Know Yourself.

By Jessica Golich

Where do you distinctly distribute your attention and exclusively acquire your energy?

Do you enjoy spending time in the outer world amongst the general public, buzzing crowds, obstreperous noise, and eager movement? Are you fond of the solitary path of residing within your inner world of extraordinary ideas, outlandish images, and peculiar creativity with a twist of placid stillness?

OR……….

Are you currently staring at your pixelated device, dazed, without the slightest notion of what I am speaking of?

If you chose the third option – I acutely commend your vulnerability, and am now proceeding to momentarily morph into Carmen Sandiego; I am inviting you on a journey through time in which you will add a charm to your Mental Pandora Bracelet (vivid imagination, eh?)  while metaphorically chasing me through history. It has a ring to it, don’t it?

MOVING ALONG……

Isabel Myers and her mother, Katharine Briggs, were a pair of groovy psychologists who distinctively developed the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator Assessment, which first began to collectively come together in the year of 1942.

As worshippers of the broadly influential, Carl Jung, the brilliant mother-daughter duo feverishly studied Jung’s work and began to utilize his scholarly work to unlock elusive human qualities.

Isabel and her brilliant mother unremittingly worked to create a channel with valid statistical nuts, bolts and research. For over twenty years, a typical Brigg’s family outing would include dissecting human behavior through the savvy lens of psychological type.

The MBTI assessment has befriended millions of individuals worldwide; if you are interested in gaining a deeper comprehension of yourself and how you connect with others, this enriching assessment provides an impressive framework for developing healthier relationships, interactions, universal delivery, and achieving supremacy of self.

According to Carl G. Jung’s theory of psychological types (Jung, 1971), individuals are characterized by their dominance of general attitude:

Extraverted (E) vs. Introverted (I),

Their preference of one of the two functions of perception:
Sensing (S) vs. Intuition (N)

And their preference of one of the two functions of judging:
Thinking (T) vs. Feeling (F)

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Isabel Briggs Myers determined a fourth dichotomy:

Judging (J) vs. Perceiving (P)

All modifications of preferences in the four dichotomies harvest Sixteen Personality Types, which represent which of the two poles in each of the four dichotomies dominates in an individual.

Each personality type is appointed a four letter acronym of corresponding blends of an individuals preference:

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First letter = General Attitude – “E” for extraversion and “I” for introversion

Second letter = Sensing/Intuition Realm: “S” stands for sensing and “N” stands for intuition

Third letter = Thinking/Feeling: “T” stands for thinking and “F” stands for feeling

Forth letter = Judging/Perceiving: “J” for judging and “P” for perception

 

I personally fall into the rarest of all sixteen types =  INFJ personality type

Introverted

iNtuitive

Feeling

Judging

ON THAT NOTE…..

I can assuredly state that the MBTI has been a benevolent resource in the cultivation of many aspects of my profoundly acute understanding of self. Being well-informed of my standout quirks, foreign characteristics, vexatious ticks, learning style, mental capacity and unique talents has aided in the development of my self-confidence and has led me to gain an inward and outward appreciation of my luxuriant self.

Take the MBTI assessment…if you’d like.