I can relate to what you wrote on memory. Memory enhances when it has a big number of stimuli surrounding the concept to remember, right? Try to recall any given word, like strawberry, by only its definition; if you have the shape, it will be easier; if you add the taste, easier, and so on.
So Ni would provide a network where lots of those stimuli are interconected in patterns strange to other types, but useful for us. We can’t compete on remembering the actual strawberry for its own sake (yes, I’m eating some now haha) but we can compete on remembering all the things the strawberry means (I don’t know if that is the right word). My brother, whom I cannot type but has strong Si, can remember the underwear he was using any given day, when I can barely remember where I left my glasses (and then I remember I don’t use glasses anymore), because that’s too earthly a thing to remember. I guess I will always lose my phone, my keys and my headphones fifty times a day no matter how much effort I put into it.
Could it be that all introverted intuitive types see the same relationships when they access this network, as you call it in your older post, and differences relate to the specific language they are using? In that case, religions would be one of those languages, explaining why areas that don’t seem to have a direct historical link share almost twin myths. Emerson said somewhere that the greatness of an author is perceived only when he reflects the thoughts the reader had already contemplated, something that could be related to Ni too. The problem, then, would be that Ni cannot access a language itself but needs T and F functions (language is an emanation of judging functions, right?). And the difference in those functions is very visible. So we are bound to isolation.
But what if Si was the only thing left for an Ni-dom? Yesterday I saw a film, thanks to synchronicity, that I think made me grasp it a bit better. It is called The Turin Horse (yes, after Nietzsche’s anecdote), it follows a father and his daughter during the course of six days, where all the same actions are repeated in the same order; however, even though the events are almost the same, the film is the story of creation backwards. Routine leading to Disintegration (I don’t recommend it anyways, it was boring as hell).
In that situation, you have the strawberry and you are told that it is what it is and that’s it. All conections have been removed. It is the strawberry. It is red, it has a shape like a heart (but no, it is not LIKE anything else, it just has the shape it has), it has a taste, it has seeds all over it, it is slightly coarse, and I can eat it, goodbye (at this point I would have to stop eating!).
Also, something you said on your post in Book Club, but let me answer to that here because I think is of interest: you said you enjoy certain Se activities, like swimming or dancing. When I started writing this I thought that the inferior should be the hardest threat to the ego; but it’s not, and you show that enjoying Se activities. When I engage in those, I tend to act in a rather extreme way -and it has caused me health problems-, and moreover, when I try to remember those activities I see myself from outside, like if my consciousness had run away from my body and was contemplating it do something. It happens in my dreams as well. I want to engage in Se activities again because I think I find them healthy…but I guess as long as there is some Fe involved, that’s why I’d like to dance; but I don’t have the confidence, I feel my body is some tool I am manipulating but which is not a part of me, and that’s why I don’t feel the limits in the same way as sensors. What is “objectively” too little for a Se-dom can appear as too much for me, and viceversa. The question is, did it take you long to gain confidence in that field?
Hey @Prax , about being nitpicky, I thought that could be due to inferior Se? For example, I can barely stand the sounds of other people eating, for example. Or sick people’s, they make me sick too. I don’t know, I have very little knowledge of the functions, but I’m finding Si specially tricky.