• Frank James

An Introduction to the 16 Personality Types

You often hear it said that there are two different kinds of people in this world.

There are pancake people and there are waffle people.

There are iPhone people, and there are Android people.

There are those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don't.

The 16 Personality Types do the same thing, but a few different ways–and your unique combination of preferences is what determines which of the 16 Personalities you are. These preferences are reflected in the 4 letter type code that you may have seen before: INFJ, or ENTP, or ISFP, etc.

These are the 4 preferences that the type code is explaining:

Introvert or Extrovert (I or E): Are you primarily inward-focused, or outward-focused?

Sensing or Intuition (S or N): Do you rely mostly on facts and details, or on big picture concepts and patterns?

Feeling or Thinking (F or T): Do you make decisions mostly based on emotions, priorities, and what is appropriate; or based on what will work, get a result, and what is true?

Perceiving or Judging (P or J): This is the most complex of the preferences, but generally translates to: do you prefer to explore and keep your options open, or to have things narrowed down and settled?

So at a glance, if you know that someone’s type is ISTP, for example, you can guess that they are generally:

I: inward-focused

S: focused on the facts and details, less concerned about the big picture concepts

T: making decisions based on what will get a result, work, and is true

P: prefers to explore and keep options open

There is a lot more complexity to the 16 Personalities than this, though, and each type is more than the sum of its 4 letters!

Head over to my YouTube Channel for educational (and comedy) videos about the 16 Personalities!

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