iNtuitives and Sensors: Dragon vs Pegasus

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July 11, 2014 by philipbullitthughes

Today I’d like to tackle that age old question that so often plagues the Myers Briggs community: the difference between iNtuitive and Sensing. But I’m not going to explain it so much as show a fun way to identify the difference.

Now, most of you may already know intellectually what the differences may be. Ns are abstract in their thinking, enjoying topics that can only be imagined, while Ss tend to enjoy discussing the concrete details of the world.

pegasus_by_thedrawinghands-d59ipwgBut still, how does one really identify this in a person? It’s probably the most difficult trait to identify without having someone actually take the test.

You must ask the right questions, of course.

Recently, at a 4th of July party, there was a gathering of a large amount of personalities. One my friends brought her new boyfriend to the party and demanded I identify his type (I say demanded because she’s an ENTJ.) The fellow had never even heard of Myers-Briggs and so, with the urging of my peers, I decided I would do my best to explain. Afterwards they wanted me to type him.

Through a series of questions we determined he was an Introvert, a Thinker, and a Perceiver. But the iNtuitive versus Sensing question had the majority of the room stumped. So I decided to throw out my favorite question to ask a room full of people: if you could own a pet dragon or pegasus, which would you choose?images

The guy didn’t miss a beat. “Dragon,” he told me. Why? “Because it’s cooler.” That’s all? “That’s all.”

Instantly I knew what he was. I turned to my friend, a well known INTJ, and asked him what he would choose. “Well it depends. I might choose a dragon, but what would be its size? Can it breathe fire? Does it even like me?”
His father, an ENTP interrupted him. “You don’t want a dragon. Pegasus can create a Hippocrene. That’d be incredibly useful.” For those of you who don’t know (I didn’t), according to the legend, wherever the winged horse’s hoofs strike the earth, a spring bursts forth.

I waved my hands to signal everyone to stop. I turned to the mother, an ISFJ and asked the same question. Her answer? Pegasus. Why? It’d be easier to care for.download

After allowing the rest of the room to chime in, I told them my conclusion. Her boyfriend was a Sensor.

If you ask an N an abstract answer their curiosity will inevitably be piqued and they tend to go on and on with questions and reasons. When I asked him why he didn’t give me any other reasons besides, “It’s cooler,” he told me, “I mean, does it really matter? It’s fake.”

Sensors might play along, but the intensity and excitement over something fictional usually doesn’t hold their interests for long. If I had let the question linger, the Ns might have circled around dragons and pegasuses the entire night.

Is this method fool proof? Absolutely not. But it’s fairly accurate and adds some fun into the interrogation. That said my question for you is this: what would you prefer to own as a pet? A dragon or a pegasus? Your answer says more about you than you might realize.

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18 thoughts on “iNtuitives and Sensors: Dragon vs Pegasus

  1. annesquared says:

    Interesting approach ….

  2. Hannah says:

    And here I thought you were going for an either/or! Very interesting!
    FYI, I’d totally choose a Pegasus…unless I could have Toothless from HTTYD. Then I’d take a dragon

  3. Leelu says:

    Love it. At the end of a job interview, I once was asked “Betty or Veronica?” After feeling rushed to come to a decision with almost no context I asked her why her question. I was pretty disappointed when she said she just wanted to see if anyone would pick Veronica.

  4. Diego Auer says:

    I dont get it. Do you imply that N’s will always choose Pegasus and S’ will always chose Dragon because they can’t see the full potential of the “boring flying horse”?
    They’re both fantasy creatures, which means they can both have an unlimited amount of abilities. One could jus tbe as great or lame as the other. You gotta be a bit more specific about the details here before you make a poll and judge people’s types from it.

    • Ah, I apologize, perhaps I wasn’t clear. It’s not so much the creature they choose but the way they choose it. An S will usually give a more S like response. For instance, I asked my father (ESFJ) which he would choose and he said, “Pegasus for sure. The dragon might eat the neighbor’s kids!”

      Then my little brother (ENTJ) responded, “Who cares? My dragon would make all bow before me. Think of the possibilities! No one would dare oppose me if I owned a dragon.”

      One is a very concrete response, one is abstract. Ss tend to respond concretely while Ns respond abstractly.

      Hope this helps!

      • Diego Auer says:

        Hmm…
        To me the difference between the answers seems to be more like that the S type will try to compare both pets by listing possible outcomes, while the N type goes straight into the possibilities of his chosen pet while ignoring the possibilities of a life with the other pet completely.

        But afaik the question wasn’t “How would your life change if you chose one of these two pets” but simply “What pet would you choose and why”.

        I asked my friend (ISFP) what pet he would choose and he said none, because the flying horse would be too much work and the dragon would kill too many people. Then he said he’d pick the horse because he can imagine it to be easier to maintain.

        I (ESTJ) would pick the dragon because dragons are boss and nobody could take that fire-breathing beast away from me because even if it was tame it would still have its own head if others tried to get it to do something against its will. It would be pretty much able to take care of itself if I was busy or away and it could hunt for its own food, it could take me to places and play with me and my friends. I wouldn’t want the horse because even if it’s magic it looks more vulnerable and easier to catch, which I presume would be the other people’s biggest interest at first sight and if all this happened in the real world. After all, you dont get to see a winged lizard or horse every day.

      • Ah, the ESTJ going for straight power!

        I really enjoyed reading your response. Fun stuff. And yes, Ns tend to be more about possibilities and Ss tend to focus on outcomes. You hit the nail on the head.

  5. niisblog says:

    I’m a sensor and I automatically chose the dragon. And yes, there’s no point in continuing a discussion on what fantasy pet to choose

  6. Squirrel says:

    Soooo…If I answered that I choose Pegasus because it’s prettier I’m most likely a sensor?

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