Time Theory (with Ni and Si)
A theory for your consideration as it relates to “time”.
I have a theory that the Ni-Se axis, and Ni in particular, tracks time through the space between moments/events and can guess within a high accuracy the sensory time allotments based on these reference points.Ni is tracking a cognitive interpretation of spacetime.
Conversely, the Si-Ne axis tracks time in a more traditional sense as it is focusing on the specific start times or singular moments on the timeline in which it is responsible for.
Let’s bring in a sensory example for context shall we?
For example. Let’s say I have 3 goals I want to accomplish after work. I don’t schedule them based off start times but I still get them all done. This is because I fully know by feel how long each will take...even if I’ve never done them before. My consciousness is attuned to the space between the beginning and the end of an event (vs the start and end time) or what that space should look like.
This allows for my weekly and monthly schedules to basically auto populate in my mind according to the space that any specific action or activity should fill. Then (uh oh random chaotic change of plans) if needed, I can rearrange the blocks based on the space within them vs the time that they start. For me, the start time comes once the space time is acknowledged.
Does this work? Well, at the end of the day I usually always have everything I planned to do, done.
How does this differ from the Si-Ne axis?
The way I see it, if Si will want to leave at 4:45 PM because the GPS said the drive would take 40 minutes and the event starts at 5:30 and that leaves 5 minutes to find parking which is a comfortable standard for such a thing. It is planning each action start and end point on a linear timeline to accomplish something, versus judging the space between the start and end points.
It’s a common anecdote that people with dominant Si functions are sticklers for time, and overall I would agree that sensory (Si or Se) respects time in a more traditional sense as we see it related to clocks, and line by line schedules. But I would argue that the Ni function, would be a close second. However this is because it’s tracking time in this completely different way, not relying on tools such as apps, clocks, schedules, but it’s understanding of space in between moments.