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The Coey Communicator



Miers-Briggs Type Personality Typing…getting an idea of your personality type


“People’s Habits tell a lot about them.  Not just their “bad” habits, but also such habits as what they pay attention to, what they care about, and how they decide things.  These are mental habits.  Some mental habits are very deep on a person.  Trying to change them is like trying to change the stripes on a tiger—like trying to change the grain in a piece of wood. “ (Lawrence, Gordon, People Types and Tiger Stripes , 1991)


Understanding your personality type and others can help you better understand your strengths and needs and that of others better, hopefully enabling you to be more successful in life.


We are going to work through 4 charts and you are going to try and write down the descriptors on the one side or the other that best describe you.  This can sometimes be challenging as we have all learned things from different people and sometimes it is difficult to pick your gut reaction which is most true to who you are.  There are no “right” answers, just try to be honest with yourself.


Extroverted or Introverted




Likes action and variety

Likes quiet time to consider things

Likes to do mental work by talking to people

Likes to do mental work privately before talking

Acts quickly, sometimes without much reflection

May be slow to try something without understanding it first

Likes to see how other people do a job, and to see results

Likes to undertand the idea of a job and work alone or with just a few people

Wants to know what other people expect of him/her

Wants to set his/her own standards


More comfortable with the outside world

More comfortable with inner world

Gain energy by being around people

Gain energy by being alone


Sensing or Intuitive




Pays most attention to experience as it is Now

Pays most attention to the meaning of facts and how they fit together

Likes to use senses to find out what is happening

Likes to use imagination to come up with new ways to do things—new possibilities

Dislikes new problems unless there are standard ways to solve them

Likes solving new problems, and dislikes doing the same things over

Enjoys using skills already learned more than learning new ones

Likes using new skills more than practicing old ones

Is patient with details but impatient when the details get complicated

Is impatient with details but doesn’t mind complicated situations

Pays more attention to facts coming from personal experience

Pays more attention to meaning behind the facts

See details

See “big picture”




Thinking or Feeling




Likes to decide things logically

Likes to decide things with personal feelings and human values, even if they aren’t logical

Wants to be treated with justice and fair play

Likes praise and likes to please people, even in unimportant things

May neglect or hurt other people’s feelings without knowing it

Is aware of other people’s feelings

Gives more attention to ideas or things than to human relationships

Can predict how others will feel

Doesn’t need harmony

Gets upset by arguments and conflicts; values harmony

Makes decisions by examining data (impersonal, cool)

Makes decisions by paying attention to personal values and feelings



Judging or Perceiving




Likes to have a plan, have things settled and decided ahead

Likes to stay flexible and avoid fixed plans

Tires to make things come out the way they “ought to be”

Deals easily with unplanned and unexpected happenings

Likes to finish one project before starting another

Likes to start manay projects but may have difficulty finishing them all

Usually has mind made up

Usually is looking for new information

May decide things too quickly

May decide things too slowly

Wants to be right

Wants to miss nothing

Lives by standards and schedules that are not easily changed

Lives by making changes to deal with problems as they come along