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Monkeys in Your Brain

monkey found in brain new yorker april 5Today's New Yorker calendar cartoon reminded me of the extraverted Intuiting function for some reason. :-)

Ne, that glorious ability to jump from one thing to the next, connect the dots, opening up possibilities, recognizing patterns, and finding completely new applications and interpretations.

All types have Ne, but these four have it in their dominant and auxiliary (first and second) positions.

ENFP

ENTP

INFP

INTP

They are probably using Ne with some conscious energy, which means they're likely energized by it and can trust its results.

 

 

For ENFJs, Ne is in the 6th position. That's the Critical Parent archetype, and I've found that when someone comes up with well-intentioned ideas, especially about what I could be doing in my business, I hear that as criticism. Why haven't I done this already, and I should be doing that. It's hard to say a simple "Thanks I'll consider it", and forget about it move on.

While I just outed myself as not the best idea-taker, I've got plenty of my own to share. I guess the combination of Fe and Ni comes out as "here's what my vibe says you might want to consider". As a coach I try to keep my questions open-ended so the client may reach their own conclusions. I may have an Ni inkling, which I'll share only when invited, and then very carefully. As a trainer and mentor I can see lots of possibilities and new ways of doing things for my clients. NF: possibilities for people. Isn't that interesting?

How is Ne showing up for you?

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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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