Myers-Briggs personality types and clutter

29 Oct 2019

Okay, we talked about personality TRAITS already, and now we are going to chat about personality types. The Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator is probably the most popular personality profiler used these days, and we're going to talk about what it is, and how it's used.

We also go to go into the types a little and discuss how they might relate to how cluttered those people are in their lives.

Show Notes:

Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator test (16 variations)

Based on Type Theory by Swiss Psychiatrist Carl Jung (1920s) who believed that there were 8 distinct personality types ranked by level of extroversion to introversion, thinking to feeling, and sensation to intuition.

Isabel Meyers and her mother Kaetherine Briggs developed a test to describe which of the groups you belong to and added a 4th dichotomy : Judging vs perceiving - 1940s

The four dichotomies explained via link below.

People and things (Extraversion or "E"), or ideas and information (Introversion or "I").
Facts and reality (Sensing or "S"), or possibilities and potential (Intuition or "N").
Logic and truth (Thinking or "T"), or values and relationships (Feeling or "F").
A lifestyle that is well-structured (Judgment or "J"), or one that goes with the flow (Perception or "P").

This gives you 8 key differences which result in 16 distinct types - one is not better than the other, simply relate to general categories of how you prefer to function in the world (distinct from personality traits- which are more detailed expressions of behaviour that may be learned or culture-specific)

There is much debate about whether personality types are fixed or can change overtime and are innate or learned.

Click here to test your type

Type Frequency in Population

ISFJ 13.8%
ESFJ 12.3%
ISTJ 11.6%
ISFP 8.8%
ESTJ 8.7%
ESFP 8.5%
ENFP 8.1%
ISTP 5.4%
INFP 4.4%
ESTP 4.3%
INTP 3.3%
ENTP 3.2%
ENFJ 2.5%
INTJ 2.1%
ENTJ 1.8%
INFJ 1.5%

The Sentinels consist of the ISTJ, ISFJ, ESTJ and ESFJ personality types.
Of all the personality types, the Sentinels are the least likely to be cluttered.
The Analysts consist of the INTJ, INTP, ENTJ and ENTP personality types.
Having the “intuitive” trait, analysts can find it hard to let go of things that they feel might come in handy one day and are generally okay with a bit of chaos or clutter.
The Explorers consist of the ISTP, ISFP, ESTP and ESFP personality types.
Are the most likely to be disorganised - they are simply not focused on tidying as they have other more important tasks to attend to.
The Diplomats consist of the INFP, INFJ, ENFP and ENFJ personality types.
Of all the four general personality types, the diplomats are inclined to be pack rats because they are future thinking and inclined to worry about consequences of letting things go.

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