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 can be comprehended by the five senses.
  • They may prefer to to be interested in the small detail and facts. For them, the meaning is in the data.
  • Prefer to 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)

  • Often appear to have no plan of action and act on spontaneity.
  • Flexible and adaptable.
  • Enjoy freedom and variety. Resist or fight against structure, rules, plans etc.
  • Enjoy surprises and last minute changes.
  • May also use lists. Will probably add to, continually alter or lose the list altogether.
  • Often leave projects until the very last minute, thriving on the frenetic activity that is needed.

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