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Personal Growth For Each Myers Briggs Personality Type

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“The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.”
- Carl Jung

You have only one life to live and what you get out of it largely depends on your ability to grow and develop as a person. Each of us has a unique story and life path to follow and along the way will come challenges that reveal our strengths and expose our weaknesses. Using the MBTI, we can learn to recognize aspects of our personality that are underdeveloped and then work to improve them. Recognizing your cognitive weak points is the first step in fortifying them but you can also take some solace knowing that other people with your MBTI type share your struggle. Here is a look at some of the areas in which each MBTI personality type can focus on improving to be the best they can be.

ISTJ Personal Growth

Some ISTJs may develop an excessive love of food and drink and an interest in other people, or in relating to them. They have trouble enjoying the moment due to fear of the future and can become slaves to their routines and “by the book” ways of doing things. ISTJs can have a very narrow mind set that only attends to information that is useful to themselves. They may often dismiss other’s opinions and perspectives, before really understanding them and look at external ideas and people with the primary purpose of finding fault.

ISTJs are often uncomfortable with change

and uncertainty and can appear inflexible, dull and rigid. They stick to their own plans, sometimes irrationally, even when the results come out negatively may have difficulty understanding that making good choices involves careful consideration of future possibilities and finding better methods.

ISTJs can sometimes be too self sacrificing

and can overburden themselves with helping others and neglect their own health. They can be untrusting of other’s reliability and generally prefer to handle details themselves rather than delegate and will also forcefully take over others’ responsibilities. They place high demands on themselves and are easily embarrassed by their mistakes because they are concerned with appearing “proper”. They can be overly risk averse and have difficulty integrating knowledge that is seen as “unnecessary” or “unrealistic“.

ISTJs need to learn to use Ne consciously

to express ideas about the future and the meaning of life events and also to change course midstream whenever circumstances require you them do so. They can broaden their perspective by learning to be more accepting of new ideas or different methods of approaching tasks/problems. They should also relax their need for control by being more flexible in your relationships and allow others to be themselves and learn from their own mistakes.

Tips for ISTJ Growth

  1. Take care to listen to someone’s idea entirely before you pass judgment on it. Ask questions if necessary. Do whatever it takes to make sure that you understand the idea. Try not to begin judging anything until you understand the details.

  2. Try to identify the personality type of everyone you encounter frequently in your life. Remember that Intuitives often have a wandering style of expression. Try to exhibit tolerance for this.

  3. Before you being talking to another person, pause for a moment and look at that person. Take in that person’s attitude and feelings at that moment. Be aware of the person with whom you are speaking.


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