I've come to realize that when faced with new situations, I'm constantly comparing it to my past experience. For example, if I'm troubleshooting a problem, my instinct is to first think about solutions that have worked in the past and try those. If it's something I'm unfamiliar with, I might look for an aspect of it that sort of looks similar to something encountered in the past and apply the corresponding solution and hope that will work. If it doesn't closely relate to anything I have ever observed, chances are I'm not going to be able to solve the problem on my own and will have to rely on outside help.
My use of Ne seems to be to support my Si memory base. For example, if I'm troubleshooting a problem that's very unfamiliar to me, and I'm stuck, I'll seek external sources (e.g. other people, Google, etc.) to find a new possibility to consider. The new possibility gets added to the memory base and the list of possibilities to consider when troubleshooting that sort of problem expands. So through time, because I've got a larger memory bank of things to try, the less likely I am to get stuck.
I think if my Ne was stronger than Si, Si would support the Ne agenda but it seems like I work in reverse more.
My goal is to aim for being able to successfully solve the problem every time. It gradually approaches 100% as a few solutions work about 95% of the time but its always the rare exceptions and because there are so many ways a rare exception can happen, that it will never quite reach 100%
I think my intuition is weak because I don't really don't conjure up new solutions out of thin air. Maybe that sort of thing is more of an Ni thing though.
So is it possible I'm really Si dominant or do I just have good tertiary Si?