I’ve been recently thinking a lot about personality types. Ever heard of the Myers-Briggs indicator (MBTI)? I bet you have. In some countries it’s more of a standard. In Poland it isn’t widely known. Unless you’re into psychology or human resources, that is.
For me it started with a book called Do What You Are by Paul D. Tieger.
Full Catastrophe Living by Jon Kabat-Zinn mentions an anecdote about Socrates. ‘Know thyself,’ Socrates used to tell his students. On one occasion, a student asked him – ‘You often say that we should know ourselves, but do you know yourself?’ Socrates answered – ‘No, but I’m beginning to understand something about this not-knowing.’
If you haven’t tried discovering your type yet, I challenge you to do so. It might make you change some things in your life. It might help you understand yourself and others. Personally, I catch myself thinking about other people in terms of their personality type now. I try to find out what they are like based on the four dichotomies and… hmm… enhance my heuristics. It helps. Above all, it’s quite a surprise.