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3 Styles of Personality Type Descriptions

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Personality Type Descriptions
by Linda V. Berens, Ph.D.
and Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**



The Linder
Personality Type Descriptions
by Fannie R. Linder, Psy.D.*



Themes and Relationships
for each Personality Type
by Linda V. Berens, Ph.D.
and Dario Nardi, Ph.D.**


Description Style 1
(Self Portraits)

Written by Linda Berens Ph.D. and Dario Nardi Ph.D., two well know researchers and instructors in Type, this set of Personality Type descriptions is very unique. Each description is written in the first person perspective.

Basically, each Self Portrait was composed from interviews with 4 people of this type. The authors asked them one question: What is it like to be you? Then they captured the themes in their own words.

When you find the Self Portrait that seems to be your best-fit type, it should feel like the way you talk and really fit you well. Read the description as a whole and all the way through to get a feel for how well it fits. You want it to feel like a comfortable shoe. There will be some things that do not fit, but in general if this is your type, it will feel like you. If it does not feel like a really good fit, try on some other self-portraits.

Description Style 2
(The Linder Descriptions)

Written by Fannie Linder Psy.D., this style of Personality Type Description includes both the positive aspects of each type as well as some of the challenges each Type may face. In a sense these descriptions may reveal a bit of the darker side of each Type. Sometimes we can relate to the personal struggles and challenges better than we can the positive behavior.

Description Style 3
(Themes and Relationships)

Also by Linda Berens and Dario Nardi, these descriptions have a unique perspective on the "themes" and the "relationships" aspect of each Personality Type.

The source is also from interviews with people who represent each Personality Type. But then the inputs were run through a "Systems Analysis" process which gets at the core of each Type.

Sometimes people find a good fit by seeing how others would describe them. Read through these descriptions and and see if one fits you. These are also good descriptions to have someone who knows you well read to see if they agree that it fits you.

Here at we provide three different sets of descriptions of the 16 Myers-Briggs-Jung Personality Types.

Reading descriptions of the 16 Personality Types is one of the best ways to determine which Type fits you best, because tests and assessments can sometimes be inaccurate. See why.

These descriptions are written in different styles and different perspectives by recognized experts on Psychological Type. One style may work better for you than the others.

These psychologists and researchers have graciously given permission to display their copyrighted descriptions of the 16 Personality Types so that you may learn more about Type and put it to work for you in your own life.


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Michael T. Robinson

** For a complete set of Personality Type Descriptions by Linda V. Berens and Dario Nardi please see: "The 16 Sixteen Personality Types - Descriptions for Self-Discovery"

* Personality Type Description used with permission from the author, Fannie R. Linder, Psy.D.