MBTI – What kind of dog are you?

June 10, 2012 | By

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator aka MBTI

The Indicator measures four bipolar factors, Intraversion/Extraversion, Thinking/Feeling, Intuition/Sensing, and Judging/Percieving, but these names don’t exactly mean what we commonly understand when saying somebody is “extroverted” or “introverted” (see below).

As a test result you will get a 4 letter personality type and you can then read up on the description of this specific type as well as typical careers, how it relates to personal relationships and get suggestions for personal growth.

EXTRAVERTED (E) vs. INTRAVERTED (I) – How we get our energy.

Those who prefer Intraversion draw their primary energy from the inner world of information, thoughts, ideas, and other reflections. When circumstances require an excessive amount of attention spent in the “outside” world, those preferring Introversion find the need to retreat to a more private setting as if to recharge their drained batteries.

Those who prefer Extraversion are drawn to the outside world as their elemental source of energy. Rarely, if ever, do extraverted preference people feel their energy batteries are “drained” by excessive amounts of interaction with the outside world. They must engage the things, people, places and activities going on in the outside world for their life force.

SENSING (S) vs. INTUITION (I) – How we take in information.

Those who prefer Sensing favor clear, tangible data and information that fits in well with their direct here-and-now experience.

In contrast, those who prefer Intuition are drawn to information that is more abstract, conceptual, big-picture, and represents imaginative possibilities for the future.

THINKING (T) vs. FEELING (F) – How we make decisions and come to judgements.

Those who prefer Thinking have a natural preference for making decisions in an objective, logical, and analytical manner with an emphasis on tasks and results to be accomplished.

Those whose preference is for Feeling make their decisions in a somewhat global, visceral, harmony and value-oriented way, paying particular attention to the impact of decisions and actions on other people.

JUDGING (J) vs. PERCEIVING (P) – How we relate to the outer or external world.

Those who prefer Judging rely upon either their T or F preference to manage their outer life. This typically leads to a style oriented towards closure, organization, planning, or in some fashion managing the things and or people found in the external environment. The drive is to order the outside world. While some people employ an assertive manner, others “ordering touch” – with respect to people – may be light.

Those who prefer Perceiving rely upon either their S or N preference to run their outer life. This typically results in an open, adaptable, flexible style of relating to the things and people found in the outside world. The drive is to experience the outside world rather than order it; in general lack of closure is easily tolerated.

An understanding of your own preferences and of other people’s preferences can help to identify your special strengths. This understanding can also give you an insight into what kind of work you might enjoy and be successful doing and how you relate to people with different preferences.

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