Understanding Personality Types: Part 4

…continued from Part 3

Often times people will take the type indicator and not be confident with the results, or someone will tell them their type but they will not connect with it.

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Here you will have an interactive session where you will be able to ask questions about your designated type,
and why you are one and not another.
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You can still figure out your best type without the help of a professional, but it will take some research.  If you feel disconnected to one of the preferences you need to consider the whole type and not just an individual preference.  For example, if you don’t feel right about the extrovert part of your ENFP you would not study the differences between extroversion and introversion, you would study the differences between ENFP and INFP as each letter works differently paired with others letters.  So you know, it is very common for ENFPs to think they are an INFP because ENFP is the most introverted of the extroverts so more often than not, ENFPs think that they are introverts.

The best way to come to your true type is to learn what each type is all about, read the opposites if it will help to identify with what you are not.  As you research each type, underline the aspects you identify with and cross out the ones you do not.  After some time you will understand how each code works and will be better able to identify your own type.

If you are still unable to completely connect with a type, perhaps you are not answering the questions based on your own preferences but on those of your parents or boss, or maybe based on what you think is right – it is important you understand there are no right or wrong answers!  Answer truthfully for yourself and with no expectations in mind.  Also, your age could play a role in false profiling as young people are still developing their preferences and therefore will not be able to answer completely.  Lastly, if you are under stress, your dominant and auxiliary functions will not be acting as such and so your answers will be skewed.

Are you ready to learn about each dichotomy?

We’ll start with

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Understanding Personality Types: Part 3

With all the information from Part 2, you are ready to crack the dichotomy code and find out your dominant, auxiliary, tertiary, and inferior functions.

I’ve found this chart helpful when decoding dichotomies:



Sensing *

iNtuition *

Thinking *

Feeling *



*Perceiving Functions
*Judging Functions

Here you can see that each function has an opposite.  Also, even though Judging and Perceiving are functions themselves, this chart shows that Sensing & iNtuition are considered perceiving functions and Thinking & Feeling are considered judging functions.

Now look at your dichotomy,

The two middle letters (the function pair) are the dominant and auxiliary functions.
One letter is a perceiving function (Sensing or iNtuition), and the other is a judging function (Thinking or Feeling).

The last letter indicates whether the judging function (Thinking & Feeling) or perceiving function (Sensing & iNtuition) is dominant, the non-dominant function is the auxiliary.

The first letter will tell you if the dominant function is Introverted or Extroverted, this is what people show to the outside world.

Lastly, you will need to invert the auxiliary to find the tertiary function.

For example, ENFP:
1. iNtuition and Feeling are the function pair, which one is dominant?
2. The P indicates that the perceiving function (iNtuition) is dominant.
3. The E specifies the dominant function as Extroverted, so iNtuition is used in the outside world.  We call this Extroverted iNtuition.
4. Because the dominant is Extroverted iNtuition, the tertiary is Introverted Sensing (the opposite as the dominant).

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Reference: Myers-Briggs website, http://www.myersbriggs.org

Understanding Personality Types: Part 2

…continued from Part 1

So, now that you know you have 1 of 16 different personality types, are you ready to find out which one it is?  I thought so.

Taken from the Myers-Briggs website, you can identify your type by answering these 4 questions:

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  • Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world?
    This is Extroversion (E) or Introversion (I).
  • Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning?
    This is Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).
  • When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances?
    This is Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).
  • In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options?
    This is Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).


[If you weren’t able to answer these questions and would like to take the actual instrument, here is some information on how to do that.]

Now that you have your 4 letters (dichotomy), this is your personality type.

  • The first letter is where you put your attention and how you get your energy (Extroverted/Introverted).  This is attitude and indicates how each of the following functions will be used.
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  • The second letter is whether you pay more attention to information that comes in through your senses or more attention to possibilities that you see in the information (Sensing/iNtuition function).
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  • The third letter refers to your decision making skills and whether you do so by using facts and principles or by considering others involved (Thinking/Feeling function).
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  • The last letter shows how you live your life, what others may see; are you more structured or flexible (Judgment/Perception) this will indicate whether you show your judging function (Thinking/Feeling) or perceiving function (Sensing/Intuition) to the world.


Everyone has a dominate function it’ll be the one you are most comfortable with, the one that energizes you.  Extroverts use their dominant function in the outside world and Introverts in their inner world.  Your dominant function will be one of your two middle functions, these two letters together are called your function pair.

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Our auxiliary function supports the dominant function.  If you are Extroverted and use your dominant function in the outside world, you would then use your auxiliary function in your inner world – for balance.  This will also be either one of your middle letters, if the 2nd letter is dominant the third letter would be the auxiliary and vice-versa.

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Interestingly, the 3rd or tertiary function is not even listed in your dichotomy, it is the opposite of your auxiliary.  This is developed as you grow older and can be very helpful when you start asking if there is more to life.

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As you grow even older still, maybe into your 50’s you will start to develop your inferior function which is the opposite of your dominant function.  This function could also emerge when your dominant and auxiliary functions are under stress and is likely to manifest in a negative way.


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Reference: Myers-Briggs website, http://www.myersbriggs.org

Understanding Personality Types: Part 1

It blew my mind when I started learning about personality profiling!  Everything seemed to make so much more sense once I learned that we all have 1 of 16 personalities, and some personalities are more common than others.  See, for those of us who share a dichotomy with only a small percentage of the population, we tend to have felt out of place with the world at some point (if not constantly).  We need to understand that being different from others is something to celebrate!  Every person (and every dichotomy) brings a different set of motivations and skills to the world and without you (your type) who would _____________!?

Now when we talk about personality profiling, we’re not talking about stereotyping; we’re talking about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which is a way to identify individuals’ differences by the way they prefer to use their perception and judgment.

“Perception involves all the ways of becoming aware of things, people, happenings, or ideas. Judgment involves all the ways of coming to conclusions about what has been perceived. If people differ systematically in what they perceive and in how they reach conclusions, then it is only reasonable for them to differ correspondingly in their interests, reactions, values, motivations, and skills.”

The idea is, once you understand that each of the 16 personality types are just as important as the next, you will naturally appreciate peoples’ differences.  For me, it helps to feel less alien knowing there are only a small portion of people who share my type, obviously I would feel like hardly anyone truly understands me –  This can change your life!

I always felt the need to change the world but I never felt like I could connect with the powerful people who ran the world, therefore I felt like I’d never be able to change anything.  It’s so liberating to learn that I feel this way because I am someone to change the world, and I don’t have to be a power player to do it – matter of fact, if I were a power player, I probably wouldn’t even want to change the world!  HA!  It’s like a weight being lifted, I am free of my own mind!  I am exactly who I should be and I need to value that, I need to be who I am!  And you need to be who you are!  Need some help?  Well, that’s precisely what we’re here for!


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Reference: Myers-Briggs website, http://www.myersbriggs.org