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My Personal Outlook on MBTI® Type & Relationships: Thinking/Feeling

My Personal Outlook on MBTI® Type & Relationships: Thinking/Feeling

Meet Priscilla Gardea as she goes along her own journey of self-discovery and assessment! As an avid MBTI user (and lover), she will be exploring how our line-up of CPP tools can help her reach her professional and career goals, while sharing insights with you on the “whats” and “hows”. This is one of several installments written by her.

In my last post, I mentioned that I tend to have a hard time recognizing Sensing and Intuition preferences in others. Also sometimes more challenging to decipher are people’s preference for either Thinking or Feeling. I’ve learned to listen for keywords that folks might use that might indicate where they fall on the spectrum. Even though I have a preference for F, I have gained a strong appreciation for the T side, thanks to my Program Evaluation grad class. Although it’s not how I think about things, I know the importance of using numbers, data, hard facts, and critical thinking. Especially in the realm of education, where budgets are tight, it’s crucial to be able to put quantitative data behind decisions. As much as I value the Thinking side, I follow my heart. I’m a very corporal thinker—as in, I use what I’m feeling, what my body is telling me, to guide my choices.

I get a lot of feel-good satisfaction from my job and the work I do. I personally connect to the stories, challenges, and successes of the students I work with. Sometimes it makes for emotionally exhausting work, but ultimately its rewards are priceless. I can think of two examples where I can see this play out in my relationships. The first example is Chris, another member of the CESDA E-Board. He’s my go-to numbers guy. His heart is in the work we do, but he also wants to see the data. This is fantastic because the feel-good work gets done and we have the data to keep the work going. The second is a conversation I had with a woman who was interested in joining the organization. She mentioned she was a Feeling type. By knowing this, I was still able to give her some of the hard facts and data about CESDA, but I focused on the work we do, how it impacts students’ lives, and the camaraderie between members. By the end of the conversation, she was excited to join.

In my next post (and last for this installment!) I’ll talk about Perceiving and Judging preferences.

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