Archive for October 20th, 2007

People Types and Tiger Stripes — Gordon Lawrence

October 20, 2007

This is not a new book. I read it, among others, some years ago when I was studying psychology, pastoral care and counselling.
The book builds on the Myers Briggs theory of ‘personality preference’ types as related to understanding others and especially when applied to teaching. I found it especially helpful in the context of church ministry.

The book is excellent and one which every would-be teacher would be wise to read. But not only teachers, anyone who wants to understand group dynamics in any situation. It is also a strong guide to understanding ourselves and what makes ‘me’ tick.
So to avoid unhappy situations, I have to remind myself of ‘what I am’ occasionally. Of the sixteen groups mine is INFJ Introverted, Intuition, with Feeling — only one in a hundred belong to this group. Put briefly:
“People-orientated, Innovator of ideas, serious, quietly forceful and persevering; concerned with the common good, with helping others develop. Enjoy working alone.”
Understanding this, helped me to understand why I find it hard to get on with some people who expect me to conform to their expectations, and also why I am not a natural ‘party-goer’.

If there are any INFJ readers of this blog who are also writers, I would be interested to hear from you.