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The development of personality occurs in phases throughout life. For someone who is young, the main task is to develop use of their preferred mental functions. As one matures, however, 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.

Midlife development

As with all types, an ENTP can achieve personal growth by developing all functions that are not fully developed, through actions such as being selective about the initiation of projects, and making sure that a project is thoroughly complete before starting another one. You may need to learn to appreciate the value of using existing processes that are 'good enough' to do the job, rather than try to change the process to make it even better. You may need to pay more attention to investigating the facts and documenting them, before interpreting what they mean or trying out a new experiment. Also, you may need to consider the impact of your approach and ideas on people's feelings, learning to appreciation more that some people are quite happy with the way things are and aren't necessarily looking to improve everything they do.

Individuation

A common theme of development for all types after midlife is individuation. This involves learning to value and develop various "opposites", not just the opposite typological preferences. Through reconciling opposites, your personality becomes more individual and unique, and your personality type may change. You might also reach the stage where your closest personality type is no longer a description of you, but it is merely a part of your personal history.

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©2013 Team Technology. Further articles/resources that may be of interest include: Personality Test, Personality Type Descriptions, Myers Briggs overview, The Basics of Team Building, What Career is Right for Me?, and Career ideas.