What would it be like... if we could better understand each other... and really know where the other... was "coming from ?"
Years ago, Katherine Myers and Elizabeth Myers-Briggs... a mother-daughter team of Psychologists... developed a method of better understanding both ourselves, and others, by means of what they called... "Psychological Type Theory."
Taking the Myers-Briggs... or the MBTI as it was called... gave a person a description of their personality "type"... which could be extremely valuable in helping facilitate communicating with other people. Various "types" can perceive a certain thing in a great variety of ways... thus making communication.
The Myers-Briggs assists in communication by providing a genuine undersanding of just where people are "coming from" when they interact... when they talk to each other.
Just imagine that you are in a room with fifteen other people. You speak English, the person next to you speaks Greek, the next person Russian, the next one Chinese, the next one Farsi, the next one French... and so on. Each of the 16 of you speaks a completely different language, and there are NO translators in the room.
Now, this is an obvious exaggeration, but it should get the point across. How in the world can any of these Sixteen People... speaking Sixteen Different Languages... understand each other ? Obviously... they can't ! In discovering our "type..." we will gradually learn to translate these other Fifteen Languages... and learn so much more about the people we meet, we live with, and we love.
Introducing the Eight Aspects of Type Theory:
The first pair of two deciding factors in discovering your Personality Type concerns whether you are an Extrovert or an Introvert. Each person has two "faces." One is directed towards the "outer" world of activities, excitements, people and things. The other is directed inward to the "inner" world of thoughts, interests, ideas and imagination. While these are two different but complimentary sides of our nature, most people have an innate preference towards energy from either the OUTER or the INNER world. Thus, one of their faces, either the Extroverted (E) or Introverted (I), takes the lead in their personality development and plays a more dominant role in their behavior.
Extroverts usually re-charge themselves by being around other people. The often act first, and then think or reflect later. They can feel deprived when cut off from interaction from the outside world. They are usually open to and motivated by the outside world of people and things. And... they usually enjoy a wide variety and change in their relationships with other people. They like to have lots and lots of friends.
Introverts usually re-charge themselves and re-gain their "energy" by being by themselves. They usually think and reflect first, and then "act." They regularly require an amount of "private time" to recharge their batteries. They are motivated internally, and are sometimes their minds are so "active..." it seems "closed" to the outside world. They shun crowds, and prefer one-to-one communication and relationships. They prefer just a few close friends, rather than a larger "circle."
In this first part of our journey into Type Theory... we will find we are either one or the other... E or I.
I myself am a natural I. I recharge by going into my "cave." But, being in real estate, I have had to go against my natural "grain" and learn to go "outside myself" to be a success. When I share my "introversion" with people... they usually cannot believe I test out as an Introvert on the Myers-Briggs scale.
This is just part one. There are three additional pairs of choices to be discovered. Three additional pairs of which side of the coin best describes who you are. Those will be covered in parts Two, Three and Four... and then in Part Five, we will put it all together and discover what psychological language we speak, which will, of course, really benefit us in understanding ourselves, helping others understand us, and in turn... help us to understand and better communicate with others.
Karen Anne Stone has been an avid student of Psychological Type Theory since her college days. Part of her work in obtaining her degree in Psychology involved some intense study of the Myers-Briggs, and it continues to interest her more as time wears on. Karen Anne "the Realtor" can be visited on her website at www.NewHomeHuntersOfTarrantCounty.com . She can also be reached by phone at (817) 929-3400. Her email address is KarenAnneStone@gmail.com .