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Personality Type FAQs

Personality Type FAQs

By Donna Dunning

Donna DunningI use both sides in a personality type pair. Why is one my preference?

It is absolutely true that you use both sides of the personality type dichotomies. Human beings are adaptable and can carry out many actions, preferred and non-preferred, to be successful.

Personality type models try to discern your preferences. These models assume you have natural preferences in the way you do things.

Take the Thinking/Feeling dichotomy as an example.

Everyone uses Thinking (objective assessment of a situation) and Feeling (a subjective assessment that considers how people are being affected) at least some of the time.

Generally, people who prefer Thinking trust and rely on an impartial analysis of the situation. They tend to be comfortable making decisions using a logical approach.

People who have a preference for Thinking are also able to consider how others are being affected by their actions. However, this usually is secondary for them and requires more effort than making an objective analysis.

So, if I do use both, WHY do I have to pick one?

In this example, figuring out how you naturally prefer to evaluate and decide provides insight into how you generally think and act. It gives clues to what your natural strengths and challenges may be.

Picking out your four preferences is only a starting point. Choosing and understanding your preferences opens the door to a more dynamic look at your personality pattern.

Personality type theory is about 16 qualitatively different approaches people prefer to take. Understanding your pattern is a helpful way to build self-awareness. When you are more aware you can capitalize on your strengths and master your challenges through type development.

You can also learn about your dominant and auxiliary functions and understand how you deal with others.


Want to learn more about personality type and how to use it to understand yourself and others?

Introduction to Type and Communication describes in detail how personality preferences influence communications.

If you live in the USA, Introduction to Type and Communication is now available on Kindle.

Introduction to Type and Learning can help you find your motivation for learning and help you learn more effectively.

If you live in the USA, Introduction to Type and Learning is also available on Kindle.

Looking for a practical resource to help you plan your ideal career? Check out my book, What’s Your Type of Career?: Find Your Perfect Career By Using Your Personality Type

Want to use your personality type to excel at your career? Check out 10 Career Essentials: Excel at Your Career by Using Your Personality Type

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One Response to “Personality Type FAQs”

  1. Vicki says:

    This is why we call it a “preference”.

    I can use both hands. I use both feet when I walk. But when I write or draw, toss a ball or push a button, I prefer to use my right hand. When I take the first step onto an escalator or stair, I prefer to use my right foot.

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