Growth & Development, not Labeling
Type develops. Like a tree grows, so does our awareness of and comfort with all of the mental functions (Sensing, iNtuition, Thinking and Feeling). And while growth and development can happen organically—at their own pace, we can also approach our Type development with some intention and design. Type is about growth and development, not sorting or labeling.
Becoming More Objective and Logical
The Thinking function helps us to impersonally analyze cause and effect, including all the consequences of alternative solutions. The Thinking function helps us to calculate the full cost of actions or options and to examine the misgivings we may have suppressed because of loyalties, personal attachments, or reluctance to change a stance. Thinking is logical, reasonable, critical and impersonal.
- Weigh the costs and benefits of possible actions in a detached, objective manner.
- Play the scientist who examines the consequences of behavior without any personal attachment to the outcome.
- Critique or edit an article, email or letter for precision and clarity.
- Solve a word or numbers puzzle.
- Think through the logical steps of an argument.
- Develop a hypothesis for how something (machine, system, process) works.
- Logically argue or debate a point with someone.
- Organize (bring order and control to) something.
- Critique someone to make their effort more clear, effective, and precise.
Long a thought and training leader in world of Type, OKA offers two compelling and completely different training approaches to anyone interested in better understanding and more powerfully using Type.
Pearman Certification introduces participants to the newest and sharpest Type tool, the Pearman Personality Integrator. This two-day class is offered in-person and online and empowers its participants to use this great new tool to support and drive focused Type Development.
Using Type for Coaching and Development is a rich and sophisticated deep dive into Type Theory and the MBTI. In this interactive, two-day class, participants come to understand and learn how to teach and apply Type Dynamics (dominant, auxiliary, tertiary and inferior functions), balance and Type Development–even getting to practice accessing and using each of the four mental functions.
OKA also publishes the Type Development Workbook, by Hile Rutledge to support the deep dive into Type Dynamics and Type Development.
Consider these other OKA Type Development blog titles
- OKA’s Type Development Series–#1: The Value of Thinking
- OKA’s Development Series–#2: The Logic of Feeling
- OKA’s Type Development Series–Developing Feeling
- OKA’s Development Series–#3: The Possibilities of Sensing
- OKA’s Type Development Series–Developing S
- OKA’s Type Development Series–#4: The Details of iNtuition
- OKA’s Development Series–Developing N