How we receive the information or the feelings expressed in a blog depends to a great extent on our personality types. In the previous two articles, I gave you, the reader, an idea of the building blocks of personality as seen through the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI). This was to prepare us for the description of the sixteen personality types recognized by Isabel Myers through the test used world-wide to discover traits, strengths, and weaknesses in candidates for job openings and other purposes.
A test is given to determine whether a person falls in the categories of 1) an Extrovert or an Introvert, 2) an Intuitive or a Sensing, 3) a Thinking or a Feeling, or 4) a Perceiving or a Judging. These are the building blocks that make the four pairs:
It may seem as if these are arbitrary pairs, but they are not. They have been carefully worked out to show a person's dominant characteristic that is extroverted and shows its face to the outside world, and the characteristic that is introverted and held inside. Both are important.
Here is a very brief summary of eight of the sixteen personality types. Let's start with the four NFs:
ENFJs are usually outstanding group leaders as they have a charisma and charm not often found in other types and take for granted that people will follow them. They care about the people around them, but may get so involved that they lose their objectivity and begin to identify with the other person. Idealists, the ENFJs may attribute characteristics to other people that are unrealistic and difficult to live up to. They are generally popular, make excellent mates and parents, but may be easily victimized. Found in about 5% of the population.
INFJs are complicated persons who can deal with complex issues and problems. Sometimes seen as a mystics, INFJs intuit empathy with other individuals sensing their feelings even before individuals themselves are aware of them. INFJs are difficult to get to know as they are extremely private individuals. They may take negative remarks personally and become deeply hurt by them. INFJs are about 1% of the population.
ENFPs are charming, optimistic, and likable, but in their extraordinary ability to scan and observe their surroundings even when focusing on a conversation, they may interpret events as having hidden motives, usually negative, and often inaccurate. While brilliant in their perceptions, they often lack in judgement. They become bored and restless quickly and have difficulty following-through on an inventive project in which they were once very interested. Found in about 5% of the population.
INFPs have an inner conviction that pleasure must surely be accompanied by pain, although they rarely express this to the outer world. Idealistic to a fault, their sense of honor stems from held values rather than from logic which can be bent when needed to support their idealistic causes. They seek unity and harmony, and if they feel that they have committed an impure act, they will atone for it, but usually within themselves. Found in about 1% of the population.
Next, let's summarize the four NTs:
ENTJs need to lead, and tend to take over groups. They are quite tolerant of already established procedures, but will abandon them if they are found to not serve the recognized goal. They are well-organized and efficient and expect that their subordinates will be also, dismissing those that cannot measure up. The family unit is expected to be smooth-running with obedient children, and the ENTJ is firmly in charge. Found in about 5% of the population.
INTJs are the most independent of all the types; authority for its own sake is irrelevant. They conform to rules that can be useful to them as they live in their own introspective reality. These are the most theoretical of all the types and look for outcomes and long-term consequences of theories. Even though hypersensitive to perceived rejection, INTJs rarely show emotion and and can be hard to read. Found in about 1% of the population.
ENTPs are enthusiastic and interested in many things always looking for a better way to get things done ignoring traditional methods. They are excellent improvisers in problem solving and love a challenge. Their proclivity to "one-up" the ideas of their co-workers, spouses, and others is disconcerting to those who are less competitive, and may not be welcome. They tend to use debate techniques in casual conversations. Found in about 5% of the population.
INTPs prefer consistency in thought and language and spot inconsistencies and contradictions quickly. Often misunderstood by others because of their complex thinking, focused concentration, and impatience. Seen as arrogant, INTPs prize intelligence in themselves and others, and look for natural law in their desire to understand the universe and may become obsessive in working through their individual analyses. Found in about 1% of the population.
Adding it all up
By adding up the rough percentages of how often you might encounter one of these personalities, or perhaps the chances that you are one of them and now you know why you have always felt a little different from those around you, you'll see that the NFs and the NTs comprise only about a quarter of the world population.
In the next article I'll summarize the SPs and the SJs where you are more likely to find yourself and your friends and family.