The Four Dichotomies


The 4 Dichotomies/8 Differences

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Tools like the MBTI®, Team Management Profile and TDI® explore four fundamental ways in which we differ. Jung’s theory suggests that we have a natural and inborn preference for one of the opposites on each of the first three dichotomies. These tools explore four pairings/8 differences.  These are; how we are energised, the type of information we prefer to pay attention to, how we make decisions and the type of lifestyle we prefer to lead. The Team Management Profile explores these as work-based preferences rather than ‘whole life’.

The preferences described on each of Jung’s four differences are equally valuable. There are no better or worse preferences. As these personality tools describe preference (type) and not ability (trait), it should be born in mind that everyone is able to develop, access and use our non-preferred functions to good effect. It may just take a little more energy, effort and concentration. It shoud also be born in mind that just becuase we prefer something, it doesn’t mean that we are any good at it – preference is not a valid indicator of competence/performance.  For this reason, these tools should never be used for selection or assessment purposes.

Click on any of the four dichotomies below to find out more.

Myers Briggs Dichotomies Extraversion Introversion

Myers Briggs Sensing Intuition

MBTI Pairings Thinking Feeling

MBTI Judging Perceiving

The MBTI® Step 2 is a relatively recent development that takes each side of the 4 dichotomies and breaks them down into sub-scales, known as facets. This extra detail provides a rich and in-depth exploration of personality type. If you would like to know more, click the blue link above.