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Jung's typological model regards psychological type as similar to left or right handedness: people are either born with, or develop, certain preferred ways of perceiving and deciding. The MBTI sorts some of these psychological differences into four opposite pairs, or "dichotomies", with each pair associated with a basic human drive:

Curiosity (how):

  • Sensing/Intuition

Time (when):

Empathy (what):

  • Thinking/Feeling

Sympathy (why):

  • Perception/Judging


Sensing types develop strong beliefs based on information that is in the present, tangible, and concrete: that is, empirical information that can be understood by the five senses. They tend to distrust hunches, which seem to come "out of nowhere".

Intuition types tend to be more interested in the underlying reality than in superficial appearance.


Extraverted types recharge and get their energy from spending time with people.

Introverted types recharge and get their energy from spending time alone

An ambivert is both intraverted and extroverted.


Thinking types tend to decide things from a more detached standpoint, measuring the decision by what seems reasonable, logical, causal, consistent, and matching a given set of rules.

Feeling types tend to come to decisions by associating or empathizing with the situation, looking at it 'from the inside' and weighing the situation to achieve, on balance, the greatest harmony, consensus and fit, considering the needs (and egos) of the people involved.

A hermaphrodite is both Feeling and Thinking


Perception types like to "keep their options open". In other words they are willing to cheat whenever others aren't looking and are uncomfortable in an environment in which cheating is looked down on.

Judging types are more comfortable with a structured environment. One that is planned and organized, rational and reasonable. An environment in which everyone can get their fair share. An environment in which cheating is not permitted or is strongly discouraged.


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