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    Default ISFP and memories?

    I am quite sure memories are evident in everyone no matter what type. There is one thing that confuses me, I tend to hold memories quite easily. I can remember something as far back as my pre-kindergarten years where people I have known in those memories have forgotten. I can remember an event as simple as being in the doctors office waiting in line. But from MBTI, this sounds like a Si trait.

    Certain things like songs can potentially trigger a memory I have forgotten in the long list of memories that I have.

    The problem is, do other ISFPs tend to have this sort of thing occurring? Could it be my Fi holding my memories dearly(in the sense I value my memories?) What about Ni in this case?

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    I'm not sure how functions play into all of this. I can remember as far back as 4/preschool. There's a lot of things I shut out too, and get reminded of..and only have a vague impression of them.

    I heard some theory that memories that make a bigger imprint depended on one's endorphin levels at the time. Or something like that.

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    Well Si tends to be use in a sense, memory. From what I can remember, Si often comes in the form of memories for INFPs. Something like a word or reaction could potentially trigger certain types of memories/events that have occurred.

    Though I could just be overreacting. Most of these memories do tend to be moments where I was having fun or was excited.

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    Things that trigger memories for me:
    the smell of food
    the shape of a flower
    a snippet of a song
    a piece of a poem
    decaying bricks on a building
    dreams of things and people and cats long gone...
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    well... they do say that we use ALL the functions... but just have preferences towards certain ones. i have memories from as far back as one and two years old, strangely enough. and i am always quite nostalgic, where a smell, song, voice, face, or certain feeling of a place will take me back to another point in time. i really am unsure how it all plays into mbti as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Takeru View Post
    Well Si tends to be use in a sense, memory. From what I can remember, Si often comes in the form of memories for INFPs. Something like a word or reaction could potentially trigger certain types of memories/events that have occurred.

    Though I could just be overreacting. Most of these memories do tend to be moments where I was having fun or was excited.
    Si isn't just memories per se.. It's more about familiarity and normalcy.. The memory element is in how one values memories (for some reason), not just memory in and of itself.. and how it scans and compares according to those memories. Si likes to secure or check it's environment against a standard, so to speak. And it's just as detailed oriented as Se, but where Se tends to evaluate usefulness, Si evaluates on a safety level or something. Works in tandem with different functions too on how that all comes out, but.. I wouldn't just associate it strictly with memory. We all have them, but Se, for example, doesn't need to remind itself too much - it's like to keep moving forward a bit, eyes the details in it's environment/present situation, and inhabits them better as things come (not that all Se types flow either though. Fi likes to withdraw from Se too.. on feeling/value areas, and then feed back an internal idea into the environment later, and maybe in the moment as well...in a way some can resist Se just like an SJ, but it's a difference between placing new/creative elements or individualtistic emotive responses into the equation - and at times, it could very well draw on patterns it's built up in memory too.. but in a Ni way. Si goes for security or traditional solutions and responses. To simplify it.. It's probably not simple though).

    I'm not sure how Si plays out in INFP.. like, do they retreat to safer ground, and just Ne a lot somewhere else? You know, just happy to be away from Se, even alone, coming up with more ideas.. That's how some descriptions would call them.. how they can go into the conceptual/romantic/imaginary, and be creative that way.. Then they come out again and some of us learn from them.

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    I have terrible memory, I can hardly remember my childhood (even the later years) it's all a vague blur and it usually takes prompting from other people to remember any sort of details.

    ...and then again every now and then a random memory will pop up in my head.
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    The functions have nothing to do with your intrinsic ability to remember things. All they do is indicate how you use those memories, or what type of events/facts would be most memorable to you.
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    I think Si might cause you to value the past (and therefore memories) a bit more than other functions though. Si users tend to make an active effort to remember past details.
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    This is what I came up with.

    Having memories does not necessarily correlate to a function. However, how we use the memories could potentially correlate more to one function over another. Comparing to past experiences to present experiences could potentially be a sign of Si.

    Like the others here, my memories tend to be triggered based on something outside (a song, the smell of something, sight, etc) these tend to just be memories that I'll just remember out of the blue.

    But there are memories that don't need to by triggered by anything, these are the memories I think is important to hold based on what happen in these memories(something that negatively or positively impacted me.)

    As for comparing past experiences to present, my memories are just there. Doesn't really compare anything except for the fact that they are just something I remembered out of the blue.

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