The Brain Storm

February 23, 2009

Exploring Personality Profiles

Information About Personality Types

Here's some web information on personality typing I found fascinating. It's a good read if you've ever wondered why you may view things differently than your client, friend, spouse, boss etc. It's fun to "find" yourself through personality profiling. I'm an ENFP by the way. To learn more about yourself and others go to the source at

Personality typing is a tool with many uses. It's especially notable for it's helpfulness in the areas of growth and self-development. Learning and applying the theories of personality type can be a powerful and rewarding experience, if it is used as a tool for discovery, rather than as a method for putting people into boxes, or as an excuse for behavior.

The theory of Personality Types, as it stand today, contends that:
  • An individual is either primarily Extraverted or Introverted
  • An individual is either primarily Sensing or iNtuitive
  • An individual is either primarily Thinking or Feeling
  • An individual is either primarily Judging or Perceiving

The possible combinations of the basic preferences form 16 different Personality Types. This does not mean that all (or even most) individuals will fall strictly into one category or another. If we learn by applying this tool that we are primarily Extraverted, that does not mean that we don't also perform Introverted activities. We all function in all of these realms on a daily basis. As we grow and learn, most of us develop the ability to function well in realms which are not native to our basic personalities. In the trials and tribulations of life, we develop some areas of ourselves more throughly than other areas. With this in mind, it becomes clear that we cannot box individuals into prescribed formulas for behavior. However, we can identify our natural preferences, and learn about our natural strengths and weaknesses within that context.

The theory of Personality Types contends that each of us has a natural preference which falls into one category or the other in each of these four areas, and that our native Personality Type indicates how we are likely to deal with different situations that life presents, and in which environments we are most comfortable.

Learning about our Personality Type helps us to understand why certain areas in life come easily to us, and others are more of a struggle. Learning about other people's Personality Types help us to understand the most effective way to communicate with them, and how they function best.

Practical Application for Personality Types
  • Career Guidance - What types of tasks are we most suited to perform? Where are we naturally most happy?
  • Managing Employees - How can we best understand an employee's natural capabilities, and where they will find the most satisfaction?
  • Inter-personal Relationships - How can we improve our awareness of another individual's Personality Type, and therefore increase our understanding of their reactions to situations, and know how to best communicate with them on a level which they will understand?
  • Education - How can we develop different teaching methods to effectively educate different types of people?
  • Counselling - How we can help individuals understand themselves better, and become better able to deal with their strengths and weaknesses?
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