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Work Motivation - ISTP and INTP Occupations and Careers Advice
Two similar personalities
We have the choice of situations that energize us and drain us. Certain things or occupations can build us up or tear us down. Such knowledge, often determined in career or personality tests, can help guide us in team building at work or in managing our own lives. Employee engagement and motivation can be better encouraged by considering individual personality types. Let's look at the ISTP and INTP personalities.
Why Personality Type?
Personality type is a way to understand what keeps us going and what energizes us. We have a natural inborn preference that determines certain kinds of work situations as more comfortable and therefore more enjoyable. Careers and occupations with these work situations are more ideally suited for us and provides some of the how to motivate employees.
Each of the 16 Myers-Briggs® personality types uses mental energy in a unique way. This is an important element behind employee productivity.
What personality type is
Our 4 Mental Functions
There are four mental functions, or processes, according to Jung's typology; two opposite ways of gathering information and two opposite ways of making conclusions. The two ways of gathering of information has to do with how we Perceive, and the two ways for making conclusions has to do with how we Judge.
4 Mental Functions
Through detailed facts from experiences
ways we gather information
Through global wholes of possible interrelationships
On objective logical analysis of the information
ways we make conclusions
On the value of the information
We all use each of these four mental functions. A basic way we differ from each other, though, is how we use each of the four. Ever wonder why siblings brought up by the same parents in the same household in the same location can still be so different? You've got it! The way each uses the four mental functions can make huge differences!
The Favorite Mental Function
Each person uses one of the four mental functions as their favorite. This favorite (or dominant) mental function uses the lion's share of a person's psychological energy. This favorite mental function is therefore the most conscious of the four -- the one we are most aware of and can most readily control, or direct.
This is how we can know what energizes us mentally! We very much enjoy using our favorite mental function and tend to acquire a lot of experience and competence with it. We naturally tend to choose to take on tasks, relationships and even careers, that energize us in this way.
ISTP and INTP Energizers
Let's look at what energizes the ISTP and INTP Myers-Briggs personality types. You share the same favorite mental function, Thinking, to make conclusions by objective logical analysis. As introverts you use this in the inner world.
Here are the Thinking activities, environments and resources you ISTPs and INTPs most enjoy and derive benefit from, and therefore are what energize you at work.
Energizing environments and resources
Activities You Enjoy
Environments You Enjoy
Concrete projects with tangible results
Genuine appreciation of your work contributions
Avoid confiding in others as long as possible
Work as long and intensively as desired
Respect for your special expertise
Adopt behaviors others expect, temporarily
Important discussions and decisions
Your own autonomy and independence
Time alone to recover and regroup
Unsolicited confirmation that the situation is indeed stressful
How the Likes of the ISTP and INTP Differ
In addition to these common features, you ISTPs favor clear structures and responsibilities, stability and security in the workplace, having Sensing as your second favorite mental function. This is reflected, too, in your desire to work actively on concrete projects with tangible results, and also prefer a minimum of conflict and competition.
You INTPs prefer a work setting that greatly values creativity, so may not be as comfortable with clear structures and responsibilities as the ISTP. You INTPs look for broader and more varied workplace experiences, having iNtuition as your second favorite mental function. This is seen too in your desire for work that allows you self-expression by working independently to gather, analyze and interpret information in new ways. You expect a great deal from your work lives.
Sensing vs Intuitive
This refers to what I call the four mental functions as 'Function-attitudes'. "A resource to help individuals assess their best-fit type, and thereby have greater access to their innate talents."
Typical Resources and Remedies
You ISTPs and INTPs will know you have become a veteran of life's struggles by having learned well to
Accept the illogical
Be aware of vulnerability
Express depth of feeling
Realizing what energizes you, in particular, is a way to grasp what it is that you can do to counteract many of life's energy drainers. You managers may find, when you know an employee's personality type, you can better motivate your staff through engaging them in work activities and environments that energize, rather than drain.
Managing our own activities, environments and resources, or that of our staff, may help avoid low morale and even staff attrition more often than not. I encourage you to give this a think, and a try!
© 2010 Deidre Shelden