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NF Idealist Temperament

November 1, 2019


Welcome to “What’s My Personality Type?” In this video, we’ll learn about another
aspect of personality theory called “Temperament.” Temperament refers to your core needs that
drive your behavior. Within the sixteen Myers-Briggs personality
types, there are four temperaments, the Guardian, the Artisan, the Rational, and the Idealist. This video will focus on the strengths and
blind spots of the Idealist. Idealists are those people whose second letter
of their MBTI type is “N” for intuition and whose third letter is “F” for feeling. So the types that fit the Idealist category
are INFJ, INFP, ENFJ, and ENFP. While these types can look very different
from each other, they all have some common core needs. The Idealists’ core needs are for self-actualization,
authenticity, creativity, and personal relationships. They like to work with people harmoniously
in order to identify creative solutions to problems and to help others succeed. All Idealists have certain strengths, although
they may look a bit different according to the individual. But for the most part, Idealists are caring,
creative, and imaginative visionaries who are constantly striving to be the best people
they can be and to help other people reach their potential as well. They have a strong moral core, mostly basing
their decisions on their personal values. And because they tend to create harmony, they
are great at motivating others and gaining consensus on a team. They are usually the voice of integrity, always
wanting to do the right thing, both ethically and as it relates to the potential impact
on people. Because Idealists value relationships above
almost everything else, they communicate well, show appreciation readily, and make others
feel good about themselves and their jobs. And finally, as creative thinkers, they often
find new and different ways to look at situations and can visualize how seemingly different
concepts can come together to form a big picture or idea. However, all Idealists can have some blind
spots as well. Because of their empathetic nature, they can
sometimes have trouble staying detached and may have a hard time criticizing or disciplining
someone, even when it’s merited. They tend to give people multiple chances
and can therefore be taken advantage of. In addition, their empathy can cause them
to use personal preferences rather than objective data when they make decisions, which can cause
others to see them as too partial or unfair. And because Idealists value agreement so much,
they may sacrifice their own opinion to maintain harmony and tend to take responsibility for
all of their relationships and so are vulnerable to feeling guilty about situations that are
not at all their fault. Idealists are also not always practical when
they get caught up in big ideas, especially ones where they feel like they can save the
world. And if their plans don’t work, they may
have a tendency to feel self-reproachful. Now not all Idealists will exhibit these behaviors,
but they may be more likely than other types to have this mindset, so it’s important
to be aware of these tendencies. So if you’re an Idealist and find that you
have some of these blind spots, you can grow and develop your type by learning how to step
back from situations and look at them more objectively. You can practice bringing in logical criteria
when making decisions to help balance out the people-focus you are probably using. Using more objective data will also help you
to be more practical when dreaming up your big ideas, making you more likely to succeed. So what are some ways you can build on your
remarkable strengths as an Idealist to overcome some of your blind spots? Here are some activities you can try to be
a bit more practical and avoid your good nature being taken advantage of by others:
First, be willing to invite criticism. As a feeler, you may have a tendency to take
things personally, but if you look at criticism purely as information that you can use to
improve, you will find that feedback, even negative feedback, can be utilized as a learning
opportunity. This means that you may have to develop a
thicker skin, which can be done by shifting your attitudes a bit. You probably assume that criticism is meant
with a negative intent, but in reality, most people who point out flaws are genuinely trying
to help. Examining intent before presuming negativity
can help you to be more open to criticism. Second, you can practice engaging in productive
conflicts. If you are an extravert and you get your feelings
hurt, you may react emotionally in the moment and say something you will regret, which can
devolve into an angry scene. And if you’re an introvert, you might tend
to withdraw or give up too easily to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings. Not all conflicts have to be negative situations,
and by avoiding conflict or always accommodating others, you are denying yourself the chance
to make your case or resolve simmering issues. A productive conflict is one where both sides
are able to be heard and some kind of collaboration or compromise can take place. Try taking emotions out of the equation and
focusing on the objective issues at hand. You will still want to maintain the relationship
after the conflict is over, so you are probably already pretty good at diplomatically approaching
others. You just need to make sure that you stand
your ground if the other person is more assertive than you and not allow yourself to get emotional
or personally offended. Finally, as an idealist, you are probably
a big picture, future-focused dreamer, which is usually a good thing! But there are times when you need to be realistic
about situations and understand that you can’t always save the world. Try working on the smaller steps that you
can take today to reach your goals; sometimes those details that seem so boring and inconsequential
actually are important. Working on developing your sensing function
will help you to become more grounded and practical when you need to be. Try a sensing-type hobby such as gardening,
sports, or cooking – anything that takes you out of your head for a while and forces
you to focus on the physical world. You don’t have to give up your big, abstract
ideas. The point is to learn to balance those ideas
with applied processes that can help to make those dreams a reality. I hope you found this information on the Idealist
temperament helpful. If you want more videos on personality type,
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