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6/16/2020 Our Framework | 16Personalities 1/19 Introduction Often the very ±rst question people ask after completing our personality test is “What do these letters mean?” We are of course referring to those mysterious acronyms like INTJ-A, ENFP-T, or ESTJ-A. As you may have already learned from the Type Descriptions or articles on the website, the ±ve letters of these acronyms each refer to a speci±c trait, with certain trait combinations forming various types and type groups. But before we discuss those traits in depth, let’s explore their historical foundations. The Historical Detour Since the dawn of time, humans have drawn up schematics to describe and categorize our personalities. From the four temperaments of the ancient civilizations to the latest advances in psychology, we have been driven to ±t the variables and complexities of human personality into well-de±ned models. Although we are still some time away from being CORE THEORY Our Framework i Articles a Theory p Surveys s Countries
6/16/2020 Our Framework | 16Personalities 2/19 able to do that, the current models account for our most important personality traits and can predict our behavior with a high degree of accuracy. Personality is just one of many factors that guide our behavior, however. Our actions are also in±uenced by our environment, our experiences, and our individual goals. On our website, we describe how people belonging to a speci²c personality type are likely to behave. We outline indicators and tendencies, however, not de²nitive guidelines or answers. Signi²cant di³erences can exist even among people who share a personality type. The information on this website is meant to inspire personal growth and an improved understanding of yourself and your relationships – not to be taken as gospel. Our approach has its roots in two di³erent philosophies. One dates back to early 20 century and was the brainchild of Carl Gustav Jung, the father of analytical psychology. Jung’s theory of psychological types is perhaps the most in±uential creation in personality typology, and it has inspired a number of di³erent theories. One of Jung’s key contributions was the development of the concept of Introversion and Extraversion – he theorized that each of us falls into one of these two categories, either focusing on the internal world (Introvert) or the outside world (Extravert). Besides Introversion and Extraversion, Jung coined the concept of so- called cognitive functions, separated into Judging or Perceiving categories. According to Jung, each person prefers one of these cognitive functions and may most naturally rely on it in everyday situations. th i Articles a Theory p Surveys s Countries
6/16/2020 Our Framework | 16Personalities 3/19 In the 1920s, Jung’s theory was noticed by Katharine Cook Briggs, who later co-authored a personality indicator still used today, the Myers- Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI ) . Briggs was a teacher with an avid interest

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