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Personality Type Development

Personality Type Development

By Donna Dunning

What is your typical personality type development pattern?

You have a preferred approach

Everyone has a most preferred approach or dominant function working in tandem with a secondary, auxiliary function. Together, these two functions guide people as they take in information and make decisions. In an ideal developmental situation, this characteristic approach develops early in life and provides a guide for your thoughts and actions.

Everyone uses all of the personality type preferences some of the time

However, to thrive and adapt effectively, you sometimes need to use a non-preferred approach. Well-developed individuals learn to pay attention to and use their non-preferred functions to supplement and enhance their natural approach. This typically happens later in life, although circumstances may require you to use a non-preferred approach at any time during your life.

Understanding your natural developmental pattern

Understanding how people with your natural approach tend to develop can be a helpful way to focus and enhance your developmental pathway. You can see typical strengths for people with your preferences as well as understand some common challenges that people who share your preferences experience.

Click on your personality type below for a look at your typical developmental pattern.

Compassionate Assimilator: ISFJ

Logical Assimilator: ISTJ

Compassionate Visionary: INFJ

Logical Visionary: INTJ

Practical Analyzer: ISTP

Insightful Analyzer: INTP

Practical Enhancer: ISFP

Insightful Enhancer: INFP

Compassionate Responder: ESFP

Logical Responder: ESTP

Compassionate Explorer: ENFP

Logical Explorer: ENTP

Practical Contributor: ESFJ

Insightful Contributor: ENFJ

Practical Expeditor: ESTJ

Insightful Expeditor: ENTJ

Not sure of your personality type?

Learn about your personal approach on the What’s Your Type? pages where we’ll introduce you to personality type and the 8 Ways of Working.

An extensive discussion of personality type, career choice, and personal development can be found in my book What’s Your Type of Career?

If you want to enhance your workplace competencies while keeping your preferences in mind, check out my book 10 Career Essentials.

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