Podcast – Episode 0256 – How Perceiving Polarities Influence Your Personality

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In this episode, Joel and Antonia dive into deep personality type content around the cognitive function polarities, what they are, why they are important, and how they influence your personality.


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In this episode Joel and Antonia dive into deep personality type content around the cognitive function polarities, what they are, why they are important, and how they influence your personality. #mbti #myersbriggs


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  • Chris Beasley

    Sooo good! Really fun episode. I’m a ENTP comedian who struggles writing jokes daily with blank page syndrome. But adding Si will greatly up my game. Thank you so much!!!

  • Eric Bolden

    This is fascinating (especially the part about the “agendas” of the polarities.
    You can see it that the polarities are created by the way the ego divides reality. So one function and attitude chosen will imply the opposite function and attitude, but as an “unchosen” side of the same thing.

  • Sharon

    Is it possible that your extroversion too quickly made you jump into action words on this one? You lost me pretty quick. I’ve listened to and really appreciated over a hundred of your podcasts to date, but found this one to be your weakest. It could be my very introverted personality analysing this one, but I’m more familiar with the perceiving processes as being what sensations we notice and what patterns spark in our brains automatically as real-time information comes in. It’s also what brain activity we can encourage later when post-processing the memories we created.

    I’m in no way expert, but this podcast bothered me because it didn’t feel as clean-sliced as what you usually offer, which was disappointing enough for me to comment on. It didn’t seem to maintain the distinction of perceiving vs judging while analysing the polarities.

    Some of your ideas were really good, but the extrapolations are where it fell apart, I think. I can understand Ni vs Se as ‘analysis vs action’ if it relates to making assumptions about what will happen next vs just living in the experience of the moment, but relating it to how fast we act on the information seems odd. I’ve read too much INTJ material to be comfortable with analysis vs action being Ni vs Se rather than Ni vs Te.

    Ne vs Si as ‘changing vs accepting’ could be better related to looking at the world through the lens of seeing future potential in everything regardless of its present circumstance vs observing how the various elements of life’s experiences have evolved over time.

    The discordant note on this one might actually be related to how you recently used this information. The language you used is probably priming you got from doing the conference? If you’re working to profile people and teach others to profile, you are probably looking primarily for their actions. Hmmm. Taking this podcast with a look at seeing myself from an outsider’s point of view rather than trying to analyse my own brain wiring from the inside gives the podcast more potential. I’m going to listen to it again with this perspective in mind, actually.

    Thanks for the previous hundred and counting that were really good. Hoping to like this one better the second time around.

  • Jennifer

    Loved this podcast on polarities. I’m an ISFP and my Husband is an INFJ and hearing about the Ni/Se polarity really brought a deeper nuance to how we function as a couple. As we’ve grown together we have really started to appreciate each others skill set. My ability to adapt and troubleshoot crazy things in the moment; from having the in the moment solution with our 8yr old son, to driving in blizzards after skiing (I love these things, I just get calm, focused and…well… in flow) and his ability to pattern the future and really come up with all the things that will make our life work well. We really feel yin/yang… well that’s how I would describe it anyway. 🙂

    This podcast has also brought into focus my style of coaching. That Mind/Body focus that you spoke about runs through everything I do. I’m always preaching mind is body and body is mind, and I’m always working on people by taking concrete physical skills and then applying them to abstract life concepts. I’m starting to see the Ni/Se thread that is very present in my life.

    Thank you guys for all you do and create. I can’t wait for the Judging function polarities!!!

  • Rebecca Mielke

    This discussion on the concept of polarities was super illuminating; and since you always want stories, here is a brief one: I drove to the gym this morning (I confess I was less committed to attending class than usual) and, with snow on the ground and some crappy parking jobs, I could not find a parking spot! After driving down every aisle, I gave up and went home. On the way home, I started considering whether I might make a comment to member services about what they could do to prevent the problem (Fe/Ti): schedule more gap between popular classes, enforce parking, etc. ; but then, it immediately came into my mind that I would likely be met with a response telling me where I could find alternative parking (Te/Fi). Even just telling the story, I feel a sense of frustration! But I get it. I think I am gonna use the suggestion box 😉 (ENFJ)

  • Rebecca Sypek

    This podcast was SO interesting! My husband and I are literally polar opposites (ENTP and ISFJ) and it’s so fascinating to see how our types are actually more blended than I initially thought and how we can use our differences to grow each other. Can’t wait for next week!

  • Maureen fanta

    Thank you so much for this podcast. I’ve been hoping for one like this for a while. I especially needed that language to help understand and explain the Ne/Si polarity, and its major worldview. I’m looking forward to the judging functions.

    Question: with these polarities in mind, does it seem to you guys that Ne is actually an abstraction of Se data (and Ni of Si)? I haven’t studied many of the more obscure models, but when Joel talks about going through the coffee table book and picking out the differences, it feels to me like skimming the surface of Se. Seeing everything at once and picking out the most interesting elements. Thoughts?

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