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Monday, 14 July 2014

Myers Briggs Personality Types and compatibility


Relationships sometimes are problematic because of personality types differences. Knowing a little more about your partner’s nature will not only help you both with your communication but it will also help you comprehend their behavior and how best they function. The Myers Briggs personality types profile is a more detailed model than the fourpersonality types model discussed before.  It could help couples with the task of understanding each other.

Understanding personality types can help your relationship

 

The Myers Briggs personality types theory was developed on the premise that our natural tendencies can be placed in four categories or scales. These categories are:

 
·                  Extraversion/Introversion [E/I] - our flow of energy, whether we are stimulated inwardly or outwardly

·                  Sensorial/Intuitive [S/N] - Our method of gathering information about the surroundings, whether we rely on our senses or instincts

·                  Thinking/Feeling [T/F] - our preferred method of decision making, whether we make decisions based on logical findings or subjective, personal  value systems

·                  Judging/Perceiving [J/P] – our daily way of dealing with the world, whether we prefer organization and structure as opposed to a more casual approach.

 

The theory purports that our personality types are based on our preference in each of the four categories stated above. They use the word preference as it is not uncommon for any given person to display characteristics that are atypical of him. In fact it is expected that, as we grow and experience various aspects of life,  we learn to adapt and perform other personality functions. However, we tend to gravitate to our strongest, most dominant  characteristics. Hence, our personality types can be predicted based on our normal tendencies.

 

Choosing either one or the other in each of the categories gives rise to the Myers Briggs 16 personality types. For example, ISFJ represents someone whose personality preferences are introversion, sensorial, feeling and Judging. There are many tests available online that can help persons determine their personality type based on this theory. However, what about the Myers Briggs personality types and relationships? How does it help with determining compatibility?

 

Myers Briggs relationship compatibility


 
According to this model, personality types can mostly predict how we interact with others and the world on a regular basis. However, when it comes to attraction, our instincts seem to play more of an integral role. That is, we seem to become attracted to persons more similar to us on the  S/N scale.

 

Obviously though, having a relationship goes way beyond mere attraction. As discussed in my previous article on personality types compatibility, research shows that happier relationships tend to exist between persons who Have more similar personality traits. In terms of the Myers Briggs personality types, the more dominant functions the couple has in common, the happier their relationship. The last three scales see to play a complex role in determining long term relationship happiness. However, it was more common to find couples with just two similar type preferences. The more similar a couple’s dominant functions, the more they speak each other’s language and the better they communicate.

 

However with that said, opposites do attract. It is not uncommon to see an extravert pairing with an introvert and a judger pairing with a perceiver. Sometimes what is different is alluring and intriguing. Also, maybe it is in an attempt to strengthen our weaknesses why we look for partners with opposite personas.

 

Knowing you and your partner’s personality typees could really explain some issues you both might have. –Read this article to get more information on how people’s natural characteristics affect relationship compatibility.