Variation (Intuitive Perceiving)

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The Diverse Function

Associated with our ability to think of options and to vary ourselves. We use this function when we think about how to apply new ideas and how to implement a strategy or vision. We need this function to be able to change.

iNtuitive Perceiving is one of the acting functions and is associated with our instincts and our ability to act on instinct.

Primarily associated with INTPs, ENTPs, INFPs and ENFPs.

 

Intuition and perceiving reflects our ability to see ideas and to consider new options and possibilities that lay before us. We can see new ideas and we can see change. We can see ways to adjust or change something. We can come up with new ways to do things, and we believe there are alternatives to what people do in the present.

Intuitive Perceivers have a love for variation that goes beyond the ordinary. iNtuition and Perceiving is perhaps best manifested in dialogue and when we exchange ideas. Intuitive perceivers will interject and suggest options to what they hear. When you bring a plan to an iNtuitive and perceiving type, they will immediately think of suggestions. So what you will see here is iNtuition and Perceiving works best against something, when there is something to bounce off, or to give feedback to. 

Perhaps because of this, iNtuition and Perceiving is the most closely associated with creativity, because we associate it with brainstorming. iNtuitive Perceivers are implementors in this regard, because they can think of ways to apply ideas and to put strategies and visions into practice. If you have an idea, but don’t know how to proceed with it, bring it to an iNtuitive Perceiving type. They may have suggestions for you. 

The iNtuitive Perceiving Type

There are two key traits necessary to be an iNtuitive and Perceiving type. You need to be adaptable, and you need to be imaginative. In short, we can describe the iNtuitive and Perceiving type as the Diverse type. Diverse in the sense of having many different skills or sides to them. 

Diverse in the sense of possessing many quirks and being able to think from many different perspectives. Jacks of all trades, iNtuitive and Perceiving types are broad and often skilled at multithinking, or switching rapidly from one idea to another. The Diverse types can rule out options fast this way. The speed in which the diverse types can consider of option A, then B, then C is unrivalled. A diverse type has an important need: and that is variation. 

The worst for an iNtuitive Perceiving type is when you have been cornered or when you are not allowed to think freely, when your ideas are dismissed, or when decisions have been set in stone. A diverse type can easily think of issues and can anticipate problems with an idea and it can be difficult for an iNtuitive and Perceiving type to deal with a stiff organisation and people that can’t keep up with their imagination. The iNtuitive and Perceiving types I meet often complain that people will dismiss their ideas as crazy. “And then I turn out to be right, but then I have to hold back telling people “I told you so.”. 

Developing iNtuitive Perceiving

The worst experience for an iNtuitive Perceiving type is to be locked in or stuck. You can’t go anywhere anymore, there is no alternative anymore, you just have to adjust and deal with the cards that have been handed to you. This is something many iNtuitive Perceivers will force themselves to do. 

iNtuitive Perceiving types may not dare to change their mind at some point, feeling people will laugh at them or think they are stupid for wanting to change again. So they may force themselves to accept a situation, but this is hard and takes conscious daily effort, to not think of an option that you can see so clearly. You can’t just tune off or ignore this idea, once it is there, it is there. In the end, the iNtuitive changes because they have to, because that is important to stay healthy and energetic and to maintain their enthusiasm. 

But many iNtuitive Perceivers get annoyed with themselves for having all these ideas. They may come to think they need to “shut off” their own mind, and may feel that they have no control over their thoughts and impressions. Many will find that the best way to tune off is to keep a lot of noise running in your environment. To always have something to do, to always be busy, to always have action in your life. This is how iNtuitive and Perceiving types unwind and relax. This is only necessary if there is no way to output your ideas or to engage in your creative process. We only feel that we have to turn off our dominant process when we have no way to express it. Because it can be an uncomfortable experience to have ideas, but no way to apply ideas, it is an appealing thought to just look to activities that will keep your excitement in check. 

Another final development is to put challenges and principles on your ideas. iNtuition and Perceiving may be honed towards a vision or in the service of some greater ideology. It may be uncomfortable for a Diverse type to accept rules as they may somewhat limit your creative process, but the limitations can also help direct your brainstorming and can ensure that you stay on topic and that your ideas serve a greater purpose. If you can put yourself in a vulnerable position and accept some sorting criteria or restrictions, you may find this will only boost your imagination and can also help provide growth. iNtuition and Perceiving is best developed when we challenge ourselves to not just come up with ideas but to come up with great ideas that can help serve visionary purpose.

 

iNtuitive Perceiving in other types

Independent types, like the iNtuitive and Judging types generally prefer to move according to vision. Sensing and Judging types like to engage in Discipline. Sensing and Perceiving types favour Action. Still, they may all engage in iNtuition and Perceiving. The adaptive and constant reforming and adjusting may stress the iNtuitive Judging type, but it also helps them when they have found a vision and need to find a way to get from point A to B. 

iNtuitive Judging types may get an idea in their head of what they want to do, but they may lack the ability to see how to do it. iNtuition and Perceiving serves an inspiring role here: it shows the way and it says “Try this way, or maybe that way.” The iNtuitive and Judging type only has to be vulnerable enough to dare to step on the path laid before them. 

The Sensing and Perceiving type may find themselves pulling from iNtuition and Perceiving out of habit. They may engage in the process on autopilot. It is surprisingly easy for an SP to use this function, but it is generally considered boring, and ideas that don’t immediately translate into action are generally discarded.

The Sensing and Judging type will generally pride themselves on disciplining themselves and maintaining a path or routine even if a new idea or option presents itself. There is no appreciation in variation for a Sensing and Judging type. But the SJ may force themselves to engage in this process. When they realise their old methods are not working anymore, they may adjust and reconsider. 

Flavours of iNtuition and Perceiving

There may be some healthy differences in how different people engage in iNtuition and Perceiving. Not all iNtuitive Perceiving types apply their brainstorming on the go, and not all find themselves just jumping into a situation and adjusting and changing from moment to moment. Only the red flavour of iNtuition and Perceiving does this.

Yellow iNtuitive Perceivers

Yellow is associated with being easy-going and down-to-earth. The yellow type believes there is always an option and a possibility available, and enjoys gathering as many options as possible. These ideas do not have to be acted upon – just having them and learning about them is interesting enough.

Blue iNtuitive Perceivers

Blue is associated with thinking carefully over options and considering options from multiple perspectives. An idea should not be ruled out too quickly – and it should be thought about long and hard. Variation is important, what used to be good, can become bad, and so, it is always important to keep an open eye. 

Green iNtuitive Perceivers

Green is associated with the ability to adjust and to change your mind and to consider new options and alternatives. Green types are always open to learn but quite secure in their opinions. Green iNtuitive and Perceiving types are less likely to reconsider when they have made up their mind but will instead pursue additional changes and adjustments and “the cherry on the cake.” 

Red iNtuitive Perceivers

Red wants to explore the options they perceive, wanting to jump on and see where they lead. Every idea the red type has is “The Idea” and the red type enjoys pursuing and exploring their ideas as if they are the end all solution to everything. Quick to make up their mind.