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A person using extraverted sensing has a well-developed "sense for objective facts." Life
becomes "an accumulation of actual experiences of concrete objects" (Jung, 1971, p. 363). The
individual interacts with the environment and uses the senses fully to perceive what is in the
If you choose to develop your extraverted sensing, your two goals are to become more in
tune with the concrete objects in your environment and to build your awareness and enjoyment of
experiences in the world. The suggestions given here have been generated with those goals in
Set aside a convenient, even if brief, portion of time each day to focus on the objects around
you. This may be done in any location: at home, at work, or in any favorite spot. Temporarily
suspend your judgments of what you see. Focus on the things around you. Observe their size,
shape, color, texture. Look for details that you never noticed before--the way a branch grows from
the tree, the different colors of the book covers on your shelf, the clothes worn by people in the
room. If possible, engage the help of a friend or family member and tell that person what you see in
as much detail as possible. Focus on your surroundings. You might think of yourself as a camera,
recording what is around you. Repeat this activity each day until you find yourself noticing objects
also at other times.
Select an especially vivid experience from your past, one in which you can remember and
see in your mind the people, the surroundings, perhaps even the weather or what you were wearing.
Put aside any feelings or other judgments about the experience. Describe it to a friend or family
member in as much detail as possible. Concentrate on what happened, how things looked, the
sequence of events, what you did or did not do. Try to relive the experience as you describe it. If
possible, repeat this exercise several times, even if you describe the experience to yourself rather
than to another person.
Choose an activity or situation that you particularly enjoy. This could be a gourmet meal, a
shopping expedition, going to a movie, working in the garden, going to a concert, or attending anart show. It should be an activity that involves the senses in some way. Engage in this activity,
focusing on the details of it. Concentrate on the taste of the food, the colors in the painting, the feel
of the earth as you work with it, the sounds of the music. Do not judge the experience, but rather
try to live in it, just experience it. Consider yourself a sensual being and focus on the way your
body takes in taste, sound, smell, and touch. If you can, share the experience with another person
and compare your sensations without judging the quality in any way.
If you were to live life to the fullest, what would you do? How would you act? What
experiences would you have? Temporarily put aside duties, obligations, and responsibilities that
might prevent you from living life to the fullest. Out of the experiences that come to mind, select
one that is realistic (not, for example, travelling to Paris if your budget prohibits it!) but also one
that is something that you have always wanted to do. This could be playing hookey from work and
going to the movies, wallpapering your bedroom, soaking in a bubble bath for two hours while your
spouse puts the children to bed, spending a crazy weekend in a hotel room, taking full advantage of
the room service each day--whatever appeals to you and also engages your senses. Do it. Revel in
your enjoyment. Suspend your guilt.
The development of extraverted sensing involves evoking the senses, connecting with your
environment, and accumulating experiences. It means the enjoyment of using your senses. Put
your good-bad judgments on hold for a while and rejoice in your experiences.
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