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In this episode, Joel and Antonia become advocates for the cognitive function of Extraverted Sensing (“Sensation”) and talk about why we need it in our world.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • We live in a voyeuristic culture
  • Everybody likes to watch other people do stuff.
  • SPs use Extraverted Sensing “Sensation”:
  • ESFP and ESTP use it as their Driver function
  • ISFP and ISTP use it as their copilot
  • Assume in this series that we are talking about the healthy expression of each of these functions
  • When Extraverted Sensing is healthy, it can’t passively experience life. It must be in the middle of it.
  • It is a real-time kinetic function.
  • Sensation reminds us that we can’t be voyeurs for life.
  • Wall-E Showed a time where civilization had become completely passive while machines did everything.
  • Extraverted Sensing gives us a vision of what is possible with our bodies.
  • It’s incredible what some people can do with their bodies.
  • We can be seduced into doing nothing and passively experience life.
  • Sensation reminds us that we have to get up and get into action.
  • Tennis hop
  • Sensation users are always ready to respond to anything in a moment’s notice.
  • We aren’t a prepared species anymore.
  • The world accommodates us sitting down and watching a flickering TV for days on end without starving or being killed.
  • The systems around us allow us to be lazy.
  • ENTJs are good at being opportunistic because they couple Systems Thinking (Extraverted Thinking) with awareness and readiness in the present moment (Extraverted Sensing)
  • Unfortunately, we don’t see Extraverted Sensing as a model of what we could do better but as a means for entertainment.
  • Sensation helps us be more aware of our bodily needs.
  • Extraverted Sensing can marginalize the body and knows when to push past discomfort.
  • Sensation users can inspire us to take better care of our bodies.
  • Extraverted Sensing gives us a sense of the now.
  • “What do you see? Stop analyzing this. Stop abstracting everything. Cut out all the narrative and clutter. What is happening right now?”
  • As intuitives we want to deconstruct everything. Why am I showing up the way I’m showing up?
  • Sometimes that is valuable, but sometimes the prescription is, “Just Go Do It Anyway.”
  • None of that other stuff matters.
  • Sensation reminds us to have fun and play. Be in the moment.
  • Being present is the point.
  • The world needs people who think in complicated ways to solve complicated problems, and we need people to remind us when we’re overcomplicating things.
  • Some solutions are simple.
  • Sensation reminds us not to overcomplicate things that don’t need to be complicated.
  • Turning things into soundbites is not uncomplicating it. It is changing its nature to manipulate, like clickbait titles.
  • The message from Sensation is that sometimes the answer is looking us in the face.
  • The Speed of Trust
  • Once you have trust between two people, there is a lot of energy that can be recouped and applied to problem-solving or getting into action.
  • We are in a time period that is very distrustful, so a lot of energy/resource is lost in trying to negotiate trust.
  • If we try to make things too complicated, we lose the speed of trust.
  • We are overcomplicating everything in our world today.
  • Don’t lean back, lean in.

In this episode Joel and Antonia become advocates for the cognitive function of Extraverted Sensing ("Sensation") and talk about why we need it in our world. #ESFP #ISFP #ESTP #ISTP

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  • robin
    • robin
    • April 8, 2023 at 11:23 am

    That sounds so painful. I wanted to hop on and say thank you for doing what you do – it sounds important and dangerous and it sounds like you aren’t getting much validation or appreciation for it.

    I can’t offer advice, but here are the questions I would ask myself in your situation-

    Se driver or co-pilot? Can I behave in ways that evoke my bosses co-pilot?

    Can I create a personal motto (Ni) that inspires me to embrace my ‘daily frog’ of pain so I can overcome my FIRM fixation more and more everyday?

    Can I create drafts of policies that would give me the support I need and then appeal to your boss’s 10 year old function to get approval for these policies, or even collaboration? (I say 3rd function because if your boss is an unhealthy version of their type then they are over-relying on the 10 year old. Speaking to the 10 year old function will build engagement. They will be insecure in that Cognitive Function and more open to suggestion?

    Can I take steps to get a different job within the organization or move to a new organization?

    I hope that the situation has already resolved and I would love to read how you resolved it. Best Wishes

  • Aaron Ferguson
    • Aaron Ferguson
    • April 7, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Great podcast. Love the whole series.

    You mentioned several times that we should use our Se and get into action, but sensing is a perceiving function. Are you implying that we should use whatever our judging functions are to get into action after having perceived with Se?

  • Michael (A.A)
    • Michael (A.A)
    • December 16, 2019 at 10:34 pm

    I’m a Ne-Si user, though even without Se, I’ve learned a lot from Se users, whether from family, friends, books, videos, podcasts, and more. So I thought I’d show my appreciation to what I’ve learned from the Se users around me, analyze through my Ne-Si pattern reading (Not to mention some Ti-Fe ;) ) to analyze how their actions allow them to contribute to society as a whole.

    How Se Helps The World of Other Functions : An Analysis

    1. Systems Thinking teaches (See’s Systems Thinking video if you want to get into this in depth) that complex things come from combinations of simple things. All English words come from just 26 letters of the alphabet. All kinds of complex equations are combinations of the first numbers we count, 1-10. Without Se users, the simple foundations that form the world we know as today would not exist, not allowing the foundations of other complex ideas to be founded on something.

    2. Se users allows new ways to teach us to be grounded in the sensory moment to relax that adapts to daily life. Desk or office exercises allow us to exercise in a work environment or in front of a TV. A list of grounding techniques you can find online such as counting things you can see, hear, touch, smell or taste allow of us to lessen our worries to focus on the present.

    3. Se teaches us to appreciate the sensory environment around us, not just shallow material things, but all the little sensory details we take for granted. It allows us to appreciate nature more for example, such as this article encouraging people to have potted plants inside their work spaces. ( It also reminds me of something I read while taking the book’s course in drawing, “How to Draw With Your Right Brain,” of how artists learn to appreciate the beauty of any face, place or object they see when they draw, something I also experienced. Notice how you might call an old woman ugly in real life, but when you ask an artist to draw that old woman’s gentle smile in stark detail in a drawing, it’s appreciated as beautiful. Doesn’t that seem a little unfair? I suggest searching online a basic beginner drawing course, such as, “How to Doodle 30 Day Course,” and you’ll see what I mean, haha,

    4. Se teaches us to explore the world around us in traveling to different cultures and places. Other types might be cautious to explore new places such as this in fear of culture shock, but Se users, whether in group, pair or solitary travel, are ready to dive in to explore this big world to learn something that many other types can’t appreciate. I’ve seen more than enough of my share of Se users sharing stunning photography and comments on all kinds of places, not to mention their food, around the world. This love for travel teaches a kind of acceptance of cultures for what each can offer.

    5. Healthy Se teaches us to be more appreciate of things in a way that actually reduces sensory addictions in things, which you can see in a lot of INJs when stressed due to their inferior Se function. Here’s a practice to see what I mean. Look up mindful eating exercises, and you’ll find it reduces the amount of food a person eats that allows many to lose weight since deeply savoring a bite allows them to appreciate even a small amount of food. Counterintuitive, yes, but the solution strangely enough to many mindfulness circles is that sensory addiction, whether in drinking or smoking, is somehow lessened not only through reducing the intake, but learning to appreciate each few intake you take as recovery goes by so even small intakes can satisfy you.

    5. Se teaches us how a lot of complex analyzed societal issues can be solved by changing the physical environment around us. Watching TED talks on architecture, I’ve realized how I taken for granted how the physical world is planned allows all the abstract ideas to interact. Hospital beds with nature outside windows help patients recover faster. A city space full of chairs and tables rather than just empty concrete paths encourage citizens to talk to each other. Buildings engineered to take on natural disasters can save lives. Even in our everyday lives, reducing the clutter around us can be a lot of work, but it’s a release to our heads to somehow do the chore.

    Thank you for reading.

  • Victor
    • Victor
    • July 10, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Thank you for the podcast and I think the this is very good way of looking at Se, my Te father wants to systematize everything for max profit before making a decision, Ne mother wants to explore literally every possibility before making a decision, and my Ni sister wants to understand the deep meaning behind literally every decision before making a decision. It’s refreshing having someone relish in the direct nature of Se instead of being critiqued by it.

  • Seely
    • Seely
    • July 9, 2019 at 4:33 am

    My boss is a Se type & I am an INFJ. Like your FIRM model, he demonstrates the Freedom fixation while I demonstrate Invulnerability. I think that I also work with Si types, so it is important to both myself & them that we feel safe & that he back us up. We do not, & he does not, & trust me- in our job not only do we need this support, but it is required by the law. We are on the frontlines (so to speak) & if anything were to happen to us it would very likely be the company at fault for failing to train & prepare us. I don’t think that he has Te in his stack either, & while I don’t know the stacks of my co-workers, we don’t seem to be able to make headway with any suggested protocols & if we ask for assistance or try to help one another we are accused of lack of confidence/conspiring. He seems very insecure himself, but his image is important to him & I think he is often able to charm the higher ups (combined with sometimes throwing us under the bus). I know this is a podcast speaking well of Se types, but if anyone has any suggestions on how my team & I can help our boss get there, it would be very much appreciated! Thanks so much :)

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