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In this episode of the Personality Hacker podcast, Joel and Antonia talk about how personality types build self-trust.


In this podcast you’ll find:

  • Check out our first episode in this series to get more context on this conversation.
  • Why self trust is a crucial but difficult skill to build.
  • Which other concepts are closely related to self trust?
  • What does it mean to have self trust?
  • Which cognitive functions do we use when we evaluate and build our self trust?
  • How do we trust the cognitive functions based on their position in our stack?
  • What does a lack of self trust look like? Antonia shares a recent example.
  • What erodes self trust?
  • How self trust affects our decision making.
  • Why self compassion is important when building self trust.
  • What do we gain when we achieve self trust?
  • Looking beyond your personality type when it comes to self trust.
  • What is self trust ultimately about?
  • Key markers to look for when striving for self trust.

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  • Eric
    • Eric
    • November 25, 2022 at 3:08 pm

    Your new video shorts on youtube are fantastic, and they’re like mini sermons on my twitter feed!

    I was chatting in DM on reddit with an ENFJ asking advice about her INTP bf and I found this episode was almost perfectly timed to explain what was going on when this lady explained her bf’s confidence and trust issues, and that video short was a good summary of why the ep is worthwhile (& I had already listened to the whole ep by then).

  • Ron Anderson
    • Ron Anderson
    • November 19, 2022 at 12:31 pm

    I’ve found self-trust has developed by necessity through learning that external sources, other people, other opinions, the tribe, have proved untrustworthy. I have learnt to trust myself becaue I trust no one else in my life. By your definition I lack self trust. However I have just made decisions that work for me. As you are not omnipotent you have no idea whether your solutions are suitable for me. Your definition of a full life may not be my definition of a full life.

  • Kris Braddock (INTP)
    • Kris Braddock (INTP)
    • November 18, 2022 at 4:44 am

    As you were exploring ideas about which functions or positions correlated to self-trust, it got me to thinking about it slightly different. Consider that, from a certain point of view, ALL the cognitive functions are providing information to the individual in some form or another, even the extraverted functions. Any function, then, could be a source of self-doubt if we don’t know what to do with the information provided or we don’t have the appropriate level of confidence in the information (depending on the maturity of that function). Most of this probably happens subconsciously.

    Self-trust could also apply to emotions. Do I trust what my feelings are telling me? Do I have an accurate estimate of how much I should trust what different feelings are saying? Do I know what to do with that information? It applies in the physical domain as well. My body is telling me I need sleep, but I either don’t realize it or I don’t trust it.

    Of course, leave it to a Ti-dom to see everything through the lens of information, but it’s those two factors – the data itself and the confidence level of the data – that provide clarity, at least for me. (And now my mind is exploring how clarity relates to trust because that word really resonated when I just wrote it down.)

  • Eric
    • Eric
    • November 25, 2022 at 2:52 pm

    Yeah I get the sense of the engineering mindset- The system is only as sturdy as its weakest link – and “weakest link” in this context is the function with the most compromiseable uncertainty.

  • Ryan INFP
    • Ryan INFP
    • November 17, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    I think the girl had most likely made a mistake or was told she had. Her self would have not understood the magnitude of making a wrong choice the person who told her off would have confused her logic. Her fi would have gone all over maybe a bit of nerves confusion her NE does not help it wont make a decision in fact it adds more possibilities and she will narrate. her SI is obviously in a bad way. Her TE does not have an answer she knows what to do. FE its not a strong point she is probably more concerned about how she feels and if it is busy her FE will be in overdrive. NI well they actually is no correct answer without asking. SE if she is an INFP she most likely would not want to Wrap the plates in front of anyone in the moment experience. Her TI well its not likely to have the say. INFPs will be indecisive when making decisions for others unless asked and it would be more of a distrust in her environment and in people than herself. I am presuming she is living something that happened before. so her own ability to understand and remember past experience gives her the lack of trust in herself.

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