Welcome

Home
Learning Styles
Special Needs
Free Resources
Brain Strategies
Requirements
Preschool
Articles
FAQs
Free Book 
 

 

 

Personality Type
and
Your Child's Learning Style
 

MBTI and Learning

The Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory (MBTI) is a personality test designed to pinpoint one’s preferences in four areas - how you get re-energized (extrovert/introvert), how you see the world (sensing/intuitive), how you make decisions (feeling/thinking), and how you relate to your outer world (judging/perceiving).

Sounds simple, but what a load of info you can discover about yourself, your learning styles, and relationships with others. You’ll find yourself amazed at the gifts God has given you and your family members!

You’ll also discover ways to effectively teach your child and tap into his/her learning potential.

Taking the Myers-Briggs Personality Inventory literally changed my life. It opened up a whole realm of understanding I had previously missed and helped me more objectively understand my strengths and weaknesses. The first time I read the results of my test scores, I felt like someone had cut open my brain and stuck it to a piece of paper –it was uncanny!

I have used the MBTI with my students (second-fourth grades)The children, especially the older ones, became very involved in discussions about their preferences. They also found a greater patience with fellow classmates who were of different types.

Let’s look at a brief explanation of the preferences and then see how to best teach based on your child’s type.
 

Introvert or Extravert?

First, there’s the introvert/extravert preference. Within the framework of the MBTI, these preferences are related to how you get re-energized. Some folks might say, “Well, you talk a lot – you must be an extrovert.” That’s not what the MBTI is checking. There are many introverts who can talk a blue streak, too!

We’re looking at how a person gets his energy back when it’s depleted. An extrovert would need to be with people in order to get re-energized. An introvert would be refreshed by time alone. Introverts prefer to think before acting/talking. In order to understand a concept, they need time to internalize it.
Extroverts think with their spoken words. They need to talk concepts/ideas out in order to understand them.


Extravert
Thinks out loud (by talking)
Prefers action
Being around people brings renewal and energy


Introvert
Thinks privately
Considers/thinks before acting
Having time alone to think replenishes his energy


Now, we are all able to be extroverted and introverted at times. Some people have a strong preference one way or another. Try to decide if you are an introvert (I), and extrovert (E), or maybe smack dab in the middle!
 



 

Sensing or Intuitive?

The second set of letters in the MBTI relate to how one sees the world. Sensing people tend to be practical, like facts and details, and focus on what’s going on right now. Intuitive folks have a creative bend and focus on “what could be” more than what is.

Sensing
Sees the trees in the forest
Handles details easily
Notices details about life around them
Uses the five senses to perceive life


Intuitive
Sees the forest (more global thinker)
Imaginative
Loves ideas and possibilities
Uses meaning and possibility to perceive life

Again, we all can be both sensing and intuitive on occasion. Do you have a distinct preference?


 

Thinker or Feeler?

The thinking and feeling arena are based on how you make decisions. It doesn’t test whether you can think well or feel emotional. It’s just how you decide things.
Thinkers make decisions based on fact and objectivity. Feelers decide based on how they or others feel about a situation.


Thinking
Looks at data to decide
Objective
Doesn’t need harmony, but does need fairness


Feeling
Decides based on personal feelings
Subjective
Values harmony

 



 

Judging or Perceiving?

And finally, there’s the judging/perceiving preference. Again, these words have a little different meaning in MBTI language. Judgers (not a negative term in MBTI ) prefer to work first, play second. They like to know what is expected ahead of time and can become frazzled when changes occur out of the blue. Perceivers tend to “go with the flow” – preferring to let things happen. Lists and deadlines are discouraging and limiting to the Perceiver.

Judging
Works first, then feels a freedom to play
Prefers predictability in schedule
Likes things to be decided
Structured

Perceiving
Plays first, then works
Likes dealing with events as they come
Likes things to remain open
Flexible


Your Type...  Your Child's Type

Have you decided your preferences? Are you an E or I? An N or S? F or T? J or P? What we’ll discuss from this point on will make more sense if you go ahead and write down your 4 letters.


The best book I can recommend about the Myers-Briggs is Nurture by Nature by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger. This extraordinary resource will describe your child’s learning preferences in a manner which will leave you in awe of God’s gifts and better equipped to home school based on your child’s specific needs. It’s a must read.

Personality preferences naturally lead into learning preferences.

Let’s find out how each preference learns best here.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Free Book!
Why You Should Homeschool
Your Child:
A Public School-Teacher's Confession

Click Here to Get
Your Free Copy!