people on the planet who have been introduced to psychological type understand what it is, or
are even correctly "typed." The
majority of folks don't realize that a "test" does not choose your
type pattern. It's most unfortunate.
Dr. John Beebe states, "type is a powerhouse of a subject." This
is because we tend to get our vanity wrapped up in type -- we believe it
expresses who we are and, more importantly, who we aspire to be!
is a messy task to untangle misunderstandings around type
-- whenever ego gets involved, it's extremely touchy business. Nobody
wants to suppose they aren't who they thought they were!
irony, of course, is that everyone is *always* happier being who they really are
than whatever mistake they first got wrapped up in. They always prefer the code that
fits. It's the journey to that joyful outcome
that's the hard part.)
is a sprawling topic. It's a lot more complex than the four simple dichotomies most
people are familiar with. Luckily, that initial framework can act as a springboard to
the next level of learning when you have the hunger to understand more.
amazing how much information is compressed into those four-letter codes.
That brief code is a shorthand reference to three different domains of
we do what we do
we do things
we think about things
People tend to wrap all these domains into one big, confusing mess.
They assume that Cognitive Dynamics explain why we do things, and that
Temperament says how we do things, and so on. It's a muddle!
the pages that follow is basic orientation material to help pick through these
misunderstandings and sort things into their appropriate domains.
gain the most benefit from this website, it's good to have a curious mind and
stay open to the likelihood you may be mis-typed.
more than a decade of working with these models, I know how incredibly
powerful and helpful they are for understanding oneself. BUT, when the code
does not fit, type will seem perpetually lame and useless. It's a bit like
walking around in shoes that don't fit -- ever! You frankly wonder why you
bother to put them on at all.
people who get an INFJ result on a test never evolve past that initial
discovery. At best, they may recite portions of a type description they
memorized. They might tell you how rare or special they are. But their
understanding ends there. They never grasp how type is an active, ongoing
movement--not a rushed game of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey.
It's unfortunate that finding
type code is not a one-step process. Sadly, taking a test cannot reliably
tell you who you are. However, it is a rich and fruitful
exploration to investigate these psychological domains. It is powerful
self-awareness to step into full ownership of the
various dimensions and grasp fully how they fit you -- how you embody
them. It is a constant unfolding, and knowledge is power.
accurate Type identification. Otherwise it's too easy to fool yourself
about how you truly are. You need interaction with others in order to properly
validate and verify your outcome, and no, email isn't adequate.
doesn't exist in a vacuum; it expresses itself through interaction.
Sitting still and thinking it over, you can be any one of the sixteen types
inside your head. (We tend to have pretty idealized self-images about how
flexible we are.) But when you get up and try to get your needs met in the
world, your true type expresses itself naturally through behavior. In other words, it's not
just what you think
(consciousness), or even what you are
(traits), it's what you DO (processes).
that I can't go into all the models and all the dimensions in depth on this
website -- but that's not what this site was intended for. This is not a
"teach-people-all-about-type" site -- it's INFJ.com. If you want
to learn about all the models in depth and round out what I touch on here,
let me encourage you to read the books I've suggested. Better still, take
a class at Interstrength
Associates like I did. (If your interest is insatiable, you deserve to take a
class! Books alone simply don't convey these concepts adequately.)
you need help, I'm here for you! I'm a Type Discovery specialist, and I've
made it my business to help others find their best-fit type. See my
website at www.TypeInsights.com
to learn more.
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