First off, Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read and answer this. If there's anymore information I can include to make my question more clear, I'd be happy to add it if I can. I’m going to put all my questions in bold so it’s easier to pick them out from the context.
I’m kind of confused about the difference between Intuitive and Sensing. I have taken personality test multiple times over the past few years and I usually come out as Intuitive, but once or twice I’ve come out as Sensing. I’ve read some articles attempting to explain the difference between the two traits and have found that I agree with parts of both (I’ve always been close on that spectrum when I take the tests) but I want to know which is my dominant function. But the problem with the articles was that they were not specific enough for me to tell which was dominant.
When I come out as Intuitive, it’s ENFJ and when I come out as Sensing, it’s ESFJ. I’m within 10% of the 50/50 line on all the traits except for Feeling (I’m usually 75% Feeling, 25% Thinking), so that’s the only solid one. But the thing is that I agree with both the type descriptions (at least the ones on the Myers Briggs website). I don’t think I’m that traditional, but most of my family are Sensors and they plan thanksgiving and my family hosts Christmas, and I like those things. Also I learn best visually, and my love languages are touch and quality time. Is that evidence that I am a Sensor? Are these learning styles and love languages evenly distributed between the types whether they’re Sensors or Intuitives?
What I've read about the difference between Sensing and Intuitive is that:
Intuitives focus on the future, the possibilities and the patterns that they see. They like to use their imaginations and enjoy abstract theories (for those of you who may not know, like I did, abstract theories are things that cannot be drawn out on paper, examples would be freedom, love, morality, etc. Some of which can be very mathematical and scientific.).
Sensors focus on the present, they use their five senses to process information, they like facts and are "concrete thinkers".
What confuses me about these, is the liking facts part of Sensing seems to overlap with Judging because Judgers like to know what they are going to do, they don't like to not know for sure if they're going to Aunt Sandy's house for dinner in two days. Also, Sensors are obviously not incapable of using their imaginations, though the fact-focused description somewhat implies that. And Sensors process things through their five senses, but we all use our eyes to see the world around us, to notice things, we all use our ears to hear.
The thing is, I use my imagination all the time. I love writing fictional stories, but I more often make them up and plan out parts than actually get to writing them down (though I plan to). When I should be focusing on school, before I fall asleep at night, in the time between waking up and getting out of bed, I make up stories. I make up alternate realities, alternate universes, and play with them, put characters in them, take my friends and put them in it and try to guess what they would say and do. I wouldn't say I plan out my entire future, but I do entertain the idea of "What if in ten or twenty years, me and my current friend group came back and visited? What might we be like? What might I be like? What would we be doing? What would we not talk about? What might we be hiding from our younger selves? What might we tell our younger selves, in our wisdom gained wisdom? What are the most likely lines that would have developed on our faces in that many years? What if we came back when we were 60?" I also make up stories using scenarios that I have lived through as the setting, say a class, and put some of the characters that I have made up for a world into it.
I also like to think about and discuss theology with friends and pastors at my church. Though it has been said that ESFJs (and I think ENFJs too, but I may have that wrong) are among the most likely type to believe in a "higher spiritual power". Though that has nothing to do with enjoying contemplating theological ideas.
I’m very interested in type and psychology, but I don’t have a lot of time to research it, so that I can talk about it better. But it's something I would really want to do and dive into deaper this summer.
I don't know that I see patterns. Patterns in what? History? People and their behavior? Words and actions? If it’s talking about the last two, then yes, I think I do.
I don't have my future planned out exactly (I'm a junior in high school), my career is undecided right now, I don’t have college courses planned out for the next four semesters or anything like that. I’ve got a general idea for my life after that, but not very specific.
It’d be wonderful if someone could give me more specific examples of the differences so I can see how they apply to me. I’m sorry my questions are so disjointed. And again, if there any more information you might need to answer this, I’d be happy to provide it.