Personality Type
and
Medical Specialties
Presented by:
Ada Shave
LEARNING OUTCOMES
• To gain a basic understanding of type
theory and personality preferences
• To determine “Best Fit” typ...
History of Psychological Type
• Personality Type
– Based on Carl Jung’s Theory of Psychological Type
• Personality type is...
Jung’s Theory
Jung believed that:
• As children, we learn about ourselves.
– What do we like / dislike?
– What are we good...
Jung’s Theory
Jung believed that:
• As adolescents, we specialize.
– We know what we like and we “go for it”.
– We are sur...
Jung’s Theory
Jung believed that:
• The “middle years” are a time to “try on”
the other side.
– We have gained experience....
Conflict
Conflict can be seen as:
• A positive thing.
• An opportunity for growth.
• An indication that the personality is...
Jung’s Theory
Jung believed that:
• The “retirement years” are a time to move
in and out of the preferences as we see fit....
ASSUMPTIONS
UNDERLYING TYPE
• Preferences are inborn
• Environment impedes or enhances
expression of type
• Type is dynami...
ASSUMPTIONS
• Similar people often bond more quickly –
similarities give strength
• Similar partners may experience boredo...
Activity # 1
Handedness Exercise
Preferences vs. Non-Preferences
Activity # 2
Complete the Best Fit Type worksheet
(refer to last slide).
EXTRAVERSION
INTROVERSION
• How we prefer to
interact with the
world and where
we direct our
energy
EXTRAVERSION
Focus attention and energy on the
world outside of themselves.
• Talk/act first, think later
• Think out loud...
EXTRAVERSION
• Know a lot of people
• Have lots of friends
• Are very approachable
• Reveal personal information
• Prefer ...
INTROVERSION
Focus attention and energy on the
world inside of themselves.
• Think, then act
• Rehearse things before spea...
INTROVERSION
• Keep their enthusiasm to themselves
• May be called shy, cool, aloof
• Like to share with one person
• Irri...
Representation in the
General Population
There are 3 times as many extraverted
preference people in the population as
intr...
SENSING
iNTUITION
• The kinds of
information that we
focus on or
naturally notice
SENSING
Concentrate on what can be seen,
heard, felt, smelled or tasted.
• Focus on what is real and concrete
• Take a pra...
SENSING
• Are literal in the use of words
• Prefer specific answers to specific questions
• Rather do something than think...
iNTUITION
Naturally read between the lines and
look for meaning in all things.
• Trust inspiration and inference
• Think a...
iNTUITION
• Love to fantasize
• Are prone to puns and word games
• Tend to give general answers
• Get irritated when pushe...
Representation in the
General Population
2/3 of the general population has a
preference for sensing while 1/3 has a
prefer...
THINKING
FEELING
• The way that we
make decisions
and come to
conclusions
THINKING
Prefer to make decisions using an
impersonal approach. Prefer
decisions that make sense logically.
• Able to stay...
THINKING
• Pride themselves on objectivity
• Are sometimes seen as cold, insensitive, and
uncaring
• More important to be ...
FEELING
Prefer to make decisions based on
personal values.
• Take the feelings of others into consideration
when making de...
FEELING
• Prefer harmony over clarity
• Accused of taking things too seriously
• May be seen as overemotional, illogical
a...
Representation in the
General Population
There are more thinking preference males
in the general population and more feeli...
JUDGING
PERCEIVING
• The kind of
lifestyle that we
like to lead
JUDGING
Tend to live in an orderly way and are happiest when
their lives are structured and matters are settled.
• Work et...
JUDGING
• Seek to regulate and control life
• Set goals and work toward achieving them on time
• Can become unraveled if t...
PERCEIVING
Like to live in a spontaneous way
and are happiest when their lives are flexible.
• Are happiest leaving their ...
PERCEIVING
• Value creativity, spontaneity, and responsiveness
• Change goals as new information becomes
available
• Love ...
Representation in the
General Population
60% of the general population has a
preference for judging while 40% has a
prefer...
Functions
ST SF NF NT
ISTJ ISFJ INFJ INTJ
ISTP ISFP INFP INTP
ESTP ESFP ENFP ENTP
ESTJ ESFJ ENFJ ENTJ
Type and Careers
• Certain personality types will be drawn to
certain careers.
• People within careers often cluster in
si...
People Who Prefer ST
• Focus on: Facts
• Handle these by applying: Objective
analysis and experience
• Tend to be: Practic...
People Who Prefer SF
• Focus on: Facts
• Handle these by applying: Personal warmth
and concern for others
• Tend to be: Sy...
People Who Prefer NF
• Focus on: Possibilities
• Handle these by applying: Attention to
people’s potential
• Tend to be: I...
People Who Prefer NT
• Focus on: Possibilities
• Handle these by applying: Theoretical
concepts and systems
• Tend to be: ...
Functions
YOU USE ALL FOUR LETTERS!!!!
• Two middle letters: (Like your preferred hand)
– Dominant Function – your favouri...
Order of Preferences
ISTJ
#1 Dominant S (I)
#2 Auxiliary T (E)
#3 Tertiary F (E)
#4 least preferred N (E)
ISFJ
#1 Dominant S (I)
#2 Auxiliary F...
The SJ Temperament at Work
ESTJ ISTJ ESFJ ISFJ
Guardians
• Need to belong, to serve, and to do the right thing
• Value sta...
The SJ Temperament at Work
Strengths
• Practical, organized, thorough, systematic
• Pay attention to regulations and polic...
The SJ Temperament at Work
Potential Weaknesses
• Not interested in theories or abstractions
• Tend to be weak in the area...
The SJ Temperament at Work
A “Good” Job
• A relatively high level of responsibility
• A clear chain of command
• Rules and...
The SJ Temperament at Work
• Family Physician
• Community Health
Physician
• General Surgeon
• Anesthetist
• Ophthalmologi...
The SP Temperament at Work
ESTP ISTP ESFP ISFP
Artisans
• Like to stay open to all possibilities
• Live for action, impuls...
The SP Temperament at Work
Strengths
• Can see clearly what is happening
• Excellent at recognizing practical problems
• A...
The SP Temperament at Work
Potential Weaknesses
• Sometimes fail to think things through carefully before
acting
• Not int...
The SP Temperament at Work
A “Good” Job
• Provides autonomy, variety and action
• Provides immediate results
• Allows task...
The SP Temperament at Work
• Family Physician
• General Surgeon
• Anesthetist
• Emergency Room
Physician
• Critical Care P...
The NF Temperament at Work
ENFJ INFJ ENFP INFP
Idealists
• Place a high value on the authenticity and integrity in
people ...
The NF Temperament at Work
Strengths
• Know how to bring out the best in others
• Understand how to motivate others to do ...
The NF Temperament at Work
Potential Weaknesses
• Tendency to make decisions based exclusively on their
own likes and disl...
The NF Temperament at Work
A “Good” Job
• Is personally meaningful
• Harmony is valued and there is little competition
• A...
The NF Temperament at Work
• Family Physician
• Psychiatrist
• Critical Care Physician
• Nephrologist
• Oncologist
• Pedia...
The NT Temperament at Work
ENTJ INTJ ENTP INTP
Rationals
• Place a high value on independence
• Driven to acquire knowledg...
The NT Temperament at Work
Strengths
• Have great vision and can be great innovators
• Ability to see possibilities as wel...
The NT Temperament at Work
Potential Weaknesses
• Can be too complex for others to understand
• Tendency to overlook neces...
The NT Temperament at Work
A “Good” Job
• Provides autonomy and variety
• Is intellectually stimulating, and provides the ...
The NT Temperament at Work
• Community Health
Physician
• Nuclear Medicine
• Emergency Room
Physician
• Psychiatrist
• Neu...
Your “Best Fit” Type
Extraversion – Introversion E__ or I__
Sensing – iNtuition S__ or N__
Thinking – Feeling T__ or F__
J...
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  1. 1. Personality Type and Medical Specialties Presented by: Ada Shave
  2. 2. LEARNING OUTCOMES • To gain a basic understanding of type theory and personality preferences • To determine “Best Fit” type • To understand the impact of preferences on career choice within the medical profession
  3. 3. History of Psychological Type • Personality Type – Based on Carl Jung’s Theory of Psychological Type • Personality type is genetically programmed – We are born with our type pre-determined
  4. 4. Jung’s Theory Jung believed that: • As children, we learn about ourselves. – What do we like / dislike? – What are we good at / not so good at? – What feels natural / awkward? • Children need lots of experiences and opportunities to explore.
  5. 5. Jung’s Theory Jung believed that: • As adolescents, we specialize. – We know what we like and we “go for it”. – We are surprised when people do not see the world in the same way that we do. • Adolescence is seen as a tumultuous time.
  6. 6. Jung’s Theory Jung believed that: • The “middle years” are a time to “try on” the other side. – We have gained experience. – We see the need to use other preferences. – We have been “forced” or “required” to use other preferences. • Conflict (internal) can often arise.
  7. 7. Conflict Conflict can be seen as: • A positive thing. • An opportunity for growth. • An indication that the personality is becoming more “rounded”. • An indication that there is transition taking place.
  8. 8. Jung’s Theory Jung believed that: • The “retirement years” are a time to move in and out of the preferences as we see fit. – This occurs in people who are healthy and well- rounded.
  9. 9. ASSUMPTIONS UNDERLYING TYPE • Preferences are inborn • Environment impedes or enhances expression of type • Type is dynamic not static • All types are equally valuable • There is no one best way to be
  10. 10. ASSUMPTIONS • Similar people often bond more quickly – similarities give strength • Similar partners may experience boredom • Different people often attract – differences fascinate • Different partners may conflict
  11. 11. Activity # 1 Handedness Exercise Preferences vs. Non-Preferences
  12. 12. Activity # 2 Complete the Best Fit Type worksheet (refer to last slide).
  13. 13. EXTRAVERSION INTROVERSION • How we prefer to interact with the world and where we direct our energy
  14. 14. EXTRAVERSION Focus attention and energy on the world outside of themselves. • Talk/act first, think later • Think out loud - brainstorming • Communicate with enthusiasm • Respond quickly – enjoy a fast pace • Talk more than listen • Dominate conversations • Like being the center of attention
  15. 15. EXTRAVERSION • Know a lot of people • Have lots of friends • Are very approachable • Reveal personal information • Prefer to work with groups • Prefer breadth to depth Motto: READY, FIRE, AIM !!!!!
  16. 16. INTROVERSION Focus attention and energy on the world inside of themselves. • Think, then act • Rehearse things before speaking • Listen more than talk • Avoid being the center of attention • Are energized by spending time alone • Need to recharge after group interaction
  17. 17. INTROVERSION • Keep their enthusiasm to themselves • May be called shy, cool, aloof • Like to share with one person • Irritated by repetition • Prefer depth to breadth Motto: READY, AIM, FIRE… MAYBE !!!
  18. 18. Representation in the General Population There are 3 times as many extraverted preference people in the population as introverted preference people.
  19. 19. SENSING iNTUITION • The kinds of information that we focus on or naturally notice
  20. 20. SENSING Concentrate on what can be seen, heard, felt, smelled or tasted. • Focus on what is real and concrete • Take a practical approach • Value common sense • If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it • Like to hear things sequentially not randomly
  21. 21. SENSING • Are literal in the use of words • Prefer specific answers to specific questions • Rather do something than think about it • Learn from past experiences • Like to use and hone established skills • Like jobs that have tangible results • Live in the present
  22. 22. iNTUITION Naturally read between the lines and look for meaning in all things. • Trust inspiration and inference • Think about several things at once • Like figuring out how things work • Look for interrelatedness rather than face value • Value imagination and innovation • Find the future intriguing
  23. 23. iNTUITION • Love to fantasize • Are prone to puns and word games • Tend to give general answers • Get irritated when pushed for specifics • Present information through leaps, in a roundabout manner • Are oriented toward the future
  24. 24. Representation in the General Population 2/3 of the general population has a preference for sensing while 1/3 has a preference for iNtuition.
  25. 25. THINKING FEELING • The way that we make decisions and come to conclusions
  26. 26. THINKING Prefer to make decisions using an impersonal approach. Prefer decisions that make sense logically. • Able to stay cool, calm, and objective when others are upset • Value fairness and truthfulness over popularity • More firm minded than gentle hearted • Naturally see flaws and tend to be critical
  27. 27. THINKING • Pride themselves on objectivity • Are sometimes seen as cold, insensitive, and uncaring • More important to be right than liked • Prefer things that are logical and scientific • Are motivated by a desire for achievement and accomplishment
  28. 28. FEELING Prefer to make decisions based on personal values. • Take the feelings of others into consideration when making decisions • Value empathy and harmony – see the exception to the rule • Do anything to accommodate • Naturally like to please others
  29. 29. FEELING • Prefer harmony over clarity • Accused of taking things too seriously • May be seen as overemotional, illogical and weak • Will jeopardize own position for others • Very thin skinned • Avoid conflict at all cost • Show appreciation easily • Are motivated by a desire to be appreciated
  30. 30. Representation in the General Population There are more thinking preference males in the general population and more feeling preference females.
  31. 31. JUDGING PERCEIVING • The kind of lifestyle that we like to lead
  32. 32. JUDGING Tend to live in an orderly way and are happiest when their lives are structured and matters are settled. • Work ethic - work first, play later (if there is time) • A place for everything and everything in its place • Plan the work and work the plan • Don’t like surprises • Keep lists and use them • Thrive on order
  33. 33. JUDGING • Seek to regulate and control life • Set goals and work toward achieving them on time • Can become unraveled if things don’t fall into place • Are product oriented • Derive satisfaction from completing a project • See time as a finite resource and take deadlines seriously
  34. 34. PERCEIVING Like to live in a spontaneous way and are happiest when their lives are flexible. • Are happiest leaving their options open • Don’t like to plan, prefer to wait and see • “Play” ethic – enjoy now, finish the job later (if there is time) • Depend on last minute spurts of energy to meet deadlines • Like adapting to new situations
  35. 35. PERCEIVING • Value creativity, spontaneity, and responsiveness • Change goals as new information becomes available • Love to explore the unknown • Accused of being disorganized • Are process oriented (emphasis is on how the task is completed) • See time as a renewable resource and see deadlines as elastic
  36. 36. Representation in the General Population 60% of the general population has a preference for judging while 40% has a preference for perceiving.
  37. 37. Functions ST SF NF NT ISTJ ISFJ INFJ INTJ ISTP ISFP INFP INTP ESTP ESFP ENFP ENTP ESTJ ESFJ ENFJ ENTJ
  38. 38. Type and Careers • Certain personality types will be drawn to certain careers. • People within careers often cluster in similar personality types.
  39. 39. People Who Prefer ST • Focus on: Facts • Handle these by applying: Objective analysis and experience • Tend to be: Practical and analytical • Find interest in: Technical skills with objects and facts Medical Specialty????
  40. 40. People Who Prefer SF • Focus on: Facts • Handle these by applying: Personal warmth and concern for others • Tend to be: Sympathetic and friendly • Find interest in: Practical help and services for people Medical Specialty????
  41. 41. People Who Prefer NF • Focus on: Possibilities • Handle these by applying: Attention to people’s potential • Tend to be: Insightful and enthusiastic • Find interest in: Understanding and encouraging people Medical Specialty????
  42. 42. People Who Prefer NT • Focus on: Possibilities • Handle these by applying: Theoretical concepts and systems • Tend to be: Logical and analytical • Find interest in: Theoretical and technical frameworks Medical Specialty????
  43. 43. Functions YOU USE ALL FOUR LETTERS!!!! • Two middle letters: (Like your preferred hand) – Dominant Function – your favourite function – Auxiliary Function – helps balance your dominant • Other two letters: (Like your non-preferred hand) – Tertiary Function – not very favored – Least preferred (Inferior) Function – your least favored
  44. 44. Order of Preferences
  45. 45. ISTJ #1 Dominant S (I) #2 Auxiliary T (E) #3 Tertiary F (E) #4 least preferred N (E) ISFJ #1 Dominant S (I) #2 Auxiliary F (E) #3 Tertiary T (E) #4 least preferred N (E) INFJ #1 Dominant N (I) #2 Auxiliary F (E) #3 Tertiary T (E) #4 least preferred S (E) INTJ #1 Dominant N (I) #2 Auxiliary T (E) #3 Tertiary F (E) #4 least preferred S (E) ISTP #1 Dominant T (I) #2 Auxiliary S (E) #3 Tertiary N (E) #4 least preferred F (E) ISFP #1 Dominant F (I) #2 Auxiliary S (E) #3 Tertiary N (E) #4 least preferred T (E) INFP #1 Dominant F (I) #2 Auxiliary N (E) #3 Tertiary S (E) #4 least preferred T (E) INTP #1 Dominant T (I) #2 Auxiliary N (E) #3 Tertiary S (E) #4 least preferred F (E) ESTP #1 Dominant S (E) #2 Auxiliary T (I) #3 Tertiary F (I) #4 least preferred N (I) ESFP #1 Dominant S (E) #2 Auxiliary F (I) #3 Tertiary T (I) #4 least preferred N (I) ENFP #1 Dominant N (E) #2 Auxiliary F (I) #3 Tertiary T (I) #4 least preferred S (I) ENTP #1 Dominant N (E) #2 Auxiliary T (I) #3 Tertiary F (I) #4 least preferred S (I) ESTJ #1 Dominant T (E) #2 Auxiliary S (I) #3 Tertiary N (I) #4 least preferred F (I) ESFJ #1 Dominant F (E) #2 Auxiliary S (I) #3 Tertiary N (I) #4 least preferred T (I) ENFJ #1 Dominant F (E) #2 Auxiliary N (I) #3 Tertiary S (I) #4 least preferred T (I) ENTJ #1 Dominant T (E) #2 Auxiliary N (I) #3 Tertiary S (I) #4 least preferred F (I)
  46. 46. The SJ Temperament at Work ESTJ ISTJ ESFJ ISFJ Guardians • Need to belong, to serve, and to do the right thing • Value stability, orderliness, cooperation, consistency, and reliability • Tend to be serious and hardworking • Demand a great deal of themselves and others
  47. 47. The SJ Temperament at Work Strengths • Practical, organized, thorough, systematic • Pay attention to regulations and policies • Take satisfaction in doing a job right the first time and every time • Prefer to deal with proven facts, and use them to further the goals of the organization • Good at seeing what needs attention and taking care of it Solid, trustworthy, dependable
  48. 48. The SJ Temperament at Work Potential Weaknesses • Not interested in theories or abstractions • Tend to be weak in the area of long range planning • Sometimes make decisions too quickly • Tend to see things in black and white • Run the risk of being unable to adapt quickly • Tend to resist trying new approaches Inflexible, dogmatic, unimaginative
  49. 49. The SJ Temperament at Work A “Good” Job • A relatively high level of responsibility • A clear chain of command • Rules and standard ways of doing things • Regulations and rewards are certain • Colleagues who share their dedication and respect for authority • Colleagues who pull their weight Stabilizer – the maintainers of tradition
  50. 50. The SJ Temperament at Work • Family Physician • Community Health Physician • General Surgeon • Anesthetist • Ophthalmologist • Medical Technologist • Radiologist • Nuclear Medicine • Geriatrics • Internal Medicine • Cardiologist • Allergy and Immunology • Gastroenterologist • Neurologist • Pediatrician • Health Care Administrator
  51. 51. The SP Temperament at Work ESTP ISTP ESFP ISFP Artisans • Like to stay open to all possibilities • Live for action, impulse and the present moment • Focus on the immediate situation • Ability to access what needs to be done now • Seldom choose situations with structure • Risk taking, adaptable, easy going, and pragmatic
  52. 52. The SP Temperament at Work Strengths • Can see clearly what is happening • Excellent at recognizing practical problems • Approach problems with flexibility, courage and resourcefulness • Prefer to deal with facts and real problems rather than theories • Many are skillful with tools and instruments – precision • Keen observers of human behavior Resourceful, exciting and fun
  53. 53. The SP Temperament at Work Potential Weaknesses • Sometimes fail to think things through carefully before acting • Not interested in the theoretical or abstract and may fail to see important connections • Tend to lose enthusiasm once the crisis phase is over • Don’t always follow established rules • Sometimes avoid commitments and plans Irresponsible, unreliable, childish and impulsive
  54. 54. The SP Temperament at Work A “Good” Job • Provides autonomy, variety and action • Provides immediate results • Allows tasks to be executed skillfully and successfully • Opportunity to use acquired skills, independently and spontaneously • Must give a high degree of pleasure (fun) “Fire-fighter” - Notices and responds to crisis
  55. 55. The SP Temperament at Work • Family Physician • General Surgeon • Anesthetist • Emergency Room Physician • Critical Care Physician • Geriatrics • Cardiologist • Allergy and Immunology • Gastroenterologist • Neurologist • Oncologist • Psychiatrist
  56. 56. The NF Temperament at Work ENFJ INFJ ENFP INFP Idealists • Place a high value on the authenticity and integrity in people and relationships • Focus on human potential • Gifted at helping others grow and develop • Natural ability to understand and connect with other people • Naturally empathic and focus on the needs of others • Excellent communicators and catalysts for positive change
  57. 57. The NF Temperament at Work Strengths • Know how to bring out the best in others • Understand how to motivate others to do their best • Excellent at resolving conflicts • Ability to help others feel good about themselves • Good at identifying creative solutions • Communicate well in speech and writing • Able to generate enthusiasm for their ideas Charismatic, receptive and accepting
  58. 58. The NF Temperament at Work Potential Weaknesses • Tendency to make decisions based exclusively on their own likes and dislikes • Have trouble staying detached – can become too involved and become overwhelmed • Sometimes too idealistic and not practical enough • Sometimes are too self-critical • Will sometimes sacrifice their own opinion for harmony Moody, unpredictable, and overemotional
  59. 59. The NF Temperament at Work A “Good” Job • Is personally meaningful • Harmony is valued and there is little competition • An organization that is democratic and encourages participation from all levels • An organization that promotes humanistic values • Allows them to help others find fulfillment “To thine own self be true.”
  60. 60. The NF Temperament at Work • Family Physician • Psychiatrist • Critical Care Physician • Nephrologist • Oncologist • Pediatrician • Obstetrician/Gynecologist
  61. 61. The NT Temperament at Work ENTJ INTJ ENTP INTP Rationals • Place a high value on independence • Driven to acquire knowledge • Set very high standards for themselves and others • Naturally curious • Can see many sides to the same argument or issue • Excellent at seeing possibilities, understanding complexities, and designing solutions to real or hypothetical problems
  62. 62. The NT Temperament at Work Strengths • Have great vision and can be great innovators • Ability to see possibilities as well as the big picture • Excel at, and enjoy strategizing, planning, and building systems to accomplish their goals • Understand complex theoretical ideas and are good at deducing principles or trends • Enjoy being challenged • Can accept constructive criticism without taking it personally Confident, witty, and imaginative
  63. 63. The NT Temperament at Work Potential Weaknesses • Can be too complex for others to understand • Tendency to overlook necessary details • Can be deeply skeptical and often challenge rules, assumptions, or customs • Sometimes have trouble with authority and can be seen as elitist • Often fail to see how they affect others • Can be fiercely competitive Arrogant, remote, and in a world of their own.
  64. 64. The NT Temperament at Work A “Good” Job • Provides autonomy and variety • Is intellectually stimulating, and provides the opportunity to generate ideas • Provides opportunity to tackle complex problems • Provides opportunity to apply vision and logic to long range strategic plans • Surrounded by very capable colleagues • Provides opportunity to move toward “powerful” positions • Provides opportunity to use leadership skills “Be excellent in all things.”
  65. 65. The NT Temperament at Work • Community Health Physician • Nuclear Medicine • Emergency Room Physician • Psychiatrist • Neurologist • Cardiologist • Pharmacologist • Plastic Surgeon • Anesthetist • Internal Medicine • Allergy and Immunology • Hematologist • Internal Medicine Physician
  66. 66. Your “Best Fit” Type Extraversion – Introversion E__ or I__ Sensing – iNtuition S__ or N__ Thinking – Feeling T__ or F__ Judging – Perceiving J__ or P__ __ __ __ __
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