Different personality traits
You’ve probably read about introverts and extroverts. Introverts like being alone and tend to be introspective, private, philosophical or knowledgeable. Extroverts like being with people and tend to be moral, idea-oriented, experienced and interpersonally skilled.
We all have different personality traits, and the INFP for example, is introverted, intuitive, feeling and perceiving. The personality traits are often abstract and most people have both introverted sides and extroverted sides, intuitive sides, and more sensory sides. Still, we tend to favor one over the other.
Attention can be directed internally or externally. Attention is what we consciously perceive and experience. If our attention is introverted, we have a stronger experience of our inner worlds, our thoughts, theories, and ideas, and the outer world appears more muffled and low in volume.
Introverts feel the most calm and stable when they are on their own, focused on their own experiences, and the inner world. They like to reflect internally on their own thoughts, forming their own values, theories and beliefs about themselves. They are often described as rational, thoughtful, introspective or knowledgeable. I use the colour blue or green to illustrate introversion because those colours are associated with depth or stability.
Body language: Introverts tend to perk up their cheeks towards their eyes, which can make them appear as if they are squinting. They tend to also gesture with their hands close to their body, then moving outwards. Often, they can tense up their cheeks while looking at something, making it appear as if they are studying something.
Extroverts tend to think internally about the world around them. They like reflecting on their experiences and what happens around them and what they enjoy about a new opportunity or prospect. They are often seen as experienced, free-spirited, or pragmatic and people-oriented. I associate extroversion with bright and strong colours like red and yellow.
Body language: Extroverts often naturally tense up their forehead and brows while looking around them, making them appear more attentive or curious about their surroundings. Their hands will often start far away from their body, and they may make grabbing gestures, as if they are pulling information around them inwards. Typically, they will perk out their cheeks away from their face, giving them an open, interested expression.
Information can be either abstract or concrete. Information is what helps us understand our surroundings and what is happening. Information can be based on what we can see, what we have experienced, and built around what we already know, or it can be focused on what we speculate could happen, how something could happen. Information can be theoretical or it can be from reading patterns around us.
iNtuitives are primarily focused on the abstract, and their interests tend to revolve around theories, ideas, hypothetical opportunities, possible events and experiences, and various what-ifs and alternatives. They are often seen as detached, quirky, strange or creative. The colours red and blue are often associated with ideas, potential, risks, and together they form purple, which is often connected to intuition.
Sensors are primarily engaged by the concrete and physical world around them. Their main interests tend to be practical or social in their nature, and they often enjoy meeting people, having experiences and being out where things happen. You’ll find them to be moderate, easy going, down to earth and attentive. The colors green and yellow connect to being down to earth, grounded, attentive, and energetic.
Values can be based on either feelings or thoughts. Values center around what we think about something and how we value it. It is focused on measuring things against each other and determining what we prefer, how it works, and how it should work. Feeling is focused on what we personally value, and thinking around what we think is objectively valuable.
Feelers are motivated by the thought of emotions and values. They tend to want to make people happy, to spread a positive atmosphere, to express things they feel, or to reflect on their inner emotional life. They are often seen as natural, affectionate, sensitive and kind types. Red and blue are both associated with strong emotion, whether it is show inwardly (blue introverted feeling) or outwardly (red extroverted feeling)
Thinkers are most motivated by thoughts and information. They tend to want to learn, get information, and understanding about the world around them. They find it meaningful to think rationally or pragmatically about a topic and to focus on how they think about something. You’ll often find them to be objective, serious, composed and analytical. The colours green and yellow indicate confidence, ability and resourcefulness.
Control can be exercised long-term or short-term. It is focused on what we tend to want to influence and how we tend to want to control a situation. It also reflects what we think is easy and what we think is difficult, or our level of control we feel over something. Judgers experience more control over goals and projects and long-term ideas. Perceivers feel they have more control over changes, adaptations and implementation of things.
Judging types are the most relaxed when they have plans and goals for things, and the ability to work in a focused and structured manner. They like to start with the most difficult or long-term aspect of something, focusing on the whole before they start to work with the smaller parts. They typically appear diligent, disciplined, focused and self-controlled. The colours red and green signify control and principles.
Body language: Judgers tend to focus their gaze and smile when looking at someone or something. This gives them a more direct and engaging expression. They will usually activate the muscles in between their eyes and around their upper lips, and their smiles tend to start in the middle, expanding outwards. Their hand gestures usually start with their hands facing each others and are then drawn away from each others, palms often facing their surroundings.
Perceivers are the most relaxed when things are open-ended and adaptable. They want room for changes and improvisation and tend to focus on what is best in the specific situation they are in. They like starting with the most immediate or easy solution in the situation. They tend to be playful, adaptable, spontaneous and natural. The colors yellow and blue can be seen as adaptable and playful, going with the wind.
Body language: Perceiving body language is best described as open and adaptable. They mainly activate the muscles around their outer jaws, giving them open and wide facial expressions, and the muscles in the outer parts of their face and eyes. This makes them appear more ready for change and for new information. Typically, their gestures start with their hands far apart from each others, as if they are showing something off to other people, and then pulled together, as if they are gathering or putting something together.
The different personality traits tend to group together as seen in the images above. Introversion and Feeling together become Introverted Feeling, and Thinking and Judging becomes Thinking Judging.