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Decoding Your Personality Type

Decoding Your Personality Type

Many people know which of the 16 MBTI® types represent their personality preferences. However, did you know that each four-letter type is a code that represents different preferences for gathering information and making decisions? Understanding this code is the key to better understanding your type and that of others.

Using my type, INTJ, as an example, let me show you how to decipher your personality. Whether we perceive information with intuition (N) or sensing (S) is represented by the second letter in each four-letter type. In my case, I perceive using intuition, N. The third letter indicates whether a type prefers to judge (i.e., decide) with either thinking (T) or feeling (F). As an INTJ, I prefer thinking, T.

The last letter in a type tells us whether it is the perceiving or judging that is extraverted.  Since I am an INTJ, my judging function, T, is extraverted. Since judging is extraverted, my perceiving function, N, will be introverted. You might be surprised to learn that you have a preference for both an extraverted and an introverted mental process.

Finally, the first letter in a type indicates whether extraversion or introversion is dominant. Since the first letter in INTJ is an I, introverted intuition is my dominant or go-to mental process.  Extraverted thinking is my preferred secondary process. When I have a problem or goal, the first thing that I prefer to do is to use my dominant introverted intuition to imagine an idea. I then prefer to use my secondary process, extraverted thinking, to judge whether an idea is a realistic and optimal solution.

The sixteen personality types consist of combinations of four preferred ways of perceiving information, and four preferred means of making decisions (see below). We are capable of learning to use any of these processes. Our type simply represents our preferences. As problems become increasingly complex, we must also deploy our non-preferred mental processes.  By learning to do this, we mature as leaders. For example, when decisions impact society, thinkers must learn to incorporate extraverted feelings into their decisions.

As an exercise, determine the preferred mental processes encoded in your four-letter type. If you do not know your four-letter type, I can help you identify it here.

The Four Perceiving Processes:

  • Introverted Intuition
  • Extraverted Intuition
  • Introverted Sensing
  • Extraverted Sensing

The Four Judging Processes:

  • Extraverted Thinking
  • Introverted Thinking
  • Extraverted Feeling
  • Introverted Feeling

Learn about how your Myers-Briggs personality type can help you create strategic business opportunities in my book Strategy Quest.

“Business consultant Paul A. Sacco analyses in great depth the various mindsets needed to create effective goals and strategies for business innovation in STRATEGY QUEST.