Type Dynamics Survey: MBTI Personality Type & Mental Preferences
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If you are an Extraverted type (first letter E), then this guiding preference is most typically used in an open/easily apparent manner, dealing with the outside world. If you are an Introverted type (first letter I), then this guiding preference is most typically used internally and more privately in reflection and consideration.
In the Myers MBTI model, your most fundamental guiding preference is called the Dominant preference. It is either one of the two Perceiving preferences (Sensing or Intuition) or one of the two Judging preferences (Thinking or Feeling). Your second most fundamental guiding preference is called the Auxiliary preference. In the model, it belongs to the opposite classification of your Dominant. If your Dominant preference is one of the two Perceiving preferences, then your Auxiliary preference is one of the two Judging preferences. If your Dominant preference is one of the two Judging preferences, then your Auxiliary is one of the two Perceiving preferences. The second letter of your Type code is your Perceiving preference; the third letter of your Type code is your Judging preference. One is your Dominant preference; the other is your Auxiliary. Myers believed that mastery and comfort with incorporating one's particular Perceiving-Judging pair of mental functions is critical to personal well being and productive interactions with others.
Some people, through life experiences, have developed a pattern in the use of preferences that doesn't square with the model just described. Such a unique pattern may have helped the person cope with a particular environment they found themselves in. However in other cases, it may create some personal stress or interpersonal problems. Imagine a person whose first preference is Thinking and their second is Feeling. There will inevitably be situations where these two opposite ways of Judging will create personal ambivalence or vacillation in decision-making. In relationships with others, people would tend to see such a person as "schitzo" or perhaps untrustworthy because they often present contradictory ways of forming conclusions. So while Jung presented his model as "describing" an aspect of the normal personality, Myers went one step further and "prescribed" it as important to healthy psychological development.
Taking into account which is the Dominant preference (Dominant bolded in the following two letter codes) creates 8 different Perceiving-Judging pairs: SF, ST, NF, NT, ST, NT, SF, & NF. These are the classic Jungian Archetypes. Their longhand designation would be as follows: Dominant Sensing with Feeling (SF), Dominant Sensing with Thinking ( ST), Dominant Intuition with Feeling ( NF), and so on.
One model of Personality Type development extends out this Perceiving-Judging combination to additional levels, forming a hierarchy of sorts. For example, an iSTj would have his other two mental functions - NF - as his second set of pairs with Feeling being third (called Tertiary) and Intuition being fourth in the hierarchy. An eNFp would ST as her second set of pairs, with Thinking being third and Sensing being fourth.
What has been just described are some important parts of the Type Dynamics model. Models may work well in general but may miss the mark in a number of specific instances. It is with this latter concern, that you can help me. I'd like to verify how accurately the model reflects how people see themselves.
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1.The above material was adapted from the work of David R. Saunders, Ph.D. who performed the initial psychometric research on trait correlates of the MBTI from "test" questions that Myers employed over several years in her endless quest to broaden the base of Type knowledge. Saunders research eventually resulted in the development of the "Type Differentiation Indicator" and the "Expanded Analysis Report." His work was later extended by others, re-constituted, and updated into what is now known as the Step II and Step III MBTI Instruments published by CPP, Inc.
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