Ms. Sarah Bob
8 September 2011
Analytical Essay #1
In George H. Jenson and John K. DiTiberio's article titled, “Personality and Individual Writing Process” they compare someones personality to that of their writing process. Through this examination, Jenson and DiTiberio, come to realize that while teaching the writing process, teachers, professors or whom ever is instructing this process should take into consideration the individuals personality types. Determining the students personality can help prevent things like writers block when it comes to writing a paper or article. Once the individuals personality type is determined then steps can be made to individualize writing instruction.
Many ideas on how to identify different learning styles have already been introduced in classrooms. One being Jung's Theory of Psychological Types. C. G. Jung's system humanistically appreciates differences in personality and make it easy for teachers without a psychology background to understand. In Jung's presentation of Psychological Types that Isabel Myers later refined researchers find promise to for the improvement of instruction and research for the composition field. Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) has also been useful to different areas of research and can easily be used to help the research in composition. Teachers must receive training before administering the MBTI, but the information it holds can greatly help them in the way they teach (Jenson and DiTiberio, pg 286).
According to Jung, personality consists of four bi-polar dimensions. These being: Introversion vs. Extroversion, Sensing vs. Intuition, Thinking vs. Feeling, and Judging vs. Perceiving. Introversion vs. Extroversion is based off how we focus our energy. Extroverts tend to focus their energy on interacting with people and things where as introverts tend to focus their energy inward through consideration and contemplation. Sensing vs....