MBTI and Energy.
Hello everybody, as I am sure some of you know I am Asura and today I'm going to be starting a series of posts focused on teaching MBTI theory in a way that is hopefully understandable to most.
I have been studying MBTI personality theory for a little over five years and as of this year I became professionally certified to administer and interpret the MBTI Step I and Step II as well as teach MBTI theory.
I would like to note that I recognize people have many different views on MBTI theory. Stereotypes, how functions and types work, preferences for which model of MBTI is accurate. That is all well and ok. My lessons will be directly reflecting the view of published MBTI theory, that which is recognized currently by the Myers Briggs foundation. If you disagree with this model that is fine and I am not trying to argue any points, only present information in an effort to help others understand.
This part I am about to explain is one of the most overlooked aspects in MBTI theory to people who don't research the actual theory.
MBTI is about energy.
When we discuss the dichotomies and functions not only are we finding out which parts of us are present in our personality we are also finding how we prefer to express energy in the external and internal world. One of the first things a practitioner tells someone they are prepping to take the MBTI is that when you answer the questions you want to answer them as if there is zero outside influence on your choice. A person sees an example question like “I prefer things to be scheduled and orderly”, against “I prefer to leave things open”. They might actually prefer to live relaxed and not schedule things but that might not be an option for them. Imagine a parent with multiple children. They might prefer heavily to not worry about schedules but they schedule their life because it is important to the wellbeing of their children. This is considered an outside influence. So when answering the question it would be better for the person to respond that they prefer to leave things open if they want to find their true type.
This is important because if the person from the previous example scored as a J, or someone who prefers structure, it wouldn't really be them. When they express or use energy to organize their external world it is not natural and may even be taxing on their mental state. This absolutely does not mean they will be bad at organizing their external world. This only means they will not prefer it to leaving their external world open to new experiences readily.
A lot of people newly introduced to MBTI theory and cognitive functions immediately assume that they tell you how you interact with the world. This is not the case as much as it is why you interact with the world in the way you do.
Take a the common example of introverts vs extroverts, or I vs E. People new to MBTI theory assume that this is associated with social ability and ones willingness to be outgoing and social. That is not the case. This is more so a possible and likely result of each dichotomy. You see, the I E axis actually focuses on in which direction a person prefers to express their energy. People who are extroverts express energy outwards but also receive energy from external stimuli. People who are Es often find it hard to ignore external stimuli as they are so attuned to it. Where as Is direct their energy inwards but also receive energy from internal stimulation such as their ideas and feelings. In doing so they are so attuned to internal stimuli that they are often able to ignore external stimuli while focusing. On the opposite end of this though when external stimuli is simply to much for an I to handle it becomes a source of stress and anxiety for them, often causing them to revert to areas where they can relax and recharge… such as alone or with a close friend.
Get where I am going?
The extrovert on the other hand might find stress from introspection or looking inward. This in turn will cause them to look to external stimulus to relax and recharge, such as going out or being in active environments.
You see preferring to be social is not directly related to being an I or E but more so highly correlational because that is how people of those types typically prefer to express their energy.
It is very important to note that
–Preferred ways of expressing the self and energy>How that energy is expressed—in MBTI theory.
A person who is a intuitive dominant is going to be very excited at the thought of a new concept or idea but it typically going to be bored when looking at something involving statistics or current reality that is unchanging.
A Ni dominant is going to be more so interested in processing ideas internally than expressing ideas or noticing frequent external connections. They might also struggle more so with external stimuli than a Ne dominant.
That though, is something I will discuss in my next lesson- Sensing as an Inferior Function.
Hope this small lesson helped in some way.
If anyone is interested in taking the actual MBTI Step I or II I offer it as a professional service. Feel free to contact me via pm if you have any questions regarding that or this MBTI lesson.
Thanks for reading^^