K, reading all this, Ne leads to Ni for me
...depending on how playful I feel, how complex the subject and how much it is...up my alley, I'll take longer and do more 'Ne- exploring' to test and retest to make sure I grasped it properly, before I internalise it and get that 'nailed it' feeling.
To follow up on @Coriolis ' analogy:
I'll ask myself, using Ne, what happens if I change all the trees to Candy Canes and if it would still be considered a forest and what kind of forest that would be. I'll also imagine what it would be like to exchange the trees for all the same kind of tree, or have a diversity, which trees would not fit into that forest and why. I'll read up to see if the combinations I've thought of exist and how they differ from the classic example.
Once Ive played around enough though, I'll distill the core where I can see the essential building blocks of what makes up any kind of forest (Ni?) as well as the extension packages available to make any forest you can imagine and still call it a forest (Ne?)
Do INTJs use Ne to complete their process in a similar way?
And if you do, do you use it similarly and as extensively as I just described?
Or am I just...off with my interpretation of the functions here? Coz I very much identify with that 'suddenly things become clear'/eureka effect, when things click into place.