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INFJ Portrait

By Tiffani Warren INFJs at their best are nuanced and empathetic individuals who use their understanding of relationships and society to craft and realize the futures they envision. They are very perceptive of the implications of people’s words or actions, and are skilled at developing predictions and making judgments quickly based on limited information. That said, they sometimes “miss the trees for the forest” – being so wrapped up in their grand ideas that they forget to take note of what actually exists and is happening in the present. Their primary interest is in collating and refining their understanding of…

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ENTP Portrait

By Tiffani Warren ENTPs at their best are creative individuals who question the nature of reality and commonly-held assumptions. They thrive in environments where they have the chance to come up with and use their own ideas, and often see a multitude of opportunities and possibilities in situations that others miss. They feel uncomfortable or stifled in situations where there is only “one right way” to do everything and they are expected to follow orders unquestioningly. Their primary interest is in finding new ways to do things, and exploring new avenues for rational understanding and analysis. ENTPs approach the world…

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Theses Toward a Comprehensive Theory of Type

By Lee Morgan We must consider personality under both of its aspects: the structural and the phenomenological. The practice of not distinguishing between them is the ruin of this art. To illustrate their difference, let us draw an analogy. With respect to language, a line divides between words and the pictures they paint. That is why what is shown cannot be reduced to what is said. These words of mine inhabit a category different from that of your mental representations of them. And yet they stand in a certain relation. Personality is much the same. The phenomenological approach brackets off…

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ESTJ vs. ISTJ

By John Barnes “Any religion that endorses violence is incapable of delivering spiritual enlightenment. How obvious does that have to be. And it has no right even to call itself a religion. Without the shield of religion to hide behind, Islam would be banned in the civilized world as a political ideology of hate. And we have no obligations to make allowances for it any more than we do for Nazism. It’s a bigger threat to our freedom than Nazism ever was.” -Pat Condell on Islam. Some might be tempted to type the speaker of the above quote as a…

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ENFJ vs. INFJ

By John Barnes The following quotes are an exchange between Neil Degrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins on being public intellectuals. Tyson to Dawkins: “You’re a professor of the public understanding of science. Not professor of delivering truth to the public. And these are two different exercises. One of them is you put the truth out there and like you said they either buy your book or they don’t. Well that’s not being an educator. That’s just putting it out there. Being an educator is part not only getting the truth right, but there’s got to be an act of persuasion…

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Pierce’s Revised Portrait of an INTJ

By Michael Pierce Highly composed, courteous, and genuinely nice. There is a sense that there are always very weighty matters on their mind despite their calm and unassuming façade. It appears sometimes as though their thoughts are distracting them from society. They are distinctly ill at ease around crowds, and seem to fumble a little bit with holding things together or presenting themselves in a public setting. Not always, but often have a distinct literary or artistic bent — a need to express things that are extremely difficult to express, rather like the ISFP. You can see deep feelings, passions,…

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Pierce’s Revised Portrait of an ISFP

By Michael Pierce Remarkably similar in demeanor to the INTJ; they too seem to harbor very private, weighty ideas which distract them from the outside world. Gentle, serene, and graceful in their presentation. Generally so uneasy around people as they are simply mild and shy; like the INFP they have an overflow of warmth that waters those around them and ornaments whatever unease they do have. They often seem amiably unsure what to do socially — there is often a quirky degree of detachment when it comes to ‘unwritten rules’ of conduct, because they are very independent when it comes…

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The Types At Their Worst

By Ryan Harris Se doms (ESFPs and ESTPs) at their worst lose their ability to separate their surroundings from themselves. Jung says: “[they develop] into a crude pleasure-seeker, or else degenerates into an unscrupulous, effete aesthete. Although the object has become quite indispensable… it is none the less devalued. It is ruthlessly exploited and squeezed dry… Repressed intuitions begin to assert themselves in the form of projections. The wildest suspicions arise; if the object is a sexual one, jealous fantasies and anxiety states gain the upper hand. More acute cases develop every sort of phobia, and, in particular, compulsion symptoms.…

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Associations between Personality Styles and Functions

By Boye Akinwande Abstract: In this article, I’ll attempt to provide an explanation for the associations observed between Theodore Millon’s personality styles and the Jungian cognitive processes. So as not to reinforce the mindset, I caution readers to keep in mind that while such associations may exist, the personality styles should not be treated as absolute identifiers or aspects of the functions themselves. There is a tendency to determinetype on the basis of the occurrence of a style that’s commonly associated with a function/type instead of actually identifying the function itself. As we might expect, J types are overrepresented among styles where the standards that they uphold and adhere to are seen as valid in an objective sense.…

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Pierce’s Revised Portrait of an INFP

By Michael Pierce INFPs – a general outline: Gentle, kind, and unobtrusive. Often seem a bit maladjusted to the world around them; something seems ever so slightly ‘off”: odd, eccentric, which traits clearly arise from a reclusive tendency in thought or even habitation. They are a bit like a faerie or fey, embodying a contradiction of otherworldly fragility and otherworldly resolution. Fascinated by individuals’ inner values and way of working, love to watch and understand them. This is why they are so aware of and adamant about individuality; they don’t like the idea of Te repressing Fi. They are terrified…

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