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The INTJ Energies as Nature

The eight cognitive processes from an INTJ perspective as forms of nature.

An experiment in connecting with your Type really quickly and easily

Types as Nature

A picture paints a thousand words. We connect with each of these pictures of the Scottish landscape in different ways based on our Type preferences.

The experiment was simple. Would people select as their most and least favourite a picture that was strongly influenced by their Type?

Of five people where I know their Type preferences the answer was four did as I would have predicted and two did not. Promising start. The other three where I did not have any information about their actual preferences their, selections led to easy and focused discussions about what Type means and in particular how that might affect how they connect with nature in all its forms. But one of them, who I know reasonably well, selected as I would have predicted.

This year’s British Association for Psychological Type’s annual conference made much of the problems of jargon around Myers-Briggs Type and Jungian Types. Increasingly, I now see Type, in its various forms, as an energy or communication system.

These eight pictures represent how I see each of Jung’s eight cognitive/thinking/mental functions in nature.

Summer
Vibe


The sky was so blue, and the sun so bright, that an eternal summer seemed to reign over this prospect.

The big picture and the connections Ni

Landscape, weather, and topography all in connection with one another. The views are the thing.

Verification Process

How to verify your Type and get to the best starting point for your development

I’ve used a variety of methods since 1992 when I gained an accreditation to use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Incidentally, I’m also qualified to use PAPI, OPQ, Firo B and a broad range of trait based psychometric tests.

The method I shall outline here is, in my view, the best of what is available today (February 2021).

First of all, why do you want to correctly identify your Type? What purpose will you put the result to? What do you wish to develop? Who else might benefit from your result?

I have access to an excellent online verification system developed by TypeCoach There is a cost but that needs to be agreed between me, you and TypeCoach as the company is flexible in its pricing depending on you, your organisation and so on. It will be cheaper if you are an individual, a small organisation or a charity. You’ll need to email me at david.shaw@milngavietypepractitioner.com and just quickly explain your aim and your situation.

I’ll then get a code for you so you can login to follow the easy online tutorial ahead of us having a Zoom call to go over your questions. The TypeCoach online process merely sets up the conversation where you will get maximum benefit and value. This may sound complicated but actually it isn’t. You’ll also find it very human as TypeCoach have worked in some great videos into their process which they’ve been using for over 16 years with great success.

The result? Unless you are one of the 4-5% of people who cannot locate their true Type, you’ll have a verified Type preference for you to start using with great confidence.

Communication

If only communicating with others was smoother, flowed more easily, was more manageable, less messy and resulted in fewer surprises. Everyone needs to communicate successfully with the people in their lives and the challenges of doing so well presents the fundamental source of many misunderstandings, conflicts and frustrations. This blog is for you if you’re interested in exploring the challenges of communicating with other people and ways of getting it more right than wrong.

A favourite communication approach may not always work

How your preferences may affect what you choose to communicate.

What clouds communication
Conic Hill, Loch Lomond

Do you have a favourite way of communicating. Do you know when you need to vary your approach? How many others share your preferred mode? What makes you switch off or get bored?

Pay close attention to the next four sentences.

This is designed to make your life easier, more comfortable and to protect you and others.  It is based on over 100 years’ of detailed research, worldwide data and many observations and analyses.  The people who led this work were interested in increasing understanding between different people and enabling them to achieve their potential.  Numerous models and theories continue to be developed from the initial framework and research and that creates many new possibilities for the future.

One of these four sentences is very likely to appeal more to you than the other three.  40% may lean towards the first which focuses on people, 34% the second which addresses facts, a further 14% the third which focuses on values and principles and, 10% the last which focuses on theories and models.  This could suggest an underlying Type preference.  That could also suggest a great gift or strength as long as it’s not overdone. I’m personally drawn towards the last one focusing on theories, models and new possibilities.  It’s not that I reject the other three, it’s just this last one is more interesting and intriguing than the others. 

The practical implication of this for me is that I need to take care that I do not accidentally overlook the needs of those who have different interests and leanings when I’m communicating and especially with individuals or groups about whom I know little.  In my case this is 90% of other people. Although I may find theories and models gripping and fascinating this is not the case for 90% of people. I can choose to ignore that or accept that I must mix and match to get my message across to as many people as possible.  I must not get carried away by my natural and inbuilt inclinations.  On a good day, when I’m on my feet presenting or in a one-to-one conversation I monitor the results of what I’m saying closely.  When I suspect I’m losing someone I’ll consciously shift my style to a format that may be more comfortable and meaningful for her or him.  Keeping facts, impacts on people, and values in mind is a simple way for me to flex my communications.

The fly in the ointment here is the context.  Regardless of one’s communication preferences, the here-and-now-context potentially may lead you to focus and seek out a style that ordinarily would be less appealing.  Just reflect on what the majority of people are seeking during this current pandemic.  This neatly illustrates that although I’ve sourced some material on Psychological Type, we all can and indeed need to adapt to our current circumstances.

Perhaps it’s as simple as “variety is the spice of life” and “nature loves diversity”.  I’m sure we’ve all seen the consequences of a person becoming unwittingly stuck on just one communication channel.  So my message is: know your own inclinations and learn to bring variety to your communications so you successfully engage with more people more often.