Saturday, May 12, 2012

function comparison: sensing vs. intuition

The Sensing vs. Intuition dichotomy is another aspect of personality typing that can be a bit vague, in practice. Some questions you can ask are:
  • Are they instinctively good at physical crafts, e.g. construction, cooking, assembling furniture? (Yes - S, No - I)
  • Do they prefer to have "hands-on" experience when learning new things? (Yes - S, No - I)
  • Do they talk about things in details and specifics? (Yes - S, No - I)

For me, the easiest way to tell if someone is a Sensing type or an Intuitive type is by observing how they respond to a detailed explanation of a situation--the intuitive type will seem to lose interest or appear to be waiting for you to move on to another topic, whereas the sensing type will listen closely and even ask you to clarify yourself.

A Sensing type:
  • Focuses on the sensory experience, e.g. visual and auditory input, physical pain/pleasure
  • Grounded in reality
  • Cares about details
  • More sensual
An Intuitive type:
  • Focuses on their understanding of an experience, e.g. potential, cause and effect, relation to other things
  • Idealistic
  • Cares about concepts
  • More spiritual

More information:
http://www.wikisocion.org/en/index.php?title=Sensing_and_intuition
http://www.socionika.com/intution_sensing.html

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