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Showing Appreciation—INTJ

19 Jan 2017

In this series I’m delving into how each of the 16 types approaches being thankful. If you want to read a little about your own preferences ahead of time, feel free to visit this link: Today’s type: INTJ. Being self-reliant, you may not see the importance of regularly appreciating others. Make a point of sharing kind words and deeds. That description connects to the Introverted Intuitive approach often taken by individuals with preferences for INTJ. I know some INTJ colleagu...

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MBTI® Users Conference—Creating a Culture of Clarity / Type Dynamics

22 Nov 2016

Another criticism Patrick Kerwin addressed is that “Jung even said there is no such thing as a pure Introvert.” Patrick (and I) actually agree! We all live in both the extraverted and introverted worlds. And, if you understand type dynamics, we all use a mental process in the extraverted world and a mental process in the introverted world. For example, I have preferences for INFP. I am not an Introvert. Instead, I introvert (I use this word as a verb since I don’t believe in using it as a nou...

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Summer Vacation Decision Making—Introverted Intuition

14 Jun 2016

In my previous post I covered extraverted Intuition. It’s now time to address introverted Intuition (Ni). While there is a similar focus on big-picture possibilities, introverted Intuition most often helps us perceive the big picture as it relates to long-term possibilities. As you think about where you might go for vacation this summer, consider the following Ni questions: What is the most unique and unusual vacation experience I can imagine? What would be a vacation that I would be one o...

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Type at the Family Conference Table: Introverted Intuition

25 May 2016

Written by Mathew David Pauley, JD, MA, MDR INTJs and INFJs, Introverted Intuitive types, tend to be big-picture, well-organized individuals who can bring both qualities to bear as they work toward their goals. They are often known for their uncanny insight and ability to anticipate things before they happen. However, unlike individuals with a preference for Perceiving, who typically are ready to respond to the unexpected and flex to meet new challenges, INTJs and INFJs would rather diminish th...

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Type at the Family Conference Table: Extraverted Sensing

19 May 2016

Written by Mathew David Pauley, JD, MA, MDR Leaving the hospital is often wrought with anxiety for family members faced with numerous things they must address for the patient. Hospitals are staffed with highly trained and highly attentive teams of caregivers, so the prospect of a loved one leaving the relative's safety with the hospital can be nerve wracking. Even moving from one unit to another within the same hospital is often cause for concern. That said, everyone who enters a hospital shoul...

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16 Types in the Workplace—ENTJ

19 Apr 2016

So often I see people with preferences for ENTJ and ESTJ looking so similar and then so different. People with preferences for ENTJ have the ability to cut to the chase and a get-it-done approach to solving problems, but they tend to like to tackle those problems in a new and innovative way. Their favorite mental process, extraverted Thinking (Te), helps them get to an objectively logical conclusion. This favorite process is backed up by their second favorite process, introverted Intuition (Ni),...

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16 Types in the Workplace—ENFJ

12 Apr 2016

I think of one particular colleague I work with who has preferences for ENFJ and I’m always so appreciative of her outwardly warm and supportive approach at work. The favorite mental process of people with preferences for ENFJ, extraverted Feeling (Fe), helps them connect to the harmony and values of those involved on a team. This favorite process is backed up by their second favorite process, introverted Intuition (Ni), which can help them see what’s coming around the bend, as well as the bend ...

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16 Types in the Workplace—INTJ

16 Feb 2016

The people I know with preferences for INTJ tend to provide a new approach to solving problems that our work projects need. Their favorite mental process, introverted Intuition (Ni), helps them come up with innovative ways to resolve problems that may escape others. This gift can sometimes help their organization discover the next “best” thing, as long as these individuals are encouraged to share their sometimes “out-there” approach. This favorite process is backed up by their second favorite pr...

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I’m Next! Part 2

21 Jan 2016

First and foremost, of course, we need to honor the preferences we have been born with. Then, it’s important to consider using the opposite side as appropriate. If you want some ideas on how to do this, check out the “Type and Problem Solving” section of the Introduction to Myers-Briggs® Type booklet (pp. 50 and 51) for questions covering each of the four mental processes (S, N, T, and F). Also included in the section are four steps to remember when problem solving: Step 1: Define the proble...

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