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Why do we use types?

• Because lots and lots of research on the Myers-Briggs has indicated that human beings can be grouped into four distinct types of temperament.
• 45% of the population seems, rather naturally, to prefer to be what we call the “Ready Adventurer.”
• 38% prefer to be what we call “The Loyal Caretaker.”
• 10% prefer to be “Authentic Idealists.”
• And 7% prefer to be “Careful Thinkers.”
• Each type of temperament behaves differently in a marriage.

Lots of books have been written about types since Myers and Briggs first put forth their pioneering work in 1954. In fact, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is the oldest and most used personality inventory. The Myers-Briggs types are built on the theories of Carl Jung who was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud. It was Jung who coined the words “introvert” and “extravert.” David Keirsey has done a great deal of work to bring the Myers-Briggs types into our contemporary world.

The first two polarities according to Myers and Briggs are Introversion and Extraversion. Each says a great deal about where an individual turns to find personal energy.

• An Introvert on the Myers-Briggs turns within to find personal energy.

• An Extravert on the Myers-Briggs turns to the outside world to find personal energy.

The second two polarities according to Myers and Briggs begin to talk about how we function in the world. Are you a Sensor or an Intuitive?

• According to Myers and Briggs, a Sensor gathers information through his or her senses. That is, when a Sensor functions as an informatrion gatherer, he or she prefers to gather that information through what is seen, heard, tasted, touched, and smelled.

• According to Myers and Briggs, an Intuitor gathers information through his or her intuition. That is, when an Intuitor functions as an information gatherer, he or she prefers to gather that information through what is intuited. A sixth sense, as it were, called “intuition,” is preferred.

The third two polarities according to Myers and Briggs address another area of functioning. How do we assess the information we have just gathered? Do we prefer to use our Thinking function or our Feeling function to assess the information before us?

• Myers and Briggs noted that some of us do prefer to primarily use logical analysis to Think our way through the assessment process.

• Myers and Briggs also noted that some of us prefer to primarily use our Feelings to work our way through the assessment process.

The final two polarities according to Myers and Briggs have to do with our preferences for action in the world. Some of us are what Myers and Briggs referred to as Judgers, while others of us prefer to be Perceivers.

• Myers and Briggs considered Judgers to be those who preferred to act decisively. Here are the people who prefer to make a judgment, a decision, to get business wrapped up, and to move the ball forward.

• On the other pole, according to Myers and Briggs, are those who prefer to continue to Perceive. For them the preference is to stay engaged in the information gathering process in order to consider all the alternatives.

Thus, as you can see, Myers and Briggs Temperament Types can be combined into 16 different Types. David Keirsey has grouped them into four larger categories for reasons that shall be explained in a moment. Here are the 16 Myers-Briggs Types.

Ready Adventurer
45% of the Population – SP’s
Loyal Caretaker
38% of the Population – SJ’s
Authentic Idealist
10% of the Population – NF’s
Careful Thinker
7% of the Population – NT’s
ISTP ISTJ INFP INTP
ISFP ISFJ INFJ INTJ
ESTP ESTJ ENFP ENTP
ESFP ESFJ ENFJ ENTJ

Temperament is something closer to what you are born with than is personality.

Temperament speaks of the natural preference that you have developed for living in the world.

Personality is a learned coping pattern. As you live in the world, with your temperament, and encounter the experiences of life, you develop a coping pattern that becomes your personality.

As you bring your personality into the world you demonstrate your character.

The “Myers-Briggs Type Indicator” has been officially owned by Consulting Psychologist Press for many years. The MBTI is a paper and pencil inventory that has been researched and refined many times over.

www.you-can-save-your-marriage.com has “tailored tools and resources” for different types of people who want to save their marriage. That is the special area of life toward which we are applying our use of the wonderful work of Myers and Briggs.

Different types of people are different types of spouses.

So doesn’t it make sense to use tailored tools and resources to fit different types?

 

 

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