How does a profile differ based on its type? Your profile might alter depending on your personality type, providing you with a new perspective on who you are and what you do. Here's an overview of the major types and their characteristics.
Intuitives are known for their creativity and sensitivity, making them good writers and artists. They also have a strong sense of purpose and desire to help others. Intuits tend to be more than one thing, such as creative and sensitive, which is why they're able to draw upon different aspects of themselves for various situations.
Sensing personalities are very practical and down-to-earth. They like to think that there's a correct way to do almost anything, from how to run a business to what college to attend. Sensing people are usually responsible individuals who don't mind getting their hands dirty.
Feelers are very empathetic and caring. They like to believe that everyone else feels the same way they do, which is why they can be seen as "people persons." Feelers are often taken advantage of because they'll always want to please others.
Judgers are straightforward and hardworking. They prefer order over chaos and expect others to live by the same rules.
Unfortunately, the solution is not that straightforward. Most personality type theories hold that an individual's type is inborn and does not change. Individuals can, however, develop qualities and habits that differ from, or even directly contradict, the definition of their type. For example, although intuitive individuals are assumed to be rational, many thinkers are also introspective about their own behavior so could be considered intelligent and logical.
In reality, types do change over time due to what's called "type adaptation." This means that people will always try to fit in with their environment, which includes other people. If the surrounding society is more likely to label as Type B someone who acts like an Intuitive, then they will begin to behave like that too.
However, if the Type B person encounters others who are more likely to call them Rational, they will start acting more like that too. So, over time, these adaptive behaviors will change both person's type and their quality. For example, one study showed that when initially given the choice to work on a task that was easy for their natural type or hard for their natural type, most participants chose the task that was easier for their natural type even though it was harder for their actual type. The study's authors concluded that people tend to adapt themselves to what is commonly done by their colleagues- or in this case, their peers with similar traits.
For example, a sensitive individual may become a stoic figure in order to protect themselves from pain.
People can also change their type identity. This happens when someone realizes they are not a type that they assumed they were, either because they possess some characteristics of more than one type or because they feel they belong to another type altogether. In this case, they change their identity to that of a different type so they can better understand themselves and their world.
People have changed their type identities through observation and experience. For example, someone who is intuitive might learn about logic and reasoning by studying those things deeply, thereby changing their type identity to that of a logical person. Another example would be if someone had a very bad experience with someone of a certain type and decided from then on to avoid them - they could then change their identity to that of someone who avoids trouble.
People also change their type identity due to education and life experiences. With enough knowledge and understanding of oneself and others, one can assume any type identity they wish - including those outside of the traditional types.
If you wish to modify more than one or two of your characteristics, making a list may be useful. For example, you may include characteristics such as dishonesty, procrastination, or self-doubt. To determine particular tendencies, try taking an online personality test. There are many available, so do some research before choosing one.
Once you have a list, decide which qualities you want to change and how much effort you are willing to put into it. It may be easier said than done! For example, if you want to change your tendency to be dishonest, you will need to develop new behaviors that replace the old ones.
It is possible to alter certain traits through behavioral modification. For example, you could try forcing yourself to be honest by punishing any untruthfulness with pain signals from your brain. This type of behavior training is called "cognitive behavioral therapy" (CBT).
Other traits may not be able to be changed through CBT alone. For example, someone who is extremely insecure may never feel confident enough to tell their face they're awesome. In this case, cognitive restructuring may help but won't be sufficient on its own. This person should seek out therapies that target insecurity at its root: emotional trauma from childhood experiences.