Extroverted Sensing Vs Introverted Sensing

Extroverted Sensing Vs Introverted Sensing


Extroverted sensing involves the outer world – the outer part of your body, your home, your family, your school, places in your neighborhood, and everything that has a physical presence. When you interact with this outer world by your senses i.e touching, seeing, hearing, tasting, or smelling, you use extroverted sensing. 

However, introverted sensing involves the impressions of the outer world that exist in your mind. When you think or talk about these subjective impressions, you use introverted sensing.

Simply, extroverted sensing is outward and introverted sensing is inward.

Every person has both abilities, but in some extroverted sensing dominates and in some introverted sensing dominates. This difference creates distinct behaviors – in fact, distinct strengths and weaknesses.

Let’s understand these differences by examples.


Your Energetic & Adventurous Friend

Your friend is fond of new adventures. Some of those adventures are very risky and demand a lot of physical energy. But your friend never gets tired of it. The adventure could by hiking a mountain on foot, driving a car in a desert, rash bike driving on the roads, etc. Even when working on an official project, your friend is the most active one. Visiting the project site even on the hottest day is as fun for him.

All above are the signs of dominant Extroverted Sensing.


Your Detailed & Focused Friend

Your other friend is strong in facts. His memory is sharp – he hardly forgets past events, names of people, birthdays, and the tasks assigned. When describing an event - like his shopping experience - he tells you each detail with precision. When doing an assignment, he is correct with spellings, formats, and try to reproduce everything word by word. He strictly follows the standards of work set by his elders or told by the experienced people.

All above are the signs of dominant Introverted Sensing.  

Here is the infographic to understand the difference visually!


Characteristics of Extroverted Sensors


Here are some of the interesting characteristics of extroverted sensors.


Value Concrete Experiences

A philosophical talk, a scientific theory, or an abstract idea won’t excite extroverted sensors. If they are to be stimulated the idea should be of some concrete, real experience that arouses their senses e.g. a drive to a desert, a group journey to a hill station, eating in a new restaurant, a birthday party of their friend.


Have Fun Loving Nature

Extroverted sensors are always excited to have fun – and the fun should be of physical nature. They like playing sports, funny maneuvers, cracking jokes, laughing out loud, and entertaining others. They even make their work as fun: they don’t work because it’s a responsibility but to be entertained.


Are Energetic

Extroverted Sensors are the most energetic of all personality types. As they believe in and use their muscle power in every task they do, they tend to form stronger bodies. And the sport is the best thing that tests their physical strength. They take pleasure from burning their energies – making powerful strokes, sprinting to catch their opponent, playing tactics to take advantage, and shouting to overwhelm others.


Are Spontaneous

Extroverted sensors act immediately without planning. They don’t want to waste time planning instead they jump into the situation having a firm belief in their abilities. A spontaneous challenge that suddenly emerges is a ground for them to prove their skills. Risk which makes others afraid gives them thrill and energy.  


Value Diversity

A new food, a new place to visit, a new sport to try – extroverted sensors want diversity. A routine doesn’t satisfy them – they want a change. A challenge that is a riskier or new adventurous place where they can test and stimulate their energies enthralls them.  


Characteristics of Introverted Sensors


Here are some of the notable characteristics of introverted sensors


Value tradition

Introverted sensors value past experiences more than anything else. They believe that practices that were already tried and tested should be followed with continuity. They obey authority – elders, credible people, and rules. They stop at traffic signals, wear dresses according to the occasion, talk pleasantly with others, and tend to be ethical.   


Have a good memory

Memories are precious for introverted sensors. They memorize and reproduce details with immaculate accuracy and feel proud of their sharp memory. They remember years, date of births, important events, names of people, and important details about them.


Good bodily awareness

Bodily awareness of introverted sensors is acute. If you go out with them, they would immediately sense the changes in temperature and air conditions. Their sense of taste is even very sharp. Any minute change in taste they can pick up. The freshness of vegetables, softness of meat, crispiness of brownies – they are the first ones to detect.


Take Responsibility

Introverted sensors are most responsible of all types. For them, every work is a responsibility - which they should fulfill with hard work and diligence. In professional lives, they want responsible positions where they can supervise things and people.


Follow Routine

Introverted sensors are routine-lovers. They easily perform repetitive jobs, consistently do their works, and follow a natural sequence. When introduced to a lot of change, they tend to resist it and revert to routine. They are less likely to accept a new perspective or counter-information.