MBTI application postulates that the capacity to deal with change is an expression of the combination of ‘Energy’ (E/I) and ‘External Orientation’ (J/P).
IJ: Decisive introverts: Change is tested against internal perceptions (focus on the N-S dimension, the I-preferred attitude). If change ‘fits’ they move quickly to implement. If the change does not fit, they are immovable opponents.
IP: Adaptable introverts: Change proposed stimulates curiosity (P focus) and information seeking. Proposed change is assessed according to T/F preference. The process of seeking information takes time, so appears adaptable, but they only move ahead after they have decided.
EP: Adapatable extraverts: Change proposed stimulates consulting their networks (E external stimuli focus) to find out what everybody thinks as information seeking approach. If change allows room for creativity (P) and action, they gather resources and people, and energise everyone to implement the change
EJ: Decisive extraverts: Change proposed stimulates their evaluative process (J, expressed as T or F), and questioning out loud. If questions are answered satisfactorily, they move quickly to organise and implement change.
(see Introduction to Type, p.32)
So: four basic responses to change; with variants within those four …
Now to check against the five colour model …
Yellow (their interests are taken into account) – maps to F preference
Blue (clearly specified result is laid down before) – maps to J preference; maps also to T preference
Red (it is appealing or inspiring) – maps to P preference
Green (learning and motivated to discover limits) – maps to N preference
White (autonomously of its own accord)
In my mapping analysis, I would see that the fifth item is irrespective of MBTI preferences – it addresses agency, and is independent of the dimensions MBTI seeks to specify.
As I consider the four colours (other than white), I do not establish a mutually exclusive and different set, as happens with the combinatory patterns for MBTI that express ‘quadrant-like’ differences, eg the E/I and J/P combination for approach to change; the N/S and T/F combination for learning styles and career interests; the E/I and N/S for uses of Information; the T/F and J/P for leading/following styles; and the NF/NT and SP/SJ temperament model. (see Introduction to type p.32-34)
Three things come to mind here:
(1) my next step would be to chase up the original, and read that for myself and check out how I understand it compared to Beth’s application of the review summary
(2) I also need to brush up on how I am understanding MBTI, and the combination of factors. This exercise forces that a bit, and prompts a remembrance of Yoland Wadsworth’s journey
(3) there is also the possibility that the analysis that led to the five colours, mixed/muddled categories, and so the chase and attempt to map will prove elusive (an inherent contradiction).