Podcast – Episode 0283 – Why The World Needs Extraverted Sensing

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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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  • Victor

    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

    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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