Personality Traits in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator

In the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, there are eight general dichotomies used to classify your personality type. Every dichotomy is an oversimplification meant to give you a basic idea about every preference, but every personality type is a combination of the below eight traits, and only a combination of these traits. That means, no person is a true introvert, and no person a true extrovert, but everyone has parts of these different sides to themselves. Which personality traits speak the most to you?

Myers Briggs Type Indicator’s Personality Traits

On Introverts and Extroverts

Introverts literally see themselves as people who have thoughts and opinions they are trying to convey or express to the world and the social tribe at large. Extroverts think of themselves as people who have made observations about people as groups or about the world at large and try to form opinions about this internally. The Introverted type mainly trusts themselves and struggle to trust outside judgement or data. The Extroverted type mainly trusts outside data and holds personal opinions or theories as less reliable.

On iNtuitives and Sensors

The iNtuitive type focuses on ideas, associations, and possibilities of information. The Sensor focuses on the facts, knowledge, and experience they have of a situation before considering any other form of evidence or possibility. The iNtuitive perceives it as taxing to gather evidence or data to support their theories. The Sensor perceives it as taxing to try to draw conclusions or spot patterns based on limited information on a subject.

On Feelers and Thinkers

The Feeling type focuses on their likes, beliefs, and values about something. The Thinking type focuses on the logical reasons or the rationale they have to do a certain thing instead of another. The Feeling type becomes confused when asked about the rationale behind their values, why they want or like a certain thing and how they would explain a certain belief. The Thinking type finds it difficult when asked about their motivation behind a certain action or what they like or dislike about making a certain decision.

On Perceivers and Judgers

Perceivers like to see themselves as open-minded and adaptable types that adjust to the situation and to circumstance, finding the right response to actions and events. Judgers tend to see themselves as people working from narrow results and targets, trying to reach a certain outcome or goal. The perceiving type is more stressed and feels less in control of goals and rules. The Judging type feels less in control when forced to think about something on the spot or come up with an option or alternative to their current course of action.

Behavior vs Personality

People generally prefer to behave in a way that is congruent with their personality, and so, people with an introverted personality type tend to generally have a history of behavior that is more reserved and cautious, and people with a judging personality type tend to have a more conscientious and organized style. But depending on the situation you are in, your behaviour can vary, and you can be more careful in an environment that you know is less forgiving of mistakes, and more outgoing in an environment that you know is more likely to promote risks and action.

The relationship between personality and behaviour is 50%, and so, there are anomalies, such as outgoing introverts, and conscientious perceiving types that act in a way that is unusual to their personality, and they are not that rare. Humans are highly adaptable, and many introverts have learnt to function in a way that is more outgoing. The only problem is, this behaviour can make them more prone to anxiety and can make them score higher on turbulence. Similarly, a perceiving type that has to be highly conscientious in for example their role at work, may also become more tense and experience higher stress than a Judging type would.