|Posted on 9 December, 2018 at 13:50|
Every person carries out two kinds of mental processes:
- How we take in information
- How we make decisions about the information
Everyone has preferred ways of using these mental processes.
It has been observed that we all live in two worlds:
- The outer world of things, people, and events and
- The inner world of our own thoughts, feelings, and reflections
Each person has a preference for either the outer world or the inner world.
The preferences are innate—“inborn predispositions” and they are shaped by environmental influences, such as family, culture, and education.
People who prefer Extraversion:
- Direct their energy and attention outward
- Focus on the outer world of people and activity
People who prefer Introversion:
- Direct their energy and attention inward
- Focus on their inner world of ideas and experiences
We all use both preferences, usually not with equal comfort.
People who prefer Sensing:
- Focus on present realities, verifiable facts, and experience
People who prefer Intuition:
- Focus on future possibilities, the big picture, and insights
We all use both ways of perceiving, typically we prefer and trust one more.
People who prefer Thinking:
- Make their decisions based on impersonal, objective logic
People who prefer Feeling:
- Make their decisions based on personal priorities and relationships
Both processes are rational, we use both, usually not with equal ease.
People who prefer Judging:
- Want the external world to be organized and orderly
- Look at the world and see decisions that need to be made
People who prefer Perceiving:
- Seek to experience the world, not organize it
- Look at the world and see options that need to be explored
We all use both attitudes, usually not with equal comfort.
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