Thanks to ALL of you for participating!
I was getting a little worried because there are so many Ns here--so I did PM a number of Ss and invite them to play.
I'll let you read the responses and you'll see the "expected" differences.
iNtuitors grab onto the moods, patterns, and possibilities. Because I'm NT, I started giggling at some of the NF responses, like Niffer's and Targo's; they put themselves right into the images, doing both the N possibility thing and the F personal thing. (If you're looking for them, Niffer's playing in the piazza column shadows and Targo's up on top of the Eiffel Tower enjoying the view.) Other Ns talk about themes and impression and use metaphor/simile to describe: the tower is "phallic", the space leaves one feeling abandoned, the painting is "locking up or constraining." Also, ideas pop in and out. Bluebell deliberately returns to the consideration of the image; Wolf puts the design of the space in relationship to the history of architecture.
The Sensors describe what they are seeing. Sometimes these are lists of details like colors and objects. Arilee picks up on the weather (anyone else notice the jackets on the people?) and the time of day. Girlnamedbless sees the trees outside the space. Sdalek tells us where the colors and objects are oriented in the painting.
In some respects, the iNtuiting responses seem more subjective and personal to me than those of the Sensors. Sensors are telling us exactly what they're seeing without interpretation, whereas iNtuitors are telling us how they're responding or conjecturing about intentions (trying to get into someone's head).
It's hard for Ns to learn Sensing skills. It's equally difficult for Ss to learn iNtuiting skills.
On the other hand, it can be fun and it's definitely useful to learn non-preference skills. Jennifer and I both do technical writing, which is an exercise in S skills of sequencing and observing. Look back at who uses actual lists in their descriptions.
About four months ago, I brought a picture home from a Jungian seminar on the Path archetype. I showed it to Sdalek and told him to describe it. To be honest, his Sensing comments fascinated me so much I wanted to share the experience with other people.
If you made it this far, I really do congratulate you! Now, try these:
- Go back and look at the pictures using your non-preferred function. See how that feels.
- If you're an iNtuitor (odds are good), read the Sensors' comments and see if you make any more connections. Then tell us about it.
I'd add something for Sensors to do, but I think they've had that beaten into their heads enough already from the education system.