So, what is personality?

Philosophers have been typing people since Plato, based on observations. People who watch people do start to notice not that there are only a few identical sorts of people, but that there are a certain limited number of patterns people general fall into.

There can be a lot of woo-woo involved in typing sometimes, but the angle that interests me is that now brain research is showing that some of these observations of human behavior are actually also observable in the brain.

If you’ve read Quiet, you know that brain research has shown that there is a physiological difference between the brains of introverts and extroverts – it’s about how the brain handles dopamine, how it processes it and how much it can handle.

Some researchers are also investigating that the same sorts of neurological differences can be observed between N/S and F/T brains. Basically, we take in information and we make decisions based on the information, and MBTI is about explaining which pathways are most connected in our brains. What’s most practiced is what you’re strongest in, and that’s your preference.

MBTI isn’t a set of 16 distinct, separate boxes that people fit into. Rather, it explains the 8 ways our brain processes information and ranks them based on what tend to prefer and what you tend to overlook.

That’s why sometimes you’ll hear types described as a spectrum or you’ll get a score that’s mid-range between two letters. It’s not hard and fast. It’s a ranking. We all actually need to use all the letters.

So my resources are all about understanding and using the cognitive functions, which is what the letters represent.

Homeschool Mom Types

Find out not only how your personality type affects your homeschool, but why your friends homeschool differently!


Cognitive Functions Cheat Sheet

Understand the meaning behind the letters of MBTI


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