extraverted sensing

How to Understand Extraverted Sensing

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.

Dominant Auxiliary Tertiary Inferior
INFJ Ni Fe Ti Se

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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. 

This function is usually more developed later in life. It can be a cause of self-esteem issues in INFJ children who mainly utilize their dominant function, Introverted iNtuition

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Megan is an introvert and INFJ personality type who enjoys reading, researching, and writing about personality psychology and human behavior. As the founder of this blog, Megan wants to help other INFJs better understand their personality to improve their personal and professional lives.


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