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    Senior Member PimpinMcBoltage's Avatar
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    I think neither through images, nor words but through song.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    "It is often said that human beings rely more heavily on vision than any of our other senses. This seems particularly true of INJs, who often report a strong visual element associated with their Ni. Many INTJs report thinking by way of images more than words. Their intuitions may emerge in the form of symbols, images, dreams, or patterns. This is consistent with Jung’s characterization of the Ni type as the dreamer or seer. There is a distinct visual character to these notions, which is why vision-related terms—foresight, insight, seer, visionary, etc.—are invariably used in describing INJs. The visual nature of Ni might also tie into their inferior function, Extraverted Sensing (Se), which is also a visual function. The difference is that Se is attuned to the specifics and details of the environment, whereas Ni is more concerned with forming an impression or theory of what is happening based on the totality of incoming sensory information."

    Does this resonate with you? Do you think more of images vs. words?
    I think this is great. I've always been a highly visual thinker with extremely detailed, heavily symbolic dreams.

    That said, when I'm doing visual art obscure words or phrases or strings of musical notes will pop into my head. I don't even necessarily know what they mean. For example, the other day I was doing this drawing of an expression on a man's face and I heard the word 'saturnine' in my brain. I looked it up- an archaic word which means excessively gloomy or depressed- and it fit his facial expression- and my mood while creating- incredibly well.

    Conversely, when I am writing, especially fiction or poetry I will see scenes- like film scenes or tableaux and then I need to try and describe them into words. It can be difficult because I've never felt like words are my native language- internal images are. I never even know what I'm necessarily trying to express- these pictures will just come to me. And then when I look at them in retrospect, I can see how it relates to me. It's like my brain creates these instant metaphors to help me understand what is going on with me.

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    I believe this is something familiar to me. Inside my head, I first see patterns and images, and then I translate them into appropriate words. When I' m tired or distracted, I can even confuse words or it may take a long time for me to find an appropriate word for a thought.

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