Friday, December 28, 2012

A Description of the 8 Letters

Each personality type consists of 4 different letters. This makes up 16 different personality types. Here are descriptions of what each letter represents. Everyone is unique and will have some traits of all 8 letters, but will often be more inclined towards one letter in each pair.

(E) Extrovert vs. (I) Introvert

How we gain our energy.

The main difference between extroverts and introverts is that introverts gain their energy by being alone and extroverts gain their energy by being with others. One is not better than the other, and extroverts are not always loud and introverts are not always quiet. Introverts often enjoy social gatherings, but will get drained faster while involved in these settings. Extroverts also tend to want to be around people more but they still feel they need time alone sometimes.

Gain energy from inner worldGain energy from outer world
Thinks to clarify thoughtsSpeaks to clarify thoughts
Prefer depth over breadthPrefer breadth over depth
Initially is seen as difficult to get to knowInitially seen as easy to get to know
Likes to work independentlyPrefers to work with others
Few close relationshipsMany relationships
Reflects before making decisionsTends to make decisions quickly

(S) Sensing vs. (N) Intuitive

How we take in information.

The main difference between sensing and intuition is that sensors take in information via their five senses and through facts, and intuitives take in information via patterns, impressions ands possibilities. 

Process information through the five sensesProcess information through patterns
Thinks in the here and now Thinks of future possibilities
Concrete thinkersAbstract thinkers
Notices detailsSees big picture
Practical Idealistic
Gather info from what they can seeGathers info from underlying patterns

(T) Thinking vs. (F) Feeling

How we make decisions.

The main difference between thinking and feeling is that thinkers make decisions based on facts, and feelers make decisions based on values. In other words, thinkers use their heads more than their hearts and feelers use their hearts more than their heads. But there is a stereotype that needs to be discontinued- Thinkers aren't sensitive to others and feelers never think logically, and women are feelers and men are thinkers. These comparisons below are generalized, everyone will have traits of both in different situations. It really depends what you are more inclined to while making decisions.

Decides with headDecides with heart
Judge based on logicJudge based on feelings
Driven by thoughtDriven by emotion
Gives priority to truthGives priority to relationships
Not easily upset by others' remarksTakes remarks personally

(J) Judging vs. (P) Perceiving

Our lifestyle preference.

The main difference between perceivers and judgers is that judgers prefer their world to be structured and planned, while perceivers prefer their world to be open ended and find that having plans is stifling. Judgers feel a sense of control in planning early and perceivers find a sense of control in leaving their options open.

Like to finish one job before starting anotherStart many things without finishing
Prefer to move towards closureKeeps options open
Prefers to plan before taking actionSpontaneous with actions
Tends to stick to a planTends to change decisions midway
ResponsibleTends to procrastinate

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