I was fortunate to have a day course of learning about Myers Briggs, and it amazed me of how each letter represented an individual’s personality preferences. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) instrument was created by a brilliant team of mother and daughter: Katharine Briggs (1875 – 1968) and Isabel Briggs Myers (1897 – 1980). The ultimate purpose of this idea was to understand each other and avoid conflict between individuals. (Source)
In general, there are four categories and each categories have two types; there are sixteen possible combination of personalities.
Extroverted – Introverted
Sensing – Intuition
Thinking – Feeling
Judging – Perceiving
The assessment that I participated had scales for the letters: very clear, clear, moderate, and slight. In the learning session, experiments were conducted between two groups of people with different letters. In the experiment, they were given certain scenario and asked to solve the issues. WOW! ; It was astounding to see how each group approached and solved the problems; in some case, there was no solution for one of the groups based on their types. It was entertaining to watch the two groups trying to understand each other yet not hate each other. The purpose of this learning session was “how to work with people who think different than you and be successful when working with people”.
I will talk about sensing and intuition first; so, the letters are S vs I. This is the second letter in our Myers Briggs personality type indicator; this describes the way an individual take in information. Note: There is no the best or better personality type than the other ones; the purpose of MBTI is to learn about self and understand others.
An individual who has sensing takes in information through five senses and focuses on facts, details, and reality.
A person with intuition uses an additional sense when taking in information through patterns and larger images and focuses on imagination, possibilities and abstract.
To make this more understandable, we conducted an experiment on the people who were very clear and moderate on I or S. So, we had three groups: two groups with very clear sensing and very clear intuition, and a group with mixture moderate S or I. The task for these three groups was to describe the two chairs that were facing each other. These were the analysis of three groups’ description:
Group with very clear Sensing: The descriptions of the chair were very analytical. “Brown color, rolling chairs, technology, rotatable, looks comfortable, etc…”
Group with very clear Intuition: Here comes the additional sense for the people with intuition. The descriptions were outweighed with abstract ideas such as “Lovers, rivals (the chairs were facing each other), empty but not lonely (yea, you read it), comfortable, etc…”
Group with moderate S or I: This group had mixed description of both groups from above.
So, this is the basic difference between sensing and intuition. In order to be successful in the workforce, a person should develop an ability to use both types.
I will write about other personality types later; school has started yay!