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    This thread isn't about me, but @The Great One used to think I was an NT, and now he thinks I'm an SP; I need to figure out the similarities and the differences between the 2 temperaments.

    This is how I see the Rationalists (NTs) and the Artisans (SPs) in relation to each other (these points are very open to any changes):

    Similarities:
    1. Use all the tools at their disposal and will apply a variety of methods or whatever works regardless of past precedents.
    2. Are very good at adapting to all kinds of contexts and shaping their surroundings in accordance with their vision.
    3. Have good intuitive abilities and are adept at forseeing immanent transformations along with likely effects.
    4. Like to think about things and consider a wide range of possibilities before coming to conclusions.

    Differences:
    1. SPs prefer things that are oriented towards action and have applications; NTs are okay with purely theoretical subjects.
    2. SPs trust their intuitions like an instinct and act on them fast; NTs are more questioning and hypothesizing with their intuitions.
    3. SPs are very observant of their surroundings and attentive to external stimuli; NTs live life much more in their heads.
    4. SPs tend to be more realistic and have good common sense; NTs can be very metaphysical and shoot off onto crazy theories.

    I'm mentioning some SPs and NTs on my friends list to get some good input, and anyone else of any type is also welcome to comment!
    NTs: @Fluffywolf @greenfairy @highlander @Ism @LunaLuminosity @Mal+ @Mane @Rasofy @Redbone @Riva
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    Interesting thread! I think your observations are correct.

    My ISTP friend likes to read a lot about economics, which one might think is the property of an NT; but he does it I think with a mindset of how the economic state will affect his and others' lives rather than simply analyzing the system. He is interested in the state of the world in general. I think this is an S trait as much as an N trait; an N would likely abstract things more, connecting their observations to other ideas and systems. Tertiary Ni allows them to analyze a system in a more holistic way, to get a general picture of the world by seeing little underlying trends and connections; whereas an Ni dominant would build whole systems of thought around these, with Se dom/aux they are subservient to the Se focus on concrete facts and a present snapshot of the real world. As well as action, I think SP's are focused on the current moment and the immediate future. They are very steady in their energy. With their tertiary Ni they can be good at predicting the future. An NT will think about future possibilities a lot more, though, and sometimes live in them more than the present.

    Edit: Oh and one more thing: I don't know if I can make a generalization based on this, but all three of the ISP's I know are interested in conspiracy theories.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poimandres View Post
    This thread isn't about me, but @The Great One used to think I was an NT, and now he thinks I'm an SP; I need to figure out the similarities and the differences between the 2 temperaments.

    This is how I see the Rationalists (NTs) and the Artisans (SPs) in relation to each other (these points are very open to any changes):

    Similarities:
    1. Use all the tools at their disposal and will apply a variety of methods or whatever works regardless of past precedents.
    2. Are very good at adapting to all kinds of contexts and shaping their surroundings in accordance with their vision.
    3. Have good intuitive abilities and are adept at forseeing immanent transformations along with likely effects.
    4. Like to think about things and consider a wide range of possibilities before coming to conclusions.

    Differences:
    1. SPs prefer things that are oriented towards action and have applications; NTs are okay with purely theoretical subjects.
    2. SPs trust their intuitions like an instinct and act on them fast; NTs are more questioning and hypothesizing with their intuitions.
    3. SPs are very observant of their surroundings and attentive to external stimuli; NTs live life much more in their heads.
    4. SPs tend to be more realistic and have good common sense; NTs can be very metaphysical and shoot off onto crazy theories.

    I'm mentioning some SPs and NTs on my friends list to get some good input, and anyone else of any type is also welcome to comment!
    NTs: @Fluffywolf @greenfairy @highlander @Ism @LunaLuminosity @Mal+ @Mane @Rasofy @Redbone @Riva
    SPs: @Speed Gavroche @superunknown @wheelchairdoug
    SPs all have Se as either their dominant or auxiliary function. They are heavily focused in the present and engaging in their surroundings immediately or spontaneously. The "intuition" is highly based on that sensing of the current moment. An example would be that your ESFP/ISFP girlfriend would always know when you're looking at another girl because they are so observant of or engaged in the current moment. An Si type might not notice as easily.

    NTs don't always have functions in common. For example, INTP/ENTP share no common functions with ENTJ/ INTJ. INTJs, who have inferior Se, would use that function, though less often and less effectively than an SP. It would come in a "burst" and then it's gone vs. consistent highly functioning use. It's interesting in that Nardi says amongst his older subjects, INTJs brain scans look very similar to ISFPs. They seem to converge. They both have the same functions but in a different order. As the lesser functions develop, it could cause them to look more similar. The intuition of an Ni dom is based on a vast storehouse of information that has been gathered over a long period of time. It's not especially connected to the current moment. Ne types are more intuiting emerging patterns vs. focusing on the here and now The key thing is that the NTs are oriented towards the future and SPs the present.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenfairy View Post
    Interesting thread! I think your observations are correct.
    Well, I guess that's good, so maybe we're getting somewhere!

    My ISTP friend likes to read a lot about economics, which one might think is the property of an NT; but he does it I think with a mindset of how the economic state will affect his and others' lives rather than simply analyzing the system. He is interested in the state of the world in general. I think this is an S trait as much as an N trait; an N would likely abstract things more, connecting their observations to other ideas and systems. Tertiary Ni allows them to analyze a system in a more holistic way, to get a general picture of the world by seeing little underlying trends and connections; whereas an Ni dominant would build whole systems of thought around these, with Se dom/aux they are subservient to the Se focus on concrete facts and a present snapshot of the real world. As well as action, I think SP's are focused on the current moment and the immediate future. They are very steady in their energy. With their tertiary Ni they can be good at predicting the future. An NT will think about future possibilities a lot more, though, and sometimes live in them more than the present.
    Okay, so your SP friends are more into applications, like I originally said, and the world we can interact with at large. They both can see the connections between things and the possibilities, but the NTs will build integral models out of these pieces, whereas the SPs immerse themselves more into the act.

    Edit: Oh and one more thing: I don't know if I can make a generalization based on this, but all three of the ISP's I know are interested in conspiracy theories.
    Hm, that's interesting, so they can dig funny holes here and there, dive into the unknown.

    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    SPs all have Se as either their dominant or auxiliary function. They are heavily focused in the present and engaging in their surroundings immediately or spontaneously. The "intuition" is highly based on that sensing of the current moment. An example would be that your ESFP/ISFP girlfriend would always know when you're looking at another girl because they are so observant of or engaged in the current moment. An Si type might not notice as easily.
    Okay, so the SPs can catch onto details in the present situation and make inferences from them quite adeptly, but like your SFP example, maybe the type of SP influences what they're looking for.

    NTs don't always have functions in common. For example, INTP/ENTP share no common functions with ENTJ/ INTJ. INTJs, who have inferior Se, would use that function, though less often and less effectively than an SP. It would come in a "burst" and then it's gone vs. consistent highly functioning use.
    Ya, I thought about this as well, how SPs all have Se, but NTs can have different functions altogether. Still though, like you mentioned, the S function won't be quite as strong in NTs.

    It's interesting in that Nardi says amongst his older subjects, INTJs brain scans look very similar to ISFPs. They seem to converge. They both have the same functions but in a different order. As the lesser functions develop, it could cause them to look more similar.
    I read in Nardi's research that we each have some of our opposite type within us, since they share the same functions. Maybe NiFi or FiNi are more individualized and into inner states of being, perhaps even having visionary or artistic inclinations.

    The intuition of an Ni dom is based on a vast storehouse of information that has been gathered over a long period of time. It's not especially connected to the current moment. Ne types are more intuiting emerging patterns vs. focusing on the here and now The key thing is that the NTs are oriented towards the future and SPs the present.
    Ni's it sounds like will stack up things up, put experiential results together, or as Newton says (who I often see listed as an INTJ), "stand on the shoulders of giants". Ne's must be better at seeing connections across contexts, maybe thinking in terms of definitions or categories. I guess this might make Ne more 'static' and Ni more 'dynamic', at least in NTs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    As the lesser functions develop, it could cause them to look more similar.
    I'm surprised after all these years more people don't think about other factors, especially age. I believe it was Naomi L. Quenk in the book Essentials of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment who mentioned that as a person develops, it becomes increasingly difficult for someone to be typed. When my car is running smoothly, it's not as if all the parts are rattling. In fact, I don't notice a thing. It's only when something is not working well on my car that I notice it.

    The same could be said of people. Just because you notice something about someone doesn't mean it's their dominant function.
    Case in point: For several years I have tested people with some quotes from this forum. 100% guessed NTJs and yet all the quotes are from INFPs. I recall my favorite answer: "Definitely INTJ!"

    I'm on a different computer, so I have to go on memory, but I think one of the INFP quotes was: "I have to have sourced Te information backing things up, I don't just believe what someone says."
    That's how that person got typed: "Definitely INTJ."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jaguar View Post
    I'm surprised after all these years more people don't think about other factors, especially age. I believe it was Naomi L. Quenk in the book Essentials of Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment who mentioned that as a person develops, it becomes increasingly difficult for someone to be typed. When my car is running smoothly, it's not as if all the parts are rattling. In fact, I don't notice a thing. It's only when something is not working well on my car that I notice it.

    The same could be said of people. Just because you notice something about someone doesn't mean it's their dominant function.
    Case in point: For several years I have tested people with some quotes from this forum. 100% guessed NTJs and yet all the quotes are from INFPs. I recall my favorite answer: "Definitely INTJ!"

    I'm on a different computer, so I have to go on memory, but I think one of the INFP quotes was: "I have to have sourced Te information backing things up, I don't just believe what someone says."
    That's how that person got typed: "Definitely INTJ."
    Yes, I've been thinking and pointing this out as well. Good experiment.

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    I've noticed so many (presumably Ni-heavy) ISTPs that fit more in the general description of NTs then they do for SPs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mane View Post
    I've noticed so many (presumably Ni-heavy) ISTPs that fit more in the general description of NTs then they do for SPs...
    What about ISFPs? Could they look more like NFs if their Ni is strong enough?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greenfairy View Post
    Tertiary Ni allows them to analyze a system in a more holistic way, to get a general picture of the world by seeing little underlying trends and connections; whereas an Ni dominant would build whole systems of thought around these, with Se dom/aux they are subservient to the Se focus on concrete facts and a present snapshot of the real world.
    You mean Ni chain links vs. Ni foundations? Interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by msg_v2 View Post
    You mean Ni chain links vs. Ni foundations? Interesting.
    Yeah, that's how it appears to me; Se puts a picture together of a lot of concrete data, like a photo collage- and then Ni fills in hidden details like painting over the photos based on their meaning and interconnections. The focus is still on Se though; Ni-Se would do the opposite. They experience the world and form an abstract picture in their minds, with concrete data to support it, of which they are never fully aware. The details are there, but you would have to "zoom in" like on a photograph, one section at a time.

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