What's Your Style—Senser, Intuitor, Thinker, Feeler?

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WHAT'S YOUR STYLE—SENSER, INTUITOR, THINKER, FEELER?

Individuals differ in the way they interact with others and the way they gather and evaluate information for problem solving and decision making. Four psychological functions identified by Carl Jung are related to this process: sensation, intuition, thinking, and feeling.

Before you read further, complete the Problem-Solving Diagnostic Questionnaire (Part A), and then check the scoring key that appears in Part B. It has no right or wrong answers; just read each item carefully, and then respond with your answer.

Part A:QUESTIONNAIRE TO DETERMINE YOUR STYLE

Indicate your responses to the following questionnaire on a separate sheet of paper. None of these items have right or wrong responses.

I.Write down the number and letter of the response that comes closest to how you usually feel or act. 1.I am more careful about
a.People's feelings
b.Their rights
2.I usually get along better with
a.Imaginative people
b.Realistic people
3.It is a higher compliment to be called
a.A person of real feeling
b.A consistently reasonable person
4.In doing something with many people, it appeals more to me a.To do it in the accepted way
b.To invent a way of my own
5.I get more annoyed at
a.Fancy theories
b.People who do not like theories
6.It is higher praise to call someone
a.A person of vision
b.A person of common sense
7.I more often let
a.My heart rule my head
b.My head rule my heart
8.I think it is a worse fault
a.To show too much warmth
b.To be unsympathetic
9.If I were a teacher, I would rather teach
a.Courses involving theory
b.Fact courses

II.Write down the letters of the words in the following pairs that appeal to you more.

10.a.compassionb. foresight
11. a.justiceb.mercy
12. a.productionb.design
13. a.gentleb.firm
14. a.uncriticalb.critical
15. a.literalb.figurative
16. a.imaginativeb.matter-of-fact

According to Jung, only one of the four functions—sensation, intuition, thinking, or feeling—is dominant in an individual. However, the dominant function is usually backed up by one of the functions from the other set of paired opposites. Part C shows the four problem-solving styles that result from these matchups.

PART B: SCORING KEY TO DETERMINE YOUR STYLE

The following scales indicate the psychological functions related to each item. Use the point-value columns to arrive at your score for each function. For example, if you answered a to the first question, your 1a response in the feeling column in worth zero points when you add up the point-value column. Instructions for classifying your scores follow the scales.

| | | | | | | | | | |POINT | |POINT | |POINT | |POINT | |SENSATION |VALUE |INTUITION |VALUE |THINKING |VALUE |FEELING |VALUE | | 2 b ___ |1 | 2 a ___ |2 | 1 b ___ |1 | 1 a ___ |0 | | 4 a ___ |1 | 4 b ___ |1 | 3 b ___ |2 | 3 a ___ |1 | | 5 a ___ |1 | 5 b ___ |1 | 7 b ___ |1 | 7 a ___ |1 | | 6 b ___ |1 | 6 a ___ |0 | 8 a ___ |0 | 8 b ___ |1 | | 9 b ___ |2 | 9 a ___ |2 |10 b ___ |2 |10 a ___ |1 | |12 a ___ |1 |12 b ___ |0 |11 a ___ |2 |11 b ___ |1 | |15 a ___ |1...
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