hmmm, in general some good points but I have to comment on a couple:
I think far more things go into feeling "accepted" than whether you prefer to take in abstract or concrete information. For example, social skills, introversion, conformation to gender roles, ease at building relationships/relating to others, ethnic/cultural backgrounds (relative to the norm in your area), values you were raised with, etc etc etc. While it's true that all else being equal, sensors would be more likely to "fit in" due to their greater numbers, the number of factors involved means that sensing/intuition is not really a meaningful thing to focus on IMO.So they may not get a golden sticker for being a special little snowflake a la the Intuitives, but in the long run, this is a fantastically advantageous situation to be in. As social beings, humans rely on each other, and this cannot be denied; no matter how individualistic and self-sufficient you think you are. And as life-forms, we naturally have the instinct to thrive and continue the species progress. So difference is perceived as a weakness in the line, and unable to continue the consistency. With these two variables, logically, the easiest route through life is to simply be like the majority. This allows Sensors to be the most accepted and have an easy time navigating through other people via thinking in similar ways. Being misunderstood is one of the major issues for Intuitives, which is not so much of a problem for most Sensors.
Re: the last bit, I think this may be true, but not because we're easier to understand at all - I can't speak for others but for me it is an acceptance of the fact that nobody can really be completely understood, so it isn't something I really strive for. I do try to find people I relate to, but this is very rare and not related at all to S/N, for me. I don't even understand myself - I'm not sure why I would expect someone else to.
This is really only true for SJs, and only because that's what their natural inclination is - I'm not sure it makes them any happier overall, that seems like a big reach to me.The world is “built” for them
Leading off the last point, because there are more Sensors, societies systems are primarily adapted for Sensors, in particular SJs. They have the easiest time conforming and navigating through these systems with the greatest success. This is a pitfall for some Intuitives, who may struggle to follow and even comply with these expectations, which may lead to a more difficult life overall. But navigating these systems allows many Sensors to get what they want, faster. Perhaps the Sensor satisfaction rate for life – although I can provide no studies whatsoever – is higher, with a possibility of Intuitives being more likely than average to get depression.
Yes, this is great and really all that needs to be said about the subject. (well, the "new thoughts" bit is a bit sketchy, but I'll interpret that charitably, I suppose).Abstract isn't better than concrete
Reading many times on forums about these two dispositions that distinguish Sensors and Intuitives, I get the impression that people believe thinking concretely rather than abstractly is a negative trait and naturally inferior. This is false. There is only a difference in thought processes, no system of measurement that would lend itself to one being superior over another. One has the ability to produce new thoughts that will eventually enhance what is current, the other; the ability to maintain consistency and make these new thoughts a reality that is usable for the entire race. Concrete thought enables the user to convert a thought to the tangible, almost instantaneously. Perhaps at the risk of not thinking anything as avant-garde as the Intuitive, but it is a sacrifice and not inferiority. This also works vice-versa for Intuitives.
ehh....this is a sticky subject because intelligence is often described as the ability to work with abstract information. On average Ns would be expected to test better at that, since it is their preferred source of information which you would expect to correlate with ability - but there are a not insignificant number of Ns who are not great at it, and Ss who are great at it.Intelligence is not an N trait
Finally, another well-known belief among typology fans is that for someone to be exceptionally intelligent, they have to be an Intuitive. Perhaps not to such a degree that it is regarded as absolute- still the distinction is often, at least partially, believed to be true. Now there will be correlations, and evidence for the case of Ns being more intelligent could stem from many of history’s greatest thinkers and visionaries being typed as such. They may be right, maybe wrong, but this is not my point. My point is that this type of intelligence associated with such people (and Ns) is perceived as more intelligent. For instance, science (the majority most likely to be Intuitors) is continuously thought of as a profession that only intelligent humans indulge in, and rightly so. One who participates in Art, sport and other typically "S" environments, and stands out, are not so often perceived as "intelligent". But, personally, I thoroughly believe in the theory of multiple intelligences, thus brilliance in these areas too, may qualify for the label of "intelligent".
Also, there is intelligence which is not "abstract" but also not the lame Everyone's A Winner! BS of "good at sports 'intelligence'" or "good at drawing 'intelligence'". Science is actually a really excellent example of something which does involve abstract ideas but is far more about logical consistency, designing experiments to test specific concepts, using math formulas to derive meaning from data, drawing the correct conclusions from data observed, etc - these easily fall under intelligence but are not very abstract abilities.
And as a grad student in science, my experience is that the bolded is absolutely not true. In physics I'd expect more Ns, but not in chemistry or engineering and definitely not in biology/medical research, which is a huge proportion of scientists. I'd actually expect the Ns to overwhelmingly prefer things like the arts - science is very concrete and practical. That's certainly what I've seen in my social circle.