While it may be easy for Intuitives struggling with this problem to feel sorry for themselves, modern society has in many ways become much more amenable to their plight as advances in technology have made many of the Si discomforts of the past but faint memories (outhouses anyone? Additionally, jobs have transitioned from bring primarily manual labor based with computer technology and the internet becoming one of the most favorable for Intuitive types.
And as more social programs that assure a base level of living and healthcare are implemented, the perception of the dog-eat-dog world that INJs find so terrifying is dissipated as well.
Physiological responses are not well understood and often not accurately perceived; even supposedly “pleasurable” physiological feelings are regularly repressed and/or dismissed as unwanted.
Often, exposing oneself to the rigors of the Se environment means risking putting some form of stress or strain on the body.
Early in life especially, INJs will usually consider that a risk worth taking.
Assuming that there is some validity to Maslow’s theory (*See Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”), it would seem that those needs that form the foundation of the pyramid fall primarily into the Sensing domain while items at the top fall more into the Intuition realm.
Though I would argue that Maslow’s pyramid may be overly simplified when applied to specific individuals given what we know about how our individual typologies shape our needs and values, it is true insofar as physical survival of the species as a whole simply could not have happened on things like self-actualization alone; no food, no water, no sex, no life.
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