Sensing Preference

Key words: facts • details • experience • present

People who have a preference the Myers-Briggs Sensing Preference are immersed in the ongoing richness of sensory experience and thus seem more grounded in everyday physical reality when compared to more intuitive types. They tend to be concerned with what is actual, present, current, and real. As they exercise their preference for sensing, they approach situations with an eye to the facts. Thus, they often develop a good memory for detail, become accurate in working with data, and remember facts or aspects of events that did not even seem relevant at the time they occurred.

Sensing types are often good at seeing the practical applications of ideas and things, and may learn best when they can first see the pragmatic side of what is being taught. For sensing types, experience speaks louder than words or theory.

People who prefer the Myers-Briggs Sensing Preference may:

  • recall events as snapshots of what literally happened
  • solve problems by working through things thoroughly for a precise understanding
  • be pragmatic and look to the “bottom line”
  • work from the facts to the big picture
  • put experience first and place less trust in words and symbols
  • sometimes focus so much on the facts of the present or past that they miss new possibilities
  •  are less likely to ‘go with their gut’ and would rather rely on their internal database of facts

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Sixteen Myers Briggs Personality Types

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