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    Default S descriptions of Ns?

    This is a question for the Sensers. How would (/do) you describe the Sensing/iNtuition dimension to MBTI newcomers, especially other Sensers? I ask because practically every Senser I know has started out identifying as an iNtuitive. I figure that I must be presenting the dimension with a lot of N bias, so in the interests of balance, go ahead and give S preferential treatment.

    - What do you like about preferring Sensing?
    - What do you appreciate about other Sensers?
    - What do you find negative about iNtuition and iNtuitives?

    Edit: For the iNtuitives: How do you go about introducing the S/N dimension to Sensers and are you successful (i.e. do they self-identify as preferring S to N)?
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    Most of my N acquaintances and friends live in their heads, are highly theoretical, visionary, analytical (e.g. looking for the impetus behind words and actions) and imaginative. My Ss are down-to-earth, practical, factual and not very creative.

    What I really like about sensors is their practicality.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimpei View Post
    Most of my N acquaintances and friends live in their heads, are highly theoretical, visionary, analytical (e.g. looking for the impetus behind words and actions) and imaginative. My Ss are down-to-earth, practical, factual and not very creative.

    What I really like about sensors is their practicality.
    What about SPs (artisans)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    What about SPs (artisans)?
    No idea. You tell me what you think.
    Wait, they seem careless to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shimpei View Post
    Most of my N acquaintances and friends live in their heads, are highly theoretical, visionary, analytical (e.g. looking for the impetus behind words and actions) and imaginative. My Ss are down-to-earth, practical, factual and not very creative.
    See, when I describe N and S along these lines, my Sensing friends and acquaintances (except for the ones with vocational education) usually think they're N. How does one explain the N/S dimension to a Senser holding, say, a Master's Degree in humanities so that they self-select as Sensing? I sometimes feel like I'm (indirectly) saying "So, essentially, this is the preference that, all else equal, would make the best (insert their academic profession here), and this is the preference that is better for doing something more practical/concrete. Which preference do you think you have?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Economica View Post
    See, when I describe N and S along these lines, my Sensing friends and acquaintances (except for the ones with vocational education) usually think they're N. How does one explain the N/S dimension to a Senser holding, say, a Master's Degree in humanities so that they self-select as Sensing? I sometimes feel like I'm (indirectly) saying "So, essentially, this is the preference that, all else equal, would make the best (insert their academic profession here), and this is the preference that is better for doing something more practical/concrete. Which preference do you think you have?"
    I never thought I was N. And I never want to be.
    I chose my profession because I found it practical and relatively well-paid. If I had wanted to choose what I was really interested in, I would have gone for humanities. (And I've always been good at literature, music and languages.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    What about SPs (artisans)?
    Both types can be creative. I work with many creative Ss and Ns. I have wondered if MBTI does not really address the true nature of creativity and artistic expression. It seems to assume a rather narrow view. I teach creativity to all personality types and could go on for pages about it. It's not off limits to anyone, but the approaches vary in more than two directions. Right now I'm working on a transcription project with two highly skilled Ss and the balance between the two approaches is really ideal. They trouble shoot my work, find every detailed impracticality, and help the result fit the concrete world ideally.
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    My ESFP son is extremely creative... but what I see with SP types who are creative is that they tend to enjoy putting together sensory/tactile stimulations in new and different ways, without necessarily a deep vision in mind. With my son, it's like you just upended a bunch of objects / puzzle pieces together, and he takes them all and makes something out of it just because he likes how it feels or looks, then he can mix them all back together and do it again, without real rhyme or reason.

    It's like he's experiment with creating different combinations of things for the pure sensation and experience of doing so.

    An ISFP friend of mine used to drive me batty when we would eat together. When he was full, he'd take the leftover food and condiments from his plate and whomever elses (usually without asking) and make designs on his plate and mix them up and whatnot, sometimes making a disgusting mess. He just got a kick out of it. He was being creative and seeing what he could come up with and what happened.

    Sometimes SP artists (was Mozart ISFP?) *can* have some real coherency and structure, such as with Mozard's music. It's usually to evoke some sort of tangible feeling state -- an aesthetic quality of some sort.

    An N, in contrast, usually has some conceptual purpose or meaning in what they are doing and they are using sensory things in order to evoke that deeper meaning. It's less about the sensory impressions and experience and random combinations of things, and more about organizing the things to suggest something else entirely. There's like a method to the madness, and the tools and items are being used to peer into something else... the art is the "signifier" and the signpost, and NOT the actual end result itself.

    That has just been my experience and seems to make sense, if we are going to generalize at all.
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    I guess I should formulate a question for iNtuitives as well.

    How do you go about introducing the S/N dimension to Sensers and are you successful (i.e. do they self-identify as preferring S to N)?

    *edits OP*

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    Quote Originally Posted by Economica View Post
    This is a question for the Sensers. How would (/do) you describe the Sensing/iNtuition dimension to MBTI newcomers, especially other Sensers? I ask because practically every Senser I know has started out identifying as an iNtuitive. I figure that I must be presenting the dimension with a lot of N bias, so in the interests of balance, go ahead and give S preferential treatment.
    I think the differences are weaker than portrayed, and therefore, any explanation would rely on superficial characteristics.

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