Understanding Preferred Styles
"Man is not the sum of what he
the totality of what he does not yet have, of what he might have." ~ Jean-Paul Sartre
You don't need a degree in psychology to be an
but you do need some way to figure out the different styles of interaction
different people prefer to use.
There are many models for understanding and
characterizing the styles of interaction different people prefer to employ.
A widely used approach is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). It is
based on the following four dimensions of a person's preferred approach to
❶ How you are energized (Extrovert vs.
An Extrovert is energized by the
outer world of people and things
An Introvert is energized by the inner world of
❷ What you pay attention to (Sensing vs.
A Senser focuses on facts and the
An Intuiter focuses on what might be and
the sixth sense
❸ How you make decisions (Thinking vs. Feeling)
A Thinker tends to use reason and
A Feeler tends to use
values and subjective judgment
❹ How you live and work (Judgment vs.
A Judger prefers to be planned and
A Perceiver prefers spontaneity and