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In this podcast Joel and Antonia talk about what it means to create a good map of your personality type.


In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Why would a truly accurate map be completely completely useless?
    • How does this relate to your personality map?
  • What is the difference between a template and a map?
    • How this helps distinguish between traits and personality types.
    • Using ENTPs as an example.
    • What’s the connection between your personality map and your purpose?
  • What are two ways that a map can misguide someone?
  • Why can using type can be beneficial.
    • How should you use personality type?
  • What or who should you rely on to get where you want to go?
    • How can you use other people’s experiences?
    • Why is understanding a map not always enough?
  • What can a good map do and what can it not do?
    • How we can turn a good map into a bad one.
  • How do you create a good map?
    • How to use your map.
    • An INTJ case example.
    • What should you do if your map has become a bad one?
    • Where do you go from here?

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  • Jared Vaughan
    • Jared Vaughan
    • August 11, 2022 at 4:15 pm

    I think Ne is the map. And Se is the actual terrain.

    But I think Ne + Ti is a traditional cartographical map.

    Whereas Ne + Fi is a moral compass.

    A good mariner needs both.

  • Joel Mark Witt
    • Joel Mark Witt
    • August 10, 2022 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks Vic for adding to these ideas. I appreciate how you gave recommendations along with resources.

  • vic (infj preferences)
    • vic (infj preferences)
    • August 10, 2022 at 7:30 am

    Here’s a suggestion for a map-making method, creating by combining advice from a few past Personality Hacker episodes:

    - Think of some big questions to ask. These could include: What do I want to achieve (Te)? How do I want to interact with others (Fe)? What do I want to experience and pay attention to (Se)? What new ideas and possibilities do I want to explore (Ne)?

    - As recommended by Antonia in the previous episode, spend some time in silent solitude reflecting on these questions. With enough time and space, it may be possible to draw on all of our introverted functions to help find initial answers: What does my intuitive insight tell me (Ni)? What does past experience tell me (Si)? What fits with my personal values and emotional needs (Fi)? What makes logical sense to me (Ti)?

    - Develop a longer-term plan: how do I want to act, react and interact in the world?

    - For everyday decisions, practice the technique discussed in Episode 166 ( before acting or reacting, try to spend a few moments using your preferred introverted function to assess the situation without judging yourself or others. Antonia and Joel discuss this mostly in the context of choosing our emotional reactions during challenging situations, but I think it can be applied to other decisions as we try to establish new habits or make progress. The longer times of reflection may build a foundation for these brief moments of introspection.

    - As noted in this episode, we should test our map for a while and then re-evaluate it, by asking questions again and spending time in reflection again. Hopefully this cycle can become a beneficial spiral!

    - In Episode 166, Joel and Antonia mention that this work can take a lot of energy. The discussion in Episode 207 ( has advice for determining what sort of rest and renewal will best meet our individual needs.

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