MBTI’s Unique Themes
- Actively solving problems.
- Observing how
- Talent for using tools for the
- Need to be independent.
on their hunches or intuitions.
- Understanding a situation.
- Taking things apart.
- Making discoveries.
- Sharing those discoveries.
- Unsettled by powerful emotional experiences.
- Taking charge of situations.
- Tactical prioritizing.
- Talent for negotiating.
- Want a measure
of their success.
- Keep their options open.
- Enjoy acting as a consultant.
- Winning people
- Caring for family and friends.
exhilaration at the edge.
- Disappointed when
others don’t show respect.
- Taking advantage of opportunities.
with what’s important.
- Talent for pulling
together what is just right.
- Creative problem solving.
- Building relationships.
- Attracting the loyalties of others.
- Being their own
- Have their own personal style.
- Struggle with nurturing their own self-esteem.
- Stimulating action.
- Have a sense of style.
- Talent for presenting things in a useful way.
- Natural actors—engaging others.
up people to possibilities.
- Respect for freedom.
- Taking risks.
- A love of learning, especially about people.
- Genuine caring.
- Sometimes misperceive others’ intentions.
- Drawing up plans and being prepared.
- Getting work done first.
- Being active in the community.
- Loyalty to their
- Cultivating good qualities.
- Doing the
- Bear life’s burdens and overcome
- Talented at planning, sequencing,
and noticing what’s missing.
- Having to learn
so much in hindsight is painful at times
- Talent for bringing order to chaotic situations.
- Educating themselves.
- Industrious, work-hard
- Balance work with play.
- Having a
philosophy of life.
- Having the steps to success.
- Keeping up traditions.
- Being well-balanced.
- Connecting their wealth of life experiences.
- Often disappointed when perfectionistic standards for economy and quality are not met.
- Noticing what’s needed and what’s valuable.
- Talent for careful and supportive organization.
- Know the ins and outs.
- Enjoy traditions.
- Work to protect the future.
- Being nice and agreeable.
- Unselfish willingness to volunteer.
- Feeling a
sense of accomplishment.
- Exasperated when
people ignore rules and don’t get along.
- Accepting and helping others.
- Managing people.
- Hearing people out.
- Voicing concerns and accommodating needs.
- Admire the success of others. Remember what’s important.
- Talented at providing others with what they need.
- Keep things pleasant.
- Maintaining a sense of continuity.
- Accounting for the costs.
- Often disappointed by entrepreneurial projects.
- Maximizing achievements.
- Drive for self mastery.
- Build a vision.
- Very long-range
- Realizing progress toward
- Systems thinking.
- Talent for seeing
the reasons behind things.
- Being on the leading edge.
- Maintaining independence.
- Find it
difficult to let go in interacting with others.
- Being a leader.
- Maximize talents.
- Marshal resources toward progress.
- Intuitive explorations.
- Forging partnerships.
- Mentoring and
- Talent for coordinating multiple projects.
- Balance peace and conflict.
- Demonstrates predictive creativity.
overwhelmed by managing all the details of
time and resources.
- Becoming an expert.
- Seeing new patterns
and elegant connections.
- Talent for design
- Crossing the artificial bound-
aries of thought.
- Activate the imagination.
- Clarifying and defining.
- Making discoveries.
- Reflect on the process of thinking itself.
- Detach to analyze.
- Struggle with attending
to the physical world.
- Being inventive.
- Talented at building prototypes
and getting projects launched.
- Enjoys lifelong
- Enjoy the creative process.
their insights about life’s possibilities.
- Strategically formulate success.
- An inviting host.
the drama of the give and take.
- Trying to be
- Surprised when their strategizing
of relationships becomes problematic.
- Personal growth.
- Sustain the vision.
the gifts of others.
- Taking a creative approach
- Talent for foreseeing.
- Exploring issues.
- Bridging differences and connecting people.
- Practical problem solving.
- Living with a sense
- Living an idealistic life often
presents them with a great deal of stress and
a need to withdraw.
- Communicate and share values.
- Realizing dreams—their
own and others.
- Seek opportunities to grow
- Heeding the call to a life work or
- Enjoying the creative process.
- Intuitive intellect.
- Reconcile the past and the
- Talent for seeing potential in others.
- Often find living in the present difficult.
- Going with the flow.
- Knowing what is behind
what is said.
- Uncovering mysteries.
- Exploring moral questions.
- Talent for facilitative listening.
- Relate through stories and metaphors.
- Balancing opposites.
- Getting re-acquainted
- Have a way of knowing
what is believable.
- Struggling with structure
and getting their lives in order.
- Inspiring and facilitating others.
- Exploring perceptions.
- Talent for seeing what’s not being said
and voicing unspoken meanings.
- Seek to have
- Recognize happiness.
- Living out stories.
- Want to authentically live with
- Respond to insights in the creative
- Finding the magical situation.
hunger for discovering their direction.
(From the book “Neuroscience of Personality: Brain Savvy Insights For All Types of People” by Dario Nardi)