Everyone is able to intuit to some degree or another. Intuition simply means paying attention to impressions and the meaning of patterns of information taken in. Someone who prefers iNtuition has learned to think through the data and the patterns, finding interest in the new possibilities that emerge for the future. Often those with strong iNtuition enjoy working with symbols and abstract theories–even if they can’t immediately identify a use or application for such understanding. And when a person is high in iNtuition, their memories often exist as general impressions of what happened rather than the specific details Sensors [Insert link to introverted sensing vs extroverted sensing] are able to recall. Once again, not all intuiting is the same. A person’s overall preference for Extroversion or Introversion makes a difference in the way iNtuition functions.
Those who direct their iNtuition function inwardly make up 35% of the population. However, only 8% of the population use it as their primary or secondary preference. It is rare. This means that roughly 2 out of every 25 people you interact with will draw on this function frequently enough for it to be observed in their behavior. The INFJ and INTJ choose Introverted iNtuition as their dominant preference while the ENFJ and ENTJ use it to support their Feeling and Thinking functions respectively. The ISFP, ISTP, ESFP, and ESTP also possess Introverted iNtuition; however, it can be found in their 3rd and 4th functions and does not often impact their behavior.
When a person introverts their iNtuition, they naturally drive toward a consistency of ideas or thoughts within their internal framework. They trust bursts of the unconscious. This is known as “going with your gut” or following a “gut feeling.” These bursts, however, are often hard for others to understand because they are connected to the person’s internal framework–their perspective and values–rather than tangible data found in the environment or situation. The act of introverted intuition frequently involves integrating ideas or concepts, which may not initially seem to fit together. This takes the person’s understanding to a new level of even more connections and possibilities. You have probably witnessed or even experienced this for yourself. It’s that moment when someone gets very quiet. It may seem that they have even disengaged until suddenly there is a burst of “Aha! I’ve got it!”
Once ideas are connected to that internal framework, the introverted iNtuitor has confidence that demands action or application. This helps them focus on fulfilling their vision of the future and is often based on unforeseen trends or signs. This process can involve complex concepts or systems of thinking, or it may include creating symbolic ways of understanding vast, universal concepts. So it is probably no surprise to find that those who prefer introverted iNtuition as their dominant or auxiliary functions can be found most predominantly at the tops of organizations where the big picture, strategizing, problem-solving, out-of-the-box thinking, future-oriented direction setting takes place.
Those who direct their iNtuition function outwardly make up the other 65% of the population, with 19% using it as their primary or secondary preference. This means that roughly 1 out of every 5 people you interact with will draw on this function frequently enough for it to be observed in their behavior. The ENFP and ENTP choose extroverted iNtuition as their dominant preference while the INFP and INTP use it to support their Feeling and Thinking functions respectively. The ESTJ, ESFJ, ISFJ and ISTJ also possess extroverted iNtuition; however, it can be found in their 3rd and 4th functions and does not often impact their behavior.
Extroverted iNtuition helps people see the possibilities in the external world. They also trust those bursts of unconscious–or “going with their gut”–but in a way that can be shared with others through explanation. This is because extroverting iNtuitors are able to notice hidden meanings and interpret them. They entertain all sorts of possible interpretations that could come from just one idea, and they see the various delineations each as its own possible reality. Using this process, a person is able to juggle different ideas, beliefs or meanings and hold them all as “true” at the same time. Eventually and frequently, they will weave the themes together once the common thought “thread” appears. From this interaction, a strategy emerges and the extroverted iNtuitor runs with it.
People who direct their iNtuition outwardly appreciate and enjoy brainstorming and they trust what emerges. Imaginative play as children, or running scenarios and role-playing as adults, is enjoyable and productive. This provides the ability to think and explore across multiple contexts. Extroverted intuiting involves activating people and shaping situations. Often these extroverted iNtuitors can be found among authors, filmmakers, journalists, artists, philosophers, and inventors.
Now that you understand the two basic ways of taking in information and the differences made when the function is applied outwardly or inwardly, you’re ready to look at the two basic ways everyone makes decisions.