SPs love new and exciting experiences. They like to try out new things, usually have expensive taste, and don’t like sitting around at home. They prefer to be out in the world, doing things. They like a hands-on approach, pay a lot of attention to their environment, are good at seizing any new opportunity, and have a natural knack for and pull toward artistic and athletic hobbies.
These traits are the result of the extroverted sensing function (Se). This function objectively looks at its environment and sees opportunities for action. It enables them to become “part of” their environment, which makes them good athletes (always aware of what is happening around them) and also decent businessmen, able to see a chance to earn a profit and leap onto it. SPs live fully in the moment, have a reputation for desiring a fast-paced, physically stimulating lifestyle, and get bored with routines and predictability.
Because everything is based in the “here and now,” SPs don’t spend much time worrying about the future. They have little interest in revisiting the past or, even in some cases, reliving the same “exciting” experience; been there, done that, what’s new that I can try out? Because they have such intense awareness of environment, many of them like physically demanding activities that exercise their body and reflexes and/or take them into nature (martial arts, sports, hiking, mountain climbing, motorcycles, racecar driving, skydiving, etc). It is all about the experience for them.
SFPs are different from STPs in their interests and interaction with other people. This is owing to their next most-used function.
SFPs use introverted feeling (Fi), which is a highly personal brand of emotion that originates within the SFP. They develop a set of strong personal beliefs and values unshaken and uninfluenced by outside society; when these beliefs are challenged or crossed, the SFP will refuse to “blend in.” Fi makes the SFP highly individualistic, resistant to any attempt to control them, unlikely to make moral judgments against others, and very kind. Often, the SFP won’t want to audibly express their emotions, so they choose to do so through artistic means… dancing, painting, singing, etc. Many of the best artists are SFPs. The SFPs are happiest when allowed to be true to themselves, and to explore new and exciting physical experiences.
Princess Anna, from Disney’s Frozen, is an SFP. She is highly active (singing, dancing, amusing herself, and “do you want to build a snowman??”), very sweet and kind, and a bit impulsive as she rushes off to save her sister without a plan.
STPs use introverted thinking (Ti), which gives them an analytical edge. They quickly and silently process any situation and come up with a rational solution to the problem. Their awareness of their environment and deductive-reasoning skills make them excellent problem solvers, who can figure out “how” something (or someone) works. ISTPs make excellent mechanics, since they have a strong ability to “sense” what is wrong and fix it. They are logical and often blunt, but also emotive and oriented toward ensuing the group has fun.
James Bond is the most famous fictional STP of all time. He’s quick-thinking, able to outsmart the bad guys and turn any situation to his advantage, while being charming, and thrill-seeking.
SP children are happiest when:
- They’re allowed to try out new things
- They aren’t given a routine to stick to
- They are encouraged to do physical things
- They get to touch things, instead of look
- They are allowed to be themselves
- They don’t have to deal with drama (SFP)
- They can take things apart and put them back together again (STP)
Self-improvement for the SPs: slow down and think before you act or speak. Learn how to develop long-term, committed relationships. Be less impulsive. Give others more time to reflect before pushing them to act.
SPs are the life of the party. Enjoy them.