|The INtuitive (N) type
prefers to focus on the possibilities and opportunities in a given situation that will
suggest meaning to her in a way that is self-inspiring, idealistic and creative.
The N naturally falls into seeing patterns and relationships between things.
Surveying the environment around her, she tends to crave intense experiences,
changeability, adventure and innovation. Going beyond the literal, the N is adept at
"connecting the dots" and seeing what might be. Comfortable with
ambiguity, the abstract, the mysterious, the N is strong at interpreting events, even
predicting the future. Other types are frustrated by the N's lack of concrete
thinking and reluctance to focus on the task at hand; they are lost or amazed by her leaps
of logic but it is only the N's ability to perceive the "big picture" and come
to quick conclusions. Other adjectives for Ns: theoretical, head in the
clouds, visionary, ingenious, irrational, imaginative, unusual, catalysts, "goes on
hunches", exciting, synergistic, and spiritual. How Ns can strengthen their
type: follow the rules, read the directions, learn computers, do "hands-on
activities", start at the beginning, pay attention to details, look at the facts as
well as the ideas, and in completing projects, go back and verify all the steps have been
Extraverted intuition attempts to envisage all the possibilities that
are inherent in an objective situation. Ordinary events are seen as providing a cipher or
set of clues from which underlying processes and hidden potentialities can be determined.
Yet once these possibilities are apprehended, objects and events lose their meaning and
import. There is therefore a constant need for new situations and experiences to provide a
fresh stimulus for the intuitive process.
The extraverted intuition type is an excellent diagnostician and
exploiter of situations. Such people see exciting possibilities in every new venture and
are excellent at perceiving latent abilities in other people. They get carried away with
the enthusiasm of their vision and often inspire others with the courage of their
conviction. As such, they do well in occupations where these qualities are at a premium -
for example in initiating new projects, in business, politics or the stock market. They
are, however, easily bored and stifled by unchanging conditions. As a result they often
waste their life and talents jumping from one activity to another in the search for fresh
possibilities, failing to stick at any one project long enough to bring it to fruition.
Furthermore, in their commitment to their own vision, they often show little regard for
the needs, views or convictions of others. When neurotic, repressed sensation may cause
this type to become compulsively tied to people, objects or activities that stir in them
primitive sensations such as pleasure, pain or fear. The consequence of this can be
phobias, hypochondriacal beliefs and a range of other compulsions.
Introverted intuition is directed inward to the contents of the
unconscious. It attempts to fathom internal events by relating them to universal
psychological processes or to other archetypal images. Consequently it generally has a
mythical, symbolic or prophetic quality.
According to Jung, the introverted intuition type can be either an
artist, seer or crank. Such a person has a visionary ideal that reveals strange,
mysterious things. These are enigmatic, 'unearthly' people who stand aloof from ordinary
society. They have little interest in explaining or rationalizing their personal vision,
but are content merely to proclaim it. Partly as a result of this, they are often
misunderstood. Although the vision of the artist among this type generally remains on the
purely perceptual level, mystical dreamers or cranks may become caught up in theirs. The
person's life then becomes symbolic, taking on the nature of a Great Work, mission or
spiritual-moral quest. If neurotic, repressed sensation may express itself in primitive,
instinctual ways and, like their extraverted counterparts, introverted intuitives often
suffer from hypochondria and compulsions.
from http:// Jungian Psychological Type >
I would like to return a moment to the quote by
"By developing individual strengths, guarding against known
weaknesses, and appreciating the strengths of the other types, life will be more amusing,
more interesting, and more of a daily adventure than it could possibly be if everyone were
All types are equal. All preferences are equally valuable and each
type brings an important point of view when people interact. A mixture of types is best
for a work group or team because many views are represented. MBTI type indicates a persons
preference but not his or her ability or character. Personality type should be used as a
way of understanding yourself and for assisting you in making choices. However, it should
not be used as the only tool for choosing careers, partners, jobs, schools, etc. The
most important aspect the Myers-Briggs type theory is that every type has value.
Although each type approaches situations differently, and another persons approach
may not be what you would choose, each way can be effective.
I would also add that we can use this tool to
help us discover our potential as writers, teachers, students, and human beings. Any
method that allows us to become more aware of others and open our minds to new ways of
seeing enriches our world.
This concludes the Portfolio for Educ
819...except for one part. The Shadow.