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Good Decision!

Good Decision!

By Patrick L. Kerwin, MBTI® Master Practitioner

When we’re faced with a problem to solve, it’s natural to solve it using our natural MBTI preferences.  So for example, if you prefer ISTJ and you are trying to solve a problem in your relationship with your boyfriend or girlfriend, it’s natural for you to:

  • Use Introversion Spend time reflecting on the problem, using your preference
  • Use Sensing to look at the reality of the situation and practical alternatives
  • Use Thinking to analyze the problem objectively
  • Use Judging to come to a conclusion quickly

And as natural as that might be, here’s the problem:  There are 8 preferences!  So when we solve problems using only the four preferences that are natural to us, we overlook valuable information and make lop-sided decisions!

To make a well-rounded and thorough decision, we need to engage our opposite four preferences.  For ISTJs, that would mean engaging their opposite preferences of E, N, F, and P, so they would:

  • Use Extraversion to talk to others to get their perspective on the situation
  • Use INtuition to consider other possible ways of looking at the problem and other alternatives to solving it
  • Use Feeling to consider how their boyfriend or girlfriend might feel about the situation
  • Use Perceiving to stay open to letting the situation unfold

So when you’re making a decision, remember to look at the bullets above that describe your four opposite letters.  Have you taken those into account?  When you use your four opposite letters in addition to using your four preferred letters, you won’t just make a natural decision – you’ll make a good decision!

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