FAQs about Personality Type!

12 Mar

1. Except for “wanna-be’s” the Myers Briggs is one of the most reliable personality type tests. Wanna-be’s are people who don’t answer the questions truthfully but “hope” they turn out to be similar to a partner or friend, for example. So in fact they are answering the questions as if they were a much different personality type. Remedy: They probably need to re-take the Indicator based on better self-knowledge.
2. Words of caution: The MBTI does not “tell all.” It’s based on self-chosen preferences — ways of perceiving and behaving — and doesn’t take into account an individual’s personal history within his/her family and in her niche in society.
3. The MBTI is “tried and true” over time. That is, individuals’ personality type does not change over time. You will probably agree that an individual establishes him or herself during about the first 35 years of life. Thus there is career direction to be determined in the first half of life; possibly an intimate relationship to be established; possibly a “home base” to settle into. In just the same way, psychologically we are establishing who we are. We may be aware of key preferences early in life, and they may guide us along career paths and relationship patterns. Or we may recognize these much later.
4. After mid-life is when we usually develop the opposites! The opposite preferences are deep in the unconscious, but we can draw on them to become a more whole, or complete, person. We will never be able to have the ease of use of all the preferences, but it is nice to feel more comfortable using opposite, previously neglected ways of being.
5. Certain personality types comprise a much smaller percentage of the population than others. Much research has been done which has yielded percentages of each of the eight factors in Western society. Certain types comprise between one and five percent of the population.
6. When you meet someone of your exact type, you automatically feel connected! Between exact types, especially those in the minority, there is very soon after an “introduction,” a sense of being mutually understood. Pretty amazing, but if you follow this series of articles, you may actually experience this neat connection!
7. There is great attraction between persons of exactly opposite personality types. These individuals are drawn to one another because each represents an unrealized potential of the other. It is often the case that opposites attract, but they may not form a stable relationship over time. Developing a viable relationship depends on the innumerable factors hinted at in FAQ #2 above, especially personal values, strengths, weaknesses, and supports the individual has experienced in childhood and beyond.
A Look Ahead: Our next posts will start examining the first pair of opposites, mentioned in our first article in the series. Stay tuned!

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