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Myers-Briggs Sensing vs. Intuition

Instructor: Vidhi Desai
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a popular personality inventory that is currently used fairly frequently. Some employers even administer the MBTI as part of the interview process before they select candidates. Find out more about it in this lesson!

What Is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator?

Isabel Myers and her mother, Katherine Briggs, invented the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test based on the research of psychologist Carl Jung. Myers' and Briggs' original goal was to help women identify suitable jobs during World War II. Nowadays, the MBTI is universally used to help people gain a better understanding of their personality.

The MBTI personality inventory includes four categories:

  1. Extraversion or Introversion
  2. Sensing or Intuition
  3. Thinking or Feeling
  4. Judging or Perceiving

According to the indicator, each person's personality is made up of one option each of these four categories. There are 16 possibilities of combinations via this personality inventory.

Sensing and Intuition

In this lesson, we will focus on discussing what sensing and intuition are. The category of sensing or intuition has to do with how we process information. One is not better than the other; in a sense, they represent two sides of the same coin.

Someone who falls on the sensing side uses their five senses to determine what information is relevant. This person remembers tangible, physical evidence, which means they tend to pay more attention to facts and real experiences. Sensing people tend to be very practical.

Someone who falls on the intuition side prefers the abstract, such as symbols, and tends to read in between the lines instead of looking for tangible evidence. This person is interested in future possibilities and what could be more so than the present and what exists now.

An Example

Sensing Sara and Intuitive Irene end up at the same party together, but they both go home and tell their folks a different story.

Sara shares the following details: the party was in a large house, there was a big backyard with many food items and drink options, there was loud music, and a lot of different people attended.

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