in the future = living in your mind of what could theoretically happen = theoretical
    so I guess the light bulb is only a theory then

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel Tufnel View Post
    so I guess the light bulb is only a theory then
    Applying the theory to reality can be done with the use of the Thinking preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nolla View Post
    When I am around people I tend to live in the moment.
    so do most people regardless of S-N preference, I'd rather drink a beer with a friend than envision having a beer with a friend

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragingkatsuki View Post
    Applying the theory to reality is the use of the Thinking preference.
    having the idea in the first place is an N preference

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel Tufnel View Post
    having the idea in the first place is an N preference
    What's the problem? Sensors are down to earth, more practical and traditional. Intuitives dwell into ideas, theories and fantasy and may apply them to reality. But this is a really simplistic distinction between the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel Tufnel View Post
    having the idea in the first place is an N preference
    No... it's really not.
    Especially in adults.

    Adults all have some level of abstracted thinking ability. (Are you telling us ISTJ nuclear engineers don't have ideas and theories about things?)

    It's more a matter of whether someone prefers it, has developed it, and is more comfortable with it than with dealing with sensory information.

    Some people prefer dealing with abstractions and concepts without having to specific the nature of them first, whereas others need to make things concrete more often in order to understand and apply knowledge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ragingkatsuki View Post
    Intuitives dwell into ideas, theories and fantasy
    which would suggest that Ss don't like science fiction, and that even then, they like it much more than I do

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