Introverted iNtuition: “The Existential Intelligence”

Introverted iNtuition is the Existential Intelligence and what we use to explain abstraction. We will constantly encounter many facts and questions we can’t find the answer to by simply observing or studying nature. To deal with these complex issues of life, for example what it means to be alive or dead, or the nature of atoms or things, we need philosophy.

Nickname: The Philosopher
Found in flow types: INFP, INFJ, INTP, INTJ
Cognitive function: Introverted iNtuition
Primary domain: The Unknown
Existential Intelligence
Body language: Fluid and natural eye squints, 
Key terms: Private, Original, Theoretical, Conceptual, Perspecting, Mental Models, Synthesis

The Philosopher Type

If you would describe the introverted iNtuitive you might say “They always make me feel understood” or maybe “Its like they know what I am thinking even if I haven’t said it!” Others may more negatively say “They seem distanced and they seem to avoid parties and life.”

I have made videos about introverted iNtuition creating a strange and original type with weird ideas and thoughts and insight. I have also described this as a type prone to ghosting or disappearing. Beyond this, introverted intuitives are often feeling invisible. We struggle to grab attention to ourselves, and we often keep quiet or speak softly. The complicated nature of the topics we choose often make others misunderstand or change the subject. 

The Introverted iNtuitive who can’t deal with Extroverted Sensing may rightfully so be accused of avoiding school, class, parties, and most situations where people are and where life is happening. We may at times live sheltered lives. Some going so far as to move in to monasteries or even caves. This makes sense, because the strong intense stress of city life can weigh on many of us. We do not like overwhelming situations and we like places where we can think and dream undisturbed. 

The Philosopher type wants to reason about and understand the unknown and it makes sense then that they struggle with avoiding the known and everyday commitments. We can be accused of being secretive or uncommunicative at times. People may say we are refusing to spell out and explain literally how we feel or think about something, instead reserving our right to speak in riddles or to be silent and “think about it” for a while.

At other times, we can illuminate and shed light on many facts of life and the world, making us appear wise, yet unexperienced. We often know things we should have no idea about. We often struggle with feeling invisible and as if nobody hears us or understands us. 

What is Introverted iNtuition?

Definition: Introverted iNtuition describes our ability to retain ideas, concepts and images inside our head for a longer time. 

A person who can do this with great skill is in their true right a philosopher. The usefulness of philosophy has sometimes been questioned. While a scout can help us understand matters of nature and what is and what is not. A detective can help us solve riddles and puzzles. But what can a philosopher do? The best answer to this question is they can help us deal with the unknown.

The introverted iNtuitive flow type is the most in flow when dealing with unknown hypotheticals, and things we can only reason about theoretically. Because iNtuition involves our imagination, and introversion deals with what we think is “inside”. The introverted iNtuitive type focuses on imagining what is happening “inside” things.

We may also not know what someone else is thinking, but the introverted iNtuitive type may be able to conceive mentally what a person may or may not be thinking. If you know an extroverted sensing type, you also know it is difficult for them to deal with things that have not been stated outright or explained clearly.

The extroverted sensing flow type feels negatively about the unknown, and it is often described as something scary, uncertain, and potentially threatening. The introverted iNtuitive however, finds joy and happiness in understanding. In thinking about things they do not know. Even while fearing and struggling to deal with the everyday realities of life.

The Existential Intelligence

The best explanation of introverted iNtuition is its use when we are conceptualising something. A concept is a fictive definition or classification about the nature of something. Using concepts, we can deduce the nature of things without having seen or experienced this thing. For example, we can’t see atoms or particles, but we still have concepts for these things. The concepts help us deal with and manage these facts and can help us make more educated decisions.

We use concepts on an everyday basis to manage relationships, people, and work. We reference these things all the time without being able to directly point to anything in our surroundings or to explain it in practical or concrete terms like we could, with say, introverted sensing. Introverted iNtuition is therefore an intelligence in its own right. An intelligence that helps us engage in theories and abstract reasoning.

Developing introverted iNtuition

The primary energy source for a philosopher is iNtuition, and the primary anchor is found internally. The introverted iNtuitive type describes the inner world of theories and abstract pondering as a place to recharge and regain energy and self-awareness. The outer world is seen as overwhelming and uncertain. The unknown and the possible are two important sources of energy for the introverted iNtuitive type.

When the introverted iNtuitive type can place themselves in novel and strange environments, they can get fuel to theorise and to contemplate and will feel a more rich imagination. The inner worlds of the unknown and the known represent rather sources for certainty and self-assuredness, and places where the introverted iNtuitive finds their backbone.

Without the inner, introverted iNtuitives feel anxious and turbulent and more dependant on other people for answers. Without the iNtuitive and imaginative, the introverted iNtuitive feels lethargic, sluggish, and lacking in energy. It is important then, to flow, to fill your life with novel and strange information. 

Introverted iNtuitive subtypes

The Introverted iNtuitive type is either a kind of magician, someone who seeks to transform and change the world in their image, putting their theories to practice to propose original big-picture changes. Another example is the romantic, that is able to put themselves in the face of changes and new opportunities, if it gives them a chance to learn new things.

A third example would be the Protector, that can propose secure evidence and data to back up their ideas and make sure they will turn out well in practice. The last subtype here is the Everyperson who can set aside and compromise their ideas to fit the community and ideas of others. 

Introverted iNtuitive Health Levels

Level one: At first, introverted iNtuition is just a gut instinct we can’t explain. There is no concept or theory behind it. 
Level two: Then we start to create a concept for it, but we do not yet know how to describe this concept or what it actually means or connects to
Level three: At this point, we start to understand how to use this concept to make decisions and observations about things.
Level four: At this point, we start to understand the rules of introverted iNtuition, and how it works, and how it does not work. 
Level five: When we reach this stage, we may have a strong theoretical and conceptual background, and we are now ready to start putting these theories to practice to solve problems in our life. 
Level six: At this stage, we start feeling like our ideas and theories have become more understood and that other people get us. 
Level seven: With this, we become better at seeing the perspectives and understanding the theories of other.
Level eight: Here, we start to see the whole and how everyone and everything is connected on a theoretical level.
Level nine: At this level, we feel truly deep knowing of ourselves, and others, and of the world and the whole. 

With every stage, we have new struggles and issues, but on the whole, every stage means a higher level of consciousness, a stronger sense of flow, and deeper seeing. Where is your introverted iNtuition at now and what are you currently working on in yourself?