How Myers Briggs types can develop
The development of personality occurs in two or three phases throughout life, depending on whose version of personality type theory you use. Isabel Briggs Myers developed her personality type theory based on Carl Gustav Jung's psychological type theory. They both agree on the first two phases:
- For someone who is young, the main task is to develop use of their preferred mental functions.
- As one matures and approaches midlife, there is often a need to develop greater comfort with using your non-preferences. This can help you increase your performance at work, and increase your ability to deal with different people and circumstances.
- The third phase, which Isabel Briggs Myers said very little about, was described by Jung as individuation. It involves developing your unique personality (there are only 16 personality types, so they are not unique). Rather than having a dominant function that is either Sensing, iNtuition, Thinking or Feeling, you develop a new, unique dominant function called the Transcendent Function.
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