Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Test (MBTI® Test) Personality Type Dichotomies

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Explanation of the 16 MBTI test personality types and how they differ

The 16 personality types, of which the Myers-Briggs® test is based, include four pairs of opposite characteristics, including Introversion or Extroversion, thinking-feeling, Sensing or Intuition, and Perceiving or Judging.

An introverted person would usually have the tendency to prefer to learn from books and the written word as opposed to the extroverted type whom normally prefers lectures and larger group learning environments. The MBTI® test Extroverted Type would often have a larger group of casual friendships as opposed to the introverted type who keeps a smaller group of friends for a longer period of time.

The introvert points his or her energy towards his or her inner world of ideas and experiences. While the extroverted type points his or her energy toward the outer world and gains energy by taking part in more larger social and educational settings then that of the introverted type. The common introvert gains energy from spending some time to his or herself and uses this energy to adapt and partake in his or her less preferred area such as partaking in groups and such activities more usually suitable for the extroverted. The same holds true for the extrovert whom if left in an occupational setting whereas he or she finds too much time alone then preferred; tends to use group settings, either or perhaps both occupationally and/or personally to gain the energy and therefore stay more so at ease when in a more introverted setting.

The Sensing-Intuitive pole makes for an interesting opposite in individuals. Those that are of the Sensing Type tend to gather information through the five senses- hearing, sight, touch, smell and taste. The intuitive type takes in information by understanding patterns of behavior or otherwise, and from this focusing on future possibilities.

The Thinking-Feeling dichotomy also is interesting as one may collect data and research your Myers-Briggs Personality Type. “Feelers”, especially “intuitive feelers” have a way of reading between the lines. As they base their decisions on how these decisions might affect others more so then on logic as do the thinking types. Both have their strengths, as a thinking type makes decisions based on logic at such times where logic or a steady hand may be of use while the feeler may go the extra mile for the sake of a relationship and base a decision on the relationship aspect.

Lastly we have the Judging-Perceiving dichotomy. Often enough the judging pole takes some explanation. A judging type does not infer to being a judgmental person, nor does a perceiving type mean that a perceiver has an ability a judging type may not. The Myers-Briggs Personality Type indicates life preferences, how a person is most comfortable going through life in a functional manner that best suits an individual. When taking the assessment, one might find that he or she is less clear of type at which time some exercises and thought processes are used either by telephone or email with me to help a client decide for him or herself what type is best fit.

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Introduction to Type (Isabel Briggs Myers, 1998, CPP Inc.)