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In this episode Joel and Antonia explain the difference between Introverted Intuition and Extraverted Intuition.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Intuition is an effectively advanced pattern recognition. It is a learning style basically speculating the train of thought following what’s behind the curtain.
  • Intuitives are not the majority so the world is not designed for them.
  • People who have sensory learning styles aren’t comfortable speculating. They want more information to be safe and secure.
  • We don’t have enough explanation why some people see the world profoundly
  • Everyone uses intuition to some degree.
  • Intuition isn’t judgmental. Its nature is really just trying to understand what’s happening behind the curtain.
  • Inside us, our intuition is working in conjunction with our mind’s ability to evaluate the information it takes in. All by itself, intuition is totally non-judgemental. It’s simply a process of learning.
  • 2 types of intuition: Introverted vs Extraverted Intuition
  • Introverted Intuitive Style = Perspective. Perspectives have the ability to watch their own minds form a pattern. When they hear people talk or do something, their mind will shift into the other person’s perspective and get a sense of what’s going on.
  • Perspective users oftentimes don’t reveal this kind of genius. They almost have the ability to predict future events.
  • In perspectives, you are able to see how large groups of people are going to react.
  • The process of learning takes some time to develop. Perspectives are very easy to be distracted. It’s almost like a fragile process sometimes. If there’s a lot of sensory input, it’s hard to stay focused because it’s a fragile process.
  • When working on problem, they wouldn’t know how they arrived at the solution. If they get distracted, they might never be able to pick up the trail again.
  • Out of the 25%, only 10% are using perspectives.
  • Perspective people tend to have a lot of one sided relationships and so they have very unique needs.
  • Because they don’t have that many people who understand how it works, it’s difficult for them to rise up to become better version of themselves.
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  • Extraverted Intuition = Exploration. Unlike perspectives who are slow paced, exploration on the other hand, is more about exploring the world and understanding patterns on the outside world. They tend to be very interactive and engaging.
  • They’re able to understand the connections and relationships to things that other people don’t. It’s about new connections.
  • Intuition is interested in speed of information and depth of insight. Both types of intuition do this but Exploration is more inclined to speed of information and Perspectives likes the depth of insights.
  • The world needs both styles of intuition. Without this, we would actually stagnate.
  • The more you give yourself permission and make your intuition more powerful and strong, you could be truly unstoppable in making great things.

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  • Rose
    • Rose
    • May 2, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Female INTJ here. I apologize in advance for the long comment. I’ve been archive bingeing your podcast for the last few days and I’m really impressed with just how much insight I’ve gotten out of it so far. Had a passing familiarity with the cognitive function stack but your podcast has really helped me understand the system better and use it to identify things I should try tweaking in my behaviour and in my environment. I had no idea the “back to the wall” thing was an Ni thing! Feeling this understood is such a rare thing and it’s such a joy to hear that at least, there’s someone here who gets it!

    Listening to this episode made me realize something: I apparently have an internal rule (or a strong preference, at least) about not communicating my predictions out loud to people. I’ve been following this rule for years and I didn’t realize it even existed until now. Not sure if I should change it or keep it. The only context I relax it is when watching something on the TV with friends/family and they wonder why I can see plot twists coming from a mile away.

    The thing about being misunderstood and having one-sided relationships is so spot on! I tend to overshare and try to explain myself a lot, since there’s this fear that the other person will just completely misunderstand me. Unfortunately, that fear often bears out so I’ve got a bit of a complex about it.

    So much so that I’m going to indulge myself and try to explain how I experience being a “Perspectives” user. I don’t really experience “Perspectives” as being intuitive or woo-woo but more as the mental equivalent of spaghetti code.

    The way my prediction/intuition system works: I’ll basically have a sort of math-formula with multiple variables. The variables are, well, variable. I don’t know the exact value (that’s behind the curtain) but I glean little bits of evidence for the general range, plug them in my formula and end up with a prediction.

    Setting up the formula takes time, though. Time to decide which variables to include. Time to decide the structure itself: whats going to have more of an impact on the outcome. Testing it by seeing how well it “predicts” something that already happened. Constant little tweaks and adjustments. All of this happens almost entirely at the “background process” level. This is what I daydream about, without even really paying attention to it. For me, at least, this is why my Ni makes predictions very quickly based on new information and also why I don’t always know how I did it. My best predictions come from the systems that are the oldest and thus already internalized at a subconscious level. Sometimes my only clue into how the system actually functions is if I can notice exactly which bit of information triggered the change or the “Aha!” moment (and sometimes I’m surprised by just how much I’m noticing and processing unconsciously).

    I also end up collecting interesting systems and models (different “Perspectives” :P) from the environment and seeing what happens if I put my variables and data into those. Tarot cards, chakras, Enneagram type, philosophical viewpoints, behavioural economics theories, etc. And of course, Myer-Briggs. Like having a collection of different coloured glasses to wear and switching them out for fun.

    Another interesting aside: I didn’t think of this predictive ability as being a really notable part of the INTJ experience until this podcast. I like playing with mental models. The predictions are just a neat side effect (:

  • Jennifer Price
    • Jennifer Price
    • May 1, 2018 at 1:59 am

    So another thing that might affect that is just now was the first time that I have ever got anything but INTP. I have taken many many tests and this past time I got INTJ. So is there a chance that I am just so close to either type that both types of intuition are normal to me.

  • Jennifer Price
    • Jennifer Price
    • May 1, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Is it possible to use both intuition types almost equally? Just listening to the podcast, do quite a bit about both types. I look and find patterns in the mind and patterns in thoughts and your genius test says i am a perspective which makes sense, but I make a lot of connections with things don’t make sense to most people.
    I identify with both types, even though they are very different.

  • Lukas_with_a_k
    • Lukas_with_a_k
    • April 30, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    Hey Freya,

    I apologize for the late reply, but your experience you describe her is 100% the Authenticty process (Introverted Feeling). You mentioned understanding others because you’ve understood those emotions first hand. This creates amazing empathy with the capacity to validate others’ experiences. Since Authenticity is also subjective like Perspectives it makes sense that you’d also feel misunderstood. Authenticty and Pespectives drivers often feel that way, but it’s actually Ni users who are misunderstood as a whole and Fi users who are invalidated (which ironically is the gift you explained here). It’s a shame that the gift isn’t often reciprocated. That must be frustrating! But, to clarify, the Persoectives process really understand the patterns behind why and how people arrive at thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. For example, I as an INFJ never reference my own emotions to others’ experiences. I understand them fully on what input they give me and how it formulates in my mind. I’m actually quite often divorced from my own emotions and thoughts when I’m dialed into another person so intently. It’s only after a while when I’m alone again do I reconnect with myself deeply. However, I do observe whatever is coming up for me and just see it come then go. I think that’s Ni at its finest, passive observation of patterns without valued judgment.

  • Jess Visher
    • Jess Visher
    • April 7, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    Loved the blood hound analogy. And I couldn’t believe the needing to have your back against the wall part. It’s my number one priority whenever we go out to eat or have to rearrange a room. For years I have been looking for the “thing” that has made me different (only Ni in my family) and you guys just gave it to me- thank you!

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