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In this episode Joel and Antonia talk about healthy ways to approach personality development and personality typologies.

In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Personality Psychology is a field that is often abused
  • Typologies are something that needs to be respected
  • Personality hacker helps identify the unique qualities of people
  • Every single person is unique but we share common characteristics
  • There are limited ways in seeing reality and there are patterns to it
  • A good typology system doesn’t presume to define the person in their entirety
  • We use different types of typology systems and interweave them to understand a person better
  • Personality typologies help us understand how different and unique our perspectives are as individuals.
  • The horizontal and vertical models measure different things
  • Horizontal model – assuming everyone is of the same level of development
  • Vertical model – levels of development measured on an upward scale
  • Understanding the difference between these two types help us explore more details of an individual’s personality
  • One of the benefits of a solid horizontal model is that it gives you permission to be yourself and it has you giving permission for others to be themselves.
  • Typologies should never be used as a weapon.
  • Horizontal models are great for permission. Vertical models are great for achievement.
  • Many of us are interested to measure our progress and growth and vertical models are fantastic for analyzing our path.
  • We will discuss different models and typologies in upcoming episodes
  • Myers Briggs – studies how your mind is learning new information and how it is using it to make decisions
  • Enneagram – studies the strategies we use to deal with trauma
  • Graves model – study of ourselves in a micro and macro level
  • The more typology systems you use, the more you’re going to see different components of an individual’s personality.
  • We all have different virtues and values. No two people are exactly the same
  • If the typology system is not helping you understand yourself better, then it’s either it’s a bad typology system or you’re using it the wrong way.
  • Our ability to be happy is based on our emotional intelligence.
  • Don’t believe in anything too much. Even you’ve identified your personality type using these models and typologies, remember that it’s not the entire picture. It gives you permission to be the best person you can.

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  • Henrí Galvão
    • Henrí Galvão
    • December 12, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    Interesting to hear about the Graves model. I didn’t know about it, but a quick search on the web led me to believe that there are many similarities between this and other models that deal with levels of consciousness (such as the one exposed by David R. Hawkins).

  • Jolene
    • Jolene
    • April 15, 2016 at 4:36 am

    This is your best podcast thus far. It’s a great basic explanation of personality typing systems and it’s strengths and weaknesses. I will be sharing it others! Thanks!

  • Sage
    • Sage
    • June 5, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Why do you put Introverted Sensors (Memory) and Extroverted sensors (Sensation) in the same boat?

    Introverted Sensors are notorious for not wanting new experiences because they like the impressions of experiences they already have in their minds. The older they get, the less it seems they want a new experience.

    Extroverted Sensors paired with Introverted Thinking or Feeling are still trying out new ideas, values or objects as they age.

  • Antonia Dodge
    • Antonia Dodge
    • June 24, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    People who are more open to new experiences and discomfort are going to advance quicker than others.

    An Intuitive is more likely to have openness as a characteristic, but this is by no means universal. I know many Intuitives who are comfort-seeking, and they grow stagnate in their growth due to unwillingness.

    By the same token, I know Sensors who are very open to new experiences, in large part due to their upbringing. They, predictably, grow up the levels like crazy.

    Side by side, those with higher tolerance for discomfort will outclass those with a low tolerance regardless of type. Intuitives are more likely to have a higher tolerance, but it’s not always the case. There’s a pattern of Intuitives leading the charge to the next stage of evolution, but I wouldn’t make the mistake of seeing them as a whole in this context. It’s usually a few stand-out Intuitives, not the entire demographic.

    Great question. :)


  • Joel Mark Witt
    • Joel Mark Witt
    • June 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm


    Both types can and do progress up the levels of the Graves Model. And I can see a strong argument for an intuitive moving up faster – simply because they are typically more open to new things.

    For example – an INTP uses a mental process we’ve nicknamed “Exploration” to learn new information. One of they key characteristics of this process is an openness (some might even say compulsion) to making new and bold intuitive connections. This mental process is very comfortable in the realm of speculation and new ways of doing things.

    On the other hand – an ISTJ uses a mental process we’ve nicknamed “memory.” This mental process will look for patterns and examples from experience to understand and learn.

    The key thing to remember is that we are all growing individually. Like I referenced in the podcast – a golfer is going to grow as a golfer. If she compares herself to an archer – she is looking at the wrong thing. It’s about how much the individual is progressing.

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