Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists, other, new insights begin. – Hermann Hesse

We are taking a closer look at the functioning pairs identified by the MBTI.  Ideally you will be able to leverage the test results to enhance teams and create a healthy work environment.  Through this blog series you will be able to learn more about these personality types, identify those you work with these types and gain further understanding of their values, purposes, and thought processes.  You may even identify your own personality type and who you best pair with.

Sensing/Feeling (SF)

SF’s are like the coaches or referees of the organization; they’re the mediators in conflict and will try and maintain harmony and support among coworkers as much as possible.  SF’s see the ideal organizational culture as one where the individual and the team are equally important and where everyone works together harmoniously to practically achieve the group’s goals.  SF’s are individual-oriented.  They value empathy and like for communication to be personalized and lead to building strong relationships.  Because of these communication preferences, they do not like criticism of others or disregarding the needs and feelings of their coworkers.  They are also practical and results-oriented, and like concrete examples.  They will dislike and be frustrated by theoretical possibilities, soulless logic, and future projections.

Common career areas include: the clergy, teaching, health care, childcare, sales/office work, and personal services.

Intuition/Thinking (NT)

NTs are the brainiacs of the organization.  The ideal organizational culture for an NT values intellectual abilities and is ideas-based.  They view brainpower as the “fuel” that powers the organization or “machine”.  Organization, research, and theory are highly valued by NTs.  They do not like to be told all of the answers and would prefer to come up with their own solutions and options, each balanced with pros and cons.   To an NT, hype and repetition are wastes of valuable time and energy because they are not new and different ideas.  They dislike administrative tasks.  They dislike a short-term outlook and prefer to look at the big picture.

Common career areas include: the sciences, law, computers, the arts, engineering, management, and technical work.

Next time we will explore two more functioning pairs and what an interactions between differing types might look like.  Have you identified yourself yet? A co-worker?


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