The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a useful tool for understanding
personality and how it impacts relationships, organizational
development, teamwork, decision making, morale, and business
According to Jung, everyone is born with a preference for certain
kinds of behavior. Your preference is called your TYPE. It consists
of two functions (data gathering and decision making) and two
attitudes (energy orientation and extraverted function (data
gathering or decision making). Everyone uses both data gathering
and decision making functions (sensing, intuition, thinking,
feeling) and everyone adopts both attitudes (extraversion,
introversion, judging, perceiving). The most preferred, or
favorite, is the one that is your TYPE. Your dominant function
(perceiving or decision making) is extraverted (shown to the world)
if you are an extravert, however it is kept inside if you are the
introverted type, and your auxiliary function (perceiving or
decision making) is extraverted.
Below is some information about the specific characteristics of
Myers-Briggs Type. The information came from many sources, which are
identified for you at the end of this material in case you want to
do further research.
Myers-Briggs Type Energy
E (Extraversion)—You draw your energy from the outer world of
action, people and things, and you devote your attention to the
outside world of action, people and things.
I (Introversion)—You draw your energy from the inner world of
concepts, thoughts and ideas, and you devote your attention to the
inner world of concepts, thoughts and ideas.
S (Sensing)—You gather data through your five senses and like and
trust immediate, real, and practical facts and experience.
N (Intuitive)—You gather data through your five senses, and then go
beyond facts to identify additional possibilities of relationships
and the meaning of experiences.
T (Thinking)—You make your decisions objectively, on the basis of
logic, reason, and rational thought.
F (Feeling)—You make your decisions subjectively, personally, on
the basis of values and human relationships.
J (Judging)—You extravertyour judgingfunction, showing the outside
world your preference for making decisions. You like for things to
be decided and want to control events.
P (Perceiving)—You extravert your data gathering function, showing
the outside world your preference for collecting information. You
prefer keeping your options open to the last minute, and want to
understand life and adapt to it.
In combination, these characteristics form temperament, function
pairs, extraverted function pairs, and quadrants.
Your Quest is for belonging to meaningful institutions. Your Style
is stabilizer/traditionalist. Your Weakness is disorganization
Characteristics: You are loyal to the system, decisive, orderly,
super dependable. You prefer structure and tradition, and are
resistant to change.
At work you appreciate caution, thoroughness, and accuracy. You
dislike expired deadlines, and disregard for standard procedures.
As a leader, you understand and maintain institutional values, and
provide stability and structure. You can criticize more quickly
Your Quest is for action.
Your Style is troubleshooter/negotiator. Your Weakness is
Characteristics: You are free spirited, fun-loving, and spontaneous.
You can be good in a crisis.
At work you can adapt readily, be bold, and recognize that the
process is as important as the task. You dislike rigid guidance and
adherence to standard opera ting procedures.
As a leader, you can be perceived as indecisive. You are willing to
take risks and are best at short range projects.
Your Quest is for identity. Your Style is catalyst. Your Weakness is
Characteristics: You are supportive of others, cooperative, and give
strokes freely. You are in a search for yourself.
At work you can give personal praise, and understand feelings and
ideas. You dislike impersonal treatment and failure to attend to the
needs of people.
As a leader you are empathetic, responsive to people. You
communicate appreciation and enthusiasm.
Your Quest is for competence.
Your Style is visionary.
Your Weakness is incompetence in others.
Characteristics: You are a high achiever, intellectually curious,
and independent. You can be self-doubting.
At work you recognize capability, competence, insight, brilliant
ideas and strategies. You dislike violation of principle,
unproductive traditions, and biases.
As a leader you work well with ideas and concepts, and focus on
possibilities through objective analysis. You are not always aware
of others' feelings
To be Continued
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