The 16 Types assessment is based on Carl Jung's Theory of Psychological Types. The results are broken down into four categories: Extrovert or Introvert, Sensing or Intuitive, Feeling or Thinking, Judgment or Perception.
The assessment places you in a four letter acronym category. There are no right or wrong types or styles and this assessment is intended to be a way to think about your behaviors and how they might be perceived by others. The purpose of the 16 Types assessment or any personality assessment is self-awareness, with the goal of identifying those behaviors that potentially hold you back from being your best on a day to day basis.
Where do you get your energy?
An Extrovert gets energy from the outer world -- people and activities. Loves to be with people and to get people energized. Outgoing, knows a lot of people from different spheres, and prefers to work in groups. Thinks out loud. Highly driven to action, may dive in before thinking enough about goals and objectives.
An Introvert gets energy from the inner world -- ideas and memories. Quiet and thoughtful, prefers to work alone or in very small groups with well-known peers. Enjoys time alone, thinks things through before taking action. May get too caught up in ideas to the point of not fitting the outer world, may delay too long before taking action.
How do you take in information?
A Senser takes in information with the 5 senses, remembering details. Digs into facts in order to understand the problem to solve. Must understand these facts in order to then see the big picture. Highly practical, learns through hands-on experience. Focuses heavily on facts, may miss new possibilities.
One who leans towards intuition takes in information based on the big picture, not small facts. Notices patterns, great with abstract theories, leans into gut instinct, communicates conclusions. Learns through thinking problems through more than hands-on work. Forward-looking, focused on what's possible, remembers big picture more than details.
How do you make decisions?
A Feeler makes decisions from the heart, based on values and concern for others' values. Appears compassionate, warm, idealistic. Seeks harmony and the best for everyone. Tactful, concerned for others’ perspectives, may miss the difficult truth or communicate indirectly.
A Thinker makes decisions with the head, based on logic, not the unique situation. Seeks logical explanations, picks up on inconsistencies, prefers consistent principles, pros/cons lists, and fairness. Prefers truth over individual desires, may appear uncaring or inconsiderate.
What are your outward behavioral tendencies?
A Perceiver prefers to take in new information, keeping options open. Spontaneous, adaptable, eager to fit into surrounding circumstances rather than control them. Open-minded to new ideas and experiences, delay making final decisions in order to take in more information.
A Judger prefers an orderly, controlled life. Decisive, structured, organized. Focused on completing tasks on the to-do lists, may miss new information.
THE 16 TYPES INTERACTION STYLES
The 16 unique personality combinations can be grouped into what are called "interaction styles." These 4 styles are explained by the combination of two sets of characterstics, directing vs informing and responding vs initiating. The 4 groupings can be seen in the above image.
INFJ, ISTJ, INTJ and ISTP
People in this group are focused knowing how to best proceed and keeping themselves, the group, or the project on track. They typically enter a situation with an idea of what is to happen. Their informed and deliberate decisions are based on analyzing, or conceptualizing what needs to be done.
ENFJ, ESTJ, ENTJ and ESTP
People in this group are focused on results, often acting quickly. They are driven and take the lead often to keep themselves and others on task. Often find themselves in roles that involve supervising, mobilizing, and directing others. They are quick to notice problems and quick to move towards a solution but their fast pace and direct approach can come across and forceful to some.
INFP, ISFJ, INTP and ISFP
People in this group are focused on a process to create a positive outcome and work to get the best results possible. They see value in collaboration and outside input to make informed decisions. They often approach others with a quiet and calm style and are typically desire consensus to move forward.
ENFP, ESFJ, ENTP and ESFP
People in this group thrive in facilitator roles and have a knack for inspiring others to move towards action. They are focused on interaction and can be very expressive. They get things going with a contagious energy or excitement. They enjoy exploring new options and discovering new ideas and want everyone involved and engage in decision making.
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