Sensing vs. Intuition Preference

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You use Sensing (S) and Intuition (N) to receive and process new information either by using your five senses or in more abstract ways. Sensing and Intuition are opposite preferences. A person’s natural tendency toward one will be stronger than the other.

There are by far more Sensing people in the population than Intuitives. Sensors make up almost three-fourths of all people with Intuitives at just over 26%. Females are on average slightly more Sensing than males.

Sensing / Intuition Population Chart

Sensing (S)

Sensors focus on the present. They are “here and now” people. They are factual and process information through the five senses. They see things as they are because they are concrete and literal thinkers. They trust what is certain. Sensors value realism and common sense. They especially like ideas with practical applications.

Sensing Characteristics

  • Concrete
  • Realistic
  • Lives in the present
  • Aware of surroundings
  • Notices details
  • Practical
  • Goes by senses
  • Factual

Sensing Personality Types

Intuition (N)

Intuitive people live in the future. They are immersed in the world of possibilities. They process information through patterns and impressions. Intuitive people value inspiration and imagination. They gather knowledge by reading between the lines. Their abstract nature attracts them toward deep ideas, concepts and metaphors. They can see the “big picture”.

Intuitive Characteristics

  • Future-focused
  • Sees possibilities
  • Inventive
  • Imaginative
  • Deep
  • Abstract
  • Idealistic
  • Theoretical

Intuitive Personality Types