Cognitive Functions: Se vs Si

Another post on the cognitive functions, and the final one comparing two opposites, an extrovert vs an introvert. This post will look at the functions Se and Si–Extraverted Sensing and Introverted Sensing. Both are functions that are focused on facts and the outside world, but in entirely different ways. I present to you, the fourth cognitive functions post–Se vs Si.

Extraverted Sensing

This function is one that is acutely aware of the world around them. It is in tune with the five senses primary senses, focused on “living in the moment”. People with this dominant function often don’t want to waste a second, taking risks and jumping to an opportunity. For this reason, they can leap right into things, and can likely do things they’ll regret–they’re thinking about the here and now, not the aftermath. By taking action, this type of function can make their user chase a thrill, even if the consequences end up to be negative.

Introverted Sensing

This function is more in-tune with their “inner body sensations”, such as pain, tension, feeling uncomfortable, or hunger. They are very aware of the present moment, but by doing so, they’re also comparing the current situation to one of the past, or taking note of what is happening for the future. People who use this function dominantly can be traditional, and slower to take action, as they are more careful. They can also have a strong, nostalgic connection to their pasts and people who mean a lot to them.

Se vs Si (bullet format)

  • Se-users take immediate action; Si-users first process the information
  • Se is focused on the here and now, while Si is focused on both the past and present
  • Se takes opportunities without a second thought; Si compares the situation to ones of the past
  • Voice Patterns: Se users have a strong, steady tone, with a smooth convention of their speech. Si users have a rhythmic, quality voice, that can be interpreted as predictable–it can make the listener feel calm and at ease, trusting the speaker.
  • Se takes risks, and Si is more cautious
  • Se can easily remember recent things; Si can easily remember memories of the past

There you have it–the last two cognitive functions of the MBTI, compared and contrasted. Hopefully, this article was helpful to anyone who wished to distinguish between the two. As always, thanks for reading–and until next time!

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