Podcast – Episode 0093 – Sensing Personality Types

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In this episode Joel and Antonia talk about the gifts and skills of the sensing personality types in relation to Intuitives.

In this podcast on the Sensing Personality Types you’ll find:

It is common for newly discovered iNtuitives to marginalize the Sensor world. This is understandable but we need to graduate beyond it.

  • 75% of the population uses Sensing to learn information
  • 25% of the population uses Intuition to learn info

Sensors who live in a largely Sensor world may not even be aware the iNtuitive world exists.

Like someone who was always surrounded by right handed people not thinking that much about left handed people and the challenges they face.

An entire infrastructure can be suited for a specific type of person but that doesn’t mean it is suited for the individual. Not every Sensor is going to feel like the world is crafted for them. There are plenty of Sensors that can feel disenfranchised by society in general.

Individuals are always going through a unique set of experiences. Sensors can understand what it feels like to be misunderstood.

ESFPs in the school system face a lot of challenges because their learning style is different.

Sensing and Intuition are our perceiving cognitive functions. What catches our attention. What we absorb. It is our learning style.

Intuitives favor advanced pattern recognition. Behind the curtain thinking.

Sensors aren’t necessarily interested in what’s behind the curtain. They are far more interested in the verifiable and reliable. Seeing is believing

Sensors engage with their senses. More than 5 senses.

Extraverted Sensing (Se) – ISFP ESFP ISTP ESTP – “Sensation” in Genius System

Very much in the moment. All senses engaged in the here and now. This is favored by people who want verifiable information.

Tennis hop – Tennis players will bounce from one foot to the other in preparation for movement. The Sensation brain is similar in that it is always ready to move at a moment’s notice.

Sensation is always ready to respond to outside world. They are the most athletic. The most kinesthetic. The most adrenaline oriented. Very much here and now.

Introverted Sensing (Si) – ESTJ ISTJ ESFJ ISFJ-Traditionalists – “Memory” in Genius System

Si is less about verifiable info and more about reliable info. Safety oriented.

Understanding how things have been done so they know how things need to be done.

The most reliable info you can get is something you have directly experienced and captured for further review. This is why we call this process “Memory.” It is not about having a good memory. It’s about capturing info for later review – like a memory.

It’s not always the most reliable piece of info though. Everyone’s observations are subjective.

How do we know how something should be? By observing what has already happened and applying those principles to the present.

They make sure we have protocal. A standard to reference.

Why do we have to have Memory (Si) and Sensation (Se)?

Si helps us create protocols and standards to maintain structure. If everyone was continually reinventing the wheel we wouldn’t have a reliable infrastructure.

Se is important because we need people who can respond and turn on a dime. Like Early Responder Rescue Units. They get super clear in the moment. They also teach us how much we can push our bodies and overcome limitations.

If you are dealing with any limiting belief and you observe someone do incredible feats it can be encouraging to see the possibilities the human body has.

More Memory users in the world than Sensation – 45% use Memory. 30% use Sensation.

We need a foundation of traditionalists to build our novelty upon. So it makes sense that Si is the biggest group.

Innovators must build on sturdy platforms maintained by Si users.

Si users keep traditions alive. They maintain cultural and familial traditions. They are community minded. They want to help the world stay connected to its past.

They maintain stability by maintenancing new innovations and creating procedures around it so it can be absorbed into the new norm. The world can’t survive on innovation alone.

It is important for Sensors to vet iNtuitive innovation. It can get frustrating to iNtuitives when they think their ideas aren’t honored enough, but not all innovations are good ideas. If we don’t have people questioning our innovations so that we have to fight for them then terrible ideas may become adopted.

Sensors perform a service for everyone.

Sensation people bring an extraordinary sense of beauty. A lot of performers and entertainers.

We can’t have a massive Intuitive Awakening if we don’t rest into appreciating what Sensors bring into the world.

They force us to ask:

  1. Is that something we should adopt?
  2. Does it makes sense?
  3. Is it verifiable or reliable?

They’re the ones that are going to be the foundation of the Intuitive Awakening. The only way to have them care about us is to foster care for them. The only way they can appreciate us is if they’re mirroring the appreciation we have for them.

Intuitives aren’t the only ones who can be transformational leaders. Sensors can also.

Intuitives aren’t the only ones on the cutting edge either. Multiple sensors have innovated and changed the way we interact with the world.

Sensors let us know if something is worth adopting. They can be a driving force behind new technologies.

Intuitives have a tendency to be more agile to changes. Not as suspicious of change as Sensors can be.

As technology is going at an insane pace, then there is going to be a strong need for Intuitives to help guide our path in this evolving world of technology. And there’s going to need to be a commensurate need for Sensors to adopt things quickly – more quickly than their wiring may prefer.

It is important for Intuitives and Sensors to start working closer together as progress speeds up more and more.

We need sensors to understand why Intuitives are needed right now, where they fit in, how to rely on their agility, and learn to accept and acclimate to the changes.

We are going to have to meet sensors on their terms and help them adapt to the changes.

Not every Intuitive knows where they are going so Sensors are going to need to get better at vetting Intuitive leaders and knowing which direction we’re headed and how we’re going to get there.

It is important that sensors not dig in their heels about change in general. They need to be open to the new style of reality.

Popular TV often has Intuitive main characters. House, MD. An Intuitive who pattern recognizes medical issues that no one else can see. He’s a bit rogue.

Other programs with Intuitive leads: Mentalist. Criminal Minds. Sherlock Holmes.

Our first step is to appreciate these characters and their gifts. People like those characters in theory.

Now we need to learn to embrace them in our lives. Instead of being reactionary to strange ideas, consider the ideas of the outliers.

Intuitives need to get better in speaking sensor language. Reactionary attitudes don’t open up communication. Appreciate the sensors and their gifts and respect the place they’re coming from.

Not every sensor believes the world is built for them alone. The type most represented is ISFJ. Each ISFJ is very different. Si is very subjective. They can be quirky and individualistic. Appreciate the variety among these types.

Just like we want to be honored for our individuality, we need to honor sensors for theirs.

We need to recognize that we all need to be acknowledged for who we are as individuals and honored for what we bring to the table.

The Cognitive Functions are not in a vacuum. When you look at Si/Se and Ni/Ne they are polarities. Intuitives have Sensing processes. And Sensors have Intuitive processes.

Perspectives (Ni) users can experience Sensation whenever they are present in their bodies.

Sensation users can experience Ni when they have “Aha!” moments, or start thinking they know what the future will bring.

Si can experience Exploration (Ne) when it has moments of feeling adventurous.

Ne occasionally revisits the past and gets nostalgic like Si.

We all have these parts inside us. It’s just a matter of accessing these components so we can put ourselves in the other’s shoes.


In this episode Joel and Antonia talk about the gifts and skills of the sensing personality types in relation to Intuitives. #sensing #personality #podcast #MBTI #Myersbriggs

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  • rose

    I was a little disappointed on how much time was spent talking about intuitives. As a sensor I was really was interested in learning how sensor’s tick, not so much about how we can serve intutives or vise versa.

    • Chris Beasley

      Bridging the gaps between perspectives is exactly what we all need to learn. My aha moment was when you mentioned how to understand the other perspective by realizing that: the little thing I do once a month, They live that way daily!! Light bulb. Thank you.

  • Dean

    Thank you for making this podcast. I feel like I’ve understood sensors and intuitives much better. I also feel more relaxed, wiser, and appreciative of everyone’s gifts, strengths, and uniqueness.

  • Nicole

    Oh, and on a more serious note: I’m like that you’re acknowledging- and trying to counteract-
    the sensor- bashing that goes on.

    Vilifying 75% of the population( sensors) won’t do any good for intuitives.

  • Nicole

    As a sensor, I find it hilarious that the majority of the comments on this are from intuitives wanting to understand sensors better. 🙂
    And I thought it was intuitives who were misunderstood. 😉

  • Dana J

    Joel & Antonia, you rock! I actually have to listen to this one again because my first go-through was when I was having A ROOT CANAL! You kept me quite happily distracted from all the noise & activity going on in my mouth… until some of the cleaning stuff they used leaked onto the tastebuds & nearly caused a major calamity. Then I felt the need to monitor the work a bit more closely & didn’t pay as much attention to the far more interesting podcast. 🙂

    I really appreciate learning more about Sensors, and especially all the reasons we have to value them. Thanks for your great work – and for dental work distraction!

  • Taylor

    sorry to bug you guys with more of my music metaphors. This one has helped me explain the idea of typology to people who don’t like the idea of being put in a box, or being given a label. My family are all sensors, and they liked this analogy.

    People are like key signatures.

    If I have a song written in D major, it tells me nothing about what the song sounds like. There are infinite possibilities for songs in D major.

    However, all songs in D major follow a similar framework, and follow similar rules.

    Songs, like people, reflect the time of their creation, their culture, their geographical location.

    Bach’s Air on a G String for cello and Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” are both written in D major. We can agree they are completely different songs yet, they follow the same rules.

    There is such a rich collection and diversity of music out there, and likely infinite possibilities to create more. That same possibility for a rich diversity of individual personality exists too, even if at our core there are only 16 frameworks. Afterall, music of the western world is built using 12 semitones.

    In the same way key signatures don’t tell me much about an individual song, typology doesn’t tell me much about an individual person.

    A composer writes in a key so he knows how to build his song, what sounds good, what doesn’t sound good. We use typology to understand how to build our lives, what we’re good at and where we have weaknesses.

    • Emily

      I like this, Taylor! I will have to use that analogy in the future.

  • Mark

    I am glad you have started talking about senser types and working together. It seems to me there is a big disconnect between intuitive and the senser types. It is time for us all to learn to work together. Thanks guys.

  • Steven

    I’ve come to really highly value introverted sensing. I work as a software developer, and my lead developers have typically been ISTJ types. My first lead developer was extremely strict, and I found him to be stifling – but, I learned a lot from him about the importance of standards. My current lead developer is a lot older, and he is so much more flexible. He loves to listen to my ideas, and sometimes when I get stuck, he helps me slow down, take things a single step at a time (I have a _very_ difficult time not skipping steps when I feel like I already know how that part is going to work out), and I realized that his method, though slower, is 99% reliable for troubleshooting.

    I love talking to him and picking his brain though; he is a fountain of knowledge and wisdom (well, for my career).

    • Steven

      Oh, one thing I forgot. He (my current lead) started bouncing his ideas off of me after he got to know me (about 6 months into the job), and I can’t express how happy that made me. I did let him know how happy and honored I felt that he valued my opinions though. I really love talking with him.

    • Steven

      Sorry, for blowing this up, but I wanted to clarify one more thing I said: “and I realized that his method, though slower, is 99% reliable for troubleshooting.”

      My method works for me most of the time, but when it doesn’t work, I can spend hours frustrating myself on something that would take him only a single hour. So, when my intuition fails, it fails hard. I think I am learning to recognize that more and more though; when I don’t know enough about something to be making those intuitive leaps.

  • Kaydee

    I learned so much about the sensors I live with, but have not understood. I am so intuitive that I need sensors to remind me to breathe because it worked before.

  • Merja

    LOVE this! Another excellent podcast from Personality Hacker! I think you are doing great things for the world! <3

  • Kayla

    This is great, and glad you brought up SPa, in school. Also glad you brought up SJs, and tradition. With infrastructure, I’ve thought about this. I’ve been looking for this, because if we’re going to really utilize typology, and apply it then, we need sensors. Sensors, could really mainstream typology.

    There’s a intuitive, and sensor divide. There’s, also a divide in SP, and SJ. In schools, jobs, families, relationships, and friendships. This is something we can show people. When people stop looking into the all to common conflict, about people arguing, and calling the other reckless, boring, just plain, rebellious, or a stick in the mud.

    Does anyone else think, that bring up this contrast, could be useful? Could showing how using typology as a mediator, could jumpstart people seeing, the value of it?

  • Emily

    I really enjoyed this, you guys! We each have our place in a cosmic symphony, each complementing all the others with our unique gifts. Understanding the sensors in my life has helped me appreciate them so much more. At the same time, it’s helped me find MY unique place among them. Their weaknesses aren’t to be looked down on, but rather they are a gap for me to fill. Realizing this has given me a sense of purpose. And at the same time, I depend on them in my weaknesses.

    You guys have been a big part of that realization. So thank you!!

  • Kayla

    Thanks for this podcast! One of my personal goals this year is to communicate and relate to sensors in a more positive way. One of the first things I try to find in a new work environment is a sensor type that can help me put my ideas into reality. Some of my best experiences at work is when I have someone that is willing to help me test my ideas in order to make them a reality. The best sensors, however, are the ones that are able to provide that critical feedback that helps keep me grounded in reality. To them, it is obvious why something won’t work and so they might not explain it to me. They just wonder why I’m being so impractical.

  • andrea

    I loved this podcast–insightful as always. Sounds so cliché sometimes, but the world truly needs every type and the strengths that they bring! Loved that you emphasized that we all have N and S in our personalities–we can tap into both, even while being strong in one or the other. I’ve kind of settled on INFP as my type, but there is a lot in me that feels like a Sensing type, primarily ISFJ. I know that sounds strange, because they are very different, but somehow, I can see both in me very strongly, and I relate to a lot of Sensing things. Maybe the upcoming weeks on Sensing types will help me clarify that!

  • Sarah

    Thanks so much for this deep dive into sensing types! My family (with the exception of myself) is entirely composed of sensors; and so while I do frequently feel marginalized, and (I hope!) have become really good at tracking their priorities and speaking their language, I have been wanting a deeper look inside their processes. I appreciate their focus on comfort or reliability and precedence but have always been puzzled by their drive toward those things. Knowing that it’s part of how they perceive the world is fascinating. The part about visiting your polarity to experience a bit of their lives was also interesting!

  • Todd

    I found this one to be one of your best podcasts so far. To better understand thy self, one must dive deep into one’s own weakness. My weakness is a strength of the majority. Therefore to know thy self better, I must better understand others.

  • Amanda

    I really enjoyed this podcast. I just find sensors so interesting and motivating. They are so able to see what are the needs in the here and now, where I look to the future. I look forward to this also because I a intuitive in a family of sensors and have learned to speak their talk very well, but get caught up in my dreams often. :p I really am interested to learn more about ESTP, like your father, Antonia. I think they are the most amazing people ever! I just wish I could be so go-go like them.

  • Marissa

    I enjoyed this podcast so much, and I’m really looking forward to the podcasts devoted to each sensing type. I often feel like I “just don’t get” Sensors, and it bothers me that I don’t always understand and value them as much as I should.

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