Archive | May 16, 2015

The Myer-Briggs Debate

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The Myer-Briggs concept is not new. In fact, it was built in 1943 by a mother and a daughter, two people who wanted to learn more about how the brain works in people and why they are different with each personality. They began creating the Type Indicator, a simple way to find out about the self’s personality once they have answered a few questions about what they prefer in situations and if they are logical or creative, orderly or disorderly, and sensitive or hard.

Many think this is similar to the horoscope idea. It’s not, and there is proof of it. However, Myer-Briggs does not define us; it is simply a way to help people understand themselves and others as well. Each person’s brain works differently, and that makes us all unique.

There are sixteen different types, all narrowed down into separate groups. Each person is introverted  or extroverted (and some are even ambiverted, which is just a fancy way of saying they are both social and non-social), intuitive or sensory, thinking or feeling, and judging or perceiving. Here are the groups for each:

(I) Introverts-Most people instantly assume negative of a person called an introvert. They may think of a person who hates people and going outside and prefer to sit indoors and read reference books. While this is true for some people, this is not the definition of an introvert. When someone is called introverted, it means they do enjoy the indoors, but they are rather shy individuals and enjoy thinking inside their minds. When in a group with close friends, they can rather talkative

(E) Extroverted- Extroverts love socializing very much. They gather their energy from hanging around others, and they love to speak their minds (not always in a bad way.) to surrounding people. Their thinking is displayed on the outside and feelings are their hearts are on their sleeves, quite the opposite of the quiet introvert.

 

The next section is those of intuitive or sensory natures.

(N) Intuitive- Perception of a fact or truth is easy for people of intuitive preferences. They have keen insight on a topic or a person and will thus pull an observation from them. Though this insight may not always be true, observing the nature of something or someone will help an intuitive person receive an opinion. This is their strong point.

(S) Sensors- Actual feelings that can be touched or seen are the sensors’ strong point. Practical usage of facts help them determine what they are looking at, but rather than preferring an observation that can not be seen, such as the intuitive person likes to use, sensors need the actual proof of something before making a final opinion.

 

Next are the thinkers and feelers.

(T) Thinkers- Much like Sherlock, the thinkers do not like to use their heart. They see such think as illogical, because the heart desires only what it feels like having. Thinkers, therefore, rely more on their brain, using complex patterns and calculations to get them through. Situations involving people may make them guard their personal feelings and they may become quiet. Truth is the best way in all situations to them.

(F) Feelers- Feelers value feelings about people and things. They may be sensitive to situations and may “feel” different personalities and behavior. This is a great asset to them, as it tells them who should be avoided and who needs help. Feelers may be sensitive, but not necessarily in a bad way. They use their heart instead of their head and tact instead of harshness in truth is the best way to them.

 

Lastly, the judgers and perceivers.

(J) Judging-This does not mean they judge people. Judgers are calculative in situations that may lead to one path or another. Order very important to them, and anything that is not in the right place will drive them mad. Order may include writing lists, making mental note, work comes first before any play, and they arrive early to events.

(P) Perceivers- Spontaneous lives are led by perceivers. They believe life should be fun, and order can wait for later.  Openness and bursts of energy characterize perceivers. Keeping all options open instead of making a decision right then and there is the best way for them. Loose and casual ways are the type of life perceivers want to have.

 

There are in-betweens with all of these types, which is why I say this does not characterize and conform anyone. This was just a simple test for two women who wanted to learn more about the way people think, and they shared it with the world, providing a more accurate understanding of others.

If you are interested in finding out what your own type is, you can take the test here:

http://www.16personalities.com/free-personality-test

http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp

http://www.truity.com/test/type-finder-research-edition

 

All these quizzes give good insight on the topic and provide knowledge on what type you might be. I have taken all of them, and they are pretty consistent with eachother, which I find important when taking a personality or enneagram test.

Well, that’s my post on the Myer-Briggs type! Have wonderful weekend!

 

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