Change (Intuitive Perceiving)

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Change is the core value of intuitive and perceiving types (NPs) These types, for example INFPs, INTPs, ENTPs and ENFPs tend to feel a need to have change in their daily lives, and feel badly when caught up in a boring routine. They get energy and stimulation out of exploring new ideas and options and trying out new things, and adapting ideas into reality. They feel stressed and drained when life becomes a collection of chores, routines, and schedules. It is therefore important for them to constantly be able to pursue new things in their life.

Rebels are creative types, able to think of optional ways to respond to each situation. The head of an intuitive and perceiving type is that of a person buzzing with what-ifs and alternatives. The INFP may see countless ways to interpret a statement, where an ENTP may see a multitude of witty ways to reply to another persons comment. Within the rebel is the ability to handle complex intuitive issues with flexibility and openness.

The Rebel

Where the intuitive judging, speculative type is always trying to order and structure their thought process and constrict it with rules and in accordance with some kind of principle of “what is likely”, the intuitive perceiving, rebellious type prefers to keep a more flexible, customised approach. It’s “what are my options right now?” where the speculant (NJ) says “what are my long-term options?”

And where the speculant will dismiss less likely options, the rebel will consider all possibilities it can fathom. Here, we see the intuitive judging type has the desire to bring order to the chaotic function that is intuition, where the intuitive perceiving type will encourage and access intuition more purely. The intuitive perceiving type is brainstorming and going over all different angles. 

Nickname: The Rebel

Primary desire: To have a wide range of options
Neuroscience: The ability to use the imagination network and the reactive control network in a way that puts you in a state of flow.
Core fear: To be cornered
Inspired by: The Sage
Grounded by: The Defender
Variations: INFPs, INTPs, ENFPs, and ENTPs
MBTI term: Ne

Key motivations: To rebel, to walk your own way, to come up with options, to come up with unique associations.

What is Intuitive Perceiving?

Creative intelligence comes from reactive imagination. An intuitive perceiving type is imaginative and creative in relation to the world around them. And so, they come up with responses, alternatives, and associations that add to whatever they observe in front of them. Their responses are often rebellious or alternative, opposed to whatever is the usual or predestined route. You could say that rebels desire to take control of their own fate by shaping their own path, never simply following the route that has been laid down for them.

The worst thing for an intuitive perceiving type is to feel cornered. A rebel hates the thought of being blocked or held down. One of the worst things you can do to a rebel is to put them in chains, and to hold on to them too firmly. A rebel wants options not because they always want to act on them, but because options put rebels at ease.

For a rebel, the ability to think of options is inherently calming, and more than that, it is fun. It is more difficult for a rebel to rate their options and to decide which option is the best. The state of brainstorming is more effortless for the rebel, the state of weighing and rating the likelihood of each scenario is more difficult. You can think of five different things that could happen next, but you can’t weigh how likely each scenario is. Often, you make decisions based on either which possibility appears to be the most exciting, or which event is the most scary. If it’s scary, you make sure to keep away from it. If it’s really original, you want to go there immediately.

The Rebel

A rebel who feels engaged and stimulated will always add new perspectives. They freely share associations, sometimes seemingly random, and their imagination runs wild and free. Generally, a rebel doesn’t concern themselves with the bigger picture. Rebels see the bigger picture as something already set and fixed.

Rebels feel like a part of a bigger whole, but they rarely think about what this bigger whole is. Instead, you concern yourself with your part. Your thoughts are on what possible ideas and what possible information may be missing.

Creative Intelligence

When your creative intelligence is high, you have three gifts: Generating options, adding randomness, and scrambling and mixing together information.

  • The option generator

Thinking of different possible answers to fit in a situation, coming up with multiple deductions about the situation, and juggling the deductions and thoughts with others to determine their accuracy or value. Bringing things up, no matter how great or silly, to see what seems to stick, and what seems to fall of the web.

  • The randomizer

What happens if we throw all the cards in the air and see how they fall down? Creative intelligence is the ability to look at things from fresh perspective, to give chance a chance, and to do something random to throw others off their path. By adding randomness, rebels get a new set of cards or options to play, and an ability to improvise to turn the situation in their favor.

  • The chaos generator

The ability to distract others or to do something unusual to throw people off. The ability to stir something up, or to throw someone off their track. By distracting others, you can spur creativity in the room, getting them to stop looking at it from a box, and to instead just go with the flow.