The Detective Patterns (Extroverted iNtuition)

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The Detective - Extroverted iNtuition

ENXXs embody the archetype of the detective. These types dance on the borders of present and future, aware of patterns and possibilities most others miss.

What is freedom?

Freedom is one of the core values of ENXX types, such as ENFPs, ENTPs, ENFJs and ENTJs. This drive manifests in the desire to act on your own accord outside external influence. The ENXX types need to feel free to feel energy and stimulation as well as to feel true to themselves. When these types feel held captive or stuck, they lose their energy and feel a strong loss of identity. 

Why did they use that particular word? Was there a reason behind that gesture? Why did they say or do that? The power of interpretation is the greatest gift of the intuitive extroverts. They see and read in the moment what is happening and can predict what is about to happen. They love living in this world of what-ifs, alternatives, and potential. When there are new things emerging, and things are changing, these types are in a state of flow. Their tendency to act out new patterns and to follow and track new possibilities make them appear free spirited, as if they can’t be bound by conventionality.

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The Detective (ENXX)
Freedom to explore potential and change and new trends.
Being chained, restrained or held back
Interpretative Intelligence
Patterns memory
Extroverted iNtuition
The moderate and conservative types (ISXX)

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Key motivations: Figuring out patterns, finding clues, hidden gems, jumping on a new pattern, unlocking mysteries, seeing what things could become, transforming what is to something new. Naturally curious, detectives have a great patterns memory and recognise when things are no coincidence.

ENFP, ENTP, INTP, INFP, ISTJ, ESTJ, ISFJ, ESFJ, Extroverted Intuition,

Extroverted intuition as interpretative intelligence

Interpretative intelligence gives powers such as the ability to spot hidden things, clues, and possibilities that others miss. It can be described as a sixth sense – the ability to instantly know something about another person or about a situation. Detectives have the ability to quickly grasp complexity and to figure out what something means and to quickly put an idea to the test. And it is the ability to suggest and start change and to start new movement. We have found this:

Interpretative intelligence is the ability to generate ideas and associations to a thought. What does it make you think of? What does it connect with? Detectives can quickly connect the dots between people, ideas, objects. What are the relationships between different things? How does something relate to another?

Detectives have the ability to think in relative terms. How could something be true, if it was true? “How did the murder happen, if it did?” Interpretative intelligence can go in many different directions at once. The question here is: Which direction allows me the most potential? This way of thinking allows for pattern surfing. If I take this route, where will I end up, and where can I go from there?

What is interpretative intelligence?

If interpretative intelligence was a superpower, it would be the ability to read minds. An interpretative thinker finds answers and reasons everywhere they look and this helps give them freedom to act and respond in whatever manner they choose. What do I do if they say that? What do I do if their intention is this?

You could describe the goal of interpretative intelligence to be freedom, potential, inspiration. By being able to come up with interpretations for everything, we know why people do what they do, we see beyond just their physical actions and the obvious, and we can choose to act in a way that is original and unusual. It is important for an interpretative thinker to see a relation behind everyone and everything. Everything in the world should make sense, everything should have a reason, and what doesn’t, troubles them and can keep them up at night. And what else?

Well, an intelligent interpretative intelligence can understand complexity faster than almost anybody. Because they come from the objective realm, they are also good at grounding and sharing existential awareness with others, letting people know what they see, and sharing insight and curiosity with others. They are also skilled at asking the right questions and finding the right angle to come from.

Interpretation gives insights about the future, the past, the unknown, and what is hard to understand. Not all insights are of course for the positive, some can leave the interpretative thinking types distressed and shaken. Perhaps worst of all is not being able to figure out why or being uncertain. Curiosity can be a double edged sword for the intuitive extrovert, who not only wants to know, but needs to know, in order to feel at peace.

The inspired Detective

Inspiration for the free spirits comes when they can free themselves from the repressive chains of moderation, conventionality and conservatism. I have found that free spirits respond really well if they can dare explore the private and hidden worlds of more reclusive and secretive types such as the INXX. The detective can see all the patterns, can read all the clues, can spot the signs before anyone else. They can make deductions and predictions and use them to figure out things other people can’t.

Here, they find a blank canvas of unexplored terrain to dig into, and a spider web of thoughts and possibilities to test. Free spirits tend to greatly enjoy putting the often existential theories and ideas of the hermits to the test, seeing if their worldview matches up with reality and the patterns you see around you. This tends to give the free spirits a great source of inspiration, helping them see more possibilities and potential than they previously did. 


Patterns memory

Patterns memory can be used to remember connections you have already made and where they lead. Storing many connections inside your mind, you can save them for future notice. You can keep them in your head, remembering where things lead, and what things usually mean. 

When a pattern has occurred, you will be the one that remembers, and the one that has to let people know. You remember a lot of things about adventures and cool things that have happened. You remember patterns and loops you have been in, and you notice when you are walking in circles. Patterns memory is essentially what helps us connect the dots and to remember how things are related. Without it, life would have no connections, and everything would just stand on its own. The process of relating things and storing connections is a genuine human superpower.

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