December 01, 2011

P10_Portfolio_Understanding your personality type – MBTI


Yesterday, I attended a workshop from Warwick Skills Portfolio - Understanding your personality type - MBTI, which was held by Mary Sage.

As a part of the session we were given a questionnaire with 80 A/B questions about our preferences, feelings and actions.

The questionnaire focuses on four main parts:

Extrovert - Introvert
Sense - Intuition
Thinking - Feeling
Judging - Perceiving

As a result of my answers I am supposed to be ISTJ. However, after reading ISTJ and ESTJ description, I feel somehow uncomortable with ISTJ. Well, during the session and the excercise, I was also unsure whether to lean towards Extrovert or Introvert side.

After reading both of the description again thouroughly, I highlited those things that describes me. When I compared the ISTJ and ESTJ, I can say it is 1:1.

My question is, is it possible to be both extrovert and introvert?? It sounds a bit strange, isn't it?

And also Mary, what action points would you recommend me to set? Because I am somehow lost in my thoughts now.

Thank you for reading this and I'm looking forward to your respond.

Best wishes


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  1. Hello

    I have the same problem like you Natalia. Although my personality type is INFP according to questionnaire result, I quiet confused when I try to choose Extraversion or Introversion type in class, before I knew my result. I felt I’m in the middle of the Extra and Intro things.

    Also, Mary gave some examples to help the decision; which foot you are using to kick or crossing arms, or writing our names with our both hands to mean you can’t be both must be one side which is better. Nevertheless, I was confused and these examples didn’t help me. In addition, according to Bartol & Bartol (2008), ’’Ambiversion is a balance of extrovert and introvert characteristics. Most people (about 68% of the population) are considered to be ambiverts, while extraverts and introverts represent the extremes on the scale, with about 16% representation for each.’’ that means I believe could be both of them.

    My action point is to determine am I Extravertion, Introversion or really Ambiversion person

    Bartol & Bartol (2008). “Criminal Behavior: A Psychosocial Approach”. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: (8th Edition)

    02 Dec 2011, 00:42

  2. Mary Sage

    Hello Natalia

    Sorry for taking so long to get back to you on this. (Do you realise that if toher students can respond, you have not set the privacy settings on your blog, so anyone can read it – is this what you want? If not, you should follow the instructions on the website carefully and amend your settings.)

    Re your blog questions:
    According to MBTI theory, people only have one true innate type but they sometimes take a long time to discover it. The session was just an introduction to MBTI, and rather than p0nder too much on whether you are E or I, I’d try and focus more on what you learnt about yourslef from the session, and how others might see you. I can’t give you any specific action points, bit you could look at the “potential areas for growth” sections of both ISTJ and ESTJ on the handouts describing these types, and see if you can find anything useful from there. Hope this is helpful

    Best wishes


    15 Dec 2011, 12:27

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