I am creating this thread here for a couple of reasons. One being I feel like a lot of ENFP's are mistyped and are actually ESFP's. Another being I feel like Sensors are somehow looked down upon by iNtuitives sometimes. ); And for another, I have simply been pondering the differences between S and N. I would seriously appreciate your thoughts on all of this. ^^
I created a thread on the Cognitive Functions forums. Here is a quote from it:Link to thread: https://personalitycafe.com/cognitive...tween-s-n.htmlSo many times people explain it as, "Well, iNtuitives like playing with theories" and "iNtuitives will be the ones interested in psychology". Sometimes people somehow get under the impression that being iNtuitive is better than being a Sensor. I think part of this has to do with how people describe the differences between Sensors and iNtuitives. Some people take the names quite literally and are under the impression that Sensors aren't intuitive.
Wait. Back up. Sensors are intuitive people. Having intuition and be an iNtuitive type are different.
I know that my ESFJ mother is very much interested in theories and psychology and learning. I feel like saying, therefore, that iNtuitives will be the ones interested in playing with theories doesn't cut it if we're searching for differences here.
ESFP's, for whatever reason, are looked upon somewhat. They are seen as happy, bubbly, extroverted people who live in the present and can be a tad over emotional. They are seen as generally "ditsy" but occasionally will have moments of insight. They generally aren't interested in psychology or theories and such.
^WARNING: Above paragraph is a stereotype.
Like I said, Sensors can become very interested in psychology and playing with theories, etc.
ESFP's, just like ENFP's, have a knack for reading and understanding people.
The functions for ESFP and ENFP are fairly similar. ESFP's dominant is Se and its inferior is Ni. ENFP's dominant is Ne and its inferior is Si. However, ESFP and ENFP use introverted feeling and extroverted thinking in pretty much the same way. ESFP's often relate to the ENFP description very well.
Not too long ago, I began to wonder whether or not I truly was an ENFP. I use Se quite frequently. For one thing, I am very auditory and kinesthetic. I am not visual at all, pretty much.
That is another thing misunderstood about Sensors. People are under the impression that Sensors are going to be the hands-on or auditory people. This is not so, guys. This is touching on the three different types of learners: auditory, kinesthetic, and visual.
Only 5% of the population is kinesthetic, 30% is auditory, and 65% is visual. If all Sensors tended to be auditory or kinesthetic, we'd see much less of them. O_o
Sensors can be very visual and learn by simply reading, while you may find that an iNtuitive type may have to learn because they are kinesthetic. Kinesthetic learners by nature latch on more easily to "concrete" things.
In fact, on one of the threads here, most ENFPs will say that they learn best by "just doing it"! And I know I sure can relate. ^^
See it here: https://personalitycafe.com/enfp-foru...-learning.html
Another thing people constantly say when trying to come up with differences between S and N is that iNtuitive types are more likely to be clumsy.
Threads this is seen in: https://personalitycafe.com/enfp-foru...tereotype.html , https://personalitycafe.com/enfp-foru...enfp-when.html
Again, this is a stereotype. Both S and N types can be clumsy, but they will be clumsy for different reasons. A Sensing type may be more clumsy because they get so preoccupied with something such as talking or looking at something that they will do something klutzy. An iNtuitive type may be more clumsy because they get so lost in their mind that they do something klutzy.
So what, then, is the difference between S and N? More specifically, how do you know if you're ENFP or ESFP?
What I have noticed is that rather than trying to see who latches onto the concrete details, it is easier to tell if you focus on the how or focus on the why when learning something.
For iNtuitive types, to fully understand something, they must learn "why" before learning "how". For Sensing types, to fully understand something, they must learn "how" before learning "why". No, this does not make iNtuitive types somehow more "philosophical" because they ask "why" first. Eventually both S and N get the Why and the How. Sensors can be very philosophical. Just had to throw that in.
Sometimes we like to say that one way to try and see the difference between the two is to spot which one pays attention to details and which one asks for the bigger picture. Nope. I used to think this too, but as @Spades corrected me, most people would prefer the bigger picture. However, they mean different things when they say they want the "big picture". Here's a brilliant quote:I know that I am definitely an ENFP - I fit the description better and for whatever reason, Ne always comes out higher than Se for me. After much self-reflection, I have found that ENFP fits me. I do live in the moment, but I do oftentimes think about possibilities and "could be"s. The description saying the big picture for me is how all the implied ideas tie together is exactly right.Se sees everything in the present moment as it is. The big picture is how all the sensory elements tie together in that moment.
Ne sees everything in the present moment as it could be. The big picture is how all the implied ideas tie together in that moment.
Si sees everything as a continuous process, accumulating from the past to the present moment. The big picture is the process.
Ni sees everything as an unfolding process, projecting from the present moment into the future. The big picture is the process.
Si and Ne work together to incorporate present intuitive data into their sensory process, giving a big picture.
Se and Ni work together to incorporate present sensory data into their intuitive process, giving a big picture.
Everyone senses and intuits. We wouldn't be human without these basic functions. The side toward which we lean in the above (super brief) descriptions helps determine what our type is.
This is just a rough overview, not to be taken as fact =)
However, I hope this post prods some to do some self reflecting. I must admit it, even I have felt a tug at me whispering for whatever reason "iNtuitive types are somehow better than Sensor types". And there is absolutely no logic behind this. Why do we think this? There's a lot of stereotypes out there. People do (especially around here) see iNtuitive types as somehow smarter or more intuitive (once again, having intuition and being an iNtuitive type are completely different!) than Sensors.
There's probably a lot of mistyped ESFP's out there (and mistyped Sensors in general) simply because of the stereotypes that are out there.
ESFP's can be intelligent, smart, intellectual, thoughtful, intuitive, and reserved in emotion at times. They are spontaneous and attracted to new things. They love people. In fact, a lot of the things that are pegged as very ENFP are also shared by ESFP. Such as, for instance, having tangential thought patterns. ^^ We certainly share a lot, and I don't think I'd mind at all being an ESFP.
Here is a quote:Thoughts? Ideas? Comments? ^_^The dominant function of ESFPs is concerned with the reality that is perceived through the senses. This type's prime directive is to examine the tangible through taste, touch, sight, feeling and hearing. ESFPs' need for new experiences surely results from this function. Feeling gives focus to the collected information, producing the amiable nature of this type. As perceivers, ESFPs do not linger on moral concerns unless it is in service of a Greater Good and/or a unifying cause.