Have you ever completed a 16personalities test? The outcomes may indicate that you are an idealist and mediator, or basically how people would label an INFP. People describe personalities in various ways, and scientists continue to wonder how our personalities influence our actions and shape who we are today. If you’ve ever been curious about what the word ‘personality’ really means, get ready because we are now talking about personality and the 4 sides of mind!
What Is Personality? 👀
There are a lot of ways to define personality. The 16 personality types were created by Isabel Myers and Katharine Briggs, developers of the MBTI® assessment. Myers and Briggs created their personality typology to help people discover their own strengths and gain a better understanding of how people are different.
By recognising your personality type, you can gain a better understanding of your temperament, career roles, and communication style. This was all covered in the 7th episode of Qwork Jam on "Does Your Personality Fit Your Dream Job?"
What Are the 4 Sides of the Mind? 🧠
The 4 sides of the mind are different ways of processing information and making decisions based on your Myers-Briggs personality type. The 4 sides of the mind, like a computer that processes data, are essentially a person's input and output functions.
Each type has four cognitive functions that they employ in a particular order. The most accurate way to type yourself or anyone else is to identify which functions you use - and in what order.
Of those functions, one is an intuitive function, another is a sensing function, another is a thinking function and the last is a feeling function. This explains why Thinkers sometimes have feelings and Feelers sometimes make logical decisions. It also explains why Perceivers can be very structured at times and Judgers can be very fluid. We're all a little bit of everything, but your type is ultimately determined by the cognitive functions you have and the order in which they are used.
☕ Have You Ever Heard of ‘Cognitive Stack’? 🤔
If you really want to delve deep into the more complex and rarely discussed aspects of personality type, then delving into the cognitive stack can be a lot of fun (and very helpful)!
The "ego" is our default mode of self in the cognitive stack, and it is usually our primary identity. Meanwhile, the "shadow" exists on the outskirts of our more conscious psyche. It represents the self's defensive and triggered side.
Is It Possible for a Person to Have 4 Personalities? 😱
Yes! Humans are multifaceted beings, and your four personalities can influence your overall identity as an individual. These four facets shape our personalities: Ego, Shadow, Subconscious, and Superego. Ego and Shadow are conscious traits that help you navigate your daily life. Subconscious and Superego, on the other hand, usually appear to the surface subconsciously and drain more of our energy level.
Now, let's look at how an ENFP can have 4 personalities!
Energy Level & Cognitive Transitioning ✨ 🧘🏻♀️
Our energy level is actually determined by which aspect of our personality we are currently in. For example, when we are questioned and confronted, our Ego will transition into Shadow, and we will reluctantly use our energy to do so. This is in contrast to transitioning from our Ego to our Subconscious, when we are asked to do new and exciting things, and we can be more accepting when we use our energy to transition.
When we are triggered by people doubting our abilities or becoming irritated with us, our Ego can transform into Superego, where our energy is directed toward responding angrily.
Let's look at how an ENFP enters its Shadow, Subconscious & Superego.
🔑✅ Key Takeaways
Exciting research and studies on various personalities! Consider what might happen if we fully comprehended self-esteem, trust, or even leadership traits. Watch the rest of our Qwork Jam episode to find out how unique different personalities are and if you can balance out your four sides of mind to improve your personal and professional life.