Naomi Most
Jan 15, 2019 · 1 min read

I respect your attempt to find associations with personality preferences, but as a trained personality analyst (both the Big 5 and Carl Jung), I have to point out you’re leveraging misconceptions (understandable ones, but still) about what the letters might mean.

The J/P dichotomy has nothing to do with the behavioral neurosis of being “judgemental”. You can easily find very laid-back INTJs and very neurotically controlling INTPs in the world — not as exceptions to the rule, either. There is a wide spectrum of variability of behavior possible within a set of personality preferences.

This is why personality “type” (or more accurately within formal psychology, “preference”) is not destiny. It simply denotes predilections of an individual towards the use of cognitive energy more in certain ways and less in others. The MBTI takes Jung’s theories a step too far and corrals certain predilections into type stereotypes; this is where people are quite right to distance themselves from the results of this reasonably well-crafted but problematic test.

Since you seem like someone who appreciates getting to the deeper meanings of things — as do I — you might try searching the web for “personality inferior functions” and looking at things like what happens when INTPs, ESTJs, and whomever else you are interested in are stressed out.

People who are constantly stressed out aren’t using their cognitive energy in ways that put them in flow. I’ll just leave that here as a starting point for exploration. :)

    Naomi Most

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