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Learn about the 16 Myers Briggs Personality Types – This section of the website is designed to help you understand:Personality Types in the workplace - for employers, managers and keyworkers

  • what Myers Briggs personality types are
  • how types are constructed
  • why they are useful to know
  • how to discover your own personality type
  • how to discover another persons type (and which one’s may attract you)
  • how to use Myers Briggs and personality typing in the workplace
  • what the 16 specific Myers Briggs personality types mean
  • how to use your new knowledge of personality types
  • what else you need to know to get the whole picture

Don’t know your type? Discover your Myers Briggs personality type.

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Why is it useful to know my Myers Briggs personality type?

By understanding your own personality type you begin to understand how your mind works. This means understanding:

  • how you like to spend your time
  • your preferences in terms of finding solutions and making decisions (and decisions shape your life, don’t they?)
  • how you like to work
  • How you like to be treated at work
  • what you like and dislike about other people

Therefore gaining an understanding of your personality type will help you in several fundamental areas of your life: Better relationships, better self awareness and understanding, a better working life.  Sound useful? Excellent. Read on…

Why is it useful to understand another persons personality type? 

One word. Relationships. Are your relationships important to you? I thought so. I am talking about personal relationships and Myers Briggs Types AND use in professional relationships,

If you understand how people around you are thinking, then you can get on with them better and better influence and motivate them. This can therefore be beneficial in personal relationships and also in work environments, managing others, selling and other customer engagement roles.

Where does Myers Briggs Type theory come from?

The 16 Myers Briggs personality types are derived from the work of Carl Jung. Jung wrote the definitive book Psychological Types in 1921 in which he observed that we all have three distinct parts to our personality:

  • Where we focus our attention and energy (We are mainly Introverted or Extraverted)
  • The way that we perceive the world and take in information (We are mainly Sensing or Intuiting)
  • The way that we make decisions or judgements (We are mainly Thinking or Feeling)

Katharine Briggs and Isabel Myers spent over twenty years studying Jung’s work and expanded upon this to add a further part to our personality:

  • How we deal with the outside world (We are mainly Judging or Perceiving)

Utilising these four personality parts, Myers Briggs psychological types are considered ways of describing and explaining certain consistent differences in the ways that people use their minds.

4 Parts to Personality

More on the 4 parts to personality

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It is important to note a couple of things before we go on:

  • Each of the personality types are considered equal
  • Each of the four parts of personality should be considered continuums. Eg As individuals we are not 100% introvert or 100% extravert. We will be somewhere in between. Which means that we will have some introverted traits and some extraverted traits. We will also probably have a preference for one or the other, this is what determines our overall type.

What do the Myers Briggs letters stand for?

I=Introvert, E=Extravert, S=Sensor, N=Intuitor, T=Thinker, F=Feeler, J=Judger, P=Perceiver

  1. ISTJ Myers Briggs Personality Type – Introvert, sensor, thinker, judger
  2. ISFJ Myers Briggs Personality Type – Introvert, sensor, feeler, judger
  3. ESTP Myers Briggs Personality Type – Extravert, sensor, thinker, perceiver
  4. ESFP Myers Briggs Personality Type  – Extravert, sensor. feeler, perceiver
  5. INTJ Myers Briggs Personality Type  – Introvert, intuitor (N), thinker, judger
  6. INFJ Myers Briggs Personality Type– Intr0vert, intuitor, feeler, judger
  7. ENTP Myers Briggs Personality Type – Extravert, intuitor, thinker, judger
  8. ENFP Myers Briggs Personality Type – Extravert, intuitor, feeler, perceiver
  9. ISTP Myers Briggs Personality Type – Introvert, sensor, thinker, perceiver
  10. INTP Myers Briggs Personality Type – Introvert, intuitor, thinker, perceiver
  11. ESTJ Myers Briggs Personality Type – Extravert, sensor, thinker, judger
  12. ENTJ Myers Briggs Personality Type – Extravert, intuitor, thinker, judger
  13. ISFP Myers Briggs Personality Type – Introvert, sensor, feeler, perceiver
  14. INFP Myers Briggs Personality Type – Introvert, intuitor, feeler, perceiver
  15. ESFJ Myers Briggs Personality Type – Extravert, sensor, feeler, judger
  16. ENFJ Myers Briggs Personality Type – Extravert, intuitor, feeler, judger

Identifying personality type

Each of the four “parts” to personality type is a continuum. You will recognise certain words associated with your own or another’s personality. As you identify with some of the words it will give you an indication as to where on the continuum your personality fits.

This is a predictor only and shouldn’t be viewed as definitive.

Eg.

Part 1 – Introvert or Extravert (I or E)

(1)  Introvert or Extravert (I or E)

(2)  Sensor or Intuitor (S or N)

Introvert

Receiving

Contained

Intimate

Reflective

Quiet

Extravert

Initiating

Expressive

Gregarious

Active

Enthusiastic

Sensor

Concrete

Realistic

Practical

Experiential

Traditional

Intuitor

Abstract

Imaginative

Conceptual

Theoretical

Original

(3)  Thinker or Feeler (T or F)

(4)  Judger or Perceiver (J or P)

Thinker

Logical

Reasonable

Questioning

Critical

Tough

Feeling

Empathetic

Compassionate

Accommodating

Accepting

Tender

Judger

Systematic

Planful

Early Starting

Scheduled

Methodical

Perceiver

Casual

Open-ended

Pressure Prompted

Spontaneous

Emergent

In terms of these specific words. when you are considering your own “traits” you may find that it is easier to think of how others describe you or may have described perceiving you.  Often people are able to associate these words with other people more easily than they are able to associate them accurately with themselves. We are talking about the “essence” of you and this is not something that we are always consciously aware of. This is one of the reasons why this system and discovering your personality is useful.

Eg We may like to consider ourselves “Spontaneous” – however is this really us? Some people who like to consider themselves as spontaneous are in fact spontaneous, others are less so (more scheduled). We may consider ourselves “Compassionate” and would “Reasonable” be a better description?

The way that your mind works, you when you consider each word a picture of someone you know may pop into your mind. I have one in my mind associated with the word “Open-ended” and unfortunately it isn’t myself (I’m more of a planner)!

Comparisons

As you look at the lists of words you may find it useful to compare them in order to identify your type more easily. The words are laid out above in a sequence that allows you to do that.

Examples:

  • In terms of Introvert or Extravert, are you more Reflective or Gregarious? Are you more Active or Quiet?
  • In terms of Thinker or Feeler, are you more Compassionate or Reasonable?

Don’t forget, you will have the capacity to be all of these things and so we are looking for your preference.

Your own personality preferences

As you begin to understand more about how the Myers Briggs types are made up and the four parts to them so you will begin to identify more and more with one side of the continuums over the other.

Have a read of the following to help you narrow down your choices:

 

(1)  Introvert or Extravert (I or E)

(2)  Sensor or Intuitor (S or N)

Introvert

Good listener

Alone

Few close relationships

Sit in the background

One thing at a time

Think then speak

Internal validation

Extravert

Hugger

Party Organiser

Lots of friends

Group participation

Multi tasking

Speak first, think later

Outside validation

Sensor

Facts, figures

Data

Tangible results

Task at hand

Don’t tend to fantasise much

In the now

Read magazine cover to cover

Intuitor

Relationship of ideas

Abstract

Like Puzzles

How things relate/work

Ideas & theories

Future Oriented

How does this all fit together?