How Many Types of Personalty Are There?

This is a very common question. Carl Jung believed that we are all unique, so there are over 7 billion types if you look at it that way.

We First Need To Consider What we mean by “Personality Type” ?

In 1921 Jung published his masterpiece “Psychological Types” and many of our profiling systems today are directly based on Jung’s findings or owe something to them.

The psychological classification of different types of individuals.

Jung clearly stated that we are all unique, which appears at odds with the concept of “typing”. Many ore surprised that Jung never used labels to describe different personality types. This always surprises people because every system (apart from PeopleMaps) uses labels.

Labels are very much at odds with Jung’s belief that we are all unique. So when working with profiling you must always keep in mind that we are all unique.

So Is It Pointless To Ask What Personality Types Are There?

types of personalityNo, of course not. We can we still talk about personality types.

Personality profiling is used to simplify the complex sufficiently, to let us makes sense of human behaviour.

Reports are designed to help you discover your preferred behaviour. PeopleMaps manages to do this without using labels. It is still possible to write about an individual’s personality without putting them in a rigid box.

How Did Jung Approach The Types Of Personality?

Jung was all about TYPE rather than TRAITS. PeopleMaps uses the six energies to help us determine. Jung’s opinion was that an individual’s level of introversion did not affect their overall preference.

Jung opinion was that where personality traits can alter daily as they are affected by our environment, personality type will change little, even over a lifetime.

PeopleMaps works with TYPE not TRAITs.

Are We Born With Our Own Type of Personality?

Anecdotal research certainly indicates that we are born with our personality type. Some mothers even argue that they are aware of their twin babies having different personalities in utero.

There is also strong evidence that we owe little or nothing to our parents for our perosnality type as children often have very different personalities from both parents.

Research continues on this fascinating area.

Is it Possible To Change The Types Of Personality We Are?

The approach to personality should be a two stage process;

  1. Spend time trying to determine who you really are. An understanding of self is key.
  2. Accept who you are and learn to master it.

This is a very different approach to the one we most commonly encounter which is routed in “change”. This is more about understanding and acceptance rather than denial and change.

The 2nd Law of Personality States

“Personality is perfect. Personality is neither good nor bad. Personality just is. There is no one personality better than another.”

 

Humans are adaptable and can adjust to cope with just about anything. However large adjustments, for long periods of time, can be stressful.

How Do You Calculate Your Personality Type?

The PeopleMaps questionnaire has been refined over 17 years and designed by one of the UKs leading Jungian psychologists. The questionnaire and associated algorithm will calculate your personality type.

Myers Briggs Personality Types

MBTI is on ald system that has been around since the 1950’s. It is based on Jung’s research.

PeopleMaps varies from MBTP as follows;

  • PeopleMaps refuses to use labels. We go to great lengths to respect that you are unique.
  • PeopleMaps was never a paper based system and was designed for the online world from day 1.