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“And the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It's shocking to find how many people don't believe they can learn, and how many more believe learning to be difficult. Muad’Dib knew that every experience carries its lesson.”
— Dune, Frank Herbert.

  • One advantage the system does have, is that it’s always on, chugging along in the background meticulously sifting through the data scanning for connections.

    Introverted Intuition (NI) is basically an open daydreaming function, semi-unconscious. Whilst Extroverted Feeling (FE) is a quality driven retrieval system. These two main cognitive tools are utilised by the INFJ mind to build a map of all associated elements within the scope of focus. With these dominant functions working in concert a sense of the whole is sought through inference and extrapolation, a kind of built in epistemology circuit.

    Fresh incoming data may need to be ingested several times in order to lock down a concept. For each exposure the underlying layers of meaning are carefully revealed and extracted. The constituent parts are then analysed in isolation before the information is reconstituted.

    Only after perceiving the concept from multiple angles can the idea be confidently held fast in conscious thought. This can sometimes be evidenced as a tendency to drift off in the middle of a stimulating experience, zoning out whilst exploring a deep personal reverie. This happens because, input that stimulates previously established ideals can inspire an instant fascination in the moment. The imagination quickly expands to capitalise on this, tracking burgeoning possibilities in real time. However, the quality of this processing does depend significantly on the overall mental stability and maturity of the individual. The child INFJ for example, if not encouraged properly may not realise how to take full advantage of this dynamic experience and assume that their cognitive abilities are flawed. This can lead to a handicapping of the efficacy of NI.

    Guilt and shame are potent influencers of lethargy, but that is perhaps a contentious topic for another time.

    After NI and FE have plotted a course Introverted Thinking (TI) [tertiary function] attempts to establish a systematic framework based on a slightly wonky yet, fairly trustworthy flavour of logic. This is required for structuring a reliable resolution that can be made manifest in the real world. Contemporary realisations can seemingly, just fall into place; sometimes with an uncanny prescience.→

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“In Budapest, surgeons operated on printer's apprentice Gyoergyi Szabo, 17, who, brooding over the loss of a sweetheart, had set her name in type and swollowed the type.”
— Time Magazine 1936. From the book
Just My Type, by Simon Garfield.