Self Mastery 101: Your Personality Type

Last week, I posted about the different MBTI personality types and how knowing your's can help you identify your biases and hopefully pursue more suitable investing strategies (or maybe better "corrective" behavior.

So I thought it might be a god idea to post about the 16 different types and the characteristics frequently associated with them.

A bit of an information dump, I know. But it might be useful when dealing with other people.

ISTJ
Quiet, serious, earn success
by thoroughness and
dependability. Practical,
matter-of-fact, realistic, and
responsible. Decide logically
what should be done and
work toward it steadily,
regardless of distractions.
Take pleasure in making
everything orderly and
organized – their work, their
home, their life. Value
traditions and loyalty.
ISFJ
Quiet, friendly, responsible,
and conscientious.
Committed and steady in
meeting their obligations.
Thorough, painstaking, and
accurate. Loyal, considerate,
notice and remember specifics about people who are important to them, concerned with how others feel. Strive to create an orderly and harmonious environment at work and at home.
INFJ
Seek meaning and
connection in ideas,
relationships, and material
possessions. Want to
understand what motivates
people and are insightful
about others. Conscientious
and committed to their firm
values. Develop a clear
vision about how best to
serve the common good.
Organized and decisive in
implementing their vision.
INTJ
Have original minds and great drive for implementing their ideas and achieving their goals. Quickly see patterns in external events and develop long-range explanatory perspectives. When committed, organize a job and carry it through.
Skeptical and independent,
have high standards of
competence and performance – for themselves and others.
ISTP
Tolerant and flexible, quiet
observers until a problem
appears, then act quickly to
find workable solutions.
Analyze what makes things
work and readily get through
large amounts of data to
isolate the core of practical
problems. Interested in cause
and effect, organize facts
using logical principles, value
efficiency.
ISFP
Quiet, friendly, sensitive, and kind. Enjoy the present
moment, what’s going on
around them. Like to have
their own space and to work
within their own time frame.
Loyal and committed to their
values and to people who are
important to them. Dislike
disagreements and conflicts,
do not force their opinions or
values on others.
INFP
Idealistic, loyal to their
values and to people who
are important to them.
Want an external life that is
congruent with their values.
Curious, quick to see
possibilities, can be catalysts
for implementing ideas.
Seek to understand people
and to help them fulfill their
potential. Adaptable,
flexible, and accepting
unless a value is threatened.
INTP
Seek to develop logical
explanations for everything
that interest them.
Theoretical and abstract,
interested more in ideas than
in social interaction. Quiet,
contained, flexible, and
adaptable. Have unusual
ability to focus in depth to
solve problems in their area of interest. Skeptical,
sometimes critical, always
analytical.
ESTP
Flexible and tolerant, they
take a pragmatic approach
focused on immediate results.
Theories and conceptual
explanations bore them –
they want to act energetically to solve the problem. Focus on the here-and-now, spontaneous, enjoy each moment that they can be active with others. Enjoy material comforts and style.
Learn best through doing.
ESFP
Outgoing, friendly, and
accepting. Exuberant lovers
of life, people, and material
comforts. Enjoy working with others to make things
happen. Bring common sense and a realistic approach to their work, and make work fun. Flexible and
spontaneous, adapt readily to
new people and environments. Learn best by
trying a new skill with other
people.
ENFP
Warmly enthusiastic and
imaginative. See life as full
of possibilities. Make
connections between events
and information very quickly, and confidently proceed based on the patterns they see. Want a lot of affirmation from others, and readily give appreciation and support. Spontaneous and flexible, often rely on their ability to improvise and their verbal fluency.
ENTP
Quick, ingenious, stimulating,
alert, and outspoken.
Resourceful in solving new
and challenging problems.
Adept at generating
conceptual possibilities and
then analyzing them
strategically. Good at reading
other people. Bored by
routine, will seldom do the
same things the same way,
apt to turn to one new
interest after another.
ESTJ
Practical, realistic, matter-offact.
Decisive, quickly move
to implement decisions.
Organize projects and people
to get things done, focus on
getting results in the most
efficient way possible. Take
care of routine details. Have
a clear set of logical
standards, systematically
follow them and want others
to also. Forceful in
implementing their plans.
ESFJ
Warmhearted, conscientious,
and cooperative. Want harmony in their environment, work with determination to establish it. Like to work with others to complete tasks accurately and on time.
Loyal, follow through even in small matters. Notice what others need in their day-today lives and try to provide it. Want to be appreciated for who they are and for what they contribute.
ENFJ
Warm, empathetic,
responsive, and responsible.
Highly attuned to the
emotions, needs, and
motivations of others. Find
potential in everyone, want
to help others fulfill their
potential. May act as
catalysts for individual and
group growth. Loyal,
responsive to praise and
criticism. Sociable, facilitate
others in a group, and
provide inspiring leadership.
ENTJ
Frank, decisive, assume
leadership readily. Quickly
see illogical and inefficient
procedures and policies,
develop and implement
comprehensive systems to
solve organizational problems.
Enjoy long-term planning and goal setting. Usually well informed, well read, enjoy expanding their knowledge and passing it on to others.
Forceful in presenting their
ideas.


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