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Introverted Intuiting Ni

Ni doodle You are using introverted Intuiting or Ni when you're envisioning the future. You may experience flashes of insight and just knowing what's going to happen. Those images come from inside, you may not know how you know, but you know. You have a certainty about their truth and validity. According to Jung, this is when you're tapping into the collective unconscious and make good use of universal symbols.

In a recent webinar, Linda guided us through a little meditation: close your eyes and think of a small problem you have. Not a big one, just a little thing. See it there in front of you. Now take yourself up to the 10,000 feet perspective and see the solution to your small issue appear. Maybe it'll arrive through a door, maybe you put your question in an envelope, send it away, and another envelope comes back to you with the answer in it. That's Ni. It's hard to make it happen, but when you let go of a tight control grip, disengage, it might come more easily.

INTJ INFJFor people with Ni as their dominant function, they cannot ignore these insights. They are likely to see how events will play out and then work backwards to make it happen, or take corrective measures.

Expats preparing for an assignment using Ni are likely to trust their vision of what it is going to be like abroad, anticipating potential challenges. Since an international relocation is a very uncertain process with many variables, this may lead to stress and anxiety. It is helpful here to be self-aware and recognize when an image is coming out of a place of fear or of abundance. Allow yourself some rest away from outside influences to help the flow from that inner voice.

If Ni is in different positions in your type dynamics, below is an overview pieced together with only a few items taken from Understanding Yourself and Others, An Introduction to the Personality Type Code, by Linda V. Berens and Dario Nardi. Let me say this again to be very clear: the description of how Ni can be expressed in the different positions is not exhaustive and only meant to give you an overview. I would love to have you comment below how it shows up for you.

Introverted Intuiting Ni

If you'd like to practice your Ni skills, meditate. Or pray. Take time to be still, put some earplugs in, turn off the TV, the laptop, put the phone on mute - no vibrate. And listen. Keep track of insights you've had that worked out the way you thought they would to help train your brain trust those intuitions.

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Extraverted Intuiting Ne

Ne doodle You use extraverted Intuiting or Ne when you're brainstorming. When you're projecting ideas into the future. When interpreting alternative meanings and seeing options. When finding commonalities among those options. "We have a pot of rice, what could we do with it? Oh, I know, we could add beans, corn, and cilantro and have a Mexican fiesta! Or, we have brokkoli and thai paste, if we get some coconut milk, we could have a thai curry. That reminds me, when we go to the store, we need to get toothpaste and a screwdriver. I want to get started on that arts project. We can do it together after dinner!"

ENTP ENFPFor people with Ne as their dominant function, they cannot not see -and want to explore- potential possibilities. Virtually anything you say will trigger a whole host of connections between seemingly unrelated items, and the opportunities they hold. Expats preparing for an assignment using Ne are likely to imagine all the possibilities they are going to have in the new country, and what they'll be able to do and accomplish.

If Ne is in different positions in your type dynamics, below is an overview pieced together with only a few items taken from Understanding Yourself and Others, An Introduction to the Personality Type Code, by Linda V. Berens and Dario Nardi. Let me say this again to be very clear: the description of how Ne can be expressed in the different positions is not exhaustive and only meant to give you an overview. I would love to have you comment below how it shows up for you.

Extraverted Intuiting Ne

If you'd like to practice your Ne skills, take some time to brainstorm up ideas without censoring yourself. Take five pieces of unrelated news headlines and try to find a connection. Play "Six degrees of Kevin Bacon".

Repeat the exercise to train your brain and establish new neuronal pathways.

Brain on NePS: Here's what your brain, or at least the upper area of the neocortex looks like on Ne: it's like a Christmas tree lighting up, all areas firing more or less simultaneously. Your brain can also show this pattern for non-Ne activities: when you're drunk. :-)

I got certified in Dario's Neuroscience of Personality program last year, and highly recommend it. If you'd like to do it, find dates near you here.

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Introverted Sensing Si

Si doodle You use introverted Sensing or Si when you're reviewing the past. When you're remembering the songs that were playing and the dress you were wearing at prom. When you are right back on your grandfather's lap as he tells you a good night story. When you know exactly who first brought that Christmas tree ornament into the house and how it looked on the tree. When your colleagues ask you how to do the inventory, and you show them how you did it last year. And when they tell you the results you recall exactly what the difference is.

ISFJ ISTJFor people with Si as their dominant function, they cannot not remember. Virtually anything you say will trigger a catalog of details and images of what happened before, and how it influences the now. Sometimes even how it could be carried into the future, to carry on the tradition.

Expats preparing for an assignment using Si are likely to mentally review everything they already know about the country they're moving to. Things they may have read in the news, heard on TV, or have been told by friends and family. Since the news may be one-sided, it may help to establish another set of references by learning about the country from different sources, like expat blogs or travel guides. You might also want to observe and learn from an expat who has successfully relocated and could serve as a role model to emulate.

If Si is in different positions in your type dynamics, below is an overview pieced together with only a few items taken from Understanding Yourself and Others, An Introduction to the Personality Type Code, by Linda V. Berens and Dario Nardi. Let me say this again to be very clear: the description of how Si can be expressed in the different positions is not exhaustive and only meant to give you an overview. I would love to have you comment below how it shows up for you.

Introverted Sensing Si OverviewIf you'd like to practice your Si skills, take some time to travel back in time. If you need help, you can watch a family movie, thumb through the old photo albums, or sit with your elders and listen to their stories. Try to remember where you were exactly at any given time, what the mood was like, what the newspaper headlines were that day or week or month.

Repeat the exercise in a month and try to remember at least the same amount of details about the same event.

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Extraverted Sensing Se

Se doodle You use extraverted Sensing or Se when you're paying attention to your surroundings. When you're noticing how the warm breeze plays with the hairs on your bare forearm. When you close your eyes to the sun and feel the heat on your face. When you smell freshly-baked bread just out of the oven and start salivating. When you take a bite of that bread and feel the warm dough melt on your tongue. When you see your lover, fly into his arms, and kiss him. When you notice the different shades of green in an autumn forest or the colorful plumage of a colibri. It's experiencing and being fully present in the moment.

ESFP ESTPFor people with Se as their dominant function, it's a given: they cannot not pay attention to what's happening around them.

Expats preparing for an assignment using Se are likely to want to travel for a look-see trip before making up their minds. Companies may offer this for couples to explore potential living neighborhoods or schools for the children. If that's not an option, you might like to try a restaurant serving food from the country you're moving to, renting a movie made or set there, or meeting up with one of that country's nationals, e.g. at an Internations meeting or on campus of a university near you.

If Se is in different positions in your type dynamics, below is an overview pieced together with only a few items taken from Understanding Yourself and Others, An Introduction to the Personality Type Code, by Linda V. Berens and Dario Nardi.

Let me say this again to be very clear: the description of how Se can be expressed in the different positions is not exhaustive and only meant to give you an overview. I would love to have you comment below how Se shows up for you.

Extraverted Sensing Se OverviewIf you'd like to practice your Se skills, pay more conscious attention to the facts and people in your environment.

For example, how many gas stations do you pass on your way to work? How are you choosing the clothes you will wear tomorrow? When was the last time you had a massage and truly felt your body?

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