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In this episode Joel and Antonia talk about empowering Intuitives to step into leadership and get Intuition into the public consciousness.

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  • Dana
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    Joel and Antonia,

    I think you make some great points about the connotations around “intuitive” that arise from different communities. Thinking academically, some intuitive practitioners may disagree with your ideas because they lead or work with skill-driven Communities of Practice.

    By comparison, you seek to foster a Community of Interest for people who share the N identity/experience. As Antonia noted, formal skills and expertise are not prerequisites: the emphasis is identity-driven. Raising awareness by sharing my profile with friends and family is one idea. Similarly, how are other identity-driven communities connecting with members AND speaking their truth? Is it time for some tweet-ups or meet-ups?

    P.S. If intuitive pornography is your goal, mission accomplished.

    • Charis Branson
      Reply

      Thanks for the comment, Dana! And for the new term. I’ve never heard of Tweet-ups. 🙂

  • Foday
    Reply

    Simply associate intuitive developement with the inner child or child development.

    We all have an inner child and a healthy adult is an adult who is aware and nurtures his or her inner child.

  • Randy Caba
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    I remember reading that Intuition may be a somewhat recent human evolutionary trait, hence its relative scarcity, and that it is likely the conscious mind conversing with the subconscious or even unconscious mind. How many of you Intuitive dominants enjoy talking to yourself? Do you sometimes giggle at an unexpected perspective, a voice that seemingly came from nowhere? I wonder what percentage of stand up comics are Intuitive dominants.

    If Intuition is a conversation with a hidden part of ourselves, I find mine is deeply curious, often creates little stories, is fairly trustworthy, quite likeable and a bit of a jokester too. This is one reason this INTJ loves privacy. For long periods, I’m good company if even only to myself 🙂 Besides, consciousness is somewhat overrated – human comprehension is more than just awareness deep. I do try to vet most Intuitions headed into the ‘real world’ though as human history has shown Intuition can be fraught with errors. Is it any wonder then that some people don’t trust us when we wear our Intuition on our sleeve?

    It’s important to be mindful too that cognitive preferences are just that, preferred mental routines. We all house the two perceiving functions of Intuition and Sensation as well as the two functions that judge (evaluate) what we perceived, both Thinking and Feeling, the two expressions of Extroversion and Introversion, and how we come to decisions then act based upon the Perceiving or Judging routine. And none are throttled at 100%. I do often wonder what a being would be like that could use 100% of our human cognitive processes or exhibited cognitive abilities yet unknown to us.

    I wonder too if it’s my dominant Introverted Intuitive role that attracts those, and me to them, that struggle psychologically. I’ve lived with a few creative ladies that eventually were diagnosed with mental strifes. A crisis counselor once told me that few people could be a caregiver for months at a time to someone in a crippling psychosis. But I was raised next door to a schizophrenic uncle back in the 1960s and 70s when there was little help so, maybe that is part of the ability. Then again, as Antonia once casted, INTJs can get inside the head of others and understand their perspectives or motives without bias (at least initially). I’ve always found these ladies deeply interesting up until the roller coaster they sometimes road upon completely left the tracks.

    As for shedding light upon Introversion, perhaps consider submitting articles to local and even national newspapers or request that regular columnists address the Intuitive function. After all, we all use it. Blogging is a good tool. Some creative souls could conjure YouTube channels to promote Intuition education or at least post regularly to the many MBTI channels that already exist. The more adventureous and imaginitive could apply to kickstarter.com to get bigger ideas off the ground… Intuition TV anyone? Requesting more Intuitive TedTalks come to mind too.

    As always, thanks for the cognitive stirring.

    • Jill
      Reply

      I like this post Randy. Alot of good ideas. 🙂

  • Amanda Panda
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    AH! This has been one of my favorite podcasts! I am an ENFJ, with a very strong intuitive driving force and was raised in a family of sensors(Besides my one INFJ sister). This explains a lot of my pains growing up and learning to deal with sensor types. I learned from my best friend who is a Sensor how to co-live with them and my family too. And now I am great at hiding my intuitive nature, although it still comes out and I find people laugh at it often seeing it as a joke or silly thoughts. But I am able to connect the dots every quickly and easily.

    During movies even I will get up for the restroom or get a snack and keep it playing, my roommates do not understand why I would want to miss anything, but I find it kind of fun to come back and put the missing pieces together and understand the plot line and where it is going. A good blog for this is: http://misadventureswithintjs.tumblr.com/ <<< I totally love how I now understand this and can see why my friends that are Ns have a hard time as well.

    It is just sad that we have to mask it, otherwise we are seen as weird or silly for being able to see and think outside the box.

    I have also noticed and curious if others agree, that over time intuitives can become sensors as they age merely because they have to attend to the details of life and surviving.

    Sorry, I just find this super interesting and wish others would understand us so I would not have to hide my creative thoughts and mind, although for reason Antonia explained sensors are very important in life!!!!

    Much thanks,
    Panda

    • arabella
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      Hi Amanda Panda,

      Regarding your question about becoming more of a sensor as we age, I guess that we perhaps learn to “compensate” more with time even if our cognitive wiring stays the same. But in my case, the opposite has occurred. I grew up in an SJ/SP family and it was adapt or pretty much go under. The boot was on my head for many years. So when I got away from all that, I started growing into my intuitive self and now, in my early forties, I’m fully embracing it. Of course, it was always there and always found outlets in music and journalling, for example, but I suppressed it for a long time.

      I loved this podcast too and want to assure Joel and Antonia that I’m doing all I can to spread the intuitive message. One thing that’s occured to me, though, and maybe others too, is that having “public” Facebook groups is offputting when it comes to joining in the conversation. I’m sure I’m not the only one who doesn’t post there because of this. A “closed” group would be much better, even though all information shared online is obviously in the public domain. I can see the arguments for having a public group, but you may be missing out on new interactions because of it (this discussion often comes up on Facebook MBTI groups so you might want to consider looking into it).

  • Jill
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    Enjoyed this podcast.

    When I first learned that there are other Ns out there, it was a huge and welcome revelation. Nevertheless, you were spot on about needing both
    and Ss’ ability to keep Ns grounded.

    Case in point. I am an N; my husband is an S. The other night, I told him that what keeps me up at night is figuring out how to apply technology to hunger, poverty, and peace. He said that’s great, but what keeps him up at night is figuring out how to keep our family fed, clothed, and safe. 😉

  • John Danzer
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    Intuition is not a mystery. The big five system describes them as being high on “Openness to experience”. This is contrasted with Authoritarian types.

    The “mystical” intuition that people refer to is usually a “feeling”. People who are feelers (quite often women) more than thinkers aren’t aware of their own thinking and their thinking emerges in the form of a feeling of something foreboding. More often the flash that they call “intuition” is about some negative possibility.

    On the other hand the pattern recognition that emerges as “intuition” or “creativity” comes from a rich interconnection that results from a wide open -non judgemental gathering of experiences. People high on openness are more inclined to explore. The intuitive flash called an “aha” experience is not some vague feeling of discomfort or hidden danger but is a clear gestalt connection that fits a pattern that enlarges a person’s understanding.

  • Bethany
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    Great podcast! I always love your podcasts. It’s definitely intuitive porn for me 🙂

    I’m an INFP and I have been thinking about Intuitives and Sensors a lot recently as well. I agreed with so many of your thoughts about Ns and Ss, especially about sensor’s tendency to be cautious towards new ideas.

    I’m in college and my roommates are all sensors (ESTJ, ISFJ, and ESFP, I suspect). Two of my roommates (ESTJ & ISFJ) and I were discussing our future plans after graduation, and the N vs S dichotomy was very apparent to me.

    They both have planned out their next ten years, which is not usual, but the meticulous predictions they used blew my mind (they had the year and estimate of when they would have their first child, etc.). All of their plans were essentially the same lifestyle they were raised with. Essentially, it sounded like they wanted a life that was the exact same as their parents. They wanted to live in the same town, work in the same area of town they always worked in, and participate in the same activities they have always done. (I don’t mean to say there is anything wrong with that, FYI).

    As soon as they finishing reciting their life plans, they turned to me. I am not someone who plans like them. My ideas for the future constantly change (as an NP, I am a big fan of having my options as open as possible), but I do have some goals and life ambitions that I believe will not change. My plans, though, are more vague than my sensor roommates: go to graduate school for Speech Language Pathology, write novels, travel as much as possible, etc.

    They were visually uncomfortable with my vague plans, just like I was with their rigid view of the world. I suggested to them various other lifestyle and career choices they may take and they were shocked, and almost scared. They thought I was being weird. For them, the idea of even considering a path that was not the one that they always took was almost sacrilege. Why change something that always worked?

    This mentality is very frustrating because for me, looking at all the options is the only option. Why not change something that always worked to make it better? I think this a common clash Intuitives and Sensors face, or is one I notice often, at least. But anyway, some food for thought.

    Hopefully one day everyone can understanding the needs all types need. I think the use of social media, is the best way to get the language out there for everyone to learn.

    • Charis Branson
      Reply

      Great example of the Sensor/Intuitive split, Bethany. I have always kept my options open, like you. I remember the exact same kind of conversations happening between me and my friends when I was in Junior High and High School.

      Do you ever find you sometimes envy people who can find contentment with consistency? I look at people who live their whole lives in the same place, have the same friends, and go to the same places and wish I could be the same way. It seems so much more simple than constantly shifting horizons in search of the next adventure.

  • Michael
    Reply

    Love you both!

    • Charis Branson
      Reply

      Thanks for the comment, Michael! You’re awesome. 🙂

  • Kenneth
    Reply

    As a Perspectives Driver, I’ll offer that talking about type with other types requires being able to portray their type as something that sounds cool to them. If you can describe their type in a way that resonates with them, both strengths and struggles, and talk about your own type not only in terms of strengths, but the struggles, its a lot easier to have conversations with different types. We prefer our own functions, but we have to understand that those aren’t better, we just like them better. And we have to expect that others prefer their own functions as well.

    • Randy Caba
      Reply

      Good stuff, Kenneth. As a Perspectives Driver myself, I truly appreciate the concise summary, Costly Communication Mistakes Personalities Make by Mary Miscisin. She Effectively points out all our communication style blindspots and that, because we all hold elements of other personality traits, we sometimes share these faults.

    • Antonia Dodge
      Reply

      Yeah, I’d definitely agree. Before we enter the Sensor type’s weeks we’re going to be creating podcasts on the Sensory perceiving styles as well as Sensor appreciation. A strong communication of ‘we come in peace’ is imperative for any movement like this.

      -A-

  • Evelyn Baker
    Reply

    A big Thank-You! I really never realized what made me so different from other people. Disapproving looks from teachers, spouses, employers my whole life. I’m a 58 year old ENFP! What a freaking burden. And, what’s worse is I still have expected people to think and see things as I do, and I get so hurt and disappointed. Always the optimist, I.
    Eve

    • Charis Branson
      Reply

      Thanks for the comment Evelyn! I really have to admire Intuitives that grew and developed in a world that doubled down on assimilation. I think Intuitives have a much easier time of it now. I’m glad you can start to appreciate your gifts. You are a wonderful example to the rest of us. 🙂

  • Chrissie
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    Hi Antonia and Joel. INTJ female here. I have two thoughts for you as how to ignite an intuitive awakening.

    Number one: “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” I was so amazed when several of my extroverted friends made a huge leap forward in understanding me by reading the book “Quiet”. None of them were reading it for themselves (or me) but to better understand their introverted child (or spouse). I would say the majority of mothers want to understand their children…or if they don’t, they are often forced to try to do so when they hit impasses with them or their natural approaches to parenting don’t work with that child. You could create a series on understanding your intuitive child. I bet you could get some good buzz going for that. How many of us intuitives chose blending because we had a mom or family who didn’t get us or discouraged our intuitive tendencies! If moms can better understand their intuitive children, how empowering would that be! They are usually quite the force to be reckoned with when ideas gain traction in their spheres of influence.

    Second suggestion:
    MBTI and the cognitive functions have had such a big impact in my life that I can’t help but share the principles with friends, acquaintances, strangers on a plane, etc.. Because of that, I have had friends on a few occasions ask me to host a happy hour and share some of that MBTI knowledge with them. I haven’t done this yet mainly as a result of being stuck in Ni…need to sit down and use my Te to just hammer out what I would want to share. That led me to the thought, it could be great for you guys to develop an intuitive awakening course that your community could teach in small or large group settings. I know you are running a business and would want to profit from all of your hard work so participants could pay a small fee for course study materials. You have at least one ready teacher here in Texas!

    • Charis Branson
      Reply

      Thanks Chrissie! Leave it to an INTJ to come up with effective solutions. 😉 I will pass your ideas on to Joel and Antonia.

      If you are being asked to share your knowledge, it means you already have more than the people asking. INTJs/INFJs are notorious for thinking they need more info before they become an authority on something. I would encourage you to just dive in. Whatever you don’t know already, you will learn while teaching others.

      We have an Intuitive Awakening program that comes with a study guide. I’m not sure if you have taken that program yet, but it could help you organize your thoughts more.

      Here is that program: http://www.personalityhacker.com/intuitive-awakening/

  • Mark
    Reply

    I just recently started researching the whole personality type stuff and and your content has been this great eye opener for me. I am 54 and my whole life I have been a square peg trying to fit in a round hole. I think so different than everyone in my life I have gotten to where I have been hiding and living very isolated. I am glad that I found your website and content cause it gives me hope that I will be able to go out and find some people who look at the world the same way I do. Thanks for what you do and I will try to do my part and find my place in this intuitive awaking.

    • Charis Branson
      Reply

      Thanks for the comment Mark. You’re awesome! If you are on Facebook have you checked out our new group? It may help you find some other Intuitives in your area. 🙂

      • Mark
        Reply

        Yea I am a member already and think it is great.

  • M.R.
    Reply

    Great show, as an INTP, hearing this fits so well. It really is saying what I have always thought. Great points in saying to use Intuitives, yet others don’t know what we are or why we would be of any use. Again it is that huge downside of it being to difficult to show what we know so that it is recognized. I know somewhat about personality types now, love the topic actually, yet if you are out there and are an xNxx and you don’t absorb this info, gosh, could be so lost. Again, good episode.
    Mark

    • M.R.
      Reply

      one more comment,

      The importance of some of the messages here is huge, because you really are talking about ways that can create huge changes, in theory of course. Like what does it take to get many to buy into new ways? It makes me think of the documentary called Century of Self. The talk about sensors changing or regulating change is really good, very objective unbiased views you two have made.

      Regarding getting this message out there, that of awareness of intuitives, well it’s very much like the awareness of introverts and extroverts. I have heard a lot more use of those words in the last few years, it must have increased from years back. People know what each is now, they may be a little off in their definitions, but the point is that it is out there. That said, maybe in time the Sensor/Intuitive awareness will come to be what the Introvert/Extrovert awareness has become, or I should say it still becoming, because that process is still going on. It can almost be common knowledge to call someone an introvert these days, most people know what it means, again, the sensor/intuitive thing may become household words down the line.

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