Season 3: Personality Matters
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Understanding differences in personality type can drastically reduce conflict and friction in relationships, and this is as true with our children as it is with anyone else.
However, typing children is tricky. Personality preferences develop over time, as people exercise more and more decision-making and observation-making abilities. Children are developing, and so we need to give them space to grow and experiment and blossom rather than box them into labels prematurely. Though typing them can be helpful, we should be careful to not do so too soon and to still always treat them as an individual rather than as a type. Finding our children’s personality type should only be done as a means to understanding and shepherding them better, seeing how different responses to a given situation might not be a sin problem or even need to be a conflict if we understand that they see things and respond to things differently than we do.
Knowing their tendencies helps you understand their perspective, what they’re seeing, and how to respond to them so they understand you.
Read the original post: Know Your Child’s Personality
Simple Sanity Saver: The Perks of Personality
I mentioned in the last episode that introverts have to extrovert and extroverts have to introvert. It’s true. You are not either a total extrovert or a total introvert – or, if you are, you’re not functional. Extroverting means dealing with anything external to you while introverting means dealing with anything inside your mind – we all do both, though we each prefer one mode.
And, there are multiple ways to both extrovert and introvert. For example, a TJ personality type extroverts by making decisions, being bossy, and getting things done while an FJ type extroverts by being a sort of emotional thermostat for people – sensing where people are and helping move them toward where they need to be.
With the free download for this season available below, you can check what your extroverted and introverted functions are based on your type. Here’s how you might use that information:
- a Te in a group will need to know things are under control – either by someone more competent than herself or by herself.
- an Fe in a group will need to be dynamic, helping people understand what’s important and become better through relational connection.
- an Ne in a group will be happier with a back seat role, noticing all the different perspectives and circumstances coming into play. They’ll have good insights about what’s going on after the fact.
- an Se in a group will be paying attention to every detail and be able to make it beautiful, make it work, in the moment.
So, Ne & Se are better at playing supportive roles – Te types need to be aware they are resources to draw on so their decisions are better informed. Fe types will make group dynamics work, but need help with the details.
When you know your type, you are better able to help out and make things happen in a way that works for you and supports others.
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