Myers Briggs Sensing Intuition


The second dichotomy explores the type of information we prefer to pay attention to. In this model these differences are termed Sensing (S) and iNtuition (N).

Jung described this as the ‘perceiving‘ function. ‘Perceiving’ in this context to desribe information gathering. Jung also described this function as an ‘irrational’ function in the context that a person does not necessarily have control over the type of data they take in, only how they process it

Sensing (S)

  • May prefer information that is in the present, tangible and concrete: information that can be comprehended by the five physical senses.
  • Interested in the small detail and facts. For them, the meaning is in the data.
  • Describes in detail.
  • Value/trust experience and what is real.
  • Tend to focus on the small detail first.
  • Often considered practical minded people, using common sense and tried and tested methods when approaching problems.

MBTI Sensing Preference


Intuition (N)

  • May prefer information that is more abstract and intangible.
  • Preferring to hypothesise and theorise over what the data might mean.
  • Describes in metaphor and meaning.
  • Value/trust originality and what could be – future focused.
  • Tend to focus on the bigger picture and ‘meaning-making’ first.
  • Often considered creative people, using imaginative and novel approaches, perhaps never used before, when approaching problems.

MBTI Intuition Preference

Rembrandt is a good example of someone who used a Sensing (S) preference in his work, painting factual and real detail. Picasso is a good example of someone who used an intuitive (N) preference in his work, painting abstract and contemporary images.
Myers Briggs Sensing Picture Myers Briggs Intuition Picture

The next dichotomy is

MBTI Thinking Feeling