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Ni (Introverted Intuition) / T (Time)

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Introverted Intuition according to Aushra Augustinavichiute

All processes occur in time, which means they have roots in the past and continue into the future. Time is a relation between events occurring in sequence. This aspect of perception provides information about the sequence of events and people’s actions, their causal interdependence, and people’s own feelings that are caused by this interdependence.

One perceives direct outside information that is obtained through the first signal system as feelings about the future, the past and the present. Examples include a sense of haste, calmness or fervor; a sense of something being timely or premature; a sense of whether the pace of life is proper or improper; a sense of future danger or safety; a sense of anticipation; a fear of being late; a feeling of knowing what will happen in the future; an anxiety about what is to come; etc. One has some sense of time at any moment of one’s life. It is impossible to live outside of time or lack any feelings towards it. Therefore a certain sense of time is an integral part of one’s spiritual state at any given moment. This aspect of perception determines one’s ability or inability to predict the future and plan for it, to avoid possible problems and erroneous actions, and to learn from past experience.

When this aspect of perception is in the leading position, the individual has strategic abilities and knows how to choose an optimal moment for a particular activity. For example, giving battle when it is necessary and avoiding it when it is a better course of action, just like Mikhail Kutuzov always did.

Interaction in time could be called an ability to avoid collisions with objects, thereby avoiding their reflection in oneself.[1]

Introverted Intuition according to WSS

Aspect: Visualised Trends: Events occur and reoccur throughout time in certain patterns or trends which can be noticed and picked out via abstraction and reflection. The strength of these trends point to eventual outcomes that are of greater salience and meaning than the noise of many other situations, and can be picked out as consequences to reach towards or to avoid.

Metabolism: The individual carefully reflects on past events, considering what has happened before and noticing salient trends. Mentally following the path of these trends, they visualise outcomes that are likely to happen and what would ensure or offset routes toward these outcomes. Picking out particular outcomes of importance limits the range of possible instances to those that are probably going to happen, allowing one to plan a path to follow in the long-term.

Strength: The person possesses a capacity for deep thought and reflection on the meaning behind mundane events. With great insight, they can think ahead and predict what will likely come to pass from daily actions, understanding from little concrete data the consequences of what we do. They will have a good idea of how to avoid probable future mishaps, while also being confident in where their life is heading and how to align their actions with a particular path or plan of importance. 

Value: The person wishes to narrow the scope of possibilities in their lives to the few most important, wanting to form a clear path to follow in life with an outcome meaningful to them. They will want to carefully make decisions on their future, not wishing to turn back from the plan they have committed to. Distractions will be cut out, the daily lifestyle being pruned to fall in line with the path without distraction. They will also recognise the importance of the past, remembering previous instances to inform future actions.[2]

Introverted Intuition according to SHS

Imagination, memories, predictions; suggestion, hypnosis, visions, symbolism; reflection, premonitions, omens; nervous system.


The T-state at the intellectual level forms the most abstract type of thinking, which reflects the global processes found in the external world and which are caused by time. The law of entropy–the steady shift from more organised life forms to more chaotic simple ones–is at the heart of T-thinking. Birth, becoming, death, and rebirth in other forms–this kind of information is being processed in the human brain while in this state. If in the I-state a person obtains knowledge from within themselves, from their subconscious psychic layers, then in the T-state information comes from outside–from the “Cosmos.” Intuition of time thinking occurs through dynamic visual forms. Eyes go up and flutter a little, as if trying to follow the movement of the perceived image.


A stable expression of the T-state in a society leads to the informal role of a “mirror.” In the T-state, a person can predict the entire socio-psychological dynamic of a team. A person turns into a sensitive sensor of any changes within a team. Like a drop of water, the person reflects all the bad and good that was, is and will be in this group of people. In the T-state, a person combines within two contradictory roles of being a “prophet,” and at the same time being a victim who will be blamed for the group’s failures.


The T-state is experienced as feeling victimised (or sacrificed). This state is the most religiously colored, as it desires freedom from everything earthly and carnal, anything that binds the spirit. In the T-state, a person is drawn to the mysterious, otherworldly, and transcendental. In its extreme expression, the T-state leads to hallucinations, the appearance of various mystical visions. A person with a persistent T-state is most susceptible to hypnosis. Another manifestation of the intuition of time is feeling vulnerable to fate, lacking free will, existing at the behest of higher powers.


One of the most important signs of a T-state is the loss of body sensations. In the T-state, a person feels neither pain nor carnal pleasure. The lifelessness of the body manifests itself in its fragility, paleness, and inner emptiness. The T-state is expressed through posture of humility: hunched shoulders, retracted or, conversely, elongated neck, tilted or raised head, general bending of the body. The movements in this state are uniformly slow and smooth. It feels like a waking dream. The eyes of a person in the T-state are very sad, they seem to reflect dim and mysterious “moonlight.”[3]


[1] Aushra Augustinavichiute, Socion - The Foundation of Socionics
[2] WSS. The IM Elements - Perceptions
[3] SHS, Functional state T - Intuition of Time

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