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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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  • Rebecca Hoppe

    OMG, for so long I’ve thought that I was indeed broken. My therapist keeps asking me why I think I need to be fixed. I’m so relieved to find out that I don’t actually need to be fixed. Maybe just polished a little. Thank you for this podcast!

  • Ann

    Antonia & Joel-

    Tears down my cheeks.

    Deeply moving that you validated something I’ve always had -but never realized it was especially unique from others nor that it is ultimately an epic-level asset for me to boldly lead with & embrace –as opposed to hiding [for 50 yrs]. [although I still don’t have all the tools to effectively communicate this to other skeptics who will view it as ‘woo-woo’ which I totally understand]

    Thank you for a new appreciation of my Perspectives intake style & for my enhanced visceral understanding of it –which empowers me to articulate my strengths in a much more convicted & relevant way– not to mention that it helps ground my own ‘amygdala’s’ perception of ephemerality about it.

    I am renewed & look forward to continuing my journey with you both.

    Best -Ann

  • J.D.

    What Emily says. INFP but introverted intuition resonates more than extraverted intuition as described in this podcast.

  • Karoline

    I loved the podcast but I still find it hard to determine which style of intuition I use. Maybe one of the reasons is that I identified myself as INFP many years ago, but now I am not so sure anymore. Since the driver process is unconscious, I find it hard to determine which one I use.

  • Constance Kern

    Maybe someone else has commented this also, but I had to write it down before I forgot, which means I haven’t read all the other comments. The first time I listened to this podcast, I identified more with how Joel and Antonia described Exploration, even though I’m a clear Perspectives user. I listened to it again and this time figured out that the rapid fire connections they describe in connection with Exploration is just how intuition works, and that’s why their description of their processes resonated with me. The difference is that Ni has to make connections in the inner world, vs being able to make then in the outer world–so I do a lot of the same systems analysis and optimization that they describe as part of Exploration, with the main difference being that I have to learn the system first. My husband uses Perspectives primarily to understand people, motivations and board/card games, and I use it to optimize physical motion, to connect to my reading (whether for school or pleasure) more deeply, and to give thoughtful gifts. We both use it for insight into people and systems, though it does seem like Perspectives is suited to getting inside people’s heads in a way that’s difficult for every other cognitive process.

    Thanks for the podcast! I’m really enjoying my trek through the back catalog.

  • Freya

    Thanks for another fascinating podcast! Your descriptions of the “perspectives” intuitive and the “exploration” intuitive both resonate for me. Is it possible for one person to use both?

    Maybe I’m just confused about what “perspectives” intuition is. The process that happens in *my* mind is really just a kind of imaginative empathy. (I’m an INFP.) I’ve observed enough people over my lifetime that I’m now pretty good at hearing what they don’t say, and at seeing what’s actually going on for them below the surface. If they tell me about an emotional experience they’re having, I can often imagine other related feelings & thoughts that they’ve probably had. That lets me respond to them in ways that feel surprisingly insightful to some people. (Sometimes people actually tell me that I make them feel very seen and heard.) Is that what the “perspectives” intuition is? For me, it’s not a slow process, and it’s more about being attuned to the other person than it is about me looking inward.

    You mentioned how some of us end up with a lot of one-sided relationships: that’s me in spades. I’m always wishing that the other person would make me feel as “heard” as I make them feel, but it rarely happens. I tend to be lonely.

    I think this process is one reason why I’ve always loved performing in the theatre: because I’m good at hearing and communicating subtext.

    Thanks again — I’m excited to learn more about this! 🙂

  • Sheila

    Here’s what I think might be a perfect example for Ne in its optimal action (perhaps in combination with some helpful Te):

  • Heidi GK

    Hello Antonia and Joel!

    Thank you so much for your suggestion to review the differences of Ne and Ni.

    Like Veronica and Mary above I’m fairly certain of having the preferences of INFP yet I deeply relate with especially the ‘slowness’, depth and distractibility of the the Ni… If I understand correctly, my co-pilot is Ne and therefore not as developed as my driver Fi.

    I am wondering how my driver Fi function relates to the Ni function and maybe there are common threads. I can take a 360 perspective easily and naturally focusing in on maximizing the good qualities of the situation. Then I use a process I call ‘marinate’. And at some time later out pops a fully detailed synthesis of what collected and it makes sense by feeling right. I used this process through architecture school and honed it to the point of trusting my results.

    I just found your material this last month and it all has been incredibly supportive in helping me determine my next steps. You’ll hear from me again for sure.

    All the best,

  • Liana

    Hi Joel and Antonia. I’m an INFJ and I’m also Freshman in college. I really enjoy listening to your podcasts. All the topics you cover about the human condition really fascinate me and I love sharing the knowledge you guys provide with other people. Now that I have language to discuss topics that are interesting to me, I experience less anxiety. Anyway, I know this question may be hard to answer but do you know WHY introverted intuition is one of the last cognitive functions to have evolved? It’s cool but annoying because fewer people think like me… Thanks! Keep up the good work!!!

  • Amanda

    Wow. I’ve never had anyone explain the reason I strongly prefer to be able to see the door as anything other than “gun fighter’s syndrome”, and that hasn’t ever made much sense. I just found your podcast and I really appreciate that you go into more depth than the typical personality profile snippet. Sometimes even the non-academics want more than the high level summary. Thanks!

  • Veronica

    Yes, Mary, this is my case also, I’m more oriented to the depth of insight than to the speed of information. And I predominately get more of the insights from watching and analyzing my own internal processes.

  • Veronica

    Hi, Antonia and Joel!
    I’m excited to read and listen especially the information you are offering related to intuition. After listening the podcast I felt the need to ask you a question, because I don’t understand something. I am an INFP and I recognize myself in these traits (a couple of times, using other versions of MBTI, my profile was INFJ). From your presentation I related more to the description of Introverted Intuition than of Extraverted Intuition. Does this happen sometimes?
    Thank you!


    • Mary

      Very interesting Veronica! I just listened to this podcast last night and was signing on to make the exact same comment. I am also an INFP, a very strong one…with all of my preferences in the clear or very clear category. However, I definitely related more to the perspectives description rather than the exploration, especially related to the speed of processing information. I’m very curious about this anomaly!!

  • Jacqui Baxter

    I relate the closest to the INTJ personality type. Your description of perspectives is amazing. I will definitely try your recommendation of a more effective workplace setup. I plan borrow some of your concrete description to explain perspectives to non-perspectives users, as finding the correct words for an idea can be frustrating for me at times. Thank you very much.

  • Casey Ward

    PS – My comment above was wrt this podcast: Was visiting both at the time and thought I was on the ENFP podcast page when entering my comment. Cheers! 🙂

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