Do you know your strongest sense?

The reason why most people don’t know their strongest sense is because we process information in patterns of smells, tastes, pictures, feelings and sounds. And, we don’t always use the same order for processing every thought we process. That means we switch or are shape shifters.

Approximately 80% of North Americans are visual oriented, with 15% making up sound oriented, and 5% are feeling oriented. Europeans are mostly smell, taste and feeling oriented. So what does that mean for you and me? It means that the likely hood of someone understanding what we mean by “pass the salt” is very slim and quite a miracle…

The best way to tell your strongest sense is to listen to the words you use in your conversations. You will find that in the words you use, your predicates will indicate your preferred senses… for example visual people say things like “Can you see what I mean?” but and auditory person would say something like “Can you hear what I’m saying?” If a person is dominantly auditory and you are speaking to them as a dominantly feeling example: “Can’t you feel how good it would be to have a clean room?” it will be as if you are speaking a completely other language to them.

In your communication, you will find you use 2 senses the most, but you will use one more than the other. This is your primary sense or the sense you go to first most often in processing information. This is also the sense you prefer receiving information in as well.


Tracy Joy is an NLP practitioner, author, and speaker in Vancouver, Canada. She is an international business expert in the area of human systems analysis and thinking change. If you have brain questions, send them Tracy and she’ll answer them on this blog. She can be reached through