In everyday life, it’s very difficult to come across people using introverted intuition in an obvious way. While many people mistype as INJs, most of them are actually ISJs who thrive on proven facts and personal experience over flashes of insight and symbolism. Intuition is a very mysterious function and many times when INJs (or ENJs) use it in real life they are met with confusion or resistance from a largely sensing culture. As a result, many intuitives have to rely on their less-preferred functions to try to explain themselves to the outer world. INJs find that they have to rely on either Te (extraverted thinking) or Fe (extraverted feeling) in the outer world, and many wind up relying on inferior sensing to try to navigate a world that is tailored much more to sensing types.
10 Intuition Hacks for INFJs and INTJs
What is Introverted Intuition?
Introverted intuition is a perceiving (information-gathering) function. Carl Jung called the perceiving functions “irrational” and that’s because they aren’t decision-making functions. Introverted intuitives focus on the subjective, internal world of the unconscious to find abstract and symbolic connections and relationships between the unconscious and the environment. Ni-users see intrinsic patterns and connections everywhere and examine them internally to find their significance. They know how to shift perspectives to see things from many different angles and points of view simultaneously.
Gary Hartzler, one of the founding board of directors for The Association for Psychological Type said of Introverted Intuition “It is first and foremost an awareness of abstract ideas, images, and/or conceptualizations….It focuses our energy on visions and images of the future.” He also states that Ni-users see ideas simultaneously from many different perspectives. This may be why typologists like Antonia Dodge and Joel Mark Witt from Personality Hacker call Introverted Intuition “Perspectives”.
Why INJs Should Develop Intuition
Because intuition is your dominant function if you’re an INJ, you might think you don’t even need to try to develop it, that it will just come naturally. While intuition will naturally play a dominant role in your personality if it’s stifled or repressed it can develop in an unhealthy, inaccurate, or imbalanced way. Even INJs (like myself) can have incorrect and unhealthy intuition, so it’s important for us to take the time to really try to gain a deeper understanding of it and develop it in a healthy way.
Why These Hacks Might Sound Crazy
Because the vast majority of people who type as INJs are actually not INJs, most of these intuition hacks will seem a little “woo woo” to them. If you don’t relate to these ideas or think they’re just too “out there” and crazy, then you might want to consider the possibility that you relate better to a different type (which is okay! those other types are amazing too!).
#1 – Embrace Solitude
Find a time every day that you can isolate yourself from outer stimulation. Introverted intuition works best when one draws into oneself and isn’t affected by the external world. Turn off the lights and any music you might have. Let your mind wander without any real purpose or direction and just allow yourself to daydream. Write down any thoughts, symbols, or images that come to mind.
#2 – Break Down Boundaries in Your Imagination
What would your life be like without constraints, rules, or limits? Write down your thoughts.
#3 – Practice Perspective-Shifting
Think of a person that’s important to you. Imagine the different ways a variety of people see that person. Try seeing their perceptions yourself and glimpsing their point of view. You can practice this same exercise with a movie, a book, or an activity that you enjoy or dislike. Practice shifting perspectives to see how other people feel about the same thing.
#4 – Drive Without a Direction
On a day when you don’t have a lot of plans, just get in your car and drive without having a destination or itinerary. Practice just going wherever your intuition tells you to go. Ask yourself where you should stop, turn, and just let it be an adventure that could lead anywhere!
#5 – Practice Future Projection
Imagine your life 5, 10, or 20 years into the future. What images come to mind? What do you see for yourself? Draw a picture or write down what your vision contains.
#6 – Find the Symbolic Meaning in Artistic Expression
Go to an art museum, listen to a song, read a book, or watch a movie. Afterward think about the meaning of the song, artwork, or movie. Is there anything symbolic that stood out to you? Were there any hidden meanings or metaphors that were significant?
#7 – Find Hidden Intentions
Your spouse is telling you a story. Your child is telling you a story. Your boss is speaking to you. Listen and try to understand the motives and core desires of the person telling the story. What is he or she hoping to attain? Are there any hidden motives?
#8 – Write Down Your Dreams
Introverted intuition is intrinsically tied to the unconscious. As a result, many Ni-users have very vivid, symbolic dreams. After you’ve had a dream try to write it down or draw a picture of it. Try to remember everything as clearly as possible. Is there any symbolism in your dream? Could it have any hidden meaning?
#9 – Embrace Your Goals
Is there a goal you’re currently aiming for? Envision reaching that goal and then work backward to see what steps you took to get there. Is there a way you could reach that goal more quickly?
#10 – Write Down Your Ideas
Any time you have an idea or sudden image that pops into your head, write it down, or draw it. Is there any symbolic connection to that idea and your unconscious? Is the image meaningful in any way? Can you make this idea a reality? If it’s a negative image, what do you think you might learn from it?
What Are Your Thoughts?
Do you have any intuition hacks to share? Let us know in the comments!
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