Introduction to Myers-Briggs

The four temperaments of Myers-Briggs. Analysts. Diplomats. Sentinels. Explorers.

In Myers-Briggs, there are four “either or” predicaments that make us who we are:

Introversion vs Extroversion

  • Introverts generate energy when they are by themselves, and lose energy when they are with people. The energy of an Introverts is directed inwards, instead of outwards (of an Extrovert). Introverts like to do one thing at the time, instead of many things simultaneously. Generally, Introverts have more depth, and Extroverts have more breadth.
  • Extroverts gain energy from being with people, and lose energy when they are by themselves (for long periods of time). The energy of an Extrovert is directed outwards. Extroverts are better at juggling many different things at once. Extroverts are socially skilled, and are often social butterflies. Many Extroverts thrive on attention and are the life of the party. Extroverts are more open minded, less serious, and tend to live in the moment.

There are Introverts with a well developed Extroverted side, and there are Extroverts with a well developed Introverted side. This is, in fact, quite common. This is true for every Myers-Briggs attribute.

Here are two Extroverted actors. The ESFP is the most playful out of all 16 Myers-Briggs types. The ESTP is what happens when you marry a social buttefly to a risktaker.

Here is an Extroverted businessman. The ESTJ is the highest earner out of all 16 Myers-Briggs types. It is a money making machine.

Here are two Introverted actors. The INFJ is the most uncommon out of all 16 Myers-Briggs types. They are the “unicorns” of Myers-Briggs.

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Sensing vs Intutition

  • Sensors use their senses to navigate and understand the world. They are big on common sense. They are down to earth, practical, and use specific facts to understand a larger situation. Sensors often talk in a predictable, steady pace. When a Sensor is creative, it is almost always with their hands or their body. They don’t get that excited by words, they are more about action. Sensors are drawn to comedians with a strong physical presence, like Jim Carrey, Kevin Hart, and Eddie Murphy. Sensors get off on experiencing reality with their five senses.
  • Intuitives are much more abstract in their thinking, they are drawn to systems, concepts, patterns, ideas, tendencies — the big picture stuff. Intuitives are self-conscious by nature, and use their internal language engine to translate their thoughts into acceptable speech patterns. Intuitives are much more imaginative, can get lost in thought, and bounce from subject to subject in a conversation. This can be annoying for a level headed Sensor. Sensors stay on one subject until it is done. Intuitives get off on processing information.

Sensors vs Intuitives. MBTI. Myers-Briggs.

Here are some physically competent Sensors. About 80% of all professional fighters are ISTPs (also most criminals). There is a similar trend among professional athletes. The ISTP is the best athlete, by far.

Here are three artistical Sensors. The ISFP is the most common type among successful musicians.

The INTJ is the best debater out of all 16 types. These two intuitives are the two biggest radioshow hosts of their time.

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Thinking vs Feeling

Thinking vs Feeling. Blue brain versus red heart animation.
  • Thinkers are good at understanding and manipulating the inanimate world, items, machines, structures, mechanical and mathematical systems (like computer programming). They very often feel like people are too emotional and should think things through with their logical mind. Thinkers are not “sensitive”, and are better at handling confrontations and dealing with disharmony than Feelers. They are seen as “tough”, and “durable”, and sometimes a little dry & boring.
  • Feelers are sensitive and people-oriented by nature. They easily understand humans, emotions, intentions, sarcasm, and various forms of humor. They have a lot of empathy, which is an advantage in social situations. Feelers are inclined to make decisions with their gut or their heart. This is their preference. Most Feelers strongly dislike confrontations (the Feelers that handle confrontations well are usually Judgders).

Here are some artistical Feelers. Feelers are the “humanists” of Myers-Briggs. They have a lot of empathy.

Here are three hyper successful verbal Thinkers of the same type:

Almost all professional fighters are Thinkers.

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Judging vs Perception

  • Judgers approach life in a structured way, creating plans and organizing their world to achieve their goals and desired results in a predictable way. They get their sense of control by taking charge of their environment and making choices early. They are self-disciplined and decisive, and seek closure in decisions. When they ask for things they are specific and expect others to do as they say. They enjoy being experts. At work, they decide quickly and clearly and work to get the job done. Perceivers may see them as rigid and opinionated.
  • Perceivers perceive structure as being more limiting than enabling. They prefer to keep their choices open so they can cope with many problems that the know life will put in their way. They get their sense of control by keeping their options open and making choices only when they are necessary. They are generally curious and like to expand their knowledge, which they will freely acknowledge as being incomplete. They are tolerant of other people’s differences and will adapt to fit into whatever the situation requires. At work, they tend to avoid or put off decisions, leaning towards exploring problems and situations. Judgers may see them as aimless drifters.
J vs. P. Judging vs Perception quote.
J vs P. Judging vs Perception quote. Assembly required.

Judgers and Perceivers deal with work & play differently:

Here is a great comparison:

Judgers vs Perceivers. List of descriptive words.

Here a three famous Perceivers that lack a supportive Judging function.

Here are two “extreme” Judgers that lack a supportive Perceptive function. The story of Hitler is actually the story of a Judging function gone out of control.

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