The Myers-Briggs personality types are 16 combinations of 8 categories:
- Extraversion or Introversion – how you gain energy (from people -or- time alone)
- Judging or Perceiving – how you organize (with order -or- flexibility)
- Thinking or Feeling – how you decide (with reason -or- values)
- Sensing or Intution – how you view information (see details -or- possibilities)
Identifying personality types can help in finding a compelling career. It can also improve communication. An illustration from the Myers Briggs Company shows that each category has preferences for different kinds of communication. The article has a link to an interesting study on Myers-Briggs personality types and email too.
Communication and Myers-Briggs Personality Types
- Extrovert – prefer lively group discussions
- Introvert – prefer one-one discussions and time to think
- Judging – be organized, give definite decisions
- Perceiving – be open, give options
- Thinking – be logical, explain reasons
- Feeling – show empathy, describe effect on people & values
- Sensing – be clear & direct, give facts, details, examples
- Intuition – be imaginative, describe the vision
For example, as an INFJ I prefer one to one communication with time to think. I like organized information and definite decisions, imaginative language that describes the big picture and the effect on people and values. In each category there is a range with some stronger preferences along a spectrum, and there can be crossover among categories. I also enjoy lively group discussions, especially about ideas, and have an interest in details. It can always be helpful to ask.