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    Default Signs of Ni

    Alright, here's the dealio. I find most functions relatively easy to spot. There are some telltale signs of each function. However, though I understand what Ni is, I find it really hard to actually point it out. I pretty much never say things like "oh that guy's using Ni" though I can do it with the other functions. Can you guys point out some things that Ni specifically users say or do the should serve as clues to us?
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    lol Really? Nothing?
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    I don't know what to say really. We're often as surprised as the next person to find out somebody is Ni-dom. I just found out one friend of mine is INTJ, and I never would've guessed it before, although it makes sense now.

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    Sometimes I look for what's missing, not what's there.

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    I can't really tell. I mean, I think I could identify Ni like characteristics when discussing something in depth, but I don't think it's readily observable on a casual basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ginkgo View Post
    Sometimes I look for what's missing, not what's there.
    I'm not sure I understand what you mean.

    In Basic Economics Thomas Sowell (INTJ would be my guess) says that in some cases the best way to undestand what a thing does is to look at what happens when it is absent. Are you saying that when someone is talking/writing in a very iNtuitive manner but not obviously using Ne, that is how you tell that it's Ni at work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SD45T-2 View Post
    I'm not sure I understand what you mean.

    In Basic Economics Thomas Sowell (INTJ would be my guess) says that in some cases the best way to undestand what a thing does is to look at what happens when it is absent. Are you saying that when someone is talking/writing in a very iNtuitive manner but not obviously using Ne, that is how you tell that it's Ni at work?
    Deduce from other functions that aren't as present.

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    Process of elimination, in other words.
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    I see that they often use a lot of symbolisms and archetypal patterns such as fictional characters (which often represent common archetypes).
    These are the internalized conceptual blueprints that the Ni perspective often references.
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    I think that there can be a tendency to use metaphoric language.

    It seems to be very hard to pin down, though. There is little external visibility to its workings and I don't at all buy the sort of "the eyes have it" theories.
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