By Donna Dunning
“Follow your dreams.”
Our personality type preferences link to how and what we prefer to learn.
In my booklet, Introduction to Type and Learning, I describe how each of your four preferences (E/I, S/N, T/F and J/P) link to your learning style. You can read a summary about how type preferences influence learning on my Connecting Personality Type to Your Learning post.
In the booklet I also discuss how your whole type, the combination of your preferences, links to your learning style. I do this using the eight dominant function groupings.
I use the name Explorers for people who prefer ENFP (and ENTP), since they both share an imaginative, open-ended approach to living, working, and learning. In type language these types have a dominant function of Extroverted Intuition (Ne). See the Explorer page for more general information on this combination of preferences.
Explorers tend to enjoy learning that is conceptual, flexible, and unstructured. They enjoy discussing ideas and playing with possibilities. Seeking variety and mental stimulation, Explorers dislike routine or repetitive learning activities.
Each of the eight approaches to learning is discussed in detail as you can see in these Introduction to Type and Learning sample pages shared by CPP Inc. (the publisher) on their website.
In this post, I have taken a short excerpt from the booklet to highlight how ENFPs prefer to learn. The tips mainly describe how ENFPs can use their Feeling process to support their natural Exploring approach. If you are learning something new and have ENFP preferences, use the tips to maximize your learning. If you are teaching, leading, or coaching others, consider adapting your style to accommodate these learners.
Learning Tips for ENFPs
- Use learning to change or improve things for people
- Link learning to what is personally important
- Choose a nonjudgmental, encouraging instructor
- Avoid highly competitive environments
- Give and receive positive feedback and support
- Strive to accept corrective feedback objectively
- Find stories or examples to make content meaningful
- Share ideas in a collaborative setting
- Consider finding or being a mentor or coach
- Make personal connections to ideas, with instructors, and with other learners
As well as personality type specific tips, there are essential learning strategies everyone can use to be a more effective learner. These are described in detail in my Introduction to Type and Learning booklet and are summarized in my post on the Top 10 Learning Strategies.
Being a life-long learner is a necessity in this complex, changing world. Understanding and adapting how you learn can be a powerful tool for your career and life success.
I hope you enjoy the photographs for this Personality Type and Learning blog series. They were taken from helicopter and boat during a trip to the Discovery Islands off the west coast of Canada.