Lately I've been regarding myself as an ISFP, and seem to find the description of the type very similar to my personality. But just by 80%. I'm really curious though, how can I tell whether I'm more Intuitive or sensing?
Youre most likely a sensory person. Pretty much like everyone else. But that doesnt indicate who you are, but you do. So now you can decide which one you are. Thats the thing that makes this system so funny, you can go about and pick your identity and people value you based on that, peoples thoughts about you will be formed based on what your type is. But then the question goes, will you let people do this? All this because of a type.
It's a bit more difficult in some ways to tell for the auxiliary/tertiary dynamic (For you, Sensing and Intuition), because it is not nearly as pivotal in your life as the dominant/inferior dynamic (Dominant Introverted Feeling vs Inferior Extroverted Thinking). But in others, it is easier, because they are generally freer from layers of complexes.
There's many different theories as to how the auxiliary and tertiary work. MBTI is actually rather unusual in that it has the auxiliary be the opposite orientation to the dominant and the tertiary the same (Fi Se Ni Te). There's another viewpoint that says that an ISFP would look like Fi Si Ne Te. If an individual is dominately introverted, the logic goes, why would they place an extroverted function as higher in value than an introverted one? Still another says that the auxiliary and tertiary are not very defined out like the dominant and inferior are, and so the order looks like Fi S N Te.
My suggestion is just to find which of the two, between sensing and intuition, you generally prefer or find more useful. That works as a starting point (and for the last, an ending point) for all of the different theories.
- Ns live for theories and ideas, Ss live for experiences
- Ss deal with what is tangible, what is around them, while Ns deal with things within themselves, and Ns may be less reality based
- Ss are more action oriented, Ns are less action oriented
- Given finite examples, Ss will view each example as separate, and to be analyzed separately, while Ns will generalize a pattern
If you were to describe your day, would you describe the set of events as it happened? That would be S
If you were to describe your day, would you describe only the events that you had some opinion or insight on? That would be N