so everybody basically agrees that sensors take in the world via their five senses and memory and intuitives take in the world via their internal process of connection and intuition. okay great, i pretty much agree with that too. except i am starting to notice something in the way i see and do things. i am a sensor. i am probably as SENSOR as you can get, complete with flashing lights. but yet i notice that i often get insights of intuition. the biggest example is if i am talking to someone. i can instinctively know there is something wrong with them, and i might even know why, without them ever telling me. i constantly get feelings from various things around me in my environment impressions and so on, i can know if a person is good or bad. the problem comes because i don't rely on it. at all.
i don't trust those feelings because naturally, as a sensor, i rely on the concrete. and yet i cannot deny that many of my actions are based on what i can instinctively feel, i am constantly pushing for external clarification of what my mind vaguely hints at. i am starting to believe that this whole idea that sensors cannot have any intuition at all is bullshit. i think that we do have intuition. the issue is that we don't trust it. it isn't something we rely on. we always need specifics, we always need clarification, because we don't trust that something is accurate unless we know it is concrete and real.
and that may be an explanation for why sensors are so concrete and demanding and external, because we are constantly seeking physical understanding of our little tiny mental impulses. unlike an infj who would get those little mental impulses and immediately rely on them, immediately act on them, immediately know they are real. sensors just can't do that, it is a difference in our ability to prioritize what we instinctively feel. it is important, but it is not as important as finding out if it is actually accurate.
i think the differences in our cognitive functioning are not so much that we can't intuit our environment, but that we don't rely on that assessment of our surroundings to sustain us.