That irony is pointed out in the MBTI literature as well. I think introverted smelling could be like using gingerbread candles when taking a bubble bath, and it just not being the same without them. I think Si internalizes specific sensory experiences and recreates them. I think it is also a function that can tell when something detailed is out of place, or will go to great lengths to get the correct type of cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving dinner. My impression is that it is a function used in a lot of music performers I interact with. They know exactly how a piece of music should be executed down to the last nuance and recreate it as such. I notice it in some of my students, who quickly internalize sensory aspects of playing piano, and if it is internalized incorrectly, it is harder for them to correct it, but if internalized correctly, it remains more solid than average.
I think the character Monk uses strong Si-Te when he notices every detail at a crime scene and can describe any minutia that is out of place. He then switches to Ni when he says, "I don't know how he did it, but that's the guy".
Thanks for the reply. To me that sounds like you're describing 'memory'; specifically 'motor memory' when you're talking about piano.
It seems to me that the term Si is used in order to complete the MBTI theory, with poor results. If it's really just sensation-based memories, then I don't see how it can be dichotomously opposed to 'intuition'.
To me, Si is...
managing an archive full of interesting facts
the one checking which of Ne's ideas are recurring
the one telling me I've solved the problem before - after I've found a new, more inefficient solution and when it's too late to restart
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I see Si as some kind of back record of everything that individual person has ever seen/experienced/learned/etc, and it was recorded through their eyes and judged with Te or Fe, which means it carries some personal bias (just as every introverted function is subjective). That info is in some kind of library that Te or Fe has organized, and every tiny detail/fact/past feeling/etc is quickly looked up and referred to when needed. New things take effort for Fe & Te categorize, and Si perceives better in retrospect, hence a tendency to stick with the tried-and-true.
In any case, people with Si have a memory for detail that amazes me, but sometimes, you see how it comes out through their own perspective and is not entirely accurate.
"Charlotte sometimes dreams a wall around herself. But it's always with love - So much love it looks like everything else. Charlotte Sometimes - So far away, glass sealed and pretty." - The Cure
My impression is that it is a function used in a lot of music performers I interact with. They know exactly how a piece of music should be executed down to the last nuance and recreate it as such. I notice it in some of my students, who quickly internalize sensory aspects of playing piano, and if it is internalized incorrectly, it is harder for them to correct it, but if internalized correctly, it remains more solid than average.
Really interesting, though Si is really one of those functions I think I don't really understand
I like to make music, and I think one of the most important things about making music is that you have to know how something sounds before you play it. It's a bit hard to describe, but it's like the idea of something you are going to do is already there and all that remains is its execution. I'm not really sure though if this actually has something to do with Si, which is supposed to be past-oriented (and which made me a bit suspicious towards it since I don't think of myself as being very past-oriented).
And is it Si+Ne that makes me say, "This reminds me of something ..." so often, or is it just Ne?