Type Polarity Maps


Presenting Type Dynamically
Jeanne Marlowe, M.A. INFP


Polarity maps of the functions show the strengths (+) (upper quadrants) and weaknesses (-) (lower quadrants). Participants see how their greatest strength--their dominant--can become a vulnerability when it's overused. They begin to see the limitations of their perspective and the need for that of their least preferred function. Treating the functions as polarities to be managed focuses attention on identifying when a shift is needed.

Adapted from Johnson, B. (1992). Polarity management. Amherst, MA: HRD Press.

Data-gathering Functions

strengths (+)

strengths (+)
clarify "what is" to solve problems experientially imagine new perspectives to generate options
observe carefully see possibilities
detail step by step plan achieve visionary insight
deal with the known discover new meaning

Sensing ------------------


weaknesses (-)

weaknesses (-)
view things simplistically ignore crucial details
become locked into a single solution underestimate time and effort required
rush to complete tasks neglect present
dislike planning for future dislike coping with routine

Decision-making Functions

strengths (+)

strengths (+)
establish structure and order focus on harmony and positive atmosphere
explain theory and principles relate to personal experience
analyze logically respond timely and tactfully
organize according to impersonal standards affirm personal values

Thinking ------------------


weaknesses (-)

weaknesses (-)
ignore impact on people ignore data that could disrupt harmony
devalue ideas/people who don't fit theory take things personally
neglect relationship-building avoid confrontation, cater to others at own expense
fail to see values implied by actions fail to consider consequences

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