Luminary Perspective

March 18, 2006

Type Yourself!

Filed under: Personality Types — Luke @ 11:40 am

Figuring out the type of a person is easy once you get the hang of it. Everyone has two extroverted and two introverted functions, one percieving and one judging in each direction. There are two traits which are weaker and two that are stronger, with one member of each pair dominating the other member. The following questions will help determine which functions point which direction.

Q: Is your intuition introverted or extroverted?
A: It is extroverted if it is easier to talk about future possibilities without paying attention to details. It is introverted if it is easier to think privately about future possibilities.

Q: Is your sensing introverted or extroverted?
A: It is extroverted if it is easier to describe situations and happenings literally with details. It is introverted if it is easier to think privately about situations and happenings literally with details.

Q: Is your thinking introverted or extroverted?
A: It is extroverted if you can easily talk about the logical basis for things without referring to the emotional aspects of them. It is introverted if it is easier to think quietly about the logical basis for things without referring to the emotional aspects of them.

Q: Is your feeling introverted or extroverted?
A: It is extroverted if you can easily talk about your feelings regarding things without referring to a logical basis for them. It is introverted if it is easier to think quietly about your feelings regarding things without referring to a logical basis for them.

There are two categories, judging (Thinking and Feeling) and percieving (Sensing and iNtuition). The pattern for these is XYYX, with X being the primary trait’s category and Y being the secondary’s. My NT personality type will naturally have FS as it’s minor functions, in that order.

Directionality (introvert vs extrovert) follows the simple pattern ABAB, with A being the direction of the primary and tertiary traits (#1 and #3), and B being the direction of the auxilary and inferior traits (#2 and #4). My full personality pattern, INTFS, thus indicates that N and F are the same direction (introverted) and T and S are my two extroverted functions.

Since the second set of letters can easily be determined from the first two once you know the pattern, it can be shortened to INT. Three letters is the minimum for representing all 16 types. An alternative notation style is to be specific on directions for each letter, for example Ni or Te. This is less convenient for making short labels, but can be helpful for explaining things using fewer long words like “introverted intuition”.

F - figuring out types
I    : patterns : categories : direction
N - direction pattern
D    : ABAB : third same as first : fourth same as second
T - category pattern
Y    : XYYX : fourth same as first : third same as second
P - representation examples
E    : INT : INTFS : NiTe : NiTeFiSe : "INTP"
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