My Type: The Sensing Type

In contrast to their Intuitive counterparts, Sensing types are often hard workers and far more industrious. They enjoy hands-on, practical work and play. As Thinking types they can be artists, mechanics, architects and supervisors and as Feelers they can be composers, performers, guardians and protectors. As a general rule, Sensors make decisions much more quickly than Intuitives since all the Sensor needs to do is add up the facts and arrive at a conclusion. While Intuitives may be the dreamers and visionaries, Sensors are the builders and architects.

Sensing types are not without difficulties despite being more practical and grounded. The classic, co-dependent spouse is a Sensing type. Sensing-Feelers are built to serve. Unfortunately, with this type, service becomes the central focus and standard of self esteem and worth. Throw in Judging and things start to become a little OCD. STJ’s may also have difficulty in serving the “higher good” or simply become enslaved to following rules, traditions, or societal expectations. The danger comes in losing one’s own identity and intention to another person, entity or cause. The Sensor may not see this as problematic for many years since they find validation in the service of others. However, when the time comes to identify their own hopes or dreams, they may come up empty handed. Sensors also view their service as an act of love, which it is. However, dutifulness and servitude are no substitutes for vulnerability and expression of emotion and affection. Sensors, especially Thinking types, may find it difficult to show their love in words or affection and may not value the words and affection given to them by others. This adds further to the isolation and identity loss suffered by co-dependent types. They often feel that their service and dedication goes unnoticed, which is frequently true because they have created an atmosphere of dependency on themselves.

Sensing types have a tendency to evaluate themselves by their behavior. They feel that their acts of service demonstrate their love and care and judge others by the same standard as well. However, individual worth is not determined by behavior. Sensors need to establish their self worth apart from their work, performance and service. They need to allow their service to flow from their own sense of value and worthiness and set healthy, self maintaining boundaries. They need to constantly remind themselves to slow down and enjoy the present moment rather than take care of everyone else around them.

Published by Rick George

Had someone noticed when I was younger, I may have been diagnosed with ADHD and been put on medication. Fortunately that never happened. No, it hasn't been fun and my life has been quite turbulent as a result but I have had a unique vantage point and I have a feeling that it is about to pay off.

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