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    Yesterday at staff development, my fellow staff members and I were asked to sort ourselves into "personality compass" types. As a MBTI hobbyist, I of course found it lacking in some dimensions, but it was reasonably useful for understanding certain leadership styles. I wish that I'd been paying attention more to who sorted themselves where outside of my group, but I always end up being the "recorder" and the "reporter" in group situations (actually, 3/4 of the people who ended up reporting info to staff in this activity were English teachers... that always happens), so I was otherwise occupied.

    Anyway, so it was pretty cute and somewhat useful. There were four identified styles:

    -North: North personalities are the "go getters." They hear that something needs to be done, and they do it immediately. (I'd probably connect this to extraversion and extraverted judgment)

    -South: South personalities are the people who want to make sure that everybody's feelings are taken care of, that everybody gets a chance to say what they need to say. (Extraverted feeling, clearly... anything else?)

    -East: East personalities are those who like to look at the big picture and make a comprehensive plan before acting. (This is probably intution... maybe introverted judgment?)

    -West: West personalities are the nitty-gritty detail-oriented planners. (This would seem to be sensing-related, though my ENFJ friend associated herself with this type.)

    I put myself in the East group. My INTJ friend did as well, as did the other INFJ English teacher (I think he's INFJ, anyway). Some loud folks kind of surprised me, but I suppose that you don't have to be quiet to be a big-picture person.

    I see some clear problems with this system, but I thought it was a pretty neat exercise.


    Where would you put yourself as a cardinal direction? Why? What cognitive processes would you associate with these descriptions?

    And for the heck of it, feel free to answer the questions we had to answer in our groups:

    1. What are the strengths of your type?
    2. What are the limitations of your type?
    3. With which group do you find it most difficult to work?
    4. What do other groups need to know about your type at work?
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    Hmm. Interesting. I'd have to say South, for me, but I don't feel like I'm so concerned with making sure absolutely everybody feels wonderful at any given moment. Just a general consideration more.

    In any case, I'm not East (I rarely stick to plans), West (detail is my bane), or very North (I'm not especially proactive). Thus there's only South left!



    Oh, and I'd be curious to see how INTPs would categorise themselves - none of them seem to fit, from what I can tell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by arcticangel02 View Post
    Hmm. Interesting. I'd have to say South, for me, but I don't feel like I'm so concerned with making sure absolutely everybody feels wonderful at any given moment. Just a general consideration more.

    In any case, I'm not East (I rarely stick to plans), West (detail is my bane), or very North (I'm not especially proactive). Thus there's only South left!



    Oh, and I'd be curious to see how INTPs would categorise themselves - none of them seem to fit, from what I can tell.

    Yeah, I kind of feel like INTPs (and INFPs of the less touchy-feely variety, as I am an INFJ) would have a hard time categorizing themselves.

    East, though, I don't think is as much about sticking to plans (that's more a West thing, I'd expect) but about developing them.
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    Hm... no good place for me there. I'd probably say south-east, but neither seem to fit all that well alone. Definitely not west or north though.
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    I think I'd put myself in the Southeast somewhere..

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    Despite my INFJ-ness, I think I'd identify more as a northeast than a southeast. In terms of WORK and making professional decisions, I tend to be very impatient with people who are excessively feelings-oriented... because damn it, we're at work. Don't take everything so personally! Just do the job!

    (This may be somewhat a result of my hypersensitive department chair who is ALWAYS really worried about how people feel.)
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    I have no idea... maybe East? But I don't usually follow the plan extensively- at least not consciously.

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    Edit.. oh we are supposed to pick a direction, not a quadrant.. East. Pretty common of the NP.

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    Southeast. Southwest on occasion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eileen View Post
    Despite my INFJ-ness, I think I'd identify more as a northeast than a southeast. In terms of WORK and making professional decisions, I tend to be very impatient with people who are excessively feelings-oriented... because damn it, we're at work. Don't take everything so personally! Just do the job!

    (This may be somewhat a result of my hypersensitive department chair who is ALWAYS really worried about how people feel.)
    No, I can totally relate!!

    Out of those four, definitely East for me. And I'd say I'm more northeast than southeast.

    When I'm at work, in meetings, I don't care about feelings ;-) (although that's not to say I'm rude/inconsiderate or anything!!!). I tend to cut to the chase, stick to the big picture, ensure there's clarity, and tend to be the person who takes in all the info and spits out what we really need to focus on -- and get rid of the fluff that isn't really the crux of the matter. I'd say those are my strengths, and I've been given that feedback as well -- when I had to get some peer feedback late last year, a coworker wrote: 'She knows how to 'get to the point'. When others can be bogged down in the details, she has the remarkable ability to see clearly and concisely what needs to be done. I saw her demonstrate this multiple times when decisions needed to be made to clarify......'.

    The limitation is that I might come across as somewhat intimidating to some personality types while at work? I'm not sure. I'm just rarely questioned (which makes me wonder whether people might be 'scared' of me? haha) and people tend to trust my judgement, and some people might not know what to think about me because when I'm in work-mode, in meetings or whatever, I am pretty confident and probably come across as more of an NT, but when I'm not in meetings, I'm just not in that 'zone' and think I'm much more personable.
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