A hot topic in Psychology, "The theory of psychological type". The theory accesses the differences in the way people prefer to use their mental capacities.
The four categories used to assess your personality:
- Introversion (I) or Extraversion (E) - This category signifies whether an individual is more energised by the external or internal environment. The source of a person's energy and the direction in which they emit their energy.
- Intuition (N) or Sensing (S) - In this category, we evaluate how a person perceives information. People who rely on intuition are more inclined to believe information that is received internally. People who are more inclined to believe information from the external environment rely more on sensing.
- Thinking (T) or Feeling (F) - This category accesses how a person processes their information. Do you prefer to rely on logic or emotions?
- Judging (J) or Perceiving (P) - The fourth category accesses how we use the information that is perceived and processed. If you prefer to organise all the events in your life and follow a fixed plan, odds are you have a preference of Judging over Perceiving. However, if you prefer to improvise and explore alternatives in life, you favour perceiving over judging.
Why is it significant?
By understanding our preferences in these four categories, we take a step forward to understanding ourselves better and the potential directions in the different aspects of life that are more compatible to us. For an example, recommended career paths, strengths, weaknesses, etc. Such insights can help us improve to a greater version of ourselves.
An example of a personality type, ENFP. (Extroverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving)