That's a little intuition joke. You guys like intuition jokes? Maybe I should just start an intuition joke thread. I'm sure there are intuition jokes aplenty floating around among people like you, hardee har.
I can type people very quickly. I immediately get an idea, but since there's never a rush to type someone, it doesn't really matter whether I'm right or wrong. Eventually, when I have gathered enough evidence to be sure of the type, I observe how close my initial feeling was. Generally speaking, I'm able to type pretty well using a marginal amount of information.
To try to explain this irrational rationally, here is a confusing example of how my intution may be used, along with a kind of parallel thought...You still there?
I could say to myself "That is how an ISTJ would introduce herself." I can't even count the number of problems with this reasoning, but find one you like and stick with it.
What I wind up saying to myself instead is more along the lines of:
"That is how this girl would introduce herself if she were an ISTJ."
The assessment is similar, the key difference being that the second statement is specific rather than universal. That way, I can avoid claiming that all ISTJ's behave a certain way. Rather, I claim only to be sensitive to sixteen ways that this person could introduce herself. Let me provide a comparative thought to clarify.
Picture a battleship board. 1-16 along the top to represent the types, and a large but indefinite number runs vertically. The indefinite number represents different kinds of people (by "kind" I mean an intangible classification separate from type that I cannot adequately explain).The vertical axis I narrow down to one immediately and intuitively, and when she speaks, I sink her aircraft carrier (which is not incredibly difficult because I have already narrowed down one axis of categorization.)
Often, it seems like most people are completely unaware of the intangible vertical axis of classification- as if they see people as chaotic, rather than abstractly classifiable.
Do you think that when it comes to determing another's type, I have a natural advantage as an ENFP? Or am I above average at this skill (*which I THINK I am) simply because I'm analytical and anyone else equally analytical would be at the same or a similar level regardless of type? Or do you think that a type other than ENFP would be even better at this skill?