Understanding your parenting style through MBTI:
The (MBTI®) instrument is useful in helping parents understand how personality type influences parenting styles, while reminding us that:
- Good parenting comes in many styles. There is no one “right way” to parent; each of us brings our own strengths to parenting.
- One’s parenting style is influenced by more than just personality type; it is also influenced by upbringing, culture, life experiences, environment, and maturity.
- There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Fortunately, children do not need perfection; they need parents who are committed to helping them develop into healthy, responsible individuals.
Preferences in the areas below combine to yield one of sixteen different personality types. There are no right or wrong preferences or types. The MBTI only indicates our natural preferences — behaviors that we are most comfortable with and tend to use the most often.
Parents will have the opportunity to complete an MBTI assessment to identify their preferences and learn how these preferences can impact parenting style.
Extraverts are energized by people and things. They like to be out experiencing the world around them. Too much time alone can make them feel isolated and ungrounded.
Introverts are energized by thoughts and ideas; they need solitude and time alone to recharge. Drained by too much interaction, they may withdraw as a way to guard their energy.
Sensors focus on specifics and practicalities and operate in the “here and now”. They prefer structure and boundaries and can have difficulty letting go of the “shoulds” in life.
Intuitives focus on the big picture, patterns, and possibilities for the future. They are comfortable with change and are easily bored; they tend to start more projects than they finish.
Thinkers rely on logic, objectivity, and impersonal analysis to make decisions. They may appear cool and detached and sometimes have difficulty relating to others’ emotions and feelings.
Feelers rely on values, feelings, and relationships to make decisions. They strive to be physically and emotionally close to those they care about, but may have difficulty staying objective and calm in the face of conflict.
Judgers favor structure, plans, limits, and order. They are adept at organizing day-to-day activities and like to do things a certain way. They may struggle to adapt to the unexpected or to relax and be spontaneous.
Perceivers like to “go with the flow” and are generally flexible, spontaneous, tolerant, and accepting. They tend to be relaxed about clutter and routines, but may have difficulty making decisions and following through.