The Myers Briggs and Your HSP Trait

So many things to Know about the Myers Briggs and Our HSP Trait
by Jacquelyn Strickland 

Have you noticed that many articles about highly sensitive  people usually state:

“HSPs have strong intuition.”

Albert Einstein

But is this true for ALL HSPs?    Just like many things that are not true for all HSPs, this statement is also not true – at least from a Myers Briggs Personality Assessment perspective.    However, from my “qualitative unscientific research”  utilizing the Myers Briggs with hundreds of HSPs over the last 15 years, I’ve found that the majority of HSPs are of the “NF temperament” ~ with many being :  INFP, INFJ, ENFP, and ENFJ.  And yes, these types would have a strong sense of Intuition,  if developed.

Although everyone has intuition to a certain degree, not everyone is aware of it, uses it or develops it, and for some, it does not come naturally.  Again, from a Myers Briggs perspective, the “N” or Intuitive way of perceiving the world around them may not be that person’s (the HSP’s) dominant preference or even auxiliary (second) preference.

For some, HSPs included, Intuition is their “least preferred” or “inferior,”  function.  This would be true for these Myers Briggs types:   ISTJ; ISFJ; ESTP, ESFP, and it seems these HSPs are in the minority.  The ESTJ, ISTP, ISFP are also usually a minority within the HSP population, although I have personally met and worked with HSPs from all 16 of the Myers Briggs types.

It is true that all Myers Briggs personality types have the capacity to develop their intuition, just as all types have the capacity to develop their rational, logic, specific and/or feeling preferences.   To develop one’s “opposite preference” in service to one’s Authentic Self, is what Carl Jung identified as “full type spiritual development”  and is hopefully accomplished by one’s late 30’s.  Unfortunately, for some, full type spiritual development is never accomplished.  These are individuals who might appear as “stuck in their ways.”  They simply stopped growing and developing at an early age, probably for a variety of reasons.

For my own growth and development as an ENFP, it has been a challenge  to utilize more of my least preferred function ~ the  ~ S ~ Specifics and Facts .  Slowly, I have  learned to use my  ~ S ~ as a backup to my Intuition,  and as an additional way of perceiving the world.   This is not to say that I should be more specific and factual, for “logic’s sake,” but that by knowing how to utilize these skills to support and follow the instructions from my dominant intuitive preference helps empower me in the long run.

Without development of my least preferred ~S~ (Specific & Facts)  I have been known to overlook facts which in the end have caused me needless frustration, and sometimes needless grief and pain.   Thus a lesson learned, is “Feelings and intuition are not facts.”

If you are interested in your own full type spiritual development, please join me in the Summer Teleclass:   Myers Briggs and Your HSP Trait.  It will be offered two consecutive Saturdays :  June 20th  and June 27th.   Scroll down for details.

And, if you are planning to attend either the 30th or 31st HSP Gathering Retreats in British Columbia or New Brunswick, Canada, this will be offered as part of your conference fee.

Myers Briggs – HSP June Summer   Session
with Jacquelyn Strickland, LPC and HSP
Jacquelyn has been a certified user of the Myers Briggs Assessment 
since 1993 and has administered the MBTI to hundreds, most of them HSPs.
The Myers Briggs will be offered FREE as part of the HSP Gathering Retreat Conference fee for the 30th and 31st HSP Gatherings.  

When: Two consecutive Saturdays
Part One:     June 20, 2015
Part Two:     June 27, 2015
10:00 am – 11:30 am Mountain Time – US
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Albert EinsteinIn Part One and Two of this Myers Briggs-HSP Teleclass you will learn:
Part One:    

  After learning about the 8 preferences and what they measure, AND, most importantly, how they overlap the HSP trait, you will self identify your MBTI type. We will use the statistically valid and reliable 93 question inventory for final clarification.
Part Two:
You will learn about the Dominate, Auxiliary, Tertiary and Least Preferred functions of your type as identified in Part One. This is perhaps one of the most overlooked, yet crucial aspects to learning about type and how to apply it in your life.

You will also learn why:
• Many HSPs may have felt they were swimming upstream from the dominate culture;
• HSPs may feel especially challenged to accomplish the goals most important to them;
• There may be more Extravert HSPs than we previously thought;
• There is no such thing as being “right in between” two preferences such as the J and P or E and I; and why this often indicates some sort of turmoil or transition between two preferences;
• Understanding your least preferred function (the inferior function) is crucial to what Carl Jung called “full type individuation;
• The first 12 years of life may have erroneously influenced your Myers Briggs type; • We need all 16 types and why HSPs need non-HSPs and vice versa;
• Your family of origin or school experience may have erroneously influenced your authentic self; and
• HSPs are often striving toward what Carl Jung has called “full type individuation” and your authentic self

To Register:
 Go to this payment link: Click on the Teleclass link, and enter the amount due.  You will then be sent information  on how to take the on-line statistically valid and reliable Myers Briggs Assessment, and information on “How to Participate in a Teleclass. ”   Long distance charges apply, with suggestions for low cost international rates at
Cost: $169 which includes the extensive handout package and the 3 – 3.5 hour group consultation time.  If you are a past participant of a HSP Gathering Retreat, take 10% off = $152  … 🙂

 How the HSP-Myers Briggs Teleclass works:
You will need to register make payment no later than June 17, 2015.  Once payment is received you will be directed to my on-line account with Consulting Psychological Press where you will then take the statistically valid and reliable 93 question Myers Briggs Type Assessment.  This must be completed no later than June 17. 2015 

One of the main goals of the HSP_Myers Briggs Teleclass is for you to leave with a solid understanding of your type.  However, in certain instances, a personal consultation may be needed in order to clarify confusion surrounding your authentic type.  In this case, additional charges would apply.

As part of the this HSP-Myers Briggs Teleclass you will receive a handout package which will include: Type & Organizations;  At Your Best Characteristics; Emotional Intelligence;  Type & Careers;  Stress & the Inferior Function & How to return to Equilibrium;  Following Your Spiritual Path; and Communication with Other Types

Space is very limited, so register early if you are interested.

What Others Have Said:

“I think one of the most profound things I heard from you was right out of the gate on the first call when you described being an HSP Extravert and mentioned the low-grade lethargy that sets in if the necessary down-time drags on for too long — and that too much isolation is not healthy. I was also struck by what you said about needing novel stimulation but being left with a combination of being energized but exhausted. Those things — the mysterious low-grade lethargy that is not depression and the dance and difficult balance between stimulation seeking and solitude-seeking pretty much sums up many of the issues I wrestle with.

I am so, so grateful that you mentioned the low-grade lethargy! It made my jaw drop to hear you talk about it, and I haven’t stopped being thrilled that you put words to that odd condition. I’ve never heard anyone else talk about it and make the point that it is not the same as depression or social anxiety.”
~ L.D.,  Lafayette, Colorado

“I am so very grateful to you for offering this class.  There was a ton of very rich material and learning.  You have so much to share! The fact that you asked us to decide on our types for ourselves before receiving the raw scores from the assessment. This, following the process of learning about the different preferences, then applying the learning to ourselves.  This approach was very powerful. ”  Y.T.  North Carolina

“I really valued learning this from YOU, because you ARE an HSP, you understand the trait so well and you also know the MBTI as well as you do.   This is a wonderful combination.  The material felt well integrated because it is integrated in you. ”
K.C.  Tucson, Arizona

I loved knowing the ways that HSPs who are also INFPs can get mired in their deep, intense emotional experiences and can benefit from understanding how we can use the Thinking/Sensing preferences in service to our HSP selves.
M.B., Tacoma, Washington




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