Living in the moment – which personality type does it best?

So much consideration seems to be set aside for exploring the differences between introverts and extroverts. Yet, perhaps a more important consideration should be set aside for exploring the differences between the ‘Sensing’ type and the ‘Intuitive’ type.

Unlike introvert to extravert, which is split evenly at around 50-50, the split between Sensing to Intuitive is much wider at around 75-25.

While all other personality categories relate to how you interact with the world, the Sensing / Intuitive split determines how you see the world and what kind of information you focus on.

Intuitive people focus on introspection, using ideas, imagination and theories. Many intuitive’s feel disconnected from the real world. They are the observers of life in the 3rd person. Intuitive types naturally explore the possibilities of what might happen, or why something has happened, rather than what is actually happening now.

Sensing types, by contrast, live in the moment. They are aware of what is happening, and focus less on the past or the future. Sensing types are observers of life in the first person, and are consequently much better at dealing with concrete facts and tools, and the real world.

Sensing types would have their ‘feet on the ground’

feet on the ground

Intuitive types would have their ‘head in the clouds’

head in the clouds

Those people who sit closest to the middle of the personality scale hold the key to all possibilities, able to dip into either side of the scale, as the situation requires. For those with strong traits to either end of the spectrum, it is always a double edged sword.

Remembering to enjoy the moment is something that comes far naturally to the sensing type. While an intuitive type gains ideas and imagination, it comes at the cost of living in the moment, forever focusing on what has or will be, instead of simply enjoying where they are.

Whether living in the moment is easy or natural to you or not, it is long known to be the key to greater happiness and contentment, and something all of us should practice.

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