Summer Vacation Decision Making—Extraverted Sensing

03 Jun 2016

When I think about the best decisions I have made in my life, it usually comes down to taking a more balanced approach to whatever I’m deciding. That balanced approach often comes easier when we consider using all four of our mental processes (Sensing, Intuition, Thinking, and Feeling) along with the attitudes of each (Extraversion and Introversion). Put that all together and you get the eight MBTI® patterns of mental activity (Se, Si, Ne, Ni, Te, Ti, Fe, Fi). If you want to read more about these eight patterns, I recommend the Introduction to Type® Dynamics and Development booklet written by Katherine D. Myers and Linda Kirby.

This blog series will cover how using these eight patterns of mental activity can help you make better decisions. Because summer is fast approaching, I thought I would focus on how you can use these eight patterns to decide where you want to go on vacation. I’m going to start with extraverted Sensing (Se) and move on from there.

Extraverted Sensing is about seeing the details in the world in the present moment. As you think about where you might go on vacation this summer, consider Se questions like:


“Dominant extraverted Sensing types approach problem-solving by quickly assessing the realities and plunging into action to bring about desired results, manipulating whatever is at hand. They focus on responding quickly and expediently to the immediate reality.” —Introduction to Type® Dynamics and Development.

By the way, the MBTI types that typically rely the most on extraverted Sensing (Se) during decision making are ESTP and ESFP. The types that might forget or shortchange Se during decision making are INTJ and INFJ.

To read more, check out the other blog in this summer series:

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