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Se and Si Key Differences

se si Mar 16, 2024

Se and Si Key Differences

To compare the Extraverted Sensing (Se) and Introverted Sensing (Si) cognitive functions in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) framework, we can look at various dimensions, such as their focus, approach to information, and behavior patterns. Here is a table summarizing the major differences between Se and Si:


Extraverted Sensing (Se)

Introverted Sensing (Si)


Present experiences and external realities.

Past experiences and internal sensations.

Information Processing

Prefers immediate, concrete data through the five senses.

Relies on comparing current data to past experiences.

Approach to Learning

Learns best through hands-on experience.

Learns best through repetition and familiarity.

Attention to Detail

Notices broad patterns and tangible details in the environment.

Focuses on specific details based on past experiences.


Highly adaptable, enjoying new experiences.

Prefers routine and is cautious about new experiences.

Decision Making

Makes decisions based on current realities and practical considerations.

Makes decisions based on past experiences and established methods.


Remembers experiences as a whole, focusing on the general impression.

Has a detailed recall of past experiences and facts.

Comfort with Change

Thrives on change and new experiences.

Prefers stability and predictability.

Perception in Environment

Perceives while interacting with the environment, immersed in the present moment.

Refers to "archives" of past experience to orient to the present moment.

View of Reality

Sees openings and opportunities, perceives what exists without being colored by past or future.

Seeks to understand the background of the tangible world, including reading emotional states.


Relies on "muscle memory" and needs freedom to act.

Takes in personally relevant details, rich inner experience usually kept private.

Stimulation and Needs

Needs freedom to explore and interact with the environment.

Easily overstimulated, needs stability. .

Approach to Goals

Auxiliary judgment provides goals without detailed plans.

Auxiliary judgment manages relations with the outer world



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