The Detective (EN)


Interpretative intelligence (EN) is the ability to see hidden intentions and purpose in everything around you. It’s the ability to recognize potential in the moment and to find things other people normally miss.

extroverted intuition

Why did they use that particular word? Was there a reason behind that gesture? Why did they say or do that? Interpretative thinking is a way to describe intuitive extroversion and the imagination network’s ability to understand complexity when paired with the objective network’s ability to make the uncertain real. 

Nickname: The Detective (ENXX)

Primary desire: To act, understand and respond to emerging potential before it happens.
Neuroscience: Bottom-up & the imagination network & a lower amount of warning receptors.
Core fear: Repetition
Inspired by: The Philosophers (IN) – Existentialism
Grounded by:  The Instructors (IS) – History
Variations: Detective reporters (ENFP) and detective hackers (ENTP), as well as detective architects (ENTJ) and detective performers (ENFJ)

Key motivations: Figuring out patterns, finding clues, hidden gems, jumping on a new pattern, unlocking mysteries, exploring options.


ENFP, ENTP, INTP, INFP, ISTJ, ESTJ, ISFJ, ESFJ, Extroverted Intuition,

Extroverted intuition as interpretative intelligence

Interpretative intelligence gives powers such as the ability to spot hidden things, clues, and possibilities that others miss. It can be described as a sixth sense – the ability to instantly know something about another person or about a situation. Detectives have the ability to quickly grasp complexity and to figure out what something means and to quickly put an idea to the test. And it is the ability to suggest and start change and to start new movement. We have found this:

Interpretative intelligence is the ability to generate ideas and associations to a thought. What does it make you think of? What does it connect with? Detectives can quickly connect the dots between people, ideas, objects. What are the relationships between different things? How does something relate to another?

Detectives have the ability to think in relative terms. How could something be true, if it was true? “How did the murder happen, if it did?” Interpretative intelligence can go in many different directions at once. The question here is: Which direction allows me the most potential? This way of thinking allows for pattern surfing. If I take this route, where will I end up, and where can I go from there?


What is interpretative intelligence?

If interpretative intelligence was a superpower, it would be the ability to read minds. An interpretative thinker finds answers and reasons everywhere they look and this helps give them freedom to act and respond in whatever manner they choose. What do I do if they say that? What do I do if their intention is this?

You could describe the goal of interpretative intelligence to be freedom, potential, inspiration. By being able to come up with interpretations for everything, we know why people do what they do, we see beyond just their physical actions and the obvious, and we can choose to act in a way that is original and unusual. It is important for an interpretative thinker to see a relation behind everyone and everything. Everything in the world should make sense, everything should have a reason, and what doesn’t, troubles them and can keep them up at night. And what else?

Well, an intelligent interpretative thinker can understand complexity faster than almost anybody. Because they are objective, they are also good at grounding and sharing existential awareness with others, letting people know what they see, and sharing insight and curiosity with others. They are also skilled at asking the right questions and finding the right angle to come from.

Interpretation gives insights about the future, the past, the unknown, and what is hard to understand. Not all insights are of course for the positive, some can leave the interpretative thinking types distressed and shaken. Perhaps worst of all is not being able to figure out why or being uncertain. Curiosity can be a double edged sword for the intuitive extrovert, who not only wants to know, but needs to know, in order to feel at peace.


How to get inspired as a detective

Integrating your intuition helps you improve your motivation and helps you unlock the full powers of your intuition. Existentialism helps you become fully integrated.

  • Philosophers and existential information (INXX) can help provide perspective and “the other side of the story” to your ideas and what you have observed
  • Philosophers can help synthesize the things you observe and experience to help give you the bigger picture.
  • And philosophers can also help predict and speculate on the future, giving you a sense of vision and greater purpose

When you lack the big picture, perspective, and a sense of vision, you can be prone to becoming too vague and abstract, interrogating others, or second guessing everything.