Last update Dec 2022
You may have been introduced to the Myer’s Briggs personality types as a set of 16 types, each dictated by four letters (such as ISTP, ESFP or ENFJ).
Forget the four letters. The only thing those letters are useful for is differentiating between types on paper. Although the system is extremely useful, it was poorly named.
If you were introduced to the MBTI system on Tumblr: From now on, ditch your assumptions about MBTI. I/E does not determine how loud or quiet you are. J/P does not determine how disciplined or spontaneous you are. N/S does not determine how much of a dreamer or pragmatist you are, and lastly, the one I cannot stress enough: F/T does not determine how intelligent you are.
The best way to think of MBTI types is as a set of cognitive functions that serve to determine how your thought process works. MBTI type doesn’t necessarily determine what your interests will be or even how intelligent you are. It’s best not to think of MBTI Personality types as a “16 personalities,” per se, but more accurate to view them as 16 types of thought-processes.
Instead of four letters, you’re actually going to be looking at a set of cognitive functions specific to each type that will determine how you experience emotion, where your logic system is derived,
Below, I’ve written a detailed guide to understanding the jungian functions. Feel free to ask questions as you go through it:
I. The Jungian Functions for Dummies
- The Basics
- Idiot’s Trick for Differentiating
- Basic Function Hierarchy
- Why You Need Two Introverted and Two Extraverted Functions
- Grip Experience
- Shadow Functions
- Function Loops (forthcoming)
- Function Discussion series
- 16 Type Contrast series
II. You’re officially obsessed now! Explore some new topics!
III. Topics Miscellany
- MBTI and Relationship Compatibility
- Understanding Your INTJ Friend
- Using MBTI to Communicate Effectively
Getting to Know You
General Questions about MBTI
- Is it possible to have 2 personalities?
- Does personality type change over time?
- Why does your type cry (or not cry) in movies?
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