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    Quote Originally Posted by pmj85 View Post
    @Glycerine - Interesting. As you may or may not have deduced from the above post (probably not, I could be ranting about anything) I'm currently trying to differentiate between INFJ and ENFJ as my type. It has become glaringly obvious that I use Fe and that I'm N rather than S. The order of my dominant / auxiliary functions is anyone's guess, though.

    That said, I can identify with what you say above. In part, at least.
    I could deduce that you were either ENFJ or INFJ (Fe dom or Ni dom= NFJ). Do you get more energized by your thoughts or by other people?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RevlisZero View Post
    I didn't mean to imply that I come up with a lot of ideas. I'm actually kind of bad at that. When I say I dive into a sea of ideas, I'm not necessarily coming up with a lot of ideas, I'm just trying to focus and think of one good one. The sea metaphor was just to explain that I my thinking doesn't spread outward into many ideas, I'm diving forward and deep, looking for one good idea. It's hard to explain...
    No, it makes sense. I relate. I definitely think it's Ne, though. I relate to the thought process of "The perfect idea is here somewhere... so where the hell is it?" and then hoping to god that it'll come to you in time. That is, if you're trying to be really creative. Otherwise, my brainstorming is like this example:

    Say I need to get my friend a Christmas present. Here's how I brainstorm.
    Have they mentioned in passing anything that they really wanted? Yes.
    Were any of those things in my price range, and/or practical, and/or a good gift idea? Yes, one was practical, but it was very small, so they would want a supplemental gift. Okay, I'll keep that little gift in mind for later.
    How about their interests? What do they like? Ok, they really like "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic". Well, "My Little Pony" toys are all for little kids, and they wouldn't like that, and "My Little Pony" greeting cards suck too -- so maybe I should make them one instead, with a drawing on the front. Ok, that's perfect -- because that way I can mention Bronies, and Bronies are never mentioned in the official memorabilia. Awesome, one item down.
    Oh crap -- turns out I have much less money to use to buy them a present, than I previously thought. Is there anything around the house I could regift? Yeah actually -- there's this thing I had lying around that I remembered that they commented on, that I don't want anymore. Maybe that plus the little gift, plus the homemade card? Yes, excellent!

    /process. Although that ended up being really really Si/Te. So maybe this wasn't a useful post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RevlisZero View Post
    First, state whether you use Ni or Ne (doesn't have to be dominant or auxiliary). How do you come up with ideas? What do you think of brainstorming?

    I think I use Ni more than Ne, but I'm not sure about my type right now. When I come up with a creative solution or idea, I usually wouldn't be able to explain how I came up with it. I just think about it and an idea comes to me. If I like the idea, I might go with that, unless I think I can come up with something better, then I'll keep thinking. I'm not really trying to grasp at many different possibilities and then evaluate them later, it's more like I'm diving into a sea of ideas, searching for the one perfect idea, and when I find it I'll just know that's the one. Though it's not often that I actually find "the one". I usually end up settling for an idea that's good enough, though not really what I'd been searching for.

    I've never really liked brainstorming. To me it just doesn't seem necessary, because if I focus on the kind of idea I'm looking for, I can come up with something creative. I don't really need to make a list of possible ideas, because all I need is one good one. I also don't like writing down every idea I come up with because I like to filter it out right away and only keep it in mind if it's one of the best ideas.
    I'm an Ni dominant. When solving a problem, ideas just kind of come to me. I don't seek them out, but a single solution is just there. I don't really know how else to put it. When a lot of thought is required, it's more like working out solutions to a particular problem or perfecting a particular method than looking for other methods. Ni is deep, not wide. The way I see it, which I'm sure is influenced by being buddies with Te in my personality, is as a bit of a problem-solver. It doesn't come up with questions, but answers. I don't know if that makes any sense, but that's the best way I can think of to define it, at least as I see it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EJCC View Post
    No, it makes sense. I relate. I definitely think it's Ne, though. I relate to the thought process of "The perfect idea is here somewhere... so where the hell is it?" and then hoping to god that it'll come to you in time. That is, if you're trying to be really creative. Otherwise, my brainstorming is like this example:

    Say I need to get my friend a Christmas present. Here's how I brainstorm.
    Have they mentioned in passing anything that they really wanted? Yes.
    Were any of those things in my price range, and/or practical, and/or a good gift idea? Yes, one was practical, but it was very small, so they would want a supplemental gift. Okay, I'll keep that little gift in mind for later.
    How about their interests? What do they like? Ok, they really like "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic". Well, "My Little Pony" toys are all for little kids, and they wouldn't like that, and "My Little Pony" greeting cards suck too -- so maybe I should make them one instead, with a drawing on the front. Ok, that's perfect -- because that way I can mention Bronies, and Bronies are never mentioned in the official memorabilia. Awesome, one item down.
    Oh crap -- turns out I have much less money to use to buy them a present, than I previously thought. Is there anything around the house I could regift? Yeah actually -- there's this thing I had lying around that I remembered that they commented on, that I don't want anymore. Maybe that plus the little gift, plus the homemade card? Yes, excellent!

    /process. Although that ended up being really really Si/Te. So maybe this wasn't a useful post.
    It could be Ne, I still don't know. Anyways, I don't really brainstorm like that. I prefer to just let things happen naturally, but if I have to come up with an idea and there's a deadline, that's about the only time I would actually brainstorm. If I were trying to come up with a present to get someone, it's different for every case, though here's one example:

    She got me a colorful necklace for my birthday. People usually put some of their own personal preference into the gifts they choose for others, so that may imply that a necklace is something she would like to receive as a present. She does seem to be interested in fashion and wears necklaces often, so I think that's a good choice. I'll try to look for one in her style.

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    I'm pretty sure I'm Ni dom, because I'm the worst brainstormer the world has ever seen. Group projects with my ENTP buddy go something like this: she spitballs infinite crazy ideas. I shoot them down, one after another, until some little aspect of her plans just sets off the wheels of my brain, and the answer/plan comes together, all in an instant. Voila. It's magical, but not really, because the answer was waiting there all along. It just had to be found.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RevlisZero View Post
    First, state whether you use Ni or Ne (doesn't have to be dominant or auxiliary). How do you come up with ideas? What do you think of brainstorming?
    I generally don't brainstorm like "you're supposed to". I hate mind maps or anything of that ilk. I really, really hate mind maps, did I mention that? (Like why do I need to make a map of the connections I immediately perceive but cannot describe or define in words?)

    Instead, I make lists of information. I don't make lists of ideas so much, it's more that I make lists of data and questions that pertain to the subject so I can guide my laser-beam thinking. Usually, a solution presents itself on its own once I've processed enough information.

    Actually, a lot of my problem solving involves simply waiting. My unconscious tends to do a lot of assimilating behind my back, so I typically chuck as much stuff down into the chasm as I can and wait for the result. Because of this, I'm sometimes perceived as a little "slow". If you were to ask me to come up with an idea on the spot, my immediate answer is always "I can't, but I can if you give me a few minutes."
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    This is pretty interesting. I think "waiting for things to appear" is probably the closest I could come to articulating my process in this regard. Which is not very close.

    I don't have a sea of self-generated ideas, that's for sure. I'm not very creative in that regard (lack of Ne?). However, I do feel like I have an ocean of all the thoughts, feelings, experiences, images, interactions with people, etc that have ever crossed my mind or heart. And when I need to solve a problem or come up with something...sometimes it can be pretty quick, sometimes it can take ages, but certain of those thoughts/feelings/images/etc will...swim to the surface and unite. And that will be the answer. And the connections will make sense to me, but they probably wouldn't to many people. In fact, sometimes they seem so obvious to me that I'd hardly even call them connections. They just ARE. I think that's how I write poetry too.

    This doesn't make much sense. Sorry.


    EDIT: The "ocean" metaphor might suggest that I can see all the different components swimming about. I can't really. It's more like darkness. And certain thoughts/images start to emerge out of the gloom and get sharper and stronger. And ultimately the ones which will come together and which I will use have a light shining on them in the darkness.
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    Ni aux. Ideas come out of nowhere or they come from external stimuli. I hate brainstorming when it comes to work or important personal decisions (Te and Fi control-freakiness in action).

    Brainstorming's a riot when it comes to something fun!

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    Also, sometimes things take me a very long time to work out because it's like standing way too close to an Impressionist painting. I'm either in the middle of a situation or still too close to it. Everything is confused and blurred and there are a lot of different ways to see it and none of them really make sense. Then gradually...sometimes so frustratingly gradually...I stand farther and farther and farther back. And then I can see the picture properly and it makes sense. I was seeing it all along but not at an angle/distance for it to really make sense.
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    First, state whether you use Ni or Ne (doesn't have to be dominant or auxiliary). How do you come up with ideas? What do you think of brainstorming?
    I use Ni. I tend to come up with ideas with a burst of inspiration, or a sudden realization of how things fit together. Once I have an idea of how a system operates, then I can use it to create whatever my vision is. The inspiration comes from just about any source, philosophical ideas, music, scientific discovery, you name it. I'm not a natural brainstormer per se, I tend to struggle to put down a flurry of ideas on paper, I'd rather think things over and just flow with my train of thought. I like thinking up of ideas in the brainstorming process, but often times it appears more like a netted mess that I have to detangle in order to make sense of it all. Usually my most creative work comes out of having a specific inner vision in mind and to use the resources I have in front of me to turn my vision to reality.

    I tend to mull over my ideas over an extended period of time until I come out with something cohesive, and outline my plans to execute my goals.
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