Sensors and Intuitors
These two terms describe how a person takes in information from the world. In Jungian terms this is the “perceiving” function. In Myers-Briggs typing, this is the second letter of the four-letter type (Sensor or iNtuitor).
as the name implies prefer the evidence of their own senses. They tend to focus on the here and now. They prefer concrete information taken in through their five senses. They prefer facts and figures to ideas and theories. They prefer descriptive language to metaphors or more abstract constructs. They are more likely to learn things one step at a time, from start to finish. They focus on the details sometimes losing the big picture. To understand something they start at the smallest level and work up.
Focus on: What is.
See: The trees (But what about the forest?).
Their brains are like: The phone book because they are, ordered, sequential, factual.
Motto: Just the facts, please.
don’t exactly ignore the evidences of their senses but they rely more heavily on hunches or their gut. They link the experience of their senses to other things via memory and imagination. They focus on the big picture. They more interested in theories than facts and figures. They tend to focus on the future and possibilities. They tend to prefer metaphors to highly descriptive language. To understand something they start at the highest level and try to break it down to the individual pieces.
Focus on: What might be.
See: The forest (Hey! Don’t forget those trees).
Their brains are like: The Internet because they are connected but random. One thing links to the other but not in sequence.
Motto: That’s fine in practice, but what about the theory.
Apples and Oranges
You can see how communication breakdowns might occur if one of you is a strong sensor and one is a strong N. The S will be wondering when the N will actually get to the point. The N will be drowning in all that rich S detail. Both may have a clear perception of the topic but are using different languages (concrete versus abstract/metaphorical).
Obviously most of us will be a bit of both. However, we all tend to have a preference for one mode or the other.
About 70 to 75 percent of the population are Sensors.
About 25 to 30 percent of the population are iNtuitors.
The ad-hoc way I am organizing these articles should give you a clue as to which (Sensor or Intuitor) I am.
If that is not enough then the “Their brains are like” metaphor should make it more obvious.
[I can see strongly sensing types going “But how can my brain look like the Internet. What the hell does that mean?”]
If you still can’t guess then I need to re-write the article.