Today we have Antonia and Joel of Personality Hackers talking to us about Personal Growth. It’s important to understand your unique personality type so that you can begin to grow and build upon your natural strengths and talents.
Joel and Antonia have broken down Jungian Typology in the Myers Briggs system and simplified it with their “Car Model,” explaining the Cognitive Function stack that makes up each individual personality type. Everybody has different mental psyches of an Adult and Child. Their car model shows when your “inner child” shows up and how it can be blind spot for you.
Everybody also has one best way to make decisions and learn new information. There are 8 different Cognitive Functions or mental thinking and learning processes. Each personality type has a unique way of using Cognitive Functions in different combinations.
Learn more about the different Cognitive Functions and their Car Model below.
Personality typing can help you understand your strengths and guide you in areas you need to grow.
Antonia: Yeah, when you get to the Jungian Cognitive function level, it’s surprising to see how much information there is.
Understanding the cognitive functions or the mental processes of your mind is called Type Dynamics. When you get down to the type dynamics level, it’s surprising to see how much information is found in there
Joel: It’s not just information.
There is solid advice in there.
There is prescriptive elements of how to grow yourself as a person, based on how your mind is wired. Based on how you learn and process information. How you make decisions.
It shows how you will grow, how you can achieve things. What type of businesses or careers you’ll lean towards and follow.
What will be best for you in these circumstances.
It will give you the wiring of your mind. How you learn and how you make decisions. And how the people around you learn and make decisions.
Antonia: But it’s not like when you discover your personality, all of a sudden all that information is immediately available to you. It becomes available as you continue down that road in understanding yourself better
When you understand the cognitive function stack, or what we call the “Car Model,” there is a lot of prescription in how to best stay in your “flow” state, the dominant cognitive function, or your state of mind. Flow is where we get our energy. It also helps us know what our auxiliary or co-pilot process is.
When you can identify and focus on your “co-pilot,” the auxiliary function, you’ll get the biggest bang for your growth.
It can also predict how we will show up when we get in a defensive state. What are the kind of things that we do to ignore information that we don’t want to hear when we confront someone or a difficult issue.
How will we act when we get extremely stressed out? What are the things we need to do or where do we need to go when we’re in low states of energy or high stress?
How can we distract ourselves properly in these extremely stressful situations?
So it can predict a lot of different components in how we’re going to show up in any given situation.
Can you explain your Car Model?
Antonia: Everybody has one great decision making process and learning process.
We all need a certain way of taking in new information and a way to process and evaluate that information.
But we also need a way of engaging with our outer and inner world.
In order to be a well-rounded person, we need to be able to do four things successfully:
- We need to be able to get in touch with our ‘inner world’.
- We need to be able to get ‘outer world’ feedback.
- We need a way to take in new information.
- We need a way to evaluate that information and make decisions.
If we’re missing any of those four things, we become unbalanced. If we can’t get in touch with our inner world, we become highly reactive to outside stimuli. If we’re out of touch with the “outer world,” then we ignore vital feedback that keeps us in touch with “reality”.
Similarly, if we don’t take in new information we become biased and highly prejudiced. And, if we can’t evaluate new information and make decisions, we can’t move forward.
So the Car Model breaks down the 8 Cognitive Functions and we give them nicknames.
- Introverted iNtuition – “Perspectives”
- Extraverted iNtuition – “Exploration”
- Introverted Sensing – “Memory”
- Extraverted Sensing – “Sensation”
- Introverted Thinking – “Accuracy”
- Extraverted Thinking – “Effectiveness”
- Introverted Feeling – “Authenticity”
- Extraverted Feeling – “Harmony”
That’s the 8 different styles.
With the “Car Model,” we are pretending that your mind is a four passenger vehicle. Each “passenger” represents a distinct mental processes which influences you the most. In the front seat you have a Driver. Next to the Driver you have a navigator, or a Co-Pilot. Directly behind the Co-Pilot sits a 10 year old, and directly behind the Driver is a 3 year old.
Everybody has one strong decision making process and learning process, the Driver and Co-Pilot. But we also have one weak decision making and learning process that shows up in times of stress or defensiveness. Unhealthy people spend more time using these weaker 10 and 3-year old states.
The 4 Decision making process are:
Introverted Feeling (Authenticity): The subjective feeling criteria. What feels right to me.
Introverted Thinking (Accuracy): The subjective impersonal criteria. What makes sense to me or is logical.
Extraverted Feeling (Harmony): The human criteria based on the outside world. How is it making everybody else feel? Are we getting everybody else’s needs met?
Extraverted Thinking (Effectiveness): The impersonal thinking based on outer resources. Are we doing things that work? Is whatever happening actually working in the outside world?
The 4 Perceiving processes are:
Introverted Sensing (Memory): Understanding and learning based on past experiences.
Introverted Intuition (Perspectives): Understanding patterns and abstract concepts. Running simulations and speculations in your mind. Thinking of the what if’s and possibilities.
Extraverted Sensing (Sensation): Understanding the outside world based on kinesthetics. Really being grounded and in your body, in tune with your 6 senses. Being in moment, the here and now. Learning by engaging with things at the tangible level. “Show me what already is working”
Extraverted Intuition (Exploration): What if’s, exploring and testing outer world. “Show me the Possibilities”
Basically, you want to spend time in your Co-Pilot mode. The more you get out of your comfort zone and use it, the more you can transcend and fly through barriers.
What you don’t want, is to get stuck in your 10-year old or 3-year old process, as it can be unhealthy.
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JOEL MARK WITT BIO
Joel Mark Witt is a speaker, writer, and digital media entrepreneur with a focus on personal growth and transformational leadership. His specialties include, marketing, content creation, project management, and helping business increase sales through digital media.
As the co-owner and CEO of Personality Hacker, he oversees a new kind of publishing company that merges digital media with emerging models of human development focused on helping people “hack” their personalities and create more happiness in their lives.
He speaks at numerous influential industry conferences discussing emerging technology and its impact on social media marketing, podcasting, and personal branding. He also hosts various workshops to train and consult with businesses and professionals, helping them to increase their bottom line through social media branding and content marketing.
ANTONIA DODGE BIO
Seeing how people tick is at the heart of Antonia’s natural ability to understand how people and systems work. She is an author, thought leader, coach, and systems thinker. Her expertise is in personality profiling.
She has over 10 years experience in applied psychoanaltyics and profiled hundreds of people. She does consulting for businesses and has helped companies such as Zappos, Hot Topic Media, Oracle, and Voyage Media. She has also served on the leadership team for TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks.
Antonia Dodge is currently the co-owner and Lead Trainer at Personality Hacker. She has developed over 20 high level training systems, products and resources. Antonia has co-developed a 6-month profiler training course that teaches coaches and business professionals how to speed read people and understand how their mind works. She helps them to work with each unique personality type for team building, achieving business goals and life purposes.