The Scout (ES)


The goal of a type with high nature intelligence is to understand the real experiences that you have around you. There is a desire to feel present with the world and immersed in pleasant things. There is also a need to remain attentive in the face of life’s adversities and the ability to remain present no matter what happens. In times of crisis, the sensory extrovert responds in a frenzy, acting quickly to solve the issue at hand.

extroverted sensing

Nature intelligence is the ability to understand the world and your environment. Those with high nature intelligence have a high need for stimulation, to see, to touch, and to hear, and their interest is often on the most obvious or most stimulating. We call these types the Scouts. They use extroverted sensing, or sensory extroversion, to study the world around them and to learn about all its activities.

Nickname: The Scout
Primary desire:
 The strongest, highest sensation
Core fear: To miss out on responding to an important situation
Inspired by: The Instructor (IS)
Grounded by: The Philosopher (IN)
Variations: ESFP, ESTP, ESTJ, and ESFJ.
Jungian variation: Extroverted Sensing

It is, however, only concrete, sensuously perceived objects or processes which excite sensations in the extraverted attitude; exclusively those, in fact, which everyone in all times and places would sense as concrete.

Carl Jung on extroverted sensing

Key motivations: To have positive experiences, to be present, to feel immersed in the moment, to let go of your mind and to just be.


Extroverted Sensing – The abilities and gifts

Extroverted Sensing, ESFP, ESTP

Cognitive abilities

Tasting, smelling, feeling, hearing, touching, and balancing

The first step of extroverted sensing is the experience of the five senses and the awareness of your room and your environment. In particular this awareness is centered on what is most important, the strongest smell, the loudest noise, the most colourful colours. Nature intelligence reflects the ability to understand and be keenly aware of sensory information.

Seeing contrast and interpreting sensory information

The second part of extroverted sensing is understanding the contrast between what is most important and what is the least important in every situation. You are good at quickly telling the difference between smells, intensity, flavor, and brightness. You are able to know what is of the primary interest in each situation and well able to filter out everything that is less interesting. This gives you a sensory presence. You are awake, attentive, and quickly centred.

Always on the ball, responding to sensory information

The third part of extroverted sensing reflects your ability to respond immediately to incoming sensory information. Is a tennis ball approaching you? From where, and how quickly? You’re always ready to deal with whatever is most at hand for you. You can quickly spring to action in a situation and deal with it in a hands-on, direct manner. You have good instincts and a quick environmental judgement.

The goal of nature intelligence

The goal of nature intelligence is pleasure and sensory satisfaction, to be in a room with perfect brightness, good smells, good colours, and sensory comfort. To respond to and to quickly avert upcoming negative experiences (pains, displeasure, discomfort). To meet this goal, extroverted sensors always seek to remain awake, attentive, and present in the situation.

What is nature intelligence? 

Nature intelligence is an intelligence that helps us find pleasure and to be present. It helps us remain concrete and grounded in our environment. It gets us to pay attention, and it gives us the most real, raw experience of a situation. Nature intelligence is about touching, seeing, listening, and drawing as much information as possible out of a situation. It’s more focused on the direct and the most intense sensations.

Someone with high nature intelligence seeks the real, present experience. They want to get the most out of any situation, and become angry when unable to do so. As a scout, you seek to be on the centre of a stage, in the middle, where the most is happening.

Nature intelligence gives a raw understanding of the world around you and the things around you. Usually, you tend to quickly understand how things smell, feel, and look. You know which of the nearby sources of stimulation are the most pleasant and you tend to have good instincts. You may be quick to anger but also quick to calm.


How to develop your nature intelligence

You start expressing yourself more and you become more attentive and energetic. Then you act out more and you feel more comfortable taking the stage from time to time. You also begin to allow others on stage and start sharing your spaces more with others, sharing of the good things in life with others. Finally, you start practising more moderation and you begin to find even the simple things can be pleasant. More doesn’t always mean better.