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    How to spot Sensors and Intuitives

    From The Art of Speedreading People

    Sensors Intuitives
    • Are about 65% of the American population
    • Have clear, straightforward speech pattern
    • Have sequential thoughts - one follows the next
    • Are more literal; use facts and real examples
    • Use language as a tool
    • Are more aware of their bodies
    • Are more attracted to jobs that require practicality
    • Are less likely to have graduate degree(s)
    • Often prefer nonfiction reading
    • Are direct and to the point
    • Include details and facts
    • Remember the past accurately
    • Tend to listen until others complete their whole thought
    • Are about 35% of the American population
    • Have complex speech pattern; use lots of compound sentences
    • Have roundabout thoughts - leap from one to the next
    • Are more figurative; use analogies and metaphors
    • Use language to express selves
    • Are more in their heads
    • Are more attracted to jobs that involve creativity
    • Are more likely to have graduate degree(s)
    • Often prefer fiction reading
    • Repeat themselves, recap, and rephrase
    • Talk about global issues, the big picture
    • Envision the future
    • Tend to finish others' sentences

    The only Intuitive characteristic listed above that I don't relate to myself is the preference for fiction. I tend to associate my preference for nonfiction books with my Thinking preference though.

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    It's hard to suss out N/S in many people, though quite a few iNtuitives seemingly believe anyone that shows a modicum of creativity or intelligence is an N, and all the mouthbreathing sheeple are Sensors.

    Determining how a person perceives information based on behaviors can be difficult - at that point the Judging function is also in play. You're trying to determine the input by looking at the output.

    Any xSTx with a keen mind, for example, can appear as xNTx simply because they are intelligent enough to know they need to look at the global picture.

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    As always, I look for communication-behavior clues.

    For instance, in my opinion/experience, Sensors are given to speak of things in the particular, the actual (or in terms which reduce or appeal to such) whereas Intuitives tend to speak of things in the abstract, the theoretical, the possible (or in terms which reduce or appeal to such, again).

    Somewhat related: if/when such things come up, Sensors sooner speak of what could or should be -- in a practical, realistic and/or perceptible sense (or in terms which reduce to such, etc), whereas Intuitives sooner speak of (seeking the) (ostensibly imperceptible) meanings, purposes, or intents?

    Also a possible pattern, again in my opinion/experience, is that Sensors are quicker to speak solidly of things involving commitment/agreement/logistics between people whereas Intuitives are given to speak more speculatively of, seek and/or suggest flexibility in the particulars involved with commitments/agreements/logistics?

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