INFJ. ESFP. INTP. What does it all mean? These four letters describe one of 16 different Myers & Briggs personality types and each letter represents certain personality traits. Everyone is a mixture of all the traits described by the letters, but people will show a preference, even if it’s only a tiny bit, for one letter over the other.
Myers & Briggs dichotomies
Here are the four dichotomies:
- Extraversion (E) vs Introversion (I)
- Sensing (S) vs Intuition (N)
- Thinking (T) vs Feeling (F)
- Judging (J) vs Perceiving (P)
Let’s take a look at each one in more detail.
Extraversion (E) vs Introversion (I)
The extrovert vs introvert dichotomy represents the source of a person’s energy. It’s often assumed that extroverts love to be around people and introverts like to be alone but it’s not that simple. In reality, extroverts are energised from interacting with the outside world, whether it’s seeing friends, playing sports or setting up a new business venture. Introverts are energised from focusing on their inner world.
Sensing (S) vs Intuition (N)
The sensing vs intuition dichotomy indicates how a person perceives information. Most of the dichotomies have a fairly even split, except for this one. Roughly 70% of the population are sensors and 30% are intuitives. Sensors prefer concrete, verifiable information. They are more literal and detail-orientated. Intuitives favour theories and abstract concepts. They are comfortable inferring meanings from ambiguous information and focusing on the bigger picture.
Thinking (T) vs Feeling (F)
This thinking vs feeling dichotomy reflects how a person processes information. Thinkers prefer to use impersonal metrics to process information and tend to make decisions based on objective logic. On the other hand, feelers pay more attention to the people-aspect of situations when making decisions and are more concerned about maintaining harmony.
Judging (J) vs Perceiving (P)
The perceiving vs judging dichotomy indicates how a person acts on information. Judgers prefer to stick to a plan. They approach life in a structured way and are faster to seek closer when it comes to making decisions. Perceivers see structure as more limiting and prefer to keep their options open. They’re adaptable and are more likely to delay making a decision in favour of seeking out more information.
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