Introverted Sensing has been talked about a lot in the past few posts, however, I haven’t discussed a whole lot on how it works individually within the INFP. What I mean is, “Si” has many functions when it works tandem with “Ne” or “Fi” for instance, but I haven’t explored its function when the INFP is solely using and focusing on Introverted Sensing.
Now, the role of “Si” is to help the INFP recharge and energize. “Si”, itself, focuses on internal data and details, in contrast to “Se” focusing on external data and details. Such internal data can include internal feelings, emotions, hungers, pains, and memories.
So how exactly does the INFP relax through Introverted Sensing? With Extraverted Intuition, it’s role of support is rather obvious through the INFP being able to generate new ideas. With Introverted Sensing, however, it’s a little harder to interpret.
Could it mean that INFPs can relax once all of their emotions, hungers, pains, are in order? As in, they can concentrate and think once their body is comfortable physically, once they’ve eaten, once they’ve relieved any pains?
I do think that’s a reasonable interpretation. I have noticed that I, more than some people, can have a harder time concentrating on work when I’m hungry or thirsty.
Though, I think there is more to the function of “Si” than relaxing once “Si” is all in order. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense saying INFPs can only relax when “Si” is in default mode or when it doesn’t have to worry about certain emotions, pains, hungers, memories, etc.
Instead, I think the INFP can only relax once they use “Si” like a doctor during a check-up. A certain day’s events can go by really quickly, and lots of internal data with be inputted into the INFP. A jumbled string of pains, hungers, and memories from the day’s events may leave the INFP tangled and confused.
Once the INFP is by him or herself and can sit down and think, the INFP will often bring “Si” in as the “check-up doctor”. Even if the INFP has a few pains and hungers blaring internally, the INFP must check and find the sources of those pains.
Also, the INFP will rewind the day’s events and search through his or her memories, untangling the experiences from the day’s events. Once the INFP can study his or her memories, the INFP can better learn from those experiences and understand what happened during the day.
Most importantly, the INFP will also study and analyze the feelings that generated from certain events and use “Fi” in tangent to figure out why they feel that way or what they feel in general.
Personally, I find this interpretation to be more true than the “relaxing only when comfortable”. Of course, that interpretation still applies, but often, especially after a traumatic or stressful event my mind will being reeling, rewinding the memory of the events and going over them even if I myself don’t feel like the need to.
Thinking over the day and checking up on myself, especially just having the chance to do a “check-up”, can be very relieving.
In many ways, Introverted Sensing is like a check-up doctor, testing the INFP’s vitals. The INFP will be happy to understand and know how he or she is currently and will be able to relax comfortably.