I warn all that this may be a long post so I apologise in advance.
Firstly id like to say that however I may type or construct my sentences here, this isn't a perfect reflection upon how I am in real life, I think quite a few people probably understand this anyhow, but I didn't want people to see me as some wannabe lecturer or intellectual blowhard, although I probably will come off that way even if I try to avoid it.
So to start with ive spent a fair bit of time reading up on the cognitive functions as I quickly learned to distrust the rather vague and 'catch-all' stereotypical descriptions on the internet.
Ive noticed these descriptions only make sense, (and even then it is a rather sketchy sense), if you understand or at least have an idea about how the different functions work, then you can get an impression of how a certain type might act or react, whether outwardly or internally, through their functional grouping.
To this end ive found myself stuck between Si or Ni as my dominant function, although I would be very open to other's views on my type based on what they observe in this post, actually the posting of this thread pretty much demands that, otherwise what would be the point?
But first I want to run my understandings of these functions past people here to see if im on the right track. Of course intepretations of Jung's work varies immensely and in all honesty no one view is ever correct, however, some views do make more sense than others.
Now I see Si, based upon descriptions of it I have read in various books, as being like a series of mental flashcards. Si picks up bits of personally important information all the time like a perceptionary vacuum, this is done in an almost sub-conscious way.
What is picked up varies almost entirely on the context, it could be a fact procured from a book, an event that happned in the past, or even the impression left by something eaten, seen or smelled. All of these bits of information are automatically brought up for reference to a relevant context, hence my description of it as a series of flashcards. In this sense it seems to be a function that is immensely useful in a wide variety of situations. The memory of a procedure, or perhaps the recalling of a scrap of information that is loosely relevant to a discussion or situation, or even the correct answer to a question in a quiz are all traits I associate with Si.
When it comes to Ni it actually does a similar thing in it's absorbing of information, but the difference is that it uses this to gain new ideas concerning different perspectives or insights into what goes on around it.
From what ive read of it, I would liken it to a mini philosopher who goes around asking the symbolic whys of everything that happens around us. It tries to present a deeper meaning behind something and it often comes up with answers to a problem or understanding to something previously unknown or misunderstood. This is often done in a flash without any apparant steps in between. In Ni doms in particular this somethings comes across as knowing something, but not always being able to explain why they know something. Although I believe careful analysis can usually show the steps.
So anyhow, do those interpretations seem correct?
In any case so far im stuck between INFJ and ISFJ. I definitely see Fe in my actions and evaluations, im often dangerously aware of how I come across to others, although sometimes this takes a bizarre backseat to my dominant and then im in my head and can come across as rather unexpressive to others.
Perhaps this is limited information but I dont want to make this post any longer than it is and besides; this way people can ask questions and I can answer to the best of my ability.