Two central factors determine your personality type: the way you prefer to gather information, focusing on specifics (Sensing) or observing the relationships between things (iNtuition) and your preferred approach when making decisions, using an objective (Thinking) or subjective (Feeling) approach. Although you use both approaches when gathering information and making decisions, you probably notice that one comes more naturally than the other.
The four functions that drive your personality are somewhat like a family of four riding in a car, with two adults in the front seat and the children in the back seat. Naturally, you’d expect to have two mature adults taking charge of the situation because they are more capable and reliable. The same is true when you approach tasks. You instinctively call upon your strongest preferences and abilities to accomplish your goals.
To reach your intended destination, you certainly wouldn’t allow a young child to drive because they lack the ability and maturity to do so. When choosing a career or area of study, it’s important to identify your strongest, most well-developed preferences and the careers where you can apply them. If you decide on a career path that requires continued use of your “less mature” functions, it’s like relying on that young driver to get the job done. The experience will be unproductive and very stressful. Completing the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) helps hone in on your strengths and find a career that suits you. Allowing your strongest preferences to drive your career and educational decisions will enhance the likelihood you will find the career path that’s right for you.