Personality Traits

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Perhaps the most important realization that one can make in the request for their own personal growth is to understand that there is no single formula that can be defined to the path for personal success. Each personality type has a different idea of what it means to be successful. Knowing oneself is a common goal that will help to achieve personal success. Many individuals are hung up on someone else's idea of what it means to be successful. Little do they know that they, themselves, are unaware of what is truly important to them; knowing themselves. This concept is acceptable. It is completely normal. We all have areas of different goals and priorities, which mean that different activities and attitudes will make us feel good about ourselves. We also maintain different natural strengths and weaknesses that are a natural part of what could be looked upon as our inherited personality type. How then as individuals, can we feel successful in our lives? While most would argue that defining one's personality will only lead to another excuse for behavior or for categorizing people into boxes, traits of an individuals personality is proven to be helpful in the area of ones growth and self development. Because most individuals use each function with a varying amount of success and frequency, we are able to identify with the order of preference.

Understanding the Personality Types of Today
Most individuals have a natural instinctive mode of operation within each personality type and choose to function in all or some of those realms. In other words, one function is preferred over another. As they constantly learn and grow to improve their being, most of them are able to perform well in those realms. Therefore, the combining of the four preferences defines whether or not personality types function across the entire spectrum of the preferences or does it lean in one direction or the other within the four categories. Those four categories are as follows: Extraverted or Introverted, Sensing or Intuitive, Thinking or Feeling and Judging or Perceiving. These possible combinations of the basic preferences, in return, form sixteen different personality traits or types. The discussion of the 16 types will be discussed in the later part of this essay.

The Four Preferences
When people discuss whether a person is an extrovert or an introvert, they are attempting to try to distinguish between two different worlds in which one may live. Obviously, there is a world inside and outside us. I guess that is what they mean when it is said that a person is within his or her own world. They are either dealing with the world outside themselves or dealing with it inside their own minds. They are extroverting when they are talking to other people, working on an automobile, listening and paying attention to what someone says and cooking dinner or either making a cup of coffee. They are introverting when they choose to read a book and when they are aware of how someone feels. Introverts do not hesitate to say otherwise or think about what they want to say. Before doing so, they think through a problem first so they can gain a better understanding before giving an initial response. Sensing and intuition refers to how someone chooses to gather, relate or analyze their information. People are sensing when they choose to memorize a speech for better clarity, follow specific steps to a plan and taste or smell a food. People are intuitive when they come up with a variety, new and creative way to do things, see the big picture of something rather then keeping it as black and white, understand and relate to how most individuals beat around the bush with what they say or choose to do. Within the context of personality typing, the important distinction is which method of gathering information do we trust the most? Do we rely on our five senses and want concrete, practical data to work with? Or do we trust our intuitions without necessarily building upon a...
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