I've recently been thinking about the MBTI cognitive functions and how they apply to day-to-day life. And I was wondering about this:
Today, I was watching a TV show about unusual deaths, and was saddened to hear of a blind, bedridden old hermit starving to death after his caretaker was killed in an accident. As I imagined the scenario in my head, I realized it could work for an interesting story idea.
Likewise, I was in a sociology class, and I learned that some people on Death Row had to wait DECADES for their sentence to be carried out. I was wondering what on earth these people were doing between then and their sentence, and I ended up--somewhat jokingly--coming up with the conclusion that the government was using them for unethical experiments (y'know, coz they it wouldn'tve mattered anyway). Whether or not this is actually true, I realized this would make an interesting idea for a story, and offered the idea as a solution in a story he's been struggling to write.
Sometimes I'll get ideas on my own; I remember a few semesters earlier, I was reading about Foucault's "Panopticon", and I ended up using aspects from that writing to design the motive and plan for a villain in a story I had been working on.
I'm pretty sure that this is an Intuitive function; it is based off of a processed, imagined 'idea' rather than a sensory fact. And often, I will also get flashes of this inspiration in my thought processes in the shower; when I am not distracted by having to think, my mind will be wandering and make some sort of realization about something I'm thinking about, and I'll all of a sudden go "Hey...that'd make an interesting song/story/project!" The same thing will happen to me when I'm about to fall asleep, and my mind is wandering, and sometimes I'll like an idea that I come up with so much that I'll actually get up and write it down before being able to go back asleep (coz I don't want to forget the idea!)
Now...I don't know whether it's Extraverted or Intraverted, however; I seem to get inspiration from both my exterior AND my interior worlds. I suppose this would make sense, seeing as I tested RIGHT on the cusp between INFJ and INFP.
What do you guys think? Ni or Ne?