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IS - Introverted Sensing

Superior Function


Suppresses as far as possible the objective element of the sense impression.

Values the subjective impression released by the object rather than the object itself, of which the individual may hardly be aware.

Sees things highly colored by the subjective factor, the impression being merely suggested by the object and coming out of the unconscious in the form of some meaning or significance.

Leads to ideas, through the activation of archetypes, seizing the background of the physical world rather than its surface.

Develops attention that is very selective, guided wholly by the inner constellation of interests, so that it is impossible to predict what outer stimulus will catch and hold attention.

Develops an extremely eccentric and individual inner self, which sees things other people do not see, and may appear very irrational.

Must be balanced by extraverting judgement, or it makes a silent, inaccessible personality, wholly uncommunicative, with no conversation except conventional banalities about the weather and other collective interests.

Myers, "Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type"

Introverted Sensing (Si) retains, consolidates, and recollects historical and autobiographical information. It attends to and draws on a concentrated body of past experiences, routines, and traditions (i.e., the “tried and true”). It forgoes the constant pursuit of new or broad experiences, finding safety and security in stability and consistency. It also surveys inner bodily sensations.

A.J. Drenth, "My True Type: Clarifying Your Personality Type, Preferences & Functions"

One senses all that a thing represents for them, even more than they sense the thing itself. Truth is thus proportionate to the degree of its subjective presence, and a sensation is subjectively present to the degree that it resembles one of the subject’s archetypal sensations. Introverted sensation abstracts from experience those elements it considers truly important, separating the wheat from the chaff, and forming a number of ideal sensations by which all new incoming sensa tions are understood.

M. Pierce, "Motes and Beams - A Neo-Jungian Theory of personality"

Defender Si: 

Act as an anchor. On guard, and guard others. A firm sense of culture and history. Stick with the strongest impressions from your upbringing. Prefer convenience and familiarity. Block big changes. Traditional. Aim to civilize.

Hearth Si:

Maintain home and traditions. Draw on a big memory bank of sense impressions. Feel grounded. Adapt to group's changes and flex to other's will. Prefer comfort and safety. Sensitive to subtle sensory variations.

Dario Nardi, The Magic Diamond: Jung's 8 Paths For Self-Coaching

Inferior Function

What exactly is Dominant Si repressing Inferior Ne?

Dominant Si repressing Inferior Ne is when an individual represses possibilities and hypothetical scenarios for the sake of safety, comfort and personal experience. It represses the exploration of possibilities to prioritize subjective impressions and experiences. They repress new and fresh possibilities and hypotheticals to favor their own personal experience, they feel that exploring new possibilities could contradict or harm their own personal experience, and impression of the object. 

How does Inferior Ne play out?

The more intuition gets repressed, it will manifest in the form of imagined threats, dangers and the expectation of negative scenarios. They become uncharacteristically spontaneous and reckless, they imagine dangerous possibilities and scenarios, lurking in the background. They become anxious and worried to the unfamiliar or things that are outside of their personal, mythological reality. 

Quote by Carl Jung:

His unconscious is distinguished chiefly by the repression of intuition, which consequently acquires an extraverted and archaic character. Whereas true extraverted intuition is possessed of a singular resourcefulness, a “good nose” for objectively real possibilities, this archaicized intuition has an amazing flair for all the ambiguous, shadowy, sordid, dangerous possibilities lurking in the background. The real and conscious intentions of the object mean nothing to it; instead, it sniffs out every conceivable archaic motive underlying such an intention. It therefore has a dangerous and destructive quality that contrasts glaringly with the well-meaning innocuousness of the conscious attitude. So long as the individual does not hold too aloof from the object, his unconscious intuition has a salutary compensating effect on the rather fantastic and overcredulous attitude of consciousness. But as soon as the unconscious becomes antagonistic, the archaic intuitions come to the surface and exert their pernicious influence, forcing themselves on the individual and producing compulsive ideas of the most perverse kind. 


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