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OVERVIEW of MBTI dichotomies (cont.)
The 2 ‘INNER’ (S-iN & T-F)
2. SENSING (S) vs INTUITION (iN) = The kind of INFORMATION we prefer to gather & trust, can be either Introverted or Extroverted (Si or Se / iNi or iNe) , & each is part of the Judging style. We use both styles, but to different degrees of effectiveness & with different levels of comfort.
• Sensing (S) / Concrete
To be mainly Sensate means that a person mainly believes the kind of information he/she receives directly from the external world.
These people absorb info thru the 5 senses. They’re detail oriented (micro) types, who prefer to focus on facts & concrete data, wanting to see the hard numbers. They keep track of available material & resources, appreciating knowing how & then doing what work. They love to observe, are good at remembering specifics, & understand things piecemeal, working through concepts from the bottom up.
Sensors LOOK for: how much, how many, how often, what kind….
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• Intuition (N) /Abstract
To be mainly Intuitive means that a person believes mainly the kind of information he/she receives from the internal or imaginative world.
These people highly imaginative, focusing on patterns & the meaning of data. They take in info from impressions, insights & patterns. They start with the big-picture (macro), extrapolating abstract possibilities from a wide variety of ‘real’ sources, understanding concepts using a top-down approach, & data best as it relates to other data. They have a grasp on trends, interested in what hasn’t been tried before.
Intuiters ASK: .”..for example? tell me more, what else should i know? Why do you say that? “— and will tend to echo what was said
NOTE: Of the 4 dichotomies, at their extremes these 2 opposites cause the most emotional difficulty in any relationship. Such people tend to be highly frustrated by & may even feel disdain for each other’s style. It can be particularly painful for a sensitive child who is strongly NF being raised by a mother who is a strongly ST.
— Ns use the same concrete / real-world experiences to ‘see’ things as Ss do, but much of it is subliminal, so they can’t always put into words how they reached their conclusions – they just know.
— To the S this is hocus-pocus, since they don’t trust anything they can’t identify by their own experience or from empirical research & can be clearly, logically verbalized.
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3. THINKING (T) vs FEELING (F) = Preferred way of coming to DECISIONS, can be either Introverted or Extroverted (Ti or Te / Fi or Fe) , & each is part of the Perceiving style
We all use both forms, but put more trust in one, but some decisions are made entirely from the T or F side.
Decisions that are the most difficult are caused by an intense conflict between head & heart (T & F), in which case our dominant preference will take over.
Easier decisions, the ones that feel good, usually are the result of the T & F sides being ‘on the same page’ (in sync).
• Thinking (T) – These are the analytical/ logic types. They tend to make decisions in a rational, impartial way, based on what they believe to be correct, based on pre-defined rules of behavior, as well as Fairness, which means that everyone is treated equally.
EXP: When we – research a product via consumer reports, buying the best one to meet our needs / do the ‘Right Thing’, whether or not we like it / establish guidelines to follow for performing tasks ….
• Feeling (F) – These people are more empathetic (picking up on others’ emotions), making subjective decisions on a case-by-case basis, & using feelings they believe to be right rooted in their own values. ‘Fairness’ to them means that everyone is treated as an individual.
EXP: When we – decide to buy something because we like it / don’t say something that upset another person / decide not to take a job because we don’t like the work environment / decide to move somewhere new to be close to someone we care about
NOTE: The Thinking – Feeling level is the only one which generates a gender bias.
The Thinking Woman swims against the current in most areas of her life, especially at work. If she’s decisive & objective, she’s branded hard, cold, unfeminine……
The Feeling Male is also disrespected – called soft, weak, a pushover …… for having a caring nature.
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