Ne (extraverted intuition) for INFPs

9 Aug

Been wondering what is Ne exactly for INFPs, seems like I hardly come across any good observations of Ne. I would guess Ne comes about as problem solving: “i have an idea, let’s convert this computer screen into a fish tank” aka hacker style, or inferring multiple meanings in poetry in Fi-Ne mode:). Extroverted, intuition would be very playful, keen on monty pythonquese jokes. I once had a ESFJ friend, whose Ne would often emerge and between both of us, we could always make rude funny connections with people’s dressing and their comic intention that would escalate to heights of ridiculous hilarity.

Ne would also make me daydream about connections: I would take a bus and start thinking about India all because I was thinking of yoga, > because I was thinking of happiness>because I was thinking of some kids I knew>because I was thinking about the art lesson I just gave> because I was looking at my watch. So is this how Ne works..? Your POV appreciated. 🙂

From an infj? perspective:
• Inferring
• Hypothesizing
• Seeing possibilities
• Wondering and brainstorming
• Emergent
“This is what might be.”
“It could be this or this or this or . . .”

When Ne is a preferred process…
• Much reading “between the lines” occurs.
• Potential possibilities and meanings are “revealed” and must be explored.
• You feel fully engaged in emerging new approaches to doing things and are energized by discovering other perspectives in an ever-shifting succession of ideas or insights triggered by the particular situation, much like brainstorming.
• You frequently experience a flight of ideas that brings relevant pieces of information from one context into another.
• “What is” is not seen for what it is but for its relationship to other things.
• Everything is perceived in a context of a web of relationships. Nothing stands alone or is disconnected.

From an infp perspective (this is very good.. found myself laughing…and probably the most enlightening description that I found so far:):
-what is Ne
You could think of an INFP’s Ne as a loyal servant who walks the perimeter of the grounds carrying a lantern before it and with a guard dog by its side. Maybe the guard dog is Te. The Ne is the face that greets visitors at the door like a butler. Ne checks the gates and doors, and secures the windows. It ensures that its master isn’t disturbed in doing his important work in the study, and it dutifully brings the dominant what it needs whenever called.

I’ll just add that Ne the servant sometimes takes his job so seriously that he wanders off the grounds following the tracks of an animal that might be dangerous and picks up scat to bring back to the master, but Ne gets easily distracted and follows another track that crossed the original track. This tracking goes on and on, and the servants backpack gets overloaded with specimens…but miraculously in what seems like aimless wandering it ends up back at its master house. Tired, Ne goes back inside satisfied at having done a good job, gives the specimens to the master and goes to the Ne’s sleeping quarters.

Si is the master’s personal secretary who never leaves the house, and with Ne tired out Si takes over some of the servant’s duties. When someone knocks at the door, Si responds in fear and uncertainty double-bolting the door. Si runs up to tell the master that their is a horrible monster lurking outside, and they try to decide whether to sic the Te dog on the potential intruder. They both cower huddled together in the study frozen in inaction.

Ne wakes up, goes downstairs and answers the door. It turns out it was just a girl scout selling cookies. Ne politely buys some cookies and brings them up to the master’s study with two glasses of milk. The Fi master says he wasn’t afraid and that he was just about to take care of the problem himself.

For a deeper description:


10 Responses to “Ne (extraverted intuition) for INFPs”

  1. Jennifer M. May 4, 2011 at 6:00 am #

    ““What is” is not seen for what it is but for its relationship to other things.”

    Interesting – i hadn’t really thought about what Ne was, but this makes total sense. I totally think like this. I just hadn’t pin-pointed that specific function before. Thank you for the break-down!

    • ellzrae July 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

      Hi Jennifer,

      An INFJ insight is almost always brillant. 😉 (not mine)


  2. Benjamin Steele December 6, 2009 at 12:03 pm #


    I’m the person (AKA Marmalade) who wrote that description of an INFP from Global Chatter. I’m glad it appealed to you. I was trying to describe the functions to someone who didn’t seem to understand the abstract concepts and so I made it in to a story.

    BTW Global Chatter is down and it looks like it might be permanent… I hope not. I haven’t been there in a while, but I have fond memories of the place. It makes me sad. I noticed some of the INFPs have made a new home at another forum:

    We probably never met before, but it’s always nice to meet another INFP. I haven’t been to any forums recently. Do you visit any forums where other INFPs congregate?

    • ellzrae April 3, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

      Hi Benjamin,

      It strange that I managed to miss this comment all along! I must have been on a long hiatus. Did notice that global chatter was done since 2010. What a pity because they was so much insightful stuff there. We should really have a INFP community blog where insightful comments from forums are posted (with permission from authors) and kept in perpetuity!

      I am so sorry for the 2 year lag. 😉

      • Benjamin David Steele April 5, 2011 at 12:24 am #

        I was recently thinking about Global Chatter. There used to be some Google cache of pages, but they don’t come in searches any more. There are only a few pages saved on the Wayback Machine. They say that once something is posted on the internet that it will never disappear. Sadly, I don’t think that is true for the most part.

        No problem about the lag. I’m glad you helped save one of my favorite comments.

  3. ellzrae March 21, 2009 at 5:30 pm #

    What an interesting concept… I can’t say cause I don’t have much experiences with ESFJ except for that friend. 🙂

  4. INFP laday March 12, 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    Also- I get along so well with ESFJs it seems like I always have one or two of them to hang out with. Is it because we’re both Ne I wonder? Because we always start talking about our philosophy on life. Maybe they look for strong Ne from the INFP, and the INFP looks for strong Fe from the ESFJ?

  5. INFP laday March 12, 2009 at 10:06 pm #

    lol.. wow that is pretty accurate. and weirdly sadly true. i find my intuition sort of running my life. it’s like i have to have my ideas and convictions air-tight or i feel disillusioned. but the master really is he Fi, who is quietly dominant over the Ne. I find my Ne is rather ‘busy’ and serious, searching and searching. That is why INFPs can be so convicted about things, and have a lot of research to back up all the ‘whys’. If the Ne isn’t doing it’s job, or gets confused.. the ‘master’ (my emotions’ get the better of me.


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