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My Personal Outlook on MBTI® Type & Relationships: Extraversion/Introversion

My Personal Outlook on MBTI® Type & Relationships: Extraversion/Introversion

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.

The more I learn about MBTI® type, the more I use it on a daily basis. It has become one of the default lenses through which I see my life and interactions. I think about it a lot in terms of my relationship to others too.

One of the things about people I now find easier to pick up on is their preference for either Extraversion or Introversion. Before I better understood these opposing preferences, it was fairly easy for me (as an Extravert) to jump to conclusions about Introverts, such as they don’t like me or they don’t seem to have much to say or add to the conversation. But now I’ve learned to give Introverts their space, and I better understand where they get their energy from—that it’s not about me. I have a handful of really close friends that are fairly strong Introverts, and I thoroughly enjoy the time we spend together. I also know that they need a significant amount of time alone, for themselves. I also have quite a few Extraverted friends. These are the ones that I can call on, even after they’ve had a long day. They’ll be okay with sharing time since they get energy from being around others.

I’ve also seen this part of the MBTI assessment play out in my dating life. A guy I was talking to, a strong Introvert, preferred to text. He liked to think about what he was going to say. I, on the other hand, wanted to either talk on the phone or meet up—I wanted the face-to-face communication. It was something that I picked up on right away so I was able to both bend my communication style to accommodate him better and express my needs for more instant communication.

The difference also plays out in work settings. For example, one of my colleagues is a strong Introvert; she prefers email communication. Although my preference is to either call her or chat with her, I’ve learned that we work more efficiently together if I email her. Finally, if I’m in a meeting with my CESDA executive board, I know to allow (what seems to me) extra time after posing a question to the group. This allows the Introverts on the team to process and share if they want to.

I’ll continue with Sensing and Intuition in my next post!

 

 

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