Myers-Briggs Intuition Preference

Intuition (N)

Key words: symbols • pattern • theory • future

People who have prefer the Myers-Briggs Intuition Preference are immersed in their impressions of the meanings or patterns in their experiences. They would rather gain understanding through insight than through hands-on experience.

Intuitive types tend to be concerned with what is possible and new, and they have an orientation to the future. They are often interested in the abstract and in theory, and may enjoy activities where they can use symbols or be creative. Their memory of things is often an impression of what they thought was the essence of an event, rather than a memory of the literal words or experiences associated with the event. They often like concepts in and of themselves, even ones that do not have an immediate application, and they learn best when they have an impression of the overall idea first.

People who prefer the Myers-Briggs Intuition Preference may:

  • recall events by what they read “between the lines” at the time
  • solve problems through quick insight and through making leaps
  • be interested in doing things that are new and different
  • work from the big picture to the facts
  • place great trust in insights, symbols, and metaphors and less in what is literally experienced
  • sometimes focus so much on new possibilities that they miss the practicalities of bringing them into reality

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The Myers-Briggs Type Table

ISTJ

Planner Inspector

ISFJ

Protector Supporter

INFJ

Foreseer Developer

INTJ

Conceptualizer Director

ISTP

Analyzer Operator

ISFP

Composer Producer

INFP

Harmonizer Clarifier

INTP

Designer Theorizer

ESTP

Promoter Executor

ESFP

Motivator Presenter

ENFP

Discoverer Advocate

ENTP

Explorer Inventor

ESTJ

Implementer Supervisor

ESFJ

Facilitator Caretaker

ENFJ

Envisioner Mentor

ENTJ

Strategist Mobilizer