High Ne, low Si doesn’t imply ADD/ADHD

I just saw an article on LinkedIn, where one paragraph starts like this:

“I recently heard an inspiring interview by CEO and Entrepreneur, Peter Shankman from Faster Than Normal (FTN) who does not view the condition of ADHD as a disability, but rather a gifting. His mentality is thankfulness for the ADHD, because it allows him to be different than everybody else. He can do things others can’t. He can think 10-12-15 steps ahead, and he can make connections between topics naturally because of the way his mind is wired. He is not playing the victim, he is choosing to be the victor! …”


The sentence “He can think 10-12-15 steps ahead, and he can make connections between topics naturally because of the way his mind is wired” is a clear indication of some form of intuition, most likely Ne dominant, which implies Si-inferior. Furthermore, how one sees oneself (and tries to influence others beliefs) is a question of Fi-Te, either the person has this or someone helped him to figure this out. In my analysis the person talked about is likely to be an ENFP, at least a person with a dominant intuition function, for whom the pull between inferior Si and optimistic dominant Ne is clearly affirming his own identity in the latter. In case of an INxP, the Ne auxiliary / parent function would still see the usefulness of the optimistic Si and is unlikely to make such a contrary statement. Furthermore, in case of an INFP, with Fi dominant and Te inferior, there would usually be much more hesitation to share his observations so directly in the public sphere and advocate his own position in such a dynamic way, which is an indication that Fi-Te are on the middle axis.

In my coming book about psychological type and cognitive functions, I discuss the role of each of the perceiving functions in being labeled as ADD/ADHD. This is not to say that some individuals struggle with attention in general, but many forms of “taking in information” are not as suitable for the school system as most commonly found high Si, and are therefore disregarded, or people are made to fit, without a chance to develop their individual capacities. While these kids are unlikely to pose a majority in any general classroom, they are nonetheless a significant minority among the general population, and using a one-size-fits-all approach to education, is unjust to everybody who doesn’t fit.



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