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    Do any other NFs over analyze academic test questions?

    In other words, do you try to tap into the test maker's mind in order to figure out if they are trying to trick you? Or do you even go a step further and anticipate that they were going to anticipate you knowing that they were trying to trick you?

    Common sense and simplicity is almost always the answer.

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    Yep, I do this, sometimes it results in ass-kicking results, and other times it consumes too much time and unnecessary thought for a seemingly (though, to the prof. actual), simple question.

    The best way to do well on a test is to assess your teacher's intelligence, perspectives and styles.

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    yes in 10th grade annual exams in the rush/anxiety of 1-2 days before the exams i did 100-200 pages of most probable essay type math questions by rote (in my own guess out of a 1000 page book) and when i saw the same questions come in the paper i wrote down the entire 2 page solutions per question without any long divisions or even refering to trigo tables or sin cos tables to get values in decimals of degrees. LOL my math teacher called me specially during the checking and asked me why there was no rough work done anywhere on the answer sheet to derive values or simplify divisions/fractions! she was astounded when i told her i had read into 'her style' of thinking and memorized specific questions and even table values for them which she then cross-checked by asking me a few on the spot and getting the replies!

    later i heard she would narrate my story in different sections and years that here is a boy who learns math by prediction of questions and intuitive memory ! lol

    i guess analyzing the examiners mind really helps to limit and focus the study on most probable areas.. just that math isn't a good area to apply this on... she subtracted 1 mark per question for no rough work bah maybe i should have memorized the rough work too :P

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    No. I quickly go into a feedback loop like a microphone aimed at its own speaker if I start thinking that way, so I happily leave all of my intuition about intentions at the subconscious level.
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    Yes. I often don't guess correctly what people mean, in tests and other situations. It's the main reason people say I have no common sense.

    For example, when I had the psychiatric interview assessment for ADHD, I was asked 'do you think you have more energy than other people?', and I incorrectly said no, because I'm aware of no net difference in the amount of glucose in my body (although according to brain scans it is often distributed differently within the brain). With retrospect I can think of at least three things wrong with that interpretation, lol. What he actually meant was 'do you feel like you have more energy available for movement or more need to make use of available energy than other people seem to?'

    I don't know if that's because I'm an NF though. Impulsivity, and difficulty piecing together and holding in mind lots of incoming information in situations probably contribute a lot. I can figure out the most likely explanation for questions when I've had time and space to think the context through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by compulsiverambler View Post
    I don't know if that's because I'm an NF though. Impulsivity, and difficulty piecing together and holding in mind lots of incoming information in situations probably contribute a lot. I can figure out the most likely explanation for questions when I've had time and space to think the context through.
    When your AD/HD characteristics are properly treated so that your social perception can function normally, then your NF will be able to blossom. Right now, you're metaphorically a flower who's been kept in the dark and never known a bee. I encourage you to continue seeking solutions to that.
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    I wouldn't call it overananalysis if it leads to the correct answer...
    Actually, doing this I'm sure helps N's a lot in any abstract subject.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SciVo View Post
    When your AD/HD characteristics are properly treated so that your social perception can function normally, then your NF will be able to blossom. Right now, you're metaphorically a flower who's been kept in the dark and never known a bee. I encourage you to continue seeking solutions to that.
    Thanks. I am do so.

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    I tried to do this all the time, all throughout school. Sometimes sucessfully, sometimes not.
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    Yes sometimes. That's when my Ti hits into overdrive.

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