|Myers-Briggs Personality Type
Personality typing is a tool with many uses. It's especially notable for it's helpfulness in the areas of growth and self-development. Learning and applying the theories of personality type can be a powerful and rewarding experience, if it is used as a tool for discovery, rather than as a method for putting people into boxes, or as an excuse for behavior.
Isabel Myers and Katherine Briggs (mother-daughter team) expanded on Jung’s work by developing an instrument to help people identify their preferences
Perceptions:: How you perceive your surroundings
- Sensing (S)
- Rely on actual data
- Gather information through the five senses
- Pay attention to details
- Intuition (N)
- Rely on inspiration
- Gather information through “sixth sense”
- Look at the big picture
Judgments:: The basis for decision making
- Thinking (T)
- Base decisions on logic and principles
- Feeling (F)
- Base decisions on human values and harmonious relationships
I am talkative, open and relatively easy to read. I need interactions with people every day to keep my personal batteries charged. I seem to speak without thinking sometimes. I gain energy from being around people.
I am quiet, reserved and a little hard to know, even though I do have a social side. I need more peace and privacy than most people. I like to think things through before speaking. I gain energy from having time alone.
I am practical and realistic. I am most comfortable dealing in the here-and-now, the real world. I like to think I keep both feet on the ground in my daily life. I prefer things over ideas or abstract concepts.
I am conceptual, creative, and ideas-oriented. I don’t think of myself as having my head in the clouds, but I am always looking toward future possibilities, asking myself what things mean on a larger scale.
I am logical and almost always make decisions on a rational, rather than personal basis. Things have to make sense intellectually in order for me to believe in them. I respect reasonable people. People would probably call me level-headed rather than warm.
I am sensitive, and I believe it’s important to consider the personal element, as well as the logical, in everything I say and do. I am sometimes too sympathetic and understanding with others. I make decisions based on my personal beliefs and values.
I like to be organized in whatever I do. I like to get to the bottom line, make decisions, know where I stand, rather than wandering around aimlessly. I get impatient with people who can’t make up their minds. I can be stubborn.
I am flexible, and can usually see the other person’s viewpoint in a controversy. I am more comfortable observing, listening, and asking questions than I am making decisions and judgments. I am uncomfortable when asked to make a decision too quickly. I often experience buyer’s remorse.
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