Intuition: Decision Making, Reality Checking

Decision Making

When you make decision, three things come into play: your intuition, your feelings and your thoughts. You intuition is what you believe will happen. It is your inner voice that tells you that regardless of any physical evidence. Your feelings is what you wish would happen. Your thoughts is any logical situation you think you will end up in due to any physical evidence provided. You need to differentiate those three in order to make the best decision and the best decision is always to trust your intuition. The reason for this is this quote:
“Don’t try to comprehend with your mind. Your minds are very limited. Use your intuition.” 
― Madeleine L’EngleA Wrinkle in Time

Reality Checking

So, there are times in life when I am being idealistic and this causes me to not be grateful of my current life. It’s exactly like this quote says:

Image

The only way to stop being idealistic, to not want things to be however we wish them to be so much is to just trust your intuition.

An example is this:

I have been single for almost a year now. Recently, I found myself wishing that I had met someone else already and I believe this wish has been on-going ever since my break up. This prevented me to be happy with being single even though I know of the benefits that come with being single: Total independence to do what you want to do, more time to yourself, less commitment, etc. I realise that despite being single for a year, I haven’t been truly grateful with my situation for there has always been at least one guy in my life (either I’m romantically interested in him or he is romantically interested in me). The thing is that I know that I am not going to meet “him” just yet, although I don’t know why. I just know that I am not ready for it and will screw it up if I were to meet him now. My intuition has provided me a reality check and I should trust those feelings so that I enjoy my single lifestyle instead of wishing it were different.

How to: Kiss, Have a good posture, Walk properly

This post is long overdue. Being socially retarded, I need guidance from people to know how to do something properly. I learnt how to kiss from the player, had a few go and he did say I’ve gotten much better (which meant that I suck so much before that – LOL). Also, I’ve recently met a model, people who took modelling class and people who dresses well all the time (cares about “presentation”, they said). They taught me a couple of things:

1. How to kiss (receiving kiss, as a girl, beginner)

Every man kisses at different pace. So, you have to let the man set the pace and open your mouth when he does it. Use a little tongue when he does it. The key is mirroring. Also, breathe through your nose.

2. How to have a good posture.

While not slouching means that your posture is okay, it is still not a good posture. Apparently in the model industry, if your back doesn’t hurt, you are not doing it right. You have to open up your shoulders but not too much that you are squeezing it together, push and show your breast off to the world and maintain a S-shape (push your ass back). When you stand, slightly lift your shoulders up. It will look better.

3. Walk properly.

You must have heard of models walking on a straight line. They really do do that. While you walk, you have to maintain a good posture and walk in the straight line. They practice with closed toe high heels because it is more difficult and they do this for 4 hours in a day’s training.

They started off with a pose, with only your right big toe touching the ground, heels lifted off the ground, knees bent while your left leg is straight- there is a name for the pose but she couldn’t remember it. You start walking with your right leg. You mustn’t lift your feet too high up in the air, make sure your leg is straight while it lands, maintain a good posture and make sure only the bottom half of your body is moving (so your hips move while you walk). When you have gotten used to that, you can add in your own attitude – but this has to look good.

Determining someone’s personality

One of my many interests is self-discovery. In order to discover myself, I have spent the past year researching on MBTI. Although I find it to be quite generalized at first since I seem to be able to fit in 3-4 personality types, learning about the cognitive functions that Carl Jung developed has changed my mind. I am now a believer of MBTI.

After spending a year on the topic, I could analyse people’s personality types more easily and is able to better understand the motivation behind each person’s action. I realise that I can identify people’s personality types if I were to meet and talk to them for just several times. However, I cannot analyse the people I have known before I become good enough to identify people’s personality type. I realise that I am not good enough at this topic but I do know more than normal people who just started out. This post is a reminder of what I have learnt from my research on the topic. I have no intention to continue learning about MBTI, but hopefully, as I discover more about the topic, I will add on to this post.

Basic MBTI

In MBTI, there are 16 personality types which is made up from the combinations of:

extraversion or introversion

intuition or sensing

feeling or thinking

perceiving and judging

 

Below is my understanding of what each functions mean:

Image

 

These description may help you in typing someone’s personality:

Extraversion/Introversion: You can typically determine the extraversion and introversion of a person based on how much they talk and what they do when they are sad. Looking at their social skills may help, but I have met introverted people with great social skills as well.

Intuition/Sensing: You need to talk to the person to identify if they are an intuitor or a sensor. Typically, for me, you look at the way they dress. Sensors usually dress better than Intuitors. This does not mean that intuitors dress horribly – the people who tend to dress “crazy” or act “crazy” are intuitors though. The people sensors hang out with usually dresses well as well – they care about their image a lot. Smart intuitors usually realise the importance of presentation as well so it can be difficult to determine, especially if they are of an older age. The best way to determine if someone is an inutitor or sensor is through the way they talk. Intuitors usually talk about theories and deep stuff while sensors talk about their experiences and shallow talk. Intuitors also tend to be “smart but lazy” while sensors are “hardworkers”. It is sort of like high school – you see a bunch of kids who doesn’t study but gets good grades vs those who work so hard to get good grades. (Note that talent is overrated though, hard work is the best way to do things)

Feeling/Thinking: The thinkers that I have met are usually pretty cold-blooded. They are insensitive to people’s feeling and may lash out at you without feeling remorse. They are usually system oriented and care about achieving their goals a lot. They do find it difficult to comprehend why someone is acting the way they do because their feelings is hurt. This does not mean that they do not have feelings and doesn’t care about anyone in their life though. (I described these while thinking of someone with dominant thinking function. People with auxiliary thinking function would be less extreme compared to this). Feelers are the ones who usually greets you with a smile, gets emotionally involved easily and care a lot about friendships and feelings. It is really easy to identify feelers for me, so I needn’t think about it much.

Perceiving/Judging: A method of determining this is through the way they achieve goals (look at the table above). Another method is by looking at how “okay” they are with you making last minute changes to plans. Perceivers tend to leave things open-ended and do not mind changes in their schedule. Judgers tend to be more strict on their schedule and dislike changes. You need to plan ahead with them.

Cognitive Function

To be honest, reading the meaning of each function, taking tests and reading description on each personality types from www.personalitypage.com  doesn’t help in determining your personality types. The reason for this is that everyone has every functions in them. Everybody is both intuitive and sensing/ feeling or thinking. The difference is the extent to which you are of a certain type. The best way to determine personality type is through cognitive function and the order of these functions.

According to Carl Jung, the four basic functions (sensing, intuition, feeling and thinking) are based on two dimensions:

1. Perceiving/Data collecting method: Sensing or Intuition

2. Decision making functions: Feeling or Thinking

 

These are further divided into extraversion (the world) and introversion (self) dimensions, leading to 8 main functions:

Introverted Intuition (Ni): See possibilities by changing the way we perceive something to solve a problem or achieve an aim.

Extraverted Intuition (Ne): Look at the external world through experimentation or experience to understand the world. Sees different possibilities of actions and imagine how these actions will help achieve an aim or solve a problem.

Introverted Sensing (Si): Puts meaning into tangible objects and value them/experience and store information on that experience for later use.

Extraverted Sensing (Se): Look at the external world through experimentation or experience to understand the world. Enjoys tangible materials.

 

Introverted Feelings (Fi): Create own values and stick to them.

Extraverted Feelings (Fe): Take universal values and make them their own values

Introverted Thinking (Ti): Ability to discern anomalies in facts; define words and use distinct words. “Think internally”

Extraverted Thinking (Te): Organizing information and application of information. Some say, “Think out loud”

*These are my understanding of the function. Not too sure about Ni, Se, Ti and Te*. This link is a better descriptor of the functions.

 

The order of the functions is important as well. The order of the functions are dominant, auxiliary, tertiary and inferior. For an ENFP, it would be:

1. Dominant Function: Extraverted Intuition

2. Auxiliary Function: Introverted Feeling

3. Tertiary Function: Extraverted Thinking

4. Inferior Function: Introverted Sensing

Determining someone’s personality (based on my experience)

An example

When you meet someone, you will have an idea of the person’s personality (E/I; N/S; F/T; J/P). Knowing either one of the processing information function or decision making function, it will be easier to determine the function since either one of this function is the dominant trait or auxiliary. A girl I met recently is an XSXJ. I notice that she isn’t necessarily nice or tactful of other people’s feeling, indicating that she is a thinker. However, she does show feelers tendencies as well which confuses me. From this, I know that her dominant trait is Sensing. She confirmed that her dominant trait is sensing when she told me that she is indecisive (people with decision making functions as auxiliary or tertiary function are usually indecisive). Looking at the function order below, there can only be two choice: ISTJ or ISFJ. This girl is definitely a thinker though, as her friend, an ISFJ is definitely much more caring than she is – she is not caring at all.

Process

1. Have an idea of a person’s personality (E/I; N/S; F/T; J/P). Let’s say, A seem to be EXFP. It is obvious that he is an extravert, feeler and perceiver. However, you do not know whether they are a sensor or intuitor.

2. You may then probe some questions or talk about their life stories to determine that. When they experience something, do they talk about the experience itself (sensory part – sensors), talk about feelings (feelers), talk about what they learn from it (in theory form – intuitors) or how they can improve it (thinker)? Look at what they are comfortable with – talking about theories (which would light up an intuitor’s face) or preferring going out and experience stuff together (sensors). Listen to their stories to determine the order of the function.

3. Determine their cognitive function order. If they show both intuitors and sensors trait, most likely, these are their auxiliary and tertiary function. Their dominant would then be either thinking or feeling. Dominant function will be the most obvious function to deter mine so deciding on that wouldn’t be a problem.

4. Match functions with the extraversion and introversion orientation. Look for evidence that they matches the description.

5. If you are close to them, make them take the online quiz to confirm their identity/ Let them read the description to see if it fits them.

Letting go

The difficulty level of letting someone go is different if you were actually in a relationship or if you just had a crush on someone. However, the process is the same:

1. Get closure.

When you are attracted to someone, you see them as a potential boyfriend/husband that you are willing to take the risks of getting hurt when you express your feelings to them. There is no harm in taking risks. If you don’t take the risk, you will never find out if he could be the one and that will cause more regret than if you were to be rejected. If you have done letting that someone know your feelings, make sure you know for sure where their position is. If they have rejected you, then realise that this “potential” is broken and you will never get it back. Make both your brain and your heart realise it. Even if you will continue to be friends, you should realise that you are never to delude yourself into thinking that he is a “potential” anymore. That is because once he rejects you, he has let go of that “potential” as well if he has ever seen you as one.

2. Make a decision: Stay or Move On

Realise that there is no getting back. You can only stay in that position or move on. While it is okay to stay in that position for a while to cry about it, staying in that position for too long will only lead to stagnant in growth or possibly make you worse. Therefore, I encourage you to write it down as experience, learn from it and move on to other stages in your life.

3. Plan what you want to do next.
If you truly am attracted to that someone, you would need some time to get over him. So, keep busy by focusing on yourself. What do you want to do next? Plan it, focus on that and keep busy!

4. Don’t talk about it.

It is tempting to go and tell your friends about what has happened because you need the emotional support. However, do refrain yourself from talking about it. That is because you will only remind yourself of him or how “devalued” you feel from being rejected. If you do think about him though, just cherish the memories. There is nothing wrong with that – but do remind yourself that the “potential” is gone and you can’t turn back time anymore.