An Introduction to Myers & Briggs Personality Types

ISFP. ENTJ. INFJ. What does it all mean? These acronyms describe one of the 16 Myers & Briggs personality types and each letter describes a preference for certain personality traits. There are four pairs of letters that represent opposite preferences called dichotomies:

• Extraversion (E) vs Introversion (I)
• Sensing (S) vs iNtuition (N)
• Thinking (T) vs Feeling (F)
• Judging (J) vs Perceiving (P)

Everyone is a mixture of all the traits described by the letters. For example, no one is solely an introvert or an extravert. Extraverts have a need to get out and about and introverts require time alone to reflect. But everyone shows a preference, even if it's only a little, for one characteristic over the other. Let’s take a look at each dichotomy in more detail.

Extraversion (E) vs Introversion (I)

This dichotomy represents how a person directs their energy. It's often assumed that extraverts are loud and introverts are shy. Although this can be the case, it’s not that simple. Extraverts prefer interacting with the outer world of people, objects and activities, while introverts prefer the inner world of thoughts, feelings and dreams. 

Sensing (S) vs iNtuition (N)

This dichotomy indicates how a person perceives information. Sensors prefer concrete, verifiable information. They tend to be more literal, practical and detail-orientated. Intuitives favor theories and abstract concepts. They are more comfortable inferring meanings from ambiguous information and often focus on the big picture.

Thinking (T) vs Feeling (F)

This dichotomy reflects how a person makes decisions. Thinkers prefer making decisions based on logic and impersonal metrics. They like to analyze situations objectively. Feelers favor their personal values and the feelings of others when making decisions. They'll take into account the impact on people and shy away from making decisions based on hard facts alone. 

Judging (J) vs Perceiving (P)

This dichotomy indicates how a person organizes their world. Judgers prefer sticking to a plan and value organisation. They are faster to seek closure when it comes to making decisions. Perceivers see structure as limiting and like to keep their options open. They are adaptable and are more likely to delay making a decision in favor of seeking more information.


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