MBTI – Personality Types Theory

“We do not experience reality directly. Instead, we interpret all incoming stimuli through a preexisting matrix which in turn generates our entire world view. Our personality is a set of traits necessary to maintain the integrity of this structure, and ultimately derives from the processes that form and elaborate our concept of reality.”

Welcome to the Theory of Personality types!
This article will give you a easy understanding of the personality types in deep theory instead of touching the surface. Most other sites just explain that each letter in the title of personality types represent a characteristic, for example:

  • E/I – Introverted or Extraverted (People, Activities, Things or Inner World of Ideas, thoughts, and impressions)
  • S/N – Sensing or Intuition (What is or what was or what might be)
  • F/T – Feeling or Thinking (Logical and objective or personal and value)
  • J/P – Judging Perceiving (Organized and planned or spontaneous and flexible.)

However, when you dig into how this conclusion is manufactured, you might realize how the “J” and “P” in your title doesn’t necessarily mean you are more organized or spontaneous.

The “MBTI” (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) was introduced way back in the 1921 by Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist: Carl Jung.

According to Carl Jung, every aspect of a person’s personality revolves around four basic traits, two of which are judging (Thinking and Feeling), and two of which are perceiving (Sensing and Intuition.) Each of these can be introverted or extraverted (depending on the person) so, all together, you have 8 jungian functions. Each person possesses all eight of these functions, however, the order of priority differs per person. The order of priority is the key to understanding the significance of each personality as a whole.

There are 16 personality types in all, each personality favors four traits and discourages the other four. This arrangement of traits is unique to each type, causing people to be different. Analyzing your type and studying other’s can create an understanding of why people favor different concepts and opinions. It can benefit you by learning how you think differently than others. You can find out what makes you cringe and reduce stress causers in your life.

Shown below is a useful little chart that displays all of the personality types and their four major functions as bubble diagrams.

1) The Dominant Function
2) The Auxiliary Function
3) The Tertiary Function
4) The Inferior Function

MBTI Personality Bubble Trait Diagrams

MBTI Personality Bubble Trait Diagrams

To create the most ideal, satisfying, lifestyle according to Analytical Psychology is to be honest with what type you are in contrast to what you want to be. After knowing your type, understand that the dominant function is likely to overpower all other functions causing some imbalance, it is usually the auxiliary function that needs your attention for growth to level out the dominant function and prevent inferior functions from gaining too much attention in the food chain.

Understanding Yourself!
With 8 Functions of possiblities

The colored table below provides brief descriptions of every possible function a human can have (There are only 8 in all!) The handy descriptions work to help you discover the traits you might possess. It works like this… Every person has either an Extraverted or Introverted side of the trait, on the table below: the introverted side is displayed on the left and the extraverted side on the right. So you have the four, but it’s a means of whether it’s introverted or Extraverted.

Also remember that if you have an introverted judging function of Feeling (Fi), (Judging function: meaning Thinking or Feeling) then you automatically have an Extraverted judging function of Thinking (Te). It’s the same with perceiving functions (Perceiving function: meaning Sensing or Intuition.) If you have Extraverted Intuition (Ne), then you certainly have Introverted Sensing (Si). It is fascinating how this theory is structured, because in order to prove this proposal, you can imagine that if a person has introverted feeling (focusing on one self’s feeling rather than another’s) then they wouldn’t be afraid to think out loud at someone else’s imperfection, so the introverted feeler might say an extraverted thinker’s typical line like “That guy’s nose is really big.” On the other hand, the Extraverted Feeler would feel bad for the person with a big nose and think of saying it,  but would rather remain reticent (silent) for the means of not hurting that person’s feeling.

Introverted Thinker (Ti)

Enjoy coming to new understandings, problem-solving and logic. Independent, skeptical and critical. Appear self-absorbed while they use step-by-step logic to discover the principles and connections that underlie the overall picture.So, the [Ti] would prefer to be alone when studying something with very limited interruption and distraction.

Extraverted Thinker (Te)

They organize, dictate and control. Easily come to decisions as they set out logical plans of action, or impart rules and regulations. They may rise to a position of authority that allows them to maintain order and efficiency within a given organization.So, they might like to think out loud, they enjoy giving orders and controlling people behalf of outward intelligence.  

Introverted Feeler (Fi)

Considerate, helpful and often introspective, they strive for a sense of harmony and well-being. With strong inner feelings, they are loyal and caring. They follow deep personal convictions rather than social values, making them appear somewhat original and unconventional.So it’s, more about what the person’s innerpersonal beliefs and value system is on a personal scale.

Extraverted Feeler (Fe)

They expect cooperation and harmony within a particular institution. They follow well defined rules of conduct and respect the social hierarchy. They are loyal and may fight for a cause, but always within tradition and accepted norms.Very straight forward; obeying rules, giving much attention to others and their needs compared to themself.  [Fe] people also tend to use a lot of facial expressions and gesticulate (make hand gestures) often, it is very natural for an Fe person to wave a lot to people.

Introverted Sensor (Si)

They work on the specific and the detailed. Seek to be thoroughly aware of all facts before coming to decisions. Not open to new understandings, they are comfortable within tradition and the established. They enjoy being in control and well prepared for whatever life may bring.In other words, the [Si] function encourages routine, understanding, and connects past experiences with present.  They might like analogies: like relating using your non-dominant hand to the ability to learn a new language.

Extraverted Sensor (Se)

They are active and crave new experiences. In touch with the immediate physical reality, they enjoy a fast changing environment. Strongly materialistic, they require strong sensory experience.[Se] can be described as having passion for physical things in the environment.  Whether it is expressed by admiring someone’s clothing or enjoying experiences where they use their extraverted passion for partying with friends.  Singing along to a song might be a minor example of this or feeling the sunlight on the sandy beaches for the sake of experience. 

Introverted Intuitive (Ni)

They are stimulated by problems and enjoy an intellectual challenge and coming to new understandings. They possess an abstract and analytical mind that helps them to discover the underlying principles behind a particular situation. Intensely individualistic, they can walk the road less travelled.[Ni] is having a very firm mind, you develop a decision and you stick to it to the end.  Example: if someone suggested something that contrasted the belief system of the firm-minded person, they’d immediately in their minds discard that idea without question.  

Extraverted Intuitive (Ne)

The most open-minded of the types, they are fascinated by the new. Impulsive, adventurous, and creative, their minds entertain future plans and new ideas. They do not live in the immediate physical reality, but in a world of relationships and possibilities. They abhor routine.People with [Ne] are very open minded to things, they are able to question all types of ideas and possibilities.  “This is a logical explanation, but i’m open for other opinions.”  

To Find Out Your Type,
Take the Personality Type Quiz

This a link to one of my favorite sites that gives you a quiz to help determine your type: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/JTypes2.asp

This site does a good job of describing each personality in depth: http://www.personalitypage.com/html/portraits.html


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