let’s talk personality: intuitive VS observant

Hi there!! Welcome back to my blog. ❤ This is the second week of doing my Let’s Talk Personality series! I did the first post last week, which you can check out here if you missed that. They don’t have to be read in order; they’re being published in the order they appear in the personality test (i.e. first letter, second letter, and so on), if that makes sense 😂

Let’s get right to it! Today we’re looking at the next letters that determine personality: the N (intuitive) and S (sensing or observant). Let’s goooo

Now this is the one that I know for SURE what I am. I read a book called CreativeYou that I wrote a mini review for here, about the creative side of the personality types! That’s what helped me to find out I’m a sensing type, when I previously thought I was intuitive.

We’ll just have to see if what I learned then lines up with the prompts I answer today. haha

(reminds myself you can’t fail at these personality ‘tests,’ they’re for fun)

intuitive VS observant

My favorite way to illustrate the difference between these two is through the analogy of a writer.

Last year my mom and I wrote some short stories, where we used the same prompts and then wrote in the directions our creativity took us. A very interesting difference in our writing styles was apparent in every story! In my writing, I engaged the five senses, taking in all the little details to build the bigger one. My mom’s writing consisted of larger details, using the large-scale image to present her story. It was through this hobby of ours that we discovered I’m observant and she’s intuitive!

Both types are so cool, and one is definitely not better than the other. What observers are able to achieve in writing and other forms of creativity is super awesome. The way that intuitive people create allows them to put abstract meaning into their work, which is epic in its own way!

Discovering which one you are helps you to appreciate your unique perspective, while also understanding how other people and creators think. If you’ve ever wondered why certain art forms intrigue you more than others, you can probably trace this back to which type (sensing or intuitive) you are.

Now let’s check out some other ways to find out which one you relate the most to through the prompts below!

intuitive VS observant:
the prompts + my answers

#1: Intuitive people accept information in patterns, and observant people prefer the facts

Mmm I feel like it’s a bit of a toss-up for me with this one. I think psychology with its studies and emphasis on patterns is super cool, and long-term results over short-term findings are my forte. I prefer long-term findings because I feel there’s more truth in them there ver what one source claims to be true. There you go, then! One up for intuitive 😂 Intuitive: check!

#2: Observant people rely on their senses, whereas intuitives take in the entire scene

I’m almost always more tuned-in to the fine details of my environment. Little things are standing out to me from my senses while writing this post: the way my right thumb was tingling from typing too much (heh…), my sister rummaging around in the pretend food container, the distant noise of the TV show my dad’s watching in the office. Those are apparent to me without trying.

If I intentionally think about the bigger picture, I can draw on those details (i.e. where everyone is in the house, what day of the week it is, how everyone’s doing overall – wait are those bigger picture details, I’m not even sure 😂). But I have to do so manually. Observant: check!

#3: Intuitive people love speaking in metaphors, and observers prefer to speak literally

This one’s really interesting for me, because I like writing and speaking literally, but I LOVE metaphors other people come up with! It helps me to understand a situation more clearly when metaphors and analogies are used. Sometimes I come up with some myself, but more often than not, I’m off appreciating others’, lol. Observant: check!

#4: Observant people have a “prove it” attitude, while intuitives are more accepting

Oof, ‘attitude’ seems too intense of a word, but it’s probably fitting 😂 I am tooootally a ‘prove it’ kind of person! It makes me sound sassy, but I really like to have all the facts and see it for myself rather than just believing something when I’m first introduced to it. The problem with being this kind of person in the 21st century is that truth is rivaled by Photoshop and clever fabrications 😒😂 So even if you’ve got the receipts, I may still go “yeah well that could be fake” bahaha – Observant: check!

#5: Intuitives talk about what can be; observers talk about what is

I muuuuch prefer the facts and what is, over chatting about the possibilities! As a teenager, I became more and more of a glass half-empty kind of person, and any time plans fell through I became increasingly convinced circumstances weren’t to be trusted. It’s uh, kinda sad, but that’s how it went for me. I’m wanting to be more intentional now about being a positive conversationalist, easily conversing about what could be as well as what is. I don’t need to fear plans falling through. I want to be open-minded without getting stuck on one plan that must be carried out. I’m learning and growing, y’all 😌💛😂 Observant: check!

my score: intuitive 1, observant 4

Looks like my earlier observations (see what I, uh, did there 😎🤣 *hates dad jokes but also can’t stop using them*) were correct! I’m a little intuitive, primarily observant. I really love being an observer, and I think it’s also cool when I can think and respond intuitively, too.


Thanks so much for reading! I hope you’re enjoying this series and learning more about yourself along the way 😄💚

List of prompts for you to answer:

  • 1: Intuitive people accept information in patterns, and observant people prefer the facts
  • 2: Observant people rely on their senses, whereas intuitives take in the entire scene
  • 3: Intuitive people love speaking in metaphors, and observers prefer to speak literally
  • 4: Observant people prefer practicality, intuitives are more innovative
  • 5: Intuitives talk about what can be; observers talk about what is

Are you intuitive or observant? What are your answers to the prompts? Let’s chat in the comments!

helpful resource I used: Psychology Junkie article

18 Comments

  1. This is really interesting! I’m definitely more intuitive! I especially see this in conversations. I don’t often remember exactly what someone said, but I do come away with an overall mood or sense of the conversation (like, she didn’t really want to talk to me or she seemed stressed today). I also much prefer talking about what could be instead of just facts (Not to say I don’t like talking about facts, but I love the idea of something rather than the actual concrete thing).
    I love all things personality types, so this series is so fun! Thanks for this great post! 🙂

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    1. Aw thank you Kristianne! I’m so happy you’re enjoying this series 💚 it’s been really interesting to learn about the different personality types! All the kinds have awesome qualities and it’s great to understand people (and myself!) better 😄
      That’s really cool!
      Thanks so much for commenting! and it’s no problem!

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  2. Wow! This post is really interesting! Have you ever done a personality test? I’ve done one before, and it was like reading about myself! https://www.16personalities.com/ <~ This was the one. I discovered that I am a INFP-T, which is COMPLETELY true. Haha! I LOVE your posts! They're so interesting!
    My answers to the prompts:
    1. Mmm, I don't really know. After reading your prompt, I think I'm more observant here. Long term studies are just more likely to be true!
    2. I think I'm kinda both here, but I think I'm mainly intuitive. My senses just sense everything that's going on, but I mainly focus on what I'm doing right now. I don't know if this shows that I'm intuitive, but that's what I'm gonna say. 😂
    3. Well, I don't really use many, but I really do love them!
    4. I'm… not really practical. I'd rather get something weird and crazy than get something (no offence 😅 ) in my opinion, boring and practical, like a lawnmower. (But books and planners and journals make the cut!)
    5. Oooh, yes! Possibilities are very interesting to talk about! "What if" and all that stuff!
    Okay, so after answering the prompts, I have learnt that either: a) These promts are wrong. (not likely.) b) The personality test is wrong. (maybe, although I don't think it is.) or c) I don't really understand the prompts. 😅 😂 (quite likely).
    Sorry about that long rant/comment/my opinion. 😂😂😂

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    1. Aw thank you! and yes! I got INFJ, which ended up being one letter off 🤣 I’ve had a blast learning more about my personality and others’, as well! YEAH reading the test results is really cool! and a bit spooky because it’ll match me completely hahah
      Hehe I enjoyed reading your answers! The crazy thing about this personality test is that it’s totally normal for everyone to identify with both types. I was answering yes and no to the introvert/extrovert questions, and the intuitive/observant ones because it depends on the day and situation 😂👏 BUT it’s still really cool to learn about the strengths of each personality!

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  3. This post is soooooooooooooooooooooooooo interesting! Your such a good writer, your posts are always sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo interesting just like this one. Thank you so much for having a blog, so I can read your posts!!!!!!! I think I’m both intuitive and observant. Can you be both?🤣 It depends what mood I’m in. Have a great day Maggie!!!!!!!

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    1. Aww yaay! I’m really happy you’ve enjoyed reading it! And thank you, that means a lot 😍💜 your comment made me smile!
      That’s cool! and yes you totally can be – depending on the situation I’m one or the other! 😂👏 but in my creative writing, I’m typically more observant. lol yup same! Thank you same to you!

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  4. Great post!! Loved reading your answers to the prompts! (As I struggled to answer them myself hehehe😆) hmm I think I’m actually both… like a mix between them lol! If that’s even a thing 😂

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    1. Thank you Amber! haha yeah some of these questions really stumped me 🤣 they took me a while to answer lol! That’s interesting! Usually when writing short stories, I’m much more observant, but when problem-solving in certain situations, I’m more commonly intuitive. Totally depends haha

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    1. I had a time with them lol! Since I was like “kind of yes, kind of no?” 😂 it depends on who I’m with and how I’m feeling! 😂👏💕 thanks for reading Hreem!

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  5. Oh, cool this was great! I’ve really been enjoying this series, and this post was awesome! I fee like in general I’m more of an observant person, but I also relate to more of the intuitive things. 🤔😂

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