With many articles demonstrating the benefits of being an intuitive, its time to look at the secret talents and benefits of being a sensor- whether you are an SP or an SJ. As a sensor, we make up a majority of the population. So let’s list what is awesome about being a sensor!
7. Paying attention… really, really paying attention
As sensing is primarily about details, a sensor will absorb great amounts of information to analyze. Sherlock Holmes- an infamous sensor (yes, there will be a post about how most incarnations of him make him one) is fully observant, in the moment, uses past factual information about others. This gives him an almost superpower, with correct assertions. Whilst most don’t have his high, sophisticated abilities- sensors do pay attention.
A sensor’s priority when it comes to discussing issues isn’t necessarily to play ‘devil’s advocate’ or to entertain multiple angles that could prove to be pointless. The sensor, traditionally, chooses a viewpoint that they maintain and stick to. When discussing issues, the sensor avoids getting sidetracked, and sticks to their principles- whether they are logical or emotional in nature. This is because Introverted Sensing and Extroverted Sensing are very direct and to the point- which avoids confusion. A developed sensor would make succinct points that are beneficial.
5. Business and organizing
SJs are known for their frank nature, and principled high expectations of others. This makes them sharp at organizing, a skill which would be wonderful in the competitive world of finance and business. SJs also bring alot of knowledge to the table, with life experiences and ideas. This would be great in economics, and bring much needed diversity and innovation.
SP’s awareness and adaptability would also make them good administrators, as such a field is turbulent, ever changing. We need in the world fierce, adaptable minds and sensors would thrive in such a field.
In short: Sensors would be fantastic in business!
4. Calling people out
Like said for the ‘business and organizing’ section, sensors in particular SJs have high expectations of others. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they are unrealistic, our out of touch. On the contrary, they are often quite realistic and fair.
Sensors are still human and can battle with shyness and being assertive. However, they tend to have firm principles which guide their lives, and SFPs and STJs (who use Introverted Feeling) when they feel wronged, can take it to the next level and call people out.
SJs have Extroverted Feeling (Fe) or Extroverted Thinking (Te)- two functions that are fierce in nature and promote being assertive and taking control.
SPs have Introverted Feeling (Fi) or Introverted Thinking (Te)- two functions that analyze, rationalize the complex world of emotions and logic. If something doesn’t fit their principles or expectations, or ‘wrongs’ them, they, like the SJ will call it out.
To conclude this section, sensors have a low tolerance for bullshit.
3. Anything that engages within the five senses
When people write descriptions for sensors, they tend to overstate the emphasis put on the five senses. This may be because sensors can be very physical. And that’s certainly true, the amount of dexterity among sensors is purely wonderful to look at. But it goes deeper than that: to the vast world of art (Michelangelo- the skilled artist was a sensor), film, technology and much more. By paying attention to the textures of taste, sight, sound, touch and smells. If you are a sensor and struggle or have a disability that impairs your ability to experience… what you go through when you engage with the rest of the world is still incredibly vivid and strong. Enough for you to engage within wonderfully.
2. Seeing the world as it is
Everyone has a perspective on the world, people, events, history, etc. It’s hard to not reach a particular age and have numerous opinions and things to say. However, perception is a fascinating thing. Sensors don’t perceive the world through constructed, imaginary realities- or how they think the world will be, but how the world actually is. This means that when it comes to articulating one’s perception of the world, a sensor is more likely to reflect the actual reality, as opposed to some mighty construct vision. Therefore, the sensor is quite realistic.
1. Engineering, Applied Sciences and Medicine
It’s no question what is number one- because the sensor’s abilities and potential in this field is simply put, remarkable. As established, sensors are good at absorbing information. However, a sensor wants to do more with it. A sensor when given a piece of information would imagine the multiple purposes and applications of it.
Hence why it’s not a stretch to say they would make wonderful engineers. Because the core of sensing is also the application. Said application would give a higher sense of responsibility, making exceptional doctors. Any field where highly sophisticated information is used and in practice… I see no reason why a sensor wouldn’t do well within it.
In conclusion, I hope this list was useful in listing the many different, unique ways a sensor shows talent. Sensors get a bad rap in mbti, and I hope this list was somewhat useful!