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Reading the type profiles

The 16 profiles can be accessed from the menu on the left. Below are some helpful comments on these profiles.

The type portraits

For each of the 16 types we give a very short portrait of the type. Please treat these as brief outlines only as much more has, and could, be said about each type. These profiles draw on the knowledge Carol Craig gained from observing and discussing type over the years. Each profile has been checked for accuracy by a large number of people who share these type preferences. All these people live and work in the United Kingdom.

Role names

We have tried to distil the essence of each type into a role name such as “traditionalist”, “guide”, “co-operator”, “developer”, “conceptualiser”. We believe these role names are of most value in the summary page as it helps give a snapshot of each type and to show the spread, and relationship, of types. Think of these names as the kind of role that type is likely to be attracted to or the way they will often go about things. For example, the name I have given ESFJ is “supporter”. This doesn’t mean that ESFJs are always in supporting roles but it does mean that in whatever role they occupy, even as managers, they usually try to support the people around them in some way.

UK population estimates

The population figures given in the type summaries and the preference pages are based on research undertaken in the United Kingdom by Oxford Psychologists Press in 1998.

Type and career

This information must be treated with caution. It is not encouraging people of that type to enter these sorts of jobs and not others. All it is showing is the kind of careers which these types often find attractive. THERE IS PLENTY OF EVIDENCE TO SHOW THAT INDIVIDUALS CAN SUCCEED IN ANY JOB OR CAREER, IRRESPECTIVE OF TYPE PREFERENCES.

 This career information has been drawn from a wide range of sources. As much of the data that has been collected on careers has been based on research conducted in the USA, Carol Craig has also drawn on her own experience of the UK here as well.

Typical mottos

This has been included mainly for its value in the summary table. In assigning the mottos I was aware that where the type is fairly common in the population – for example, ISTJ and ISFJ – there were lots of sayings or proverbs to choose from. Where the type was less common – for example, INTJ and INFJ – a saying was much more difficult to find.

Type dynamics

This simply shows the preferred order of functions for this type.

Type summary

The type summary contains some of the same information outlined above as well as what I see as the four most significant keywords for that type.

You can locate the 16 profiles from the left hand menu.

Helpful note

In previous sections we have covered each of the four preference areas and we are almost ready to look at the individual profiles. But first we must be aware that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”. In other words, each of the 16 types is not simply a conglomeration of preferences (E+S+F+J, for example) as it is the way that the preferences interact and how each type uses its preferences which makes up the whole type. This is what’s called “type dynamics”.

The dynamics of type are fairly complex and understanding this aspect of the MBTI™ can be something of a challenge. But it is worthwhile trying to understand it, as it is this which gives type theory its subtlety and complexity.  This is explained in a later section. If you want a simpler overview then you can access that here.

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