Find Your True MBTI Type Through the Dichotomies

The human personality is a complex and multifaceted aspect of our being that influences how we perceive and interact with the world around us. There are several theories and frameworks that have been developed over the years to help us understand our own personality traits and tendencies. In this guide, we will delve into the popular Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), which categorizes individuals into 16 distinct personality types based on four dichotomies: Introversion vs. Extraversion, Intuition vs. Sensing, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Judging vs. Perceiving. 

Through this guide, you will gain a deeper understanding of each dimension and its role in shaping your personality, allowing you to better identify your own preferences and tendencies.

Depending on your preference, you may watch the video or continue reading the rest of the article below.

Introversion and Extraversion: Two Distinct Worlds

The concept of introversion and extraversion was first introduced by Carl Jung, who identified two very distinct but equally valid worlds – the inner world and the outer world. The inner world is more subjective and is where our thoughts, memories, feelings, and priorities reside. This is a world that only we, as individuals, can see. On the other hand, the outer world is the world of people, objects, activities, and common knowledge that is accepted and shared by others.

Introversion and extraversion are not simply a matter of being right or left-handed, but rather a response to our environment. To understand this concept, consider the metaphor of the shore and land. Strong swimmers still need to go back to the shore to recharge, just as introverts need solitude to replenish their psychic and cognitive energy. To determine whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, consider whether solitude and the inner world energize you or tire you out. For introverts, the inner world and solitude are similar to the shore, where they go to recharge after a day spent swimming in the world of people and activities. For extroverts, the outer world (the sea) is where they feel energized and thrive.

Some people are ambivert, meaning they are well-developed in both introversion and extroversion, and may have trouble figuring out their true preferences.

In terms of characteristics and behavior, extroverts tend to be lively, animated, talkative, and have a warm and friendly demeanor. They may dress in bright colors and have a fast-paced way of speaking. On the other hand, introverts are usually calm, quiet, reflective, and may have a more understated style of dressing, often in black or dark colors. They may appear aloof or distant, but this is often simply because they are feeling comfortable in their own space.

Intuition versus Sensing: The Two Ways of Perception

Intuition and sensing are two different ways of perceiving information. They are often used to describe different personalities and how individuals process information. Understanding the distinction between these two concepts can help us understand why some people see things in different ways.

Intuition looks at the meaning of things and the connections between them. It’s about possibility and potential. Intuitive people are more interested in abstract ideas and concepts, and less concerned with concrete details. They care about what things represent, and are more focused on the bigger picture.

Sensing, on the other hand, is concrete. Sensing people prefer to see things as they are, and process information through their five senses. They are practical, grounded in reality, and are less interested in the abstract connections between things. They are very curious and want to know the specifics of a situation, like the color of a bridge or the details of a book.

In terms of behavior, sensing individuals tend to be more realistic, traditional, and detail-oriented. They are down-to-earth, and focused on facts, as opposed to abstract concepts. Intuitive individuals, on the other hand, are more creative, imaginative, and less concerned with the practical reality. They’re more of “head in the clouds” kind of people and can be considered quirky or absent-minded.

An example of the contrast between intuition and sensing can be seen when two individuals look at the same book in a store. A “sensing” person is likely to first notice the tangible details of the book first, like its cover, color, and size. After noticing these details, the person may then start to consider the idea behind the book and if it is relevant to them. An intuitive person, on the other hand, might first notice the bigger picture. They might be more interested in the ideas, concepts and possibilities the book represented, rather than just the details like the cover, color, and age.

Ultimately, where an individual falls on the scale of intuition to sensing is a matter of personal preference. Some individuals may have a strong preference for one over the other, while others may fall somewhere in between. 

Thinking versus Feeling: The Two Sides of Decision Making

When it comes to decision making and evaluating, there are two distinct approaches that people tend to follow – thinking and feeling. While both of these approaches have their own logic and make sense in their own right, they are fundamentally different from each other.

Thinking is impersonal in nature and is more about objectively evaluating the facts and data involved in a decision. It is concerned with making decisions that are based on facts and data, rather than personal preferences. A person who relies more on thinking might, for example, consider factors like speed, investment value, and utility when deciding on which car to buy.

On the other hand, feeling is more subjective and personal. It is concerned with making decisions based on personal values, principles, and emotions. A person who relies more on feeling might choose a car based on color, brand, or simply what appeals to them. They may not be as concerned with quantifiable factors like investment value or speed, but rather the emotional connection they have to a particular car.

Of course, most people use both thinking and feeling to some extent when making decisions, but there are often different weights given to each approach depending on the individual, which shapes their personality and how they interact with the world. 

Judging and Perceiving: Two Different Approaches to Structure and Closure

The Judging/Perceiving preference is indicated by either a “J” or “P” in a person’s MBTI type code, and it is one of four dichotomies that make up a person’s personality type in the MBTI framework. 

Judging individuals are typically seen as needing closure and structure in their lives. They tend to like rules, procedures, and norms, and they prefer to have clear and measurable objectives. They like to finish projects and like to know what they’re working towards.

Perceiving individuals, on the other hand, tend to be more flexible and go with the flow. Their sense of time is often more fluid, and they may not be as concerned with deadlines and structure. They like to keep their options open and are comfortable with change.

As you reflect on these dimensions of personality, consider which preferences resonate with you the most and how they may shape the way you perceive and interact with the world around you. What do you feel are your tendencies for each dimension?

We hope this guide helped you identify your 4-letter MBTI code, as it is essential for furthering your personal growth and self-awareness. By understanding your unique type, you can gain a greater understanding of your capabilities, strengths, and weaknesses, as well as how to best use them to your advantage. With this knowledge, you can make the most of your potential, more effectively strive towards your goals and achieve greater success and happiness in your personal and professional life.

Intuition vs Sensing: Two Distinct Ways Our Mind Takes In Information

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test and framework have popularized the concepts of extroversion, introversions and the cognitive processes that you probably have heard of: Thinking vs Feeling, Intuition vs Sensing. However, these concepts were first introduced in the early 20th century by Carl Gustav Jung (1875 – 1961), a famous Swiss psychiatrist who founded analytical psychology.

Understand the fundamentals of these processes is crucial for any further learning and reading of MBTI-related theories and Jungian psychology. At the very least, you will be able to decipher the various functions that make up your personality type and how they interact together to form your unique cognitive patterns.

So let’s dive in to the first pairs of two opposite processes: Intuition and Sensing! If you prefer to watch instead of reading, below is a detailed video explanation I have made on the same topic:

The Definitions

This dichotomy is how we perceive and make sense of information, either in a dominantly concrete or abstract manner.

Concrete information is tangible sensory information, something that you can feel, see, taste, hear. With regards to time, it’s also related to what is here and now, what’s currently going on in society and most immediate environment. Jung termed this process of accessing concrete information: sensing and those with this preference are called sensors

Abstract information is intangible conceptual information, such as reading between the lines, metaphors, meaning behind things, future possibilities … The person likes to think far ahead, using past data to foresee future outcomes and behaviors. The process of using abstract perception is termed Intuition and the people who prefer it over sensing are called intuitives.

We both can use sensing and intuition at will, we have preference to prioritize one over the other. Our preferred side is more dominant, natural, and more developed like the left and right hand. Sensors are generally better at noticing and remembering details of a discussion while intuitives often only remember the key points or vibe. 

 Intuition dominantSensing dominant
How an intuitive and sensor notice a book in bookshop differently (in order
of what the person see first)
Essence of what’s it about
Relevance to me
Seem a bit worn out
Eww one corner is torn off!
The cover design is corny
What is it about?
Example of how an intuitive and sensing person would notice an object differently

According to statistical studies, Sensors significantly outnumber Intuitives in the general population.(70-75% of the population are sensors). It is a big advantage if you are aware of the sensing-intuitive difference because this dichotomy is often a common source of misunderstanding in work and personal relationships.

Sensors look for concrete facts and details and take things as they are and work with them. Intuitives look for abstract patterns and connections because they prefer to deal with the potential of objects, believing that reality can be different or changed, with a hopeful lens for the future. Sensors are more realistic and grounded while intuitives are more idealistic.

When Sensors intuit for too long, they feel impatient with too much theory and abstract thoughts. Meanwhile, intuitives can easily be put off by feeling forced to explain or sequence “every little detail” and would rather get back to entertaining new or interesting possibilities to restore equilibrium to their personality.

Evolutionary and social roles

Many would think that Intuition – the ability for more abstract thinking should exist only in humans or modern humans but the truth is both Intuition and Sensing exist in animals too. A lot of animals are known for their gut feeling or ability to memorise patterns (like salmon or birds that migrate thousands of miles to the places they are born). Of course, abstract thinking is more pronounced in humans because we have developed tools like languages and the concept of time, which significantly boosts our capacity for abstract thinking.

Any MBTI types are capable of both, as mentioned above. The average humans, regardless of types, are capable of comprehending and using way more abstraction than any other species on planet earth. I suspect that the part of Intuition and Sensing in our brains are pretty distinctive and mutually exclusive. However, why don’t we all evolve to become abstract thinkers? 

Because both ways of thinking are important to get any society or any project to function. It is a matter of spectrum. For example, Einstein came up with the E=MC2 formula, which is an example of highly abstract work! But society don’t just exist out of a formula! We need to further “concretize” the abstraction into practical and applicable tasks – the realm of Sensing. We further apply it to build space craft, atomic bomb… then we need people who like to take specific instruction on how to make that part of the space craft, what color is the craft, what materials is it made of… down to the smallest details!

What does it mean for you?

I hope the overview above gives you a more accurate and objective view of the two primary modes of information perception in the population. Keep it in mind when you interact next with other people and see if you can tell if they are sensors or intuitives. Two people of the same types will have an easier time communicating while you should be a bit more mindful of people who do not share the same preference. In essence, intuitive people love abstract and somewhat theoretical discussion while sensing-dominant people want to know the details and concrete steps.

No preference is better than the others. We have our respective social roles and strengths and weaknesses. In particular, if you are an intuitive, you might be the minority but with great potential for big-pictured thoughts and acquisition of abstract and innovative information. If you ever feel misunderstood or broken in some ways cause you are not in tune or don’t care about the latest social trends or norms, it’s ok. There are other people like you and there are exciting discovery ahead when things start to make sense and you will finally discover your true identity and purpose, even if it takes slightly longer than usual.