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    Quote Originally Posted by Wind-Up Rex View Post
    I've always had a definite sense of the contours of my own life. It's more than just planning for the future, it's like a sense of knowing how the future is meant to unfold.

    I like your choice of the word "flow" simply because it really strikes on something true to my experience. I feel I'm most successful as a creator when my work is inspired by more than my own logical capacities. I rarely "think" so much as wait for something to emerge from that quiet, connected space, and then develop what needs to be in order to actualize it. There's a definite flow to it. If you're not open to these intuitions then you have to work so much harder. It's like the wind is never with you. When it is, though, the idea has it's own force and gravity: it possesses the elemental quality that enables true transformation.
    This is a decent description. For me, I actually see my future - it is very visual. If I can get it to stay still long enough, I can examine it to confirm whether it is really the future I want, and to get information necessary for making it a reality. Oddly, I can also see the past through the future. I can imagine how the present moment will look 3 or 5 or 10 years from now. Sometimes those moments embed in my memory such that I can remember and cross-check them later. Of course, the actual memory is now influenced by the "pre-memory" in a way that is hopelessly entangled. In any case, it feels almost eerie when I do that.

    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    I like ideas, innovation, new ways of doing things, constantly improving things. I'm open to a lot of perspectives and do spend a fair bit of time thinking what might be likely to happen in the future, with the occasional "inspiration" in that regard. However, all of this in service of practical implementation.
    I agree with this also.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wind-Up Rex View Post
    I think it's perhaps because I'm an Ni-aux. Introverted intuition is more of a tool--something I can choose to tap into or not--than a way of life. I think for the Ni-doms that really walk those paths, asking them what it's like is akin to being made to articulate what's distinctive to the experience of being in their own skin. Everything? Nothing? What the hell are you even asking me to explain?

    Te's pretty skeptical of the most magical parts of Ni, so it will typically yank down the wall to see what are the facts the intuitive wiring's connecting. Understanding the assumptions allows greater manipulation of the system, which in turn permits more efficient execution. Otoh, Te as a tool of dominant Ni seems to be more of a navigational tool, discerning and discriminating the most relevant path in a place where all are interlocked and intersected without time or direction.
    Perhaps related to the highlighted, it is often difficult for me to view Ni visions head-on and directly. They lurk in my peripheral vision, while an item of deliberate focus occupies the center of my field of view. If I try to look directly, they can slip away like that fawn in the garden. I have learned this means that they are not ready yet. I go do something else and give them more time. Te must be used gently at this point. Eventually, it is the core of the translator into the public arena, as well as the agent for vetting, measuring, and implementing.

    In response to the OP question, I cannot choose. Practice without theory is rudderless. Theory without practice is useless. In my profession, I work at the intersection of theory and practice, which has been an ideal fit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by INTP View Post
    theoretical about practicality, ENTJ leaning more to practicality side and INTJ to theoretical
    This

    ETA: also, I suppose, practical about theorizing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    Oddly, I can also see the past through the future. I can imagine how the present moment will look 3 or 5 or 10 years from now. Sometimes those moments embed in my memory such that I can remember and cross-check them later. Of course, the actual memory is now influenced by the "pre-memory" in a way that is hopelessly entangled. In any case, it feels almost eerie when I do that.
    I now have some inkling as to why my mother was always charmed by the notion that Merlin could remember the future. Thank you for that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wind-Up Rex View Post
    I now have some inkling as to why my mother was always charmed by the notion that Merlin could remember the future. Thank you for that.
    Was your mother INTJ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    Was your mother INTJ?
    Yes, ma'am. She's of the 6w5 sx variety, though.
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    Continuing with INTP's theme, also practical about theories..

    I think I like my theories and practicalities as a never-ending cycle where one uses the other.

    Just at this current moment I slighly prefer practice. I feel some need for it.

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    NTJs are practical, yet they are theoretical as well. I personally believe that it depends on the NTJ, but I also believe that most NTJs are more theoretical than practical. As an INTJ, I am more theoretical than practical. I definitely have a practical side, but my theoretical side is stronger.

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    Both, one is not useful without the other and no study of one will ever be satisfying until its been tested by practice. Here's me demonstrating my need to have the theory proven.

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    The perfect mix of both
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    Yeah, both.

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