Intuitive Vs Observant (A Complete Guide)

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This article will take a look at what it means to be intuitive and observant as well as introduce the reader to the differences between the two. Furthermore, the article will also point out personalities that come under either of the two categories.

Intuitive Vs Observant: What Do They Mean?

To be intuitive or observant defines how you operate as a person towards your surroundings and how you gain information. If an individual is observant, they are more focused towards their external environment from where they pick up different types of information whereas if an individual is intuitive, their approach is more inwards and they prefer to gain information from ideas, insight, thoughts and predictions about the future – more like what their gut tells them!

To be intuitive means to gather information without any real or observant medium such as experimentation, observation or physical means of attaining knowledge. This also implies that you do not fully understand how you gained a certain type of knowledge or information but you just know! People define this process or skill in different ways; some refer to it as being farsighted or even aware of the future whereas others may just say they have great insight, an active unconscious mind or premonition.

On the other hand, being an observant personality is far easier to understand and classify because it is something we can see and explain – hence we are more comfortable with this term. People who possess this trait or approach basically gather information from observation or known sources. They do not acquire knowledge from unknown or unexplainable sources. Furthermore, they rely solely on their surroundings to provide as much information as can be provided.

In this article, we will highlight the differences between the two types of approach and also explain why they matter. The article will also highlight the advantages and disadvantages of each approach too!

The Differences – Intuition Vs Observation

In this section, we will simply look at some differences between intuition and observation!

Source of Knowledge

When it comes to observation, the source of knowledge is known and understood. It is either from the direct surroundings the individuals finds themself in and they use either or a combination of their senses to gather and process information. The information can also be the result of an exerted effort; this means that you are actively engaged in discovering more knowledge or information.

On the other hand, the sources of intuition or unknown. Even when it comes to the person who is intuitive, it is not clear to them either where they acquire their information from. There are guesses though! Some people believe it is something to do with the unconscious mind whereas others take a more interesting approach and link it to the supernatural

The Form of Information 

The two approaches give us different types of information in different forms. When it comes to observation, the information we have is in the form of how we processed it. Hence, when we know how we acquired it, that is either through sight, taste, hearing or smell, we know what form it reached us. Nonetheless, we have it all in our memory!

However, intuition provides us with insight or an awareness in an entirely different form. It can more or less be described as a feeling we experience where we just know about something or someone or have an idea of what will happen in the future.

Their Focus

This is quite important as it also points to the source of where these interesting individuals get their information from! The present is what the observant personality focuses on! They live in the present because that is the source of information they have access to – at least actively and effectively! They have a lot of hands-on experience here because their senses are strong and they can easily pick up on things!

For the intuitive personality, their focus is on the past and present. This can either be because of two reasons. First, it is possible they derive their knowledge from these two possible conditions. They have been through the past and their unconscious mind uses it to give them the insight they need! It is also possible they receive information from the future because they also kind of ‘know’ or feel what will happen. Secondly, they are making predictions or conducting analyses about the past and future.

The Impact – Intuition Vs Observant

What happens when you become observant or intuitive or more better are born as either of the two personalities? We will see the impact it has on a person in this section!


According to the man made definitions, objectivity is something which can be observed and hence proved. This is why people who have an observant attitude to life are considered more reliable because they can prove what they obtain and even show it to others in some manner.

However, the concept of intuition is related to that of subjectivity because only one person can experience it in the way they do – not everyone will experience it in the same way. Although the same can be said when it comes to observation because even the human senses have been known to fool their holders!


Yes, having either of the approaches affects what skills you develop! So, for example, if you are an intuitive person, you will have strong mental processes and you are more likely to come up with better ideas, imagine hypothetical situations better and hence maybe become a philosopher or even researcher. Also, you can better understand events that have not yet occurred and maybe prepare better for them!

On the other hand, the observant personality has an eye for the small details and they can better understand systems and how processes work!

Personality Traits

Being intuitive or observant can also affect other traits you have. So, an intuitive person is more likely to be an introvert because to focus on what their mind is telling them they need more time alone. Similarly, when you are an observant personality, you like to roam around and view the world and in the process you do meet people. Hence, you are more likely to be an extrovert. There are always exceptions and in this case there could be many!

Examples of Personality Types.

In this section, we will introduce a personality type that is an intuitive one and one which is an observant one!

INFJs – The Advocates.

The typical INFJs have a very thoughtful approach to life where they are absorbed in their creativity, values, deep thinking and inner vision!

Although they aim high and have a sense of creating the perfect world, they are not blinded by their idealism and realize they need to take concrete steps in order to make the world reflect their inner vision of it where people have justice and are treated well. They like to stand up for others and connect to them on a deeper level.

They focus on their thoughts – they are creative, have deep insights and are passionate about what they believe in!

They want to create the perfect world and here their creativity comes into play. With such an imaginative pattern of thought they are able to find diverse solutions to an array of problems people face. This is combined with their principled thoughts that allows them to remain consistent, get through difficult times and serve as an inspiration for others.

These people are very sensitive to criticism. They reflect on it deeply to the extent that it may reduce their productivity and make them feel as if they lag much when in reality that criticism is targeted at a specific element. This may also be because of the fact that they aim to become perfectionists – aiming to be the best version of themselves.

As they are quite sensitive, INFJs are reluctant to open up and may be difficult to understand – this can sometimes create problems in relationships where people are curious to learn more about the other.


ESFPs love to be the center of attention either because of their vibrant personality or their skills which can keep people entertained; they may be great comedians, sports people, possess much knowledge or just have a way of captivating people with how they talk and interact with others.

Also, people with this personality type are very active and energetic. They will wait for the moment when they can just get up and create a lively experience by mingling with others and getting everyone into the moment; they won’t be scared to start telling jokes, asking others questions or just breaking into a dance! They don’t want to keep sitting and get bored, they want to make the best of the moment.


This article explained what it means to be intuitive or observant and also highlighted their differences and the impact they had on a person. The article also gave examples of personality types who are intuitive or observant.


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