Podcast – Episode 0029 – What Is Intuition

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In this episode Joel and Antonia answer the question “What is intuition?”

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • What is Intuition? Intuition is a pretty abstract word. It’s something many of us rely on for quick judgments and often life-altering decisions.
  • Intuition is a particular way that people learn information.
  • There are two ways in which people learn new information.
  1. Through their 5 senses.
  2. Intuition – not relying on those senses in order to understand and learn new information. Therefore, relying on advanced pattern recognition.
  • You can’t directly interact behind the curtain, but you can deduce what’s going on behind the curtain based on the pieces of information you get in front of the curtain.
  • Sensory people are looking to find something that’s reliable and can be verified.
  • Intuitives are not dependent on things that are reliable. Someone who’s using intuition to learn puts more emphasis on speed of information and depth of insight on information. They will sacrifice verifiability for speed and depth of insight.
  • Intuitives are more comfortable with speculation and so they’re willing to take risks. Eventually, they’re going to become more and more proficient with it.
  • When it comes to pattern recognition and speculation, intuitives are getting better of taking risks and accurate speculations.
  • Although sensors may have an intuitive piece on them, they don’t become efficient with it because they’re not comfortable with its nature and process.
  • 75% of the population in the US are sensory and only 25% are Intuitives.
  • Everyone is creative. We all have a creative element inside of us. Some of the most creative people use a sensory as a form of learning.
  • The greatest artists in the world are sensors. The big difference is that Intuitives have a tendency to create something the world has never seen because they’re looking for things that can only be imagined. Sensors on the other hand, when they’re creative, have a tendency to make something new that already has a sensory platform.
  • There’s no argument that both are valid ways of learning.
  • Some people tend to hide their being intuitive. The Intuitives who keep going are so powerful that they end up being the people who are most celebrated.
  • If you are of an intuitive learning style, the first step is to accept it. The second step is understanding its potential and doing what you can to hone it.
  • Take courage, give yourself permission and you’re going to see a more different world.


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  • Veronika

    OMG Antonia talking about going to get her passport is everything!! I am like that any time there’s anything mildly administrative I have to deal with… I outsource it to hubby… but every time he’s like “how hard is it? Just call them and deal with it”- Full on anxiety attack on my part… sometimes even if there’s a monetary incentive on the other side, I’d rather not deal with it

  • Mac

    I love this. The number of times ENFP me was hurt by people calling me “eccentric” or “quirky” or “random” when I was growing up were countless. Joel, I was hurt on your behalf when you told the story of someone being hostile to your iNtuition! One thing I’d have appreciated was a clear description. the kind of things you, as an iNtuitive, talk about with Sensor him that get his hackles up. You mentioned many times that he wanted you to talk about job, family and weather. Were you talking about mystic crystal readings, political platforms and literary theory? Or did you do as I often do: talk about job, family and weather because I’m trying to stick to subjects that I know interest the Sensors, but within those topics I delve into areas like theories of child rearing or predictions about where my company and sector will be in 2 years and the Sensors give each other pained looks or their eyes glaze over… it would be helpful to hear Your examples of the kinds of subject matter that enrages Sensors an is second nature to .

  • Barry Jennings

    I believe this is the major underlying reason to the fear of change. It may not be reasonable to expect people to be comfortable with doing something when they don’t know the outcome. How many times has this reluctance undermined the success of a more efficient and effective solution to a common problem?

  • Joy

    Thanks for the podcast. I know there is intuitive in me. But I didn’t know the potential for the use of it, I am searching the inner me and explore it. It does feels “weird or odd” like how your guys explain in the podcast. I look up intuition so many times, and listen to a few. It is nothing like your podcast, you guys pinpoint the depth of it…Awesome! Thank you!. I believe intuition is God given, and is not medium seeking or taro reading. After I listen to your podcast, I know that is exactly the one I needed. I need advices and supports on how to embrace it and use it to the full potential.

    With many blessing!


  • Kelley

    Joel and Antonia,

    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Personality Hacker has been nothing short of a godsend. I had been digging into Myers Briggs for a year or two when I discovered Personality Hacker, but I am not sure how I ever would have developed a deeper understanding of the cognitive functions (and all sorts of other super interesting theories) without you.

    There were so many things that resonated with me in this episode. From feeling like a weirdo as a kid, to struggling with administrative process, to learning to redact the “weirdness” of your thought process/ideas because you are trying to get by in an S world, it is powerful to realize there are others out there with this shared experience. I really liked when Antonia said the man told her the paperwork was expired and her reaction was “How would I know that?” I feel like this is always what goes through my head. It all seems so random and pointless.

    When I first learned about Ns, it was an incredibly emotional and powerful experience, as it is for many I’m sure. I feel that having Se inferior especially leads many to immediately asses you as being slow or incompetent because simple/remedial tasks can be challenging for you. It is frustrating to feel like the world will never understand the value you have to offer because everyone writes you off so quickly. Since I have embraced being an N, I often no longer hesitate to make (kindof odd) statements such as how much I resent having to exist in a human body. People’s reaction to this alone tends to be a good S/N indicator in itself. Also, a bit of a digression, but while I inherited athletic genes (physically), it is almost as if it is wasted because my brain lacks the ability to take advantage of this. I was faster and stronger than many of my peers in school, but I would forget if I was playing infield or outfield. (Who does that?) Making quick, in-the-moment decisions on how to use my body based on arbitrary rules of a game was just not my thing.

    I had been dying to find someone like me when I finally met my best friend Serra. It has been about a year now since we started to become close and listening to your podcasts has been such an integral part of building our friendship (and our obsessive and somewhat consuming interest in typing people). We sit next to each other at work and all we do is type every person we come across. It has become challenging for both of us to have conversations with other people because most of the world doesn’t understand statements like “I felt bad because this Fi user was unaware that the group lost interest in what they were saying and they kept going on and on because they just wanted someone to validate their feelings and everyone was suffering,” or “These STJs are killing me with the amount of detail they want to include in these meeting highlights.” However, of this entire personality typing system, nothing has been more powerful in the way we understand people and the world than the S/N dichotomy.

    I found it interesting that you explain the difference as Ns being more comfortable with taking risks and operating in realms of the unknown. Lately I have begun to call Ss the fear-based decision makers, although this might not be a totally fair characterization, it is something that often frustrates me when interacting with them. I found the sensory podcast also very helpful, especially as Serra and I have been having conversations lately about how to appreciate Ss more.

    While listening to some of these earlier episodes, I heard you say that one of your main goals is to create an N awakening and I wanted to tell you that your podcast has been a significant factor in creating a micro N awakening for this nucleus of two. We are lucky to have a variety of N colleagues who we surround ourselves with at work and have rich and stimulating conversations around the lunch table. We continue to purposefully seek out other Ns who we can bond with and mutually develop each other’s strengths. We often refer people to your site/podcast. We love the car model and we think your cognitive function nicknames are brilliant.

    Thank you for your work and all that you do in this area.

  • Sara

    My younger brother and I both use exploration as our driver function (he is an ENTP and I am an ENFP) and I remember when my brother was a toddler, my sensing mom, who had learned her lesson from me seven years before, was attempting to keep catastrophes from happening but she kept getting ‘outwitted’ because she couldn’t relate to how my brother thinks and how he could discover things. Once she found that someone had reset the combination key to her luggage and locked it while she was packing for a trip. She blamed me for ‘messing with her’ despite my insistence that it wasn’t me and that I saw my then two year old brother tinkering with the bag. That angered her even more because my brother was just two and she was adamant that it was impossible. Finally because I was too ‘stubborn’ she called my brother out and told him to unlock her bag and reset the combination key. When he actually sat down and did it, my mom’s mind was blown.

    My mother often thought that I tend to overestimate what my brother could do (like figuring out how to reset combination keys and read calendars and kept track of dates on his own, etc) without anyone teaching him and while being young myself I did fall to that mistake, in general my estimation of what ideas my brother has and can grasp is more accurate than hers probably due to our shared driver function. So I had a tendency to teach him pretty crazy stuff like a whittled down version of the sciences I learned at school (since we both get excited by new ideas).

    I imagine living in a very sensing concentrated community, an intuitive child would get frustrated and confused at being denied or being singled out because of that thirst for new ideas. For us, my mother is the only sensor in our family and she’s very intuitive sympathetic. In fact, since my siblings and I began delving into the world of personality typology, we noticed how the circumstances is reversed for us in our family. We realised that when the meal conversation goes too high up into the ether, my mom would try to bring it back to a level that she could relate. And it’s great how our knowledge has allowed us to be mindful of that so we could try to work things out between us in a way that everyone can enjoy their time.

  • Catninja

    …wow. The “blending” thing is too accurate. I’m an INTJ, and I think ever since I was about four, I’ve been consciously trying to “project” as a certain type of person in order to basically streamline my existence. When I learned about MBTI a few years back, I realized that my main “mask” as I like to call it was basically the average ISFJ. Which, as I’ve learned, is either the most common or second-most common type. Of course, my tertiary Fi absolutely hates me for doing this, but Te’s desire for efficiency makes “blending” a must in most situations. Glad to know it’s something other intuitives do!

  • Kirsty

    This was very informative thanks. It very much explains the debates and difficulties I have with my mum because we are obviously of different perceiving styles. I am glad to have my style but I don’t think I have been making the best of it. I hope to find further info from you on how I can!


    The paperwork comments from Antonia…I feel so validated…I didn’t know anyone else who hated it so much or who literally also has manifestations about paperwork!!!!! A 30 minute paperwork job for me can be like a weight for weeks whilst I am procrastinating it, then resenting I have to do it, then the feeling of parts of my brain that are not natural to me tensing and exhausting. What others take as a ‘quick’ and ‘necessary’ job with paperwork that will apparently ‘make my life easier’, is an anethema to me!

    • Charis Branson

      Thanks for the comment, Leighah!

  • Jillian

    I loved this episode as well as the next one. I kept wishing you’d give more tangible examples of how sensors go ABCDE and Intuitive thinkers skip a step. When I get info I feel like I take all the steps to get to my answer. Then again I feel like your House MD example is logical thinking. He clearly goes step to step with his thoughts.

    Maybe because I had so many Intuitive friends growing up I don’t think rabbit hole conversations are crazy. I thought it was just a sign that a relationship was close when conversations were spastic and free flowing. I guess I have been chalking up all these Sensing people as boring or that I just couldn’t connect well with them.

    So… can you give an example of how a sensing person would go about thinking compared to an intuitive? I am stumped.

    • Antonia Dodge

      Thanks for the feedback, Jillian. 🙂

      You are using sensing functions, yourself, they just aren’t at the forefront of how you think. For Extraverted Sensing (or what we call “Sensation”), think about a time you’ve been fully present and engaged with your surroundings. You aren’t trying to intellectualize, rationalize or create a story or narrative around the event. You’re simply in it and living it fully present. That’s as close to a pure Sensation moment as you can get. Sensation is about learning by being fully present, having high kinesthetic / body awareness intelligence and not polluting the moment with trying to explain it. Of course, Sensation doesn’t exist in a vacuum and those who have it as a skill also pair it with Authenticity or Accuracy (which helps them make sense of what they just experienced). But the function, itself, is simply being in the moment.

      To understand Introverted Sensing, or “Memory,” take that moment and encapsulate it into a memory that you can revisit later to understand how it impacted you. It’s experience plus time to ruminate and personalize. What in the moment stood out to you? What caught your attention? And how does that impact how you see yourself as an individual?

      We all use both of these processes. The next time you use either of them, see if you can catch yourself in the act and watch what’s going on for you.

      Hope that helps.


  • Jay Clow

    So intuitive “results” people. Sensors “process” people. Intuitives, see the pattern of “changes” so 75% of the information is enough to make decisions or trail blaze, as the information or process will change, so the details of a “thing” or a process is not as important because it is not apart of the “big picture” which will change as the intuitive has in their minds during the “processing” of a process or a thing / new idea.

    We detect the angles of a line pointing(indicators)to the creation of circle so a there can be lines missing as we see the bigger picture which is the completed circle. Sensors have to follow the entirety of the line before stating this is a circle. Sensors then mange circles(process).

    We intuitives process the completed circle, then try to find out if there is a better shape than the circle (more results). Does the circle meet the needs of the people, place or thing.

    We are masters of connecting indicators, to create a picture of a thing or situation that may or may not exist currently.

  • Paul

    Thanks for the podcast,

    I’m just catching up on this intuitive series you have.

    I’m an INTJ, the easiest way I’ve found to describe intuition is being able to get from A to C in your mind without having to know there’s a B.

    Keep up the great work.

  • marie carr

    Thank you both so much for this most interesting topic. Being an intuitive myself I am learning to take a much closer look at who and what I am through listening and learning from you. I too dislike paperwork, but yet I am a collector of bits of paper, forever taken notes and surrounding myself with piles of the stuff, thinking that one day I will use that information. :))

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