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    Default Do You Think Introverted Intuition Is Focused On The Future

    As I have been developing a personality test, I've been developing questions to ascertain cognitive preferences. I came up with a few questions that I thought would evaluate a person's preference for introverted intuition, specifically:

    • I develop a perception of what will happen in the future
    • I envision the future and foresee how things will unfold
    • I'm oriented towards the future and have a feeling of certainty as to what it holds


    Do you think these are good questions to test for Ni? I'm especially interested in the perspectives of the NFJs. Do you think those things are true of you?

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    I am thinking of maybe reducing the number of "future" oriented questions and including ones like this

    • I develop a fundamental change in the approach or underlying assumptions
    • I come up with new ideas or perspectives by synthesizing various opposing points of view

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    Those questions seem good. I think Ni isn't always super focused in the future as they are to just time itself. This is a bit strange for me to explain for me, but, Ni for me is just me gathering information and seeing how the past can develop from now and into the future. I see it as a function where I look behind me (the past) and how it unravels in front of me (the future), and then I gather intuitive information from a present tense to further cement my conclusions.
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    Ni is less future oriented then Ne. Like its cousin Si, they both rely on past information to deal with the present and future. Since Ni does pattern recognition it appears as it looks into the future but not really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forever View Post
    Ni is less future oriented then Ne. Like its cousin Si, they both rely on past information to deal with the present and future. Since Ni does pattern recognition it appears as it looks into the future but not really.
    It's interesting because I have always had a very long range view of the future - like 20 or 30 years. I plan that far ahead. I'm always thinking about what is going to happen in the future. I think many INTJs do this. I have always thought Ne is more about picking up on emerging patterns - so it's more accurate at predicting the short range future than Ni is which is more focused on long term.

    I wonder if INFJs are different than INTJs on this question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    As I have been developing a personality test, I've been developing questions to ascertain cognitive preferences. I came up with a few questions that I thought would evaluate a person's preference for introverted intuition, specifically:

    • I develop a perception of what will happen in the future
    • I envision the future and foresee how things will unfold
    • I'm oriented towards the future and have a feeling of certainty as to what it holds


    Do you think these are good questions to test for Ni? I'm especially interested in the perspectives of the NFJs. Do you think those things are true of you?
    I do not think these are a good indication of Ni because I am not a Ni user and all three apply to me and can be true with other people who may not be strong Ni users.

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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    I am thinking of maybe reducing the number of "future" oriented questions and including ones like this

    • I develop a fundamental change in the approach or underlying assumptions
    • I come up with new ideas or perspectives by synthesizing various opposing points of view
    I think these types of elements are much closer to the heart of Ni than the future aspect.

    This is because pretty much every type may look to the future in some way, it's just a matter of degree, whereas many people aren't going to identify with the bullet points you list here.

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    I often look forward into the future, in the sense of projecting my current life out into the future, far into the future, and asking myself if I am ok with my current life far into the future. Or, in the past I've gotten very hung up and anxious about not knowing what I want for the future - which is a different type of future focus (it's trying to define the future when the act of defining it doesn't come naturally). But in a broad sense I very much try to look at my life with a longer lens, to help me in the choices I do make.

    But life plan? I have never had one. I don't even know what I will be doing next year, though I am working on that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highlander View Post
    It's interesting because I have always had a very long range view of the future - like 20 or 30 years. I plan that far ahead. I'm always thinking about what is going to happen in the future. I think many INTJs do this.
    Until they marry SPs, are forced to compromise and look no more than 10 to 15 years ahead.
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    I think for me, I use the patterns from past and present to extrapolate what is most likely to occur in the future. In that sense I'm very focussed on the future and am often surprised that people are surprised at certain things occurring that seemed like a logical outcome to me based on previous events. I also find it frustrating when I try to warn people of impending bad stuff that they don't believe it till it actually happens.

    As far as planning though, I'm not so good that way. I like knowing where a relationship is going and what potential it has, and I have broad life goals, but am bad at the steps in between to get me there and the timeline part. I'm bad with anything detailed or implementation based.

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    I can't relate, but these types of questions/tests are akin to leading questioning, and thus seem flawed and inaccurate, only serving as an echo chamber for pre-existing stereotypes, doing little or no useful work at distilling actual innate traits, which is something arguably much harder to embed into a question.
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