Creativity Pathway #123: Intuition and Sensing

I was sitting on my living room couch, pining for the days I could look out into the beautiful field behind our house and see rabbits, or flowers, or children playing. It broke my heart to think about the field being replaced by cookie-cutter condominiums.

There is certainly nothing wrong with longing for days gone by, or appreciating what has been, but I wasn’t reminiscing, I was worrying. I was worrying about what might happen to my beloved field. So full of anxiety that I had paid no attention to what was actually happening in it. There were indeed, on that very day, flowers, children and yes, even an animal in the field.

On the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, a personality assessment based on the theories of Carl Jung, I have a strong preference for Intuition versus Sensing.

Those who prefer Intuition are drawn to information that is more abstract, conceptual, big-picture, and tend to imagine possibilities for the future. This clearly describes me and my tendency to project and think about the “what ifs.” In contrast, those who prefer Sensing favor clear, tangible data and information that fits in well with their direct here-and-now experience. 

Both personality preferences have their value and effectiveness. Neither is right or wrong, better or worse. We can live life more fully however, when we are aware of the way we tend to look at the world, what shapes our reactions to the world and can then learn to approach situations from all perspectives. Being aware of the need for balance in my own life, I appreciate my ability to be forward-thinking, while I also understand the importance of being present to the details of the moment.

Coaching Inquiries: How often do you consider varying perspectives when gathering information? Do you feel caught in the same bad habits, patterns and ruts? How could learning about the personality preferences of those around you benefit your relationships?

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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.

Erika Jackson (
LifeTrek Coaching International
Columbus, OH  •   U.S.A.

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