I think it's only when I'm relaxed. Sometimes I'll really, really want my Ne to show up, but it won't because I'm feeling tense or uncertain. I have to be relaxed and comfortable with someone (i.e. at friendly acquaintance level) in order to go Ne on them. With a notable exception being when I'm hyperactive, which is almost always when I'm in a large group and, like mnestic was saying, going into storytelling mode. I wonder what new people think of me when they're introduced to me and I'm like that...Does it only occur when you're at ease and don't have to keep up your reliable-ESTJ image, or do you get it at inconvenient times too?
I'm really, really good at finding new uses for old things. You know, looking at some useless thing and going "What can I do with this...?" and then giving it a whole new use. Or just, for no reason except that it's fun, refurbishing a wooden trunk. (That was my summer project - I lined it with maps, just because I thought it would look cool, and that might have been Ne too.)Moreover, is your Ne specialized in some areas? I can out-Ne my husband in most areas, leaving him totally bewildered, but he's the champion in improvising new lyrics to a known song.