What are the personality traits of the 16 personalities? Every MBTI personality type is defined out of four possible dichotomies or combinations of eight personality traits. You can be an Introvert or an Extrovert, an iNtuitive or a Sensory type, a Feeling or Thinking type, and finally, a Judging or Perceiving personality type.
To think about it practically, at work and in school, you always knew people were different from each other. You had the loner who always kept to himself. You had the loud, enthusiastic cheerleader. There was the high school sweetheart that everyone liked. You had the teacher’s pet who always handed in their report on time. You had the popular one with the most followers on Instagram.
The problem with the personality traits are that they are a simplification. You cannot define introversion in one specific way because introversion can manifest differently in different introverts. You can talk about types of introverts, and types of intuitives. That is why you need to eventually master the cognitive functions to truly know your personality type. But the dichotomies can be a good starting point to help you navigate the different personality types.
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In today’s article I will write up and help you figure out the difference between all the sixteen personality types by helping you understand the personality traits better.
- Preferring to be alone or in your own head
- Holding back your enthusiasm or energy
- Being more sensitive
- Waiting and seeing how something turns out
- Preferring to be out or learning something new
- Showing higher energy and enthusiasm
- Having thicker skin
- Showing initiative
Simple enough, right? What about the other types?
- Taking a theoretical approach to problem solving
- Being less social or community oriented
- Not conforming to social norms or conventions
- Finding unusual ways to solve problems
- Taking a practical approach to life
- Connecting more easily to other people
- Being more disciplined
- Preferring to respond directly
Which one of these did you identify with the most?
- Responding with more affection or emotion
- Showing higher sensitivity
- Being more diplomatic or friendly
- Having more dreams or fantasies
- Talking more rationally or impersonally
- Being more rough and critical
- Using systems or tools to solve problems
- Being more realistic
I know you want to relate to all of them, but most people have a preference. Some people find it hard to admit to weaknesses. Some people are too critical of themselves. Try to be objective about who you are. Consider asking other people for help.
- Thinking more short-term or in the moment
- Being more open to adjust your course
- Showing more openness to other viewpoints
- Being more creative
- Being more future oriented & long-term
- Having more discipline & self-control
- Sticking to one idea or viewpoint
- Having more organisation
Circle the traits or statements that you agree with the most. It’s okay to only agree with some or parts of one personality types. A preference for Judging can be manifested differently in different types. Some Judging types are more organised, and some Judging types relate more to being more long-term or futuristic.
The Personality Traits in the Flow Code
Luckily, you can change your personality traits and behaviour to fit the situation. Some situations demand a more long-term solution and some require you to be more adaptable and open to improvise. To change your behaviour is also to change your mood, and long-term changes in behaviour may affect your emotional state.
If you are an introvert, and you are too outgoing, you will feel more anxious. If you are a Judging type, you will feel more stressed than a Perceiving type in a chaotic environment. Use the flow-chart below to reflect on how you are affected by different situations. Think about what you like and dislike because it helps you find out who you are at the best and at your worst.
What personality traits do you relate more to and what is your personality type?