Here the sphere of the irrational begins, which is more difficult to describe – there is nothing to talk about and there is no internal logic that could be clarified, therefore in two words. We can say that the sensation is responsible for the direct perception of the surrounding world with the help of real organs of sense. And therefore the feeling type is wholly absorbed by those impulses that come to it in all sorts of sensations, from without or from within.
The most characteristic extraverted version of the sensing type, which is more common and more intuitive. These are people living the simple joys of life. They do not think too much, they do not care about the fate of the universe or questions of religion, they are more important today with the joys that he can bring. Good food, good work, good rest … and repeat – this is their life cycle.
They are simple in their desires and values, and this is their great wisdom, but this also reflects their primitiveness and one-sidedness. The classic version of the sensing type is a village tractor driver or a miner, proud of the fact that with his own hands he beats out his livelihood. And when the work is finished, both of them, with a clear conscience, will get drunk from the bottom of their hearts, will gladly get involved in some sort of scuffle and will be completely happy, ending the day with feats in bed.
For them in life it is right and real that it is tangible, that you can touch with your own hands. Everything else is irrelevant. One can often hear from them all sorts of statements of facts, without any attempt to comprehend these facts or subject them to some kind of doubt. They easily believe in words and sensations, because they think that everyone around them is talking about facts. For the same reason, the verbal declaration of love for them is equal to love itself – if a person speaks, then it is. And this is not empty gullibility, but deep inner conviction in the power of words.
An introverted sensing type is less common, so it is generally difficult to say anything distinct about him. Like an extrovert, he is absorbed by sensations that come from the outside world, but his subjective experiences, which come as a response to an external stimulus, are more important to him. “Tasty is what everyone likes,” says the extrovert, and the introvert replies, “Tasty is what I like,” and at the same time he is fascinated by the refinement not of the dish itself, but of the sensations that arise from it. His gourmet – in search of subtle inner experiences, their intricate consonances and echoes.
The irrationality of the sensing type is expressed in the fact that it is subject to what comes from somewhere outside or is outside its conscious control.
The second irrational mental function is also rather incomprehensible. In a sense, it is similar to thinking, since it performs the same tasks, it only functions differently — backwards. If thinking comes to its final result through a chain of consecutive logical inferences, then intuition, as it were, snatches a ready-made answer out of nowhere and only then finds proof of its correctness.
There is no magic in it. The mental type also has a premonition or a premonition about the correct answer, but does not trust it until it finds a rationale, and the intuitive, on the contrary, is ready to hold on to its premonition even against all logic. This is its rational irrationality.
But one should not confuse the intuitive mental function with the intuition of a mystical nature – this is a completely different song. The strength and secret of the intuitive type lies in the holistic perception of the situation. The answers in his head do not arise out of thin air — this is not at all magic or clairvoyance — but from the ability at the unconscious level to notice the subtle interrelations between disparate events and facts. And only in hindsight, he can explain why it dawned on him, and pull the logical chain to the surface.
In social life, the intuitive type finds itself, as a good strategist or scientist, who is able to find an unexpected solution where the thinking type will wander in the intricacies of its logic. Jung, by the way, was an intuitive introvert.
Extroverts and introverts of this type are distinguished by what their intuition is aimed at, and for what tasks, external or internal. Extroverts become good leaders, businessmen, politicians, introverts – psychologists, scientists, philosophers.