Intuition and Sensing (N/S)


Intuition and sensing are key mechanisms through which we navigate our imagination and the world around us. But how do you tell if someone is an intuitive or a sensor? 

Intuition (N) and Sensing (S)

N. Ask them a question about a hypothetical scenario or a theoretical possibility. Then study what happens.

Open minded iNtuitive) The person seems open-minded and optimistic about the outcome of said hypothetical scenario or possibility. The person seems interested in exploring other what-ifs and possibilities.
Close-minded iNtuitive) The person seems pessimistic about the idea or possibility but can think of other theories or what-ifs that could make your idea fail.
Open-minded Sensor) The person seems positive and enthusiastic but more realistic, reminding you of traditions, norms, and the here-and-now.
Close-minded Sensor) The person dismisses your ideas as crazy and remind you about the here and now. 

S. Ask the person a question about a concrete scenario or a tradition. 

Open-minded Sensor) The person sparks up and talks about other scenarios and traditions and things of concrete ways to add to them.
Close-minded Sensor) The person acknowledges the tradition or scenario but makes no effort to add to or help maintain it. 
Open-minded iNtuitive) The intuitive questions the scenario or tradition and comes up with hypothetical or theoretical what-ifs regarding the situation, but seem overall curious.
Close-minded iNtuitive) The person is reluctant or disinterested in the topic and believes it to be complete hogwash.

It’s important to remember that open-mindedness has no relationship to iNtuition, and that iNtuitives can be very sceptical, and that Sensors can be very open-minded.

Facial expressions in iNtuitives and Sensors

Intuitives have far less energy in their expressions, their smiles and gaze more mellow and faded out, eyes darker, and expressions more fluid and relaxed.

Temperaments

Sensors have more energy in their expressions, strong smiles, and strong, bright eyes. Expressions can seem tense and coarse.

Body language of iNtuitives and Sensors

iNtuitive gestures

iNtuitive wrist movements seem generally more relaxed and slow and elaborate, hands and arms dancing in the wind.

Sensor gestures

Sensors tend to have more strong and direct wrist movements, choppy, grabbing, and tense in their body language.

iNtuition and Sensing in the voice

iNtuitive voice patterns

The mellow or faded quality is characteristic of the iNtuitive voice. Dreamy, imaginative, contemplative, iNtuitives speak with less volume and intensity. 

Sensor voice patterns

Sensors speak with more strong and commanding and direct voices. Speaking with more volume, they bring attention to what they say and make people listen.