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Monday, April 15, 2013

Counseling to Type Strategies – Intuition

Written by Catherine Rains 

Moving onto Intuition, how is working with these students different than with students who prefer Sensing?  How do you get them to respond positively to the counseling process, particularly if you don’t have this preference yourself?

Here are some suggestions you might try: 

Brainstorm, brainstorm, brainstorm!  This preference loves to discuss possibilities around almost anything.  Asking them questions like “what would an ideal work day look like?”, or a similar open-ended, future focused question will open most Intuition preferences up to a long, enjoyable discussion about their career.  

Career lists are jumping off points for discussion.  The same concrete list of suggested careers that you gave a Sensing preference will seem limiting to the Intuition student unless you offer it as a jumping off point to discuss all the possible options available for someone with their personality preferences.  The list itself is simply the tip of the iceberg for what could be available. 

Review overall process.  A good place to start with an Intuition preference is to start with an overall description of the process that you will be taking them through, without getting into too many specific details. Then observe what part of the process they grab onto, or want to start discussing before you have even finished your description. This is where you begin the process, rather than at step 1, as you would do with Sensing.  An Intuition preference wants to jump into any process where they have an interest, so start the discussion where they show energy and excitement.

Show how things link together.  When helping an Intuition preference research options, help them find general information about the careers they are considering, and then help them see the pattern between all the options and what that could mean, or where it could lead them to next. 

Can anyone provide a concrete example or description of an appointment they had with a Intuition preference student?  What did the session look like?  What are YOUR best suggestions for working with a student with a Intuition preference?

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