Personality Quiz Discussion
(Continued from the Quiz:)
So you have now determined whether your personality types are towards either Introvert or Extrovert, Sensor or Intuitor, Thinker or Feeler, Judger or Perceiver. What does that actually mean?
Introvert – Have few true friends, think before speaking, reflect before acting and can take a long time to act, more solitary, may fail to share thoughts, not ask for others input, self sufficient, great ability to calm people down, less carefree, like concepts and ideas, process information internally, irritated by interruptions, get exhausted by social interaction, prefer written communication to face to face, need time alone to recharge. Others may view them as arrogant, aloof, shy, lacking confidence or unfriendly.
Extrovert – Have many friends and know lots of people, prefer groups, recharge by being with others, happy go lucky, like action, make quick decisions in a crisis, think while speaking, think out loud, like to share ideas and solve problems with others, sociable, great ability to energise others, don’t listen to others – wait to speak next, prefer face to face communication over written, get bored easily, have trouble concentrating when it is quiet, impulsive, outgoing, adventurous. They may annoy others by talking too much and by not letting others into the conversation. Others may view them as self absorbed, self centered, loud, over the top, uninterested in others and showing off.
NB The main difference between an Introvert and an Extrovert is the way that they like to recharge their batteries. A well rested Introvert can handle large, noisy social occasions well if they have had time to plan, rest and recharge, just as an Extrovert who has had their ‘people’ fix and stimulation can enjoy staying at home alone. You could say it’s a bit like being left or right handed. Just because you choose to do it one way doesn’t mean that you couldn’t adapt to doing it the other way if you wanted to.
Sensor – Factually minded, like detail, build things in sequence, systematic but not necessarily organized, matter of fact, rely on their own senses, need order, like rules – “We always do it this way”, down to earth, solid and realistic, prefer practical applications, like concrete information, will adapt something already done to solve a new problem rather than coming up with something new – “Why reinvent the wheel?”, willing to take directions that proceed to defined goals, change by evolution rather than revolution, it can be their way or no way, can be judgmental and unforgiving, focus on what has happened being anchored in the here and now.
Intuitor – Positive towards change, like possibilities of what might happen, may repeat the same mistakes as focus moves onto something else, love ideas rather than facts, like open ended instructions, value autonomy, may look as if they are making it up as they go along, prefer working at abstract levels – detail is boring, use their intuition, look for patterns and relationships between things, imaginative rather than practical, need to know ‘why’ to be motivated.
Feeler – more social, often more religious, more tender minded, perceived as sensitive, more subjective, compassionate, empathetic, decisions based on feelings, more nurturing, like harmony and cooperation, look for the impact of problems on the whole, look at things being interconnected, tendency to live in the past.
Thinker – skeptical of religion, theory orientated, logical, consistent, rational, experimental, need order, like autonomy, like objectivity, may come across as unemotional and tough, use principles and standards to measure behaviour, fairness, may seem overly critical.
Judger – decisive, make things happen. quicker at decision-making, deadlines are crucial, like clear guidelines, organized, like order, punctual, like rules and boundaries, like lists, diaries and organisers, prioritise activities, like using administrative skills, enjoy work, seek closure, can be inflexible, can make decisions before having all of the information, left brained.
Perceiver – flexible, impulsive, good at improvising, like to keep their options open, delay decisions to last minute, may have lists but lose them or diaries with nothing in them, need change, like abstract reasoning, innovative, seek freedom, enjoy play over work, can take a long time to make a decision, usually miss deadlines, right brained.
It needs to be borne in mind that a preference for any one of the personality types is just that, a preference. Depending on the situations that arise during a day you may move through all of the different traits in different contexts. There are no right or wrong personality traits only some may be more or less useful at certain times or in certain circumstances.
Click the links below to read examples of how the four personality types interact between people in different areas of life.
- Personality Types Impacting Relationships
- Personality Types Impacting Careers
- Personality Types Impacting Business