In this article I will show you:
- how to fit people in the 16 types of personalities ( natural and fast, without marking their characteristics in your mind )
- how to use the information attained:
- in your relations ( you will understand your family, you will know why your best friends are late or disappoint you)
- within your working environment ( you will learn how to approach your employer so that he can appreciate your work, how to work with your difficult colleagues )
- when communicating with other people ( you will always leave a pleasant impression, you will be able to communicate with various social categories )
- in your personal evolution ( you will know yourself better, you will understand what makes your personality tick and you will learn how to make yourself more pleasant to others )
- how to “get rid” of your personality’s typology, so as to become a more balanced and self assured person
If you want to learn all of these things ( and much more ), read the article series about the MBTI test now, as it will consolidate your personality’s foundation!
How the MBTI test appeared
In 1921, Carl Jung, a renowned Swiss doctor wrote a book regarding behavioral prediction. In his book, Jung talks about the types of personalities, he classifies them, but doesn’t offer any tool with which to identify them in people.
Reading his book, Katharine Cook Briggs, started, alongside her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers, a project which had the precise purpose of creating a methodology with which to decipher the patterns.
This is how MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) appeared, a psychological test that classifies people within 16 patterns.
What I will teach you in the next articles is how to properly identify the patterns in people around you (even in those you’ve just met). After all, you can’t run with questionnaires after people on the street to identify their typology.
MBTI step by step
To start with, please take the test by following this link: www.onlinepersonalitytests.org/mbti
Myers and Briggs split human personalities in 4 dimensions: energizing, participation, decision and living. For each dimension we have a preference / direction. It all adds up to 16 combinations, each defining a type of personality.
The 4 dimensions are:
- energizing: where you get your energy
- participation: how you take in information
- decision: how you make decisions
- living: your desired way of life
For each dimension you have one of the two preferences:
- extroversion (E) – you get your energy from the outside world, from activities, people, things
- introversion (I) – you get your energy from the inner world, ideas, emotions, impressions
- sensing (S) – you use your senses to determine what’s real
- intuition (N) – you use your imagination to sense what’s real
- thinking (T) – you organize and structure information to make logical, objective decisions
- feeling (F) – you organize and structure information to make personal, principles oriented decisions
- judging (J) – you like having an organized, planned life
- perceiving (P) – you prefer living a spontaneous, flexible life
The purpose of the MBTI test is to identify the preferences that people have so as the results of the 4 dimensions can offer an easy identifiable typology. With the help of the test you will improve your behavior, you will learn to appreciate the differences between people and you will be able to communicate in a completely new manner, integrating the way of perceiving and judging the people with whom you interact.
Now I want to share an extremely important piece of information:
Many psychologists say that although we can change our behavior, our preference remains the same.
For years I fell in the same trap.
I took the test and I got ISTJ (the most rigid pattern)
And that was it!
I was at a party and didn’t want to just sit around.
I am introverted, so it’s normal for me to go home alone.
A friend needed some emotional support?
“You know, I am ISTJ, a completely rational pattern, so I can’t offer you the support you need”
Not to mention I placed people within certain categories from the first seconds we met. (“he’s like this, the other one is like that”)
And I thought I was right.
(People reading this article and are J will ask themselves what’s wrong with it)
An ISTJ prays like this: “God, please help me stop emphasizing on details tomorrow at 16:32:20”
My pattern, ISTJ, has become my excuse for everything.
The problem wasn’t there. It was exactly next to it, it was exactly the “i” I was emphasizing on.
My problem was that I was getting lost in my own pattern!
The more I used my pattern as an excuse, the more I sunk deeper into the lake from which I barely got out of (years later)
And yes, you can change your pattern!
Want to find out how?
Submit a comment under this article with your MBTI pattern. If I see that there’s an interest for such subjects I will come back with the rest, an article that will teach you how to identify the pattern of people with whom you interact.