Extraverted sensing (Se) is the inferior function of the INFJ personality type. Se has a strong awareness of the physical world. Se is skilled at reacting quickly to events and situations in the external world and noticing details in its surroundings.
The below table shows the cognitive function stack for the INFJ. You can read more about INFJ cognitive functions here.
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Extraverted Sensing in INFJs
Since it’s fourth in the INFJ’s natural function stack, it’s not as strong as it is in the artistic ISFP or the live-in-the-moment ESFP. INFJs often enjoy the company of Extraverted Sensing types because they help to bring out a more present-focused side of them.
When an INFJ embraces their Extraverted Sensing, they enjoy sensory activities like hiking, dancing, playing a musical instrument, or even spontaneous adventures. It’s because of inferior Se that INFJs appreciate material things, such as nice clothes and home decor. However, since Se is inferior INFJs usually play it safe in these categories. Their weaker use of this function causes uncertainty. They worry about doing something the wrong way or standing out.
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