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Four Temperament Profiles of the 16 Myers-Briggs Personality Types

Deidre has a Masters in applied linguistics and translation for her 20 years overseas, then she worked as a certified provider of the MBTI®.

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There are so many lenses through which to look at the 16 Myers-Briggs Personality Types® - often used for career and occupational tests. Various lenses help delineate the differences between people or the personality types. Let's take a brief look here at one of the well known lenses, the lens of Temperament.

I like the brief and precise descriptions used by John Lopker, in his following book Pictures of Personality. We can look at just a few examples of these where he describes the four Temperaments of SJs, SPs, NFs and NTs. Myers explains that these four groupings of the 16 personality types are vastly different in their attitudes and actions. Here are the 4 groupings.

1. SJs - Sensing Judging

The SJ temperament is the Stablizer. The four personality types with this temperament are ISTJ, ISFJ, ESTJ and ESFJ. They discern, easily make out in the world around them the organization of it. They use boundaries for protection against change, always seeking stability, and trust people who they see are within the boundaries of their group. As Stablizers, they are like people in the autumn preparing to survive the winter.

 THE STABLIZERS  

Discern, easily make out ...

Solidity and organization

Stablilizers 

Boundaries are ...

Protection against change

Seek Stability 

Confidence vs. Trust 

Trust those within their group 

Trust within Boundaries 

Like Autumn

Prepare and gather for "winter"

Survivor

2. SPs - Sensing Perceiving

The SP temperament is the Activator. The four personality types with this temperament are ISTP, ISFP, ESTP and ESFP. They discern, easily make out in the world around them the energy and motion of it. They use boundaries as the breakthrough points of change, always seeking activity, and are confident in themselves believing they can do anything. As Activators, they are like people in the summer going out to seek adventure in the agreeable weather.

 THE ACTIVATORS  

Discern, easily make out ...

Energy and motion

Activators 

Boundaries are ...

Break through points of change 

Seek Activity 

Confidence vs. Trust 

Confident in themselves 

Believing is Boundless 

Like Summer 

Look for adventure 

Adventuresome 

3. NFs - iNtuition Feeling

The NF temperament is the Unifier or one who empowers others. The four personality types with this temperament are INFJ, INFP, ENFJ and ENFP. They are discerning; easily make out in the world around them the similarities that make up a whole picture. They blend boundaries to nurture change, always seeking to unify, and have boundless trust in people. As Unifiers, they are like people in the winter going deep inside to find their true quest.

 THE UNIFIERS 

Discerning, easily decifer the

whole picture.

See others as a whole person 

Boundaries are ...

blending points.

Minimize divisions to aid change

Confident in others' potential gives ...

boundless trust in them.

Belief in peope is boundless

Like winter, in that they ...

find their true quest deep within.

Search for the ideal

4. NTs - iNtuition Thinking

The NT temperament is the Clarifier. The four personality types with this temperament are INTJ, INTP, ENTJ and ENTP. They discern, easily make out in the world around them the distinctions in it, the dualities. They reveal boundaries to bring about change, always seeking clarity, and are confident in themselves believing they can do what they can understand. As Clarifiers, they are like people in the spring questioning how things begin.

 THE CLARIFIERS  

Discern, easily make out ...

Distinctions and dualities 

Clarifiers 

Boundaries are ...

Revealed to bring about change 

Seek clarity 

Confidence vs. Trust

Confident in themselves 

Believing is bound to understanding 

Like Spring

Question how things begin

Questioner

What type are you?

© 2010 Deidre Shelden

Comments

Jm on July 28, 2018:

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Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on September 24, 2010:

It's neat to hear that your MBTI results have proved to be pretty much right on target. As an INTP, what do you think about my hub on the INTP Profile? Does it seem accurate? Appreciate your feedback :)

carib102 from Pennsylvania on September 24, 2010:

It's amazing how people can be distilled into just 16 personality types and that the typing is actually pretty accurate. I remember taking the Meyers-Briggs a long time ago in college and I was classified as INTP, which was pretty much right on target.

Deidre Shelden (author) from Texas, USA on September 21, 2010:

Hi bayoulady! No, have not actually read Lahaye's book. I understand he works from the ancient temperaments, or the four types of humours that Galen named "sanguine", "melancholic", "choleric" and "phlegmatic". I know there are a LOT of books and approaches based on those. Yes! Body language is a huge part of communication, isn't it :) I've always been intrigued by sign langnuage, too, though have never learned it.

bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on September 20, 2010:

Interesting!I love to read about personality types. Have you ever read Tim Lahaye's book on personality types? Also, I love the subject of body language.