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Intuition and Sensing

Onward and forward to the second letter of your/your lover’s/your pet antelopes type! For those who would like to start from the beginning, go to the page on introversion and extroversion.

If you are typing someone, fear not if you cannot decide whether or not they have a preference for introversion and extroversion. People are not always so black and white, and you may see many sides of a person in a year (though hopefully the healthy sort of sides).

I personally think that the intuition/sensing dichotomy is one of the most obvious, as Intuitives and Sensors tend to experience the world very differently (even those that do not use a sensing/intuition function first). Again, MBTI is about what your preferred way to perceive is. Let’s look at a few (somewhat black and white) hypothetical situations:

First, Let’s Give a Sensor a Flower

The Sensor picks up the lilac, and immediately notices the smell, the shape, and perhaps the exact color. They may or may not be reminded of something- however, they will more than likely notices the minute details of the flower. This is because Sensors live and perceive the world through their five senses. Sensing is a function that deals more with what is than what could be, and sensing something is picking up traits of your surroundings (whether it be the environment or the variety of objects).

Let’s Give the Intuitive a Flower

The Intuitive may not even notice you gave them a flower. An example of a reaction an intuitive may have to a flower is to compare it to the softness of their child’s hair. To the smell, an Intuitive may very well be taken back in time, connecting the scent of the current to a scent in the past. Or perhaps a mad NT got a hold of the flower and is plotting it’s use in world domination. While there are certainly dichotomies within dichotomies, the overall difference can be summed up to:

Sensing perceives in the present and through the five senses, whereas intuition draws connections from what is sensed. 

Perhaps, so far, you have felt that you are a Sensor and are angrily about to smash a yam into the computer, for you too make connections. Fear not! Soon we shall discuss the variety of functions that different types use soon enough.

Let’s stick a sensor and an intuitive in a white room.

Intuitive, “why are we in this white room? It would be really cool to paint this. I wonder if there is anyone on the other side of the wall”.

Sensor (driven mad by the whiteness) begins to think of a plan of action. Wondering and thinking like that will not get them out.

General Statements about Intuitives and Sensors


Imaginative, tends to like to read and think, extrapolates, tends to enjoy subjects like philosophy and other abstract ideas, at worst impractical, can lose track of time (think of the Absent Minded Professor- most likely an xNTP), may forget things like birthdays, weddings, and even names


Perceives through fives senses, practical, down to earth, may not like to read, or may not like to even learn, tends to be coordinated and inherently more extroverted, uses descriptive language instead of abstract language, discusses real world things more often (sports, the birdhouse they are building, the party they are going to attend, etc)


Keep in mind that these are not meant to be read like the Gospel. Or even like the back of a cereal box. These statements can apply to both types, but what we are trying to do here is seek patterns in people so that we may better establish what their overall preferences are.


About minimalnomad

If you're into MBTI, I'm an ENTP. I enjoy pursuing a more minimal life, and traveling as often as I can. I'd say I spend all of my free money on travelling. I lead a life of great adventure and reflection. I'm involved in marketing and writing, and may go back into professionally editing again. Basically, I just yolo around America and, soon, the world.

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