As we saw in the previous post, anyone who gets a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) score with an NT or an NF designation will find himself a minority personality: only either 1% or 5% of the world population. All together, the NTs and NFs comprise only about one-quarter of all the people.
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The SPs, SJs, STs, and SFs, are the more prevalent personalities, and you are most likely to find yourself among them. What follows is a brief summary meant to get you started toward a study of personalities if you are so inclined.
ESTJs are responsible, punctual, orderly, and expect others to be the same. They are organizers and adhere to rules and regulations. Generally well-liked by those who value tradition. They are found in about 13% of the population.
ISTJs are often quiet, but are dependable people who honor their word. They are practical and dutiful and are often the unappreciated effective person behind the scenes.They can be seen as cold, but are vulnerable to criticism. They blend in to their surrounding. Found in about 6% of the population.
ESFJs are sociable and nuturing, and need to feel appreciated. You'll hear "should" and "should not" from them. They takes things personally and may become depressed if blame is ascribed to them. Harmony is important to them. Found in about 13% of the population.
ISFJs follow rules and expect others to do the same. They need to be needed. ISFJs are comfortable in routinely doing repetitious tasks. Tend not to delegate tasks, but to do them themselves, therefore becoming overworked. Found in 6% of the population.
ESTPs seek excitement and the thrill of the game. Charming, sophisticated, and manipulative, these are the entrepreneurs who live in the moment, but who need others to follow through with the details as they cannot. Found in about 13% of the population.
ESFPs are witty, popular, and thoroughly enjoy life. They are generous to others, but self-indulgent as well, liking the good things in life. They love and give freely without expecting anything in return. Found in about 13% of the population.
ISTPs are the impulsive insubordinate risk-takers who scorn classroom instruction and refuse to cooperate with the teacher. Theory is meaningless to them, but put a tool in their hand and they can do brilliant things with it. Found in about 6% of the population.
ISFPs is the most misunderstood of all the personality types. They generally express themselves through some art form: painting, music, or anything touched by the senses. They are at home in the wilds and seem to find a bond with animals. Found in about 5% of the population.
So there you have it. Understanding the Myers-Briggs personality types certainly will not give you all that you need to know about the complexity of the people around you, but it can give you enough to understand relationships better, and to gear your own approach and reaction to another individual more effectively.
I can tell you that, as a J with a former husband and two grown children who are all Ps , I had to learn to set aside my need for decision-closure to just go along with the flow of their seemingly chaotic ways of deciding where we would have the next family gathering. It has been so much easier through the years to just watch the family soap-opera and give them the times when I would be available and let them work that in to their deliberations. Somehow it all seems to work out, even though it wouldn't have been my way of doing things.
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