Tuesday, January 23, 2007

I know you want me to stop, but

Some more information on MBTI personality type descriptions:

"This is the simple model. In fact, the Myers Briggs model is much more complicated than this - it is a dynamic model:
the preferences change and develop throughout life
the preferences interact with each other "

One area that I've questioned and see that others have as well is Judging. Mine was 11, which surprised me until I found this:

Judging and Perceiving
Judging and Perceiving preferences, within the context of personality types, refers to our attitude towards the external world, and how we live our lives on a day-to-day basis. People with the Judging preference want things to be neat, orderly and established. The Perceiving preference wants things to be flexible and spontaneous. Judgers want things settled, Perceivers want thing open-ended.

We are using Judging when we:

Make a list of things to do
Schedule things in advance
Form and express judgments
Bring closure to an issue so that we can move on

We are using Perceiving when we:

Postpone decisions to see what other options are available
Act spontaneously
Decide what to do as we do it, rather than forming a plan ahead of time
Do things at the last minute
We all use both Judging and Perceiving as we live our day-to-day life. Within the context of personality type, the important distinction is which way of life do we lean towards, and are more comfortable with.

The differences between Judging and Perceiving are probably the most marked differences of all the four preferences. People with strong Judging preferences might have a hard time accepting people with strong Perceiving preferences, and vice-versa. On the other hand, a "mixed" couple (one Perceiving and one Judging) can complement each other very well, if they have developed themselves enough to be able to accept each other's differences.

I do make lists, but I also postpone decisions. I schedule things, but then act spontaneously. I form and express opinions, but often decide what to do as I do it (especially with quilting). I love bringing closure so I can move on, but often put it off until the last minute. No wonder the J was only 11%

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  1. I love this topic and so I have enjoyed sitting here dwaddling in the sun to follow a few more links before moving on with my day. It is making me feel a little strange to be the only "E" factor from the comment section. Luckily an "E" type can take that kind of oddball pressure. heh.

  2. You keep on going on as long as you want ;-)

    I was first exposed to M-B more than 20 years ago through a seminar at work. I've taken the long, formal version of the test a couple of times and have watched myself shift along the I-E axis over time as LIFE (and career) led me to become more of an extrovert ... but not much more. These days, I usually end up dead-center on that axis, not definitively I nor E.

    As a bit of synchronicity, I asked to attend a seminar at work which is also based on Myers Briggs ... mostly because I thought it would be interesting to see how I have responded to my life experiences since moving to Michigan. (my guess is that I'll be firmly back in "I" territory again).

  3. Go ahead, explore MB as long as you need to! You might look at Enneatypes as well - the nine ego-archetypal forms of human personality.

  4. ACey - There were a couple of E's on my reading blog comments. One of my daughters took it, and she's an E. Glad you can take the pressure!

    Sophie - Situation does seem to have a big influence; we all have to adapt (to some degree) to our life styles and jobs. Let us know how the seminar turns out.

    Kim - Now that sounds interesting! I'll have to check out Enneatypes...

  5. I have enjoyed this. I linked to the page that explained the E-I and the S-N etc, and I find that I'm both of all four categories. For example, sometimes I do things logically and sometimes spontaneously, it just depends on what it is.

    Like Sophie, I took the extensive M-B test years ago and it came out very differently then than now, which is to say now I'm a retired person who makes a home and art, and procrastinates, as opposed to my "past life" of being a project manager and slave to deadlines and FDA regulations.

    Who knows. But it's been fun to re-explore.

  6. What a relief! that high score I got on judging isn't "really" reflecting that I actually judge. Feel better already!

  7. Rian - Doesn't it feel good not to have to meet deadlines and follow regulations every day? Not that we don't still have deadlines, but that being retired allows us to have more choice in the matter!

    Debra - And my low score doesn't mean I'm apathetic or wishy-washy! That J was a tricky little bugger--

  8. In a MB session I attended, the evaluator had a group of J's and a group of P's answer the same question: What do you do to get ready for a trip? The J's had 3 flip-chart pages of things that they do: make reservations, board the pets, stop the mail, call the auto club, and on and on. When they finished, the leader of the P group stepped forward and said "You just marry one of them!" They had only one item on their list: Get a credit card and go. That's when I realized that I'm a borderline J married to a strong P.

    I read your blog daily and enjoy hearing about my old stomping grounds. I graduated from Bossier HS way too many years ago. I'm also a quilter and love your work.

  9. Laurie -Now the leader of that P group has the right idea!

    Ha! Then you are familiar with the Elm Grove area! Raft Bayou is in that neck of the woods, and I take my Dad out that way about once a week. And on to Koran Road and Bisteneau...

    Thanks for visiting!

  10. I am an ENFP and ave been for ever, every time I take the test. The perceiving description suits me to a tee. Sometimes I have to make a list just to get things caught up! Then I go back to my waffling ways! I also feed off the energy of other people. I am most creative and happiest when I can bounce things off of others.

  11. I guess it makes sense that quilters tend to be Js. Also why I have been drawn to the Presbyterian theology; our creed states that we want things done in an orderly manner. I always love that line, it makes me giggle. I'd like a little more spontaneity in the music, however. Even Bach doesn't need to sound like a funeral.

  12. I'll have to take the test again but i am sort of like you described yourself, at least the last time i checked...i have alway accepted myself as untestable since i usually approach these test with too much dishonesty. i get very silly.

  13. Gerrie - That explains why Art Quilt Tahoe is such a great experience for you! You can use your entire acronym in the best of surroundings!

    Fran - What an interesting line to put in the creed; makes you wonder what went on while they were composing it!

    Jude - :) Maybe it is the ability to "hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function."


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