When describing the decor of my home to a Sensor, I said things such as, “the furniture is traditional
with oriental accent pieces mixed in, the front yard has blue pots and a blue wrought iron fence.”
“From the front door entryway, what do you see?” asked the Sensor. “How wide is the front door”, and “how deep is the entry?” “Once inside the house, where is the living room?” “How many steps until you reach the kitchen?” How many windows in the kitchen?”
As an Intuitive, my description of the house was an overview of the general plan and scheme of the decor with such words as, contemporary mixed with Oriental theme, rooms opening up into each other to give a feeling of freedom, white carpet with bold accent colors.
As an author of personalty-type training products and conductor of trainings, it is amazing to me when I have an experience such as this because it brings home to me how important it is to understand each other’s preference for giving and receiving Information as a Sensor or as an Intuitive.
I can honestly tell you that the Intuitive becomes impatient with the lengthy, factual and detailed descriptions. And, I’m sure the Sensor becomes frustrated with the Intuitive’s broad stroke, overview and generalized description.
During this conversation, I had to keep reminding myself, this is a Sensor and he cannot see the picture unless you give the facts and details.
Thank goodness I understand this. As I think back over my life prior to becoming involved so deeply in personality type theory, I am amazed that I was able to communicate with people at all and get my point across. No wonder I had so many ”dead end” conversations with people.
Do yourself a favor – learn everything you can about type theory and use it! Your communications with your family, friends and co-workers will improve tremendously!