Re: environmental sensitivity and SE
I am uncertain of the theory behind it, but has definitely been my observation that those with strong Se have an environmental sensitivity. My ISFP mother always complains about the television being too loud when it's on 20% volume or that lights are too bright, for example. But an ESTP recently ex-friend of mine has some serious sensory issues by my standards. Not only does she complain about the TV and can't stand clutter, she would refuse to go into a nightclub because the music was too loud, she always decorates in a minimalist fashion and is so unbelievably fussy it's unreal. The last time I offered to make her a cup of tea at my house (a very standard greeting amongst us British people), she took one sip and claimed it was not drinkable and threw it out, claims that frozen chicken is inedible when cooked in a curry, and for some reason cannot stand even the sight of a pea and could distinguish between the smells of dozens of different scented candles in a blind smell test. It was irritating enough to be among the reasons I ceased communication.
When I think of them and a few other Se's I also know, they do have a great deal more skill than I at interior design, style and art. I always assumed it was down to their sensitivity to details, and becoming overwhelmed by too much detail.
In polar opposite, as Si I can consume almost any food substance, withstand any noise and can't even notice clutter and mess if I try and I completely lack a sense of aesthetics. On the other hand, when I'm in tune with the environment and not completely absorbed inside my own head, I can let instinct or Ne (I've always assumed) take over and not bother thinking about it. Such as a few days ago I was driving at night, and automatically slowed down to a stop. Then realised the reason I'd stopped was because of a child crossing the road in a black coat which I could barely see. Likewise, and ENTP I know has a real flair for martial arts, quick reactions and marco-tactical thinking.
I don't know whether I'm completely correct about this, but I always believed Se was processing the details of the environment around you, while Ne involves processing the environment as a whole, looking for the big picture around you without focusing so much on details. In my experience, this gives Ne's faster reactions and easier understanding of the things around them, while Se's have better aesthetic abilities and are less likely to overlook minor details.
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