Have you ever felt torn between knowing whether you’re a J or P personality type? Perhaps you’ve taken an online test and you’re not sure whether you’re an ITP or an ITJ or an ETP or an ETJ. This kind of confusion is so common, especially because online tests are worded so poorly that the J/P preference ends up coming out wrong. In an effort to clear things up, I’m going to cover some of the differences between introverted and extraverted thinking. TJ types (ENTJs, INTJs, ESTJs, ISTJs) use extraverted thinking (Te) in the dominant or auxiliary position. FP types (ENFPs, ESFPs, INFPs, ISFPs) use extraverted thinking in the tertiary or inferior position. TP types (ENTPs, ESTPs, INTPs, ISTPs) use introverted thinking (Ti).
What is Extraverted Thinking?
Extraverted thinking is a judging (decision-making) function that focuses on objective, logical criteria. Te-users trust empirical evidence and look at cause and effect and pros and cons when they make decisions. They like to organize, evaluate, and compare using logical binary judgments.
10 Signs That You Might Be an Extraverted Thinker
#1 – I Naturally Delegate and Organize People to Get a Job Done
I easily see efficient courses of action and know how to arrange a group and delegate tasks so that everything is completed on schedule. Some people might think I’m being bossy, but it’s really just a desire to keep things running smoothly and efficiently.
#2 – I Hate Procrastination
I am driven to reach and end result and I get impatient when mulling over decisions for a long period of time. When I get an idea of what needs to be done I know how to move rapidly and with a great amount of purpose.
Side Note: ITJs will need more time to consider decisions than ETJs will. This is because they don’t lead with extraverted thinking, they lead with a perceiving process (intuition or sensing).
#3 – Fairness Is Extremely Important to Me
I don’t believe in letting my feelings get in the way of decisions. This could result in me being biased or unfair. I think having rules and procedures in place helps us all to be fair and just in our decisions.
#4 – I Think Out Loud
When I make my decisions I tend to process them out loud. Talking out the logic and underlying assumptions involved helps me to discern and sort out what makes the most sense and what doesn’t.
#5 – I Like an Organized Outer World
I can think more clearly if my surroundings are organized and tidy. I like having a place for everything and everything in its place.
#6 – Being Prepared is Essential
I create contingency plans on a regular basis so that I’m always prepared in case of an emergency or disruption.
#7 – I Am Decisive
I like to take in just enough information as possible to make a decision and then move on it. I feel like I can form a conclusion or opinion pretty quickly with a small amount of information.
#8 – I Enjoy Planning
Working with spreadsheets, charts, and to-do lists gives me a thrill. I like organizing and arranging my days so that they run smoothly and efficiently.
#9 – Competence Is Extremely Important to Me
I need to know I can trust myself and others to get a job done well. Laziness, whining, and distracted behavior drives me nuts!
#10 – I Find Comfort in Structure, Rules, Laws, and Order
While I don’t always agree with every single rule, I believe that having rules and laws in place helps to keep the world from going into complete chaos. Rules that I see as unjust I will work hard to reform and change.
What Are Your Thoughts?
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