Imagine if you will, 3 students in an art class:
li & Ni
They are tasked with drawing a scenery, perhaps of a dinner table.
lina, who you are most used to identifying with (as an ISFP), depicts every detail of a spaghetti bowl:
But to her left - there's Ne
li, who is doing what Se
lina finds unthinkable - leaving the details out, sketching objects that carry in some of the attributes & properties of the original, but quite lacking in others. It is now merely a composition of particularly long interweaving objects:
lina thinks, this is a very poor depiction of a spaghetti bowl.
But in Ne
li's pofolio, there has already once being a drawing containing long interweaving objects:
li combines the two, and creates something altogether new:
li didn't create it from nothing, it's merely that for her, both images of both items - the spaghetti bowl and the octopus - had stages that lacked just enough details to the point of being associative of one another.
For the rest of the dinner table, Se
lina goes on putting a dot for every detail:
But to Se
lina's right, Ni
gel seems to be doing something rather odd. Ni
gel is not yet ready to look at the details, first, he needs to know where to put them:
He focuses on the subject, marking the patterns he knows - each a composition of lines superseding the details.
Perhaps a human dining at the table:
Slowly but surely, Ni
gel collects his patterns and places them one one on the other, until he feels confident that he knows where every detail goes:
And gradually, Ni
gel's grand vision emerges:
lina observed Ne
li and Ni
gel doing was merely that in each case, they delayed taking notice of the details and particulars, and thus created intermediary stages in the process in which the few details that they had generated shapes that would otherwise be masked by the particular details: Ne
li took that washed out detail-less image she had and looked in her storage of matching shapes to bring in details that were not associated with the image beforehand, and Ni
gel saw the details forming into lines and shapes that helped him see in what places do the details go. In both cases, the patterns come into mental existence by having stages in which the details are removed.