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PHQ | QUESTIONS FROM COMMUNITY: In this episode, Joel and Antonia answer a listener question about when the understanding of personality type stops being useful.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • In “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey he talks about the dependency model.
  • Dependence > Independence > Interdependence
  • When we run into a map/concept we like we get dependent upon it.
  • Then we may reject the model for a time and rediscover who we are without it.
  • “Oh yeah, I used to be into Myers-Briggs, but now I’m not into it anymore.”
  • Then they are reminded of the power of the tool, but they don’t allow it to take over as before – and that is interdependence.
  • If you’re having a hard time determining when you should and shouldn’t be implementing a system, you are probably somewhere between dependence and independence.
  • If that is where you are, give it a break. Don’t type anyone for awhile. Start seeing people without the lens of typology. Once you do that, pick the tool back up and create an interdependent relationship with it.
  • If you are using typology as a tool to understand other people you are using it in a healthy way.
  • If you are using it to project onto others negative qualities you may be massively dependent on it.
  • If you can’t see a person without automatically assigning them a Myers-Briggs type, you are probably too dependent upon it.
  • Stop using it for awhile until you can get to the point where you’re no longer seeing people through that lens, then pick the tool back up.

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  • Charis Branson
    • Charis Branson
    • December 27, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Melisa! I must admit this podcast reminded me that I need to create some independence from typology, too.

  • Melisa Landgraf
    • Melisa Landgraf
    • December 1, 2016 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you for the podcast on the limits of personality typing and where to draw the line. I realize I have become too dependent on it. Sometimes I will find myself thinking well I’m an INFJ so I should be doing this and I shouldn’t be doing this because that is not my type. Just the other day, I was thinking about going out with my friends and then I countered that with…wait no…I’m an introvert, that will drain me. So I didn’t go and stayed at home wishing that I had.

    It’s so nice when you can put people and understanding people in a nice little box or understanding yourself in a nice little box. But your podcast was a good reminder that this is just an aspect of a person, not the whole person. I need to hold personality typing loosely for a while and like you said, just re-engage with people and re-engage with myself.

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