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In this episode Joel and Antonia talk about how Intuitives can avoid developing a superiority complex.


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The idea of iNtuitive superiority surfaces when Intuitives encounter Myers-Briggs.

Our mission is to get the concept of the iNtuition/Sensor dichotomy into the public consciousness so each can hold more space for the other.

Intuitives can feel disenfranchised when they have only experienced a dominant sensor environment. They’ve had a lot of feelings of inferiority or marginalization because they’ve never felt like they fit in.

When someone who has felt marginalized encounters MBTI, they have a tendency to run with it and turn it into a reason for superiority.

We see typology, the ability to understand ourselves and others, as one of the foundational elements of personal growth.

When we talk about an iNtuitive awakening, we want it to come from a personal development framework.

The Huge introvert movement has been popping up in recent years in an attempt to empower introverts to feel okay about being different.

Introverts are not broken. They have specific needs. They need alone time. Their mind goes through more channels when making decisions than extraverts.

The Introvert/Extravert movement has encouraged us as to the potential of the iNtuitive/Sensor movement.

There are a couple of differences though that will make it more challenging.

Introversion/Extraversion is generally accepted by the psychological world, whereas Sensing/iNtuition are unique to the MBTI system.

PHQ: Is There Scientific Evidence For Myers Briggs

Introvert/Extravert split is about 50/50 in the population. More numbers to create that tipping point so necessary for societal shifts.

Sensor/iNtuition is a 75/25 split. Less represented. Less understood. Less recognized.

There are clear advantages with both introversion and extraversion.

There tends to be a mystical element when we explain the iNtuitive processes. We have a tendency to romanticize Intuition.

There’s less introvert vs. extravert division in that one doesn’t necessarily feel hugely disenfranchised by the other.

We don’t want to romanticize iNtuition. We don’t want people saying they wish they were iNtuitive. We prefer this dichotomy be seen as mundane because it is mundane in the sense that it is a daily experience for 25% of the population.

The tendency for iNtuitives online to act like dicks to Sensors is only going to challenge the iNtuitive awakening.

In our opinion, an Intuitive Awakening is good for everyone.

If we feel iNtuitives are superior to Sensors we need to root that out. It is wildly inaccurate.

It creates a win/lose scenario which never works.

Podcast: Introverted Intuition vs Extraverted Intuition

Intuition does not equal intelligence. It is just perceiving of the world in a different way – Using advanced pattern recognition to see what is behind the curtain.

Intuitives are not more intelligent than Sensors

Podcast: Howard Gardner Multiple Intelligence Theory

Certain kinds of intelligence trend to certain types.

INTJs trend to being the smartest person in the room in the way that society honors analytical intelligence. This doesn’t mean INTJs are the smartest full stop. Just in their type of intelligence.

There are multiple styles of intelligence.

Sensor types will trend toward different styles of intelligence.

Society goes through phases of when they honor the different kinds of intelligence.

Podcast: General Semantics

We use the same word to mean multiple things.

We’d like to see iNtuition awakened on all levels. Even Sensors have an iNtuitive cognitive function in their car model.

Video on being inclusionary when referring to iNtuition. 

Where your iNtuitive Cognitive Function shows up in your stack will influence you.

We can’t have “us vs. them” segregation mindset.

Our request is that if you have any inferiority/superiority over your type, (aka type patriotism) recognize that you have some stuff going on inside of you that has nothing to do with being iNtuitive. You are using being iNtuitive as a way to avoid dealing with your stuff.

Let us do everything we can to operate on a high vibration. This isn’t the place to put your wounds on display. This is the place to raise ourselves up and make all of us better. If you see any segregation happening, call it out. Make sure to point out that there isn’t a place for this type of mentality. It doesn’t serve anybody.



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  • Sarah

    Thank you for bringing up such an important issue. My sister, cousin and I post about this often on our tumblr blog. It’s disgusting to watch other intuitives and even ourselves sometimes make the mistake of feeling superior to sensors.

  • Ryan

    This podcast is outstanding, you both are highly advanced in gathering information and communicating it in consumable ways and what I find particularly interesting is how careful you both are with your wording, often rewinding and changing the words that you use to get closer to the true meaning. Fascinating.

    I run an organisation that teaches music to children at several access points and am constantly reminding my teams that the meaning of your communication is in the response you get and language is far more likely to be miscommunicated than communicated due to the complexity and layers that you alluded to in this podcast so being adaptable to the recipient is paramount.

    I am an INTJ and when finding this out I am (embarrassed to say) I felt superior or ‘patriotic’ …. Through real world feedback from close friends/family I painfully realised that in application, this is highly erm…ugly!

    I am fortunate to have a team and through this have learnt that what we actually need is balance. Fulfilling the needs of our customers is only possible by having a rounded team; that there is no rounded person, only a rounded team.

    We constantly look and celebrate strengths in people and then find a huge joy in aligning them with a need in the company and I am amazed at others’ ability to do something with ease that would have taken me far longer and with greater difficulty.

    We are setting up an education program for our teaching teams and when it’s up and running, it’d be great to chat with you guys more about this as your programs would give a deep dive into this typing system far more than anything I could do!

    Before I head over to the general semantics podcast I have a quick question which may be helpful to parents reading too …we are always acutely aware of telling children they have any fixed attributes as this can misguide them (particularly if you’re not highly qualified in the specific area) with that said what are your thoughts with how the Myers-Briggs system works with children?

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  • Jill

    Hahah..Great podcast! I love what you guys are about–and I appreciate the TONS of awareness I have developed from it. It’s a real life changer for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  • Lisa

    Oh man. Guilty of feeling superior a couple of times. I always knew that attitude wasn’t quite right and you guys eloquently put into words what I felt! Thank you for kick-starting this intuitive awakening movement. Let’s celebrate sensors and intuitives both 🙂

  • Amy

    Thank you for this insightful podcast! I’m new to discovering your site (and MBTI in general.) Took 4 different tests on different days, came out an INFJ who’s married to an ISTP (and come from a family of sensors.) We don’t see eye-to-eye all of the time, and I will admit even if subconsciously, I’ve felt both inferior and superior at times. Growing up I’ve always felt like the “weird” one/different. Was even misdiagnosed as being bipolar and borderline personality at age 14, put on a cocktail of mind-numbing meds, which I stupidly took for years. Guess that’s where some of my feelings of resentment/marginalization come from. Only when I turned 24 did I decide to get off them, and discover my true self. Now I’m 30, know there’s nothing really wrong with me, and it’s been an interesting journey to say the least! I will definitely try to be more accepting and open-minded of other types now!

    • Antonia Dodge

      I’m so sorry you were put on medication that wasn’t necessary. That totally sucks. Glad you came out the other end with a healthier perspective.


  • Felicia

    I became grateful, not resentful.

    I learned long ago that if the direction in which I am going is wrong, the right direction is not necessarily the opposite one. There aren’t just two direction, two options and the options available are definitely not necessarily opposite.

    So, no, I did not fall in love with myself, neither did I become angry with those who could not see me for who I was.
    I was simply very relieved to realize that who I was made sense, that my flaws were not flaws, and that what I needed to do was focus on and develop my strengths and learn to live with my flaws, instead of the other way round.

    I became grateful, not resentful.

    • Antonia Dodge

      You did it the most empowered way! While it may not have been the thing that made you fall in love with yourself, I hope it’s one of the dominos along the way. 🙂


  • Bryce

    I am an INFJ … So, statistically, my type is, well, most likely to be guilty of this. I recently discovered my type through this sight. This podcast hit me hard. These four letters provide a pseudo confidence that is dangerously close to a complex. My experiences with Ni have been..eventful. Thank you for continuing to add insight and depth to my journey.

  • Taylor

    Oh goodness, thank-you for this much needed podcast.

    I see it like a Trivial Pursuit wheel; in the game trivial pursuit, you need all the pie-wedges to win. If you’re just an expert in one area, you don’t make it to the finish. Society is the same way–if we want to “win”, we need all the wedges, or, all the types.

    I think intuitives get freaked out by sensors (and vice versa) because they see their “truths” in direct conflict with their intuitive ones, and it becomes a “winner/loser” situation. If you think of opposite cognitive functions like an impressionist painting, lets say Si is the individual dots of paint, and Ne is the entire picture you see emerge from those dots of paint, it’s easier to accept multiple truths. You can see how their truth doesn’t negate yours, but actually is integral to it. In the example of the impressionist painting, if the Si dots weren’t there, or catergorized specifically, there would be no painting to observe. If there isn’t an Ne observer looking at the painting, the dots don’t make sense. The thing is, if you’re standing on the canvas, you can only see dots and have to have a bit of faith the Ne observer knows what they’re talking about. Likewise, if you’re the Ne observer standing at the back of the gallery, you have to have faith in the detailed perspective of the Si observer.

    But, most of us don’t want to extend that faith and instead exert the superiority of our view.

    • Taylor

      but, to somewhat play devil’s advocate to my own viewpoint…

      As much as I agree with the message of this podcast and fully support Antonia and Joel’s vision of greater awareness in the public, it brings up another huge elephant in the room that’s more unsavory than the intuitive superiority complex.

      That elephant is, while I certainly don’t believe intuitives are superior than sensors, we are not equal in our abilities–there are tasks which intuitives are generally better at, and certain tasks sensors are generally better at. The problem is, the tasks or professions which we as a society admire and value most are often intuitive in nature. Not all, clearly (Olympics for example), but many.

      My ESFJ sister talks constantly about how she wants to go back to university to get a Msc and frequently posts those Facebook IQ tests or brainteasers on her wall. She studied event planning, and she’s brilliant at it, and it’s the perfect profession for her. But, it’s not as highly respected as academia. I think the pull of her inferior Ti also plays a role in her desire for academic titles.

      I (INFJ) am pretty shit at all the things she is great at, and I often give her my sincere respect for her talents in her profession. But…I’m the academic in the family. I got the scholarships, high grades, acceptances to top universities. I don’t see my kind of intelligence as more important than hers, just different. But, unfortunately, she doesn’t, she sees it as “I’m better than her”. All of my family members are sensors, and in my eyes, they are all excellent at what they do (police officer, chef, salesman). My sister and much of my sensor family have projected a superiority complex onto me, the “Oh, you’re so much grander than us common folk.”. I’ve tried very hard not to, and even make a point of demeaning myself and praising their talents.

      But sometimes it feels like…if we were in 19th century Britain, I’m an upper class lady reading Philosophy at Cambridge, saying to a working class person “I am no more important than you, we both have equally valuable roles”. While that is true, it kind of sounds like bullshit to the working class person.

      On a similar thread, my boyfriend and I discuss similar issues on one aspect of gender equality. We know from MBTI the majority of women are feelers (roughly 75%). Feelers tend to excel in professions that deal with human systems. It’s not that feelers can’t excel in other professions, but they are more likely to enter professions that deal with people/human systems. But, we as a society tend to give more respect to professions that require more Thinking skills. I don’t think the answer to gender equality is pushing equal numbers in professions–people should do jobs according to their natural talents and what gives them the “flow” state. But, if the jobs that a majority of women tend to have natural talents in aren’t as respected, or well paid, they might feel they are being treated as, well, “less-than”.

      • Antonia Dodge

        I love this comment. I agree – there are characteristics, talents and career choices that we faddishly elevate depending upon our culture. Sometimes we’re just in the wrong place, wrong time for our particular set of traits. For example, as a Ti user I’ve noticed that Ti is celebrated in media but often loathed in reality. The only solution I’ve managed to come up with is to be the most nimble and graceful Ti user possible to counter stereotypes and make the talents that Ti comes with irrefutable.

        I don’t think we’re going to see the end of socially constructed fads around talents in our lifetime. But we don’t have to be discouraged by them. Acknowledge their presence, be realistic about the extra challenge they represent, and then keep on keepin’ on.


  • J. Stark

    Thank you for a great podcast!

    There is one thing I need to take up. As being an intuitive and perspective person there is something that I almost totally lack and that is extrovert sensing. In reality it is all about balance. Some say that it is the balance between heart and mind, knowing and sensing that we are supposed to achieve. As above so below used the wise men say. One ought to find the balance with that which is within and that which is without.

    If one desires to dwell deeper into the hidden realms of the mind one needs to learn to ground the mind on the body first. This is where we need to train sensing. Then by practicing self-awareness one can slowly and gently fall deeper and deeper within the mind itself. If we lose the track of our sensing we will fall asleep. If we are just self-aware but miss the sensing, we will never be able to fall deeper.

    This is very fine and subtle practice and it takes time to settle the mind so that one can start to dwell deeper into it. And as I said, without being aware of the sensations one can never dig deeper without loosing one’s self-awareness. In this case one really needs to learn how to eat the cake and still have it left 😉

    All the Best Wishes

  • Katie

    This is great! Thanks!

  • Tom Web

    After listening to your The Superior Intuitive Complex podcast, I would suggest that the Introverted and INtuitive support groups, blogs, etc exist because theses traits are typically (inadvertently) suppressed by other types. While understanding other types helps us accept others for who they are, how do the Introverts and INtuitives mitigate these suppressions in a win/win scenarios?
    Suggested topic:

    For example, at parties, work, etc., extroverts will often feel sad for the introvert and attempt to extrovert them to make them happy. How does an introvert mitigate these advances? How do they find contentment at parties. It seems to me that the introvert has to do all the work because the extrovert can’t perceive how an introvert can be happy. Are there some common situations whereby an introvert can be given a set of tools to politely block extroverted advances.
    INtuition and Sensing have the same difficulties. Sensors go on and on about some minute details about some insignificant thing while the iNtuitive try’s to retain eye contact while at the same time praying that the person will find someone else to engage. When the iNtuitive tries to hold the conversation, people simply rudely walk off take control of the conversation. Are there tools for the iNtuitive to help them mitigate these situations?
    I would be interested in your thoughts.

    • Jessica

      Yes, please. How do we cope with others who refuse to respect who we are, even though we made huge efforts to meet their needs? Are those relationships unsalvageable because they’re all take and no give, or is there something we can do that doesn’t make us ruder than them?

    • Leonaard

      @ Tom Web, absolutely agree on your comment regarding conversation between intuitives and sensors. As an intuitive I have found that if you mostly don’t go in hard and keep it short you just become an accessory to the conversation.

      I have some great sensor friends, however figuring out how to have conversations with them, has taken me years to develop. Unfortunately mostly by trial and error. These Personality Hacker podcasts really are such a valuable tool.

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