How To Appreciate The Differences in Others
As each day passes, a new gadget or social media platform emerges, bringing with it the potential for greater connection with those around us. We are continually being able to reach new cultures and ways of being, as this new age of technology dawns and our online global social community grows, it becomes increasingly important to discuss what this growth in our society will mean to us as individuals; how can we grow together more harmoniously?
While there are many different answers to this question, one of the ways to begin to understand one another is to explore the physiological approach by identifying and categorizing the different personality types and learning from each of them. We will then look at the spiritual aspects of how this diversity helps strengthen humanity as a whole!
One of the most predominant psychological theories for understanding different personality types is what is know as the Myers Briggs Type Indicator Questionnaire. Originally published by a mother daughter team of researchers back in the 1940’s, Myers Briggs identifies several key personality traits that each person has.
For example, one of the key personality traits is the person’s decision making style; are you a Thinker or a Feeler? If you observe your own reactions when someone asks you a question, normally you would respond with either “I think that… ” or “Well, I feel that… ” and this response is a good indicator of which personality type you would be.
They looked at the individual’s personality focus and realized that people would identify as being either more outwardly focused (Extraverted) or more internally focused (Introverted). They looked at how people like to receive information, either sensing or using intuition and they classified another category for how you view the outer life, either perceiving or judging
Using this combination of personality types, they came up with 16 individual personalities which describe potentials for how each of us act, think, feel, receive, give and relate to the world around us.
The further you research into Myers Briggs, you will find that we all have aspects of all types within us along with timelines and we progressively will adapt new personalities as we age. Some situations we may be more inclined to act more outgoing and extroverted, when other times we may be more shy and quiet. Sometimes we may be really intuitive and follow our feelings, and in other situations we may become more logical and sensing.
We each have the potential for all 16 types within us and depending on our current situation and often due to adapting to our environment, we can shift personality types and embody a different type of person as is required. The key to learning about this theory is to determine what your baseline personality would be and how you like to communicate with others.
Once you have established your own understanding of your own personality classification, learning about the other main types and how well you communicate with each other type is vitally important. Then in real world situations, if you are having a disagreement, you can observe if the way that the information is being exchanged could be rephrased to be better received by the other. This creates a continual refining of our own approach to speaking and listening with others!
If you are familiar with Tarot, the 16 personality types as identified by Myers Briggs correlate with the 16 Royal Court Cards each personality being derived by combining the four elements in different ways. For information on the Tarot you can check out our website here!
Personality Letter Types (A, B, C and D)
Pioneered by psychologists Friedman and Rosenman during the 1950’s, they theorized that people would have two primary personalities based on observable behaviours. They named these two types, Type A (Coronary Prone Personality) and Type B, and sorted individuals into one of these two groups based on their drive to achieve goals, their level of competitiveness, their need for recognition, involvement in activities, tendency to rush and general physical and mental alertness.
A Type personalities were basically labeled as the go getters, the people who would answer all of the previous questions by saying “Very, Lots, All the Things!” while then the B Type people were then seen as anyone who lacked said drive, ambition or competitiveness.
They studied the health habits of both types of people, looking at what they ate, how they slept and levels of exercise. They noted Type A personalities would generally have higher levels of cholesterol and a greater risk for coronary heart disease, likely due to the higher levels of stress that comes along with the fast paced Type A lifestyles.
Other researchers later added the Type C and D groups to identify people who had greater levels of difficulty expressing emotions and are described as having tendencies of suppressing their true selves which can result in abrupt releases of pent up feelings in the form of anger or rage. These personality types would be seen as having high levels of depression and anxiety and therefore do not participate in social activities and would rarely seek help from others.
Just like with Myers Briggs, each of us can sometimes be more of a A Type person, embodying the leader energy and taking charge of a project, or we can be the B Type and are happy to help the team along doing our part and not needing the attention. And even sometimes we will be C or D Types and prefer to stay home!
We often switch from one type to another depending on our location or environment, so this can raise the question “What made you act this way?”. When we look at ourselves and what happened to us to make us either more outgoing, or less outgoing, more involved, or less involved, we can start to find the root of our personality and as a result learn to interact with others with more empathy.
If you view yourself as an A Type and see yourself as being more productive than all the C and D Types, maybe this would be time to look at those people as potentially not of having gotten the same opportunities or support that you received and therefore naturally pulled back as a result. Try providing more encouragement, or finding the specific way that that individual best receives appreciation and then helping create the environment for them which would be most conducive to their personal development.
Celestine Prophecy – Stronger Together
In the amazing book series “The Celestine Prophecies” by James Redfield, which we covered in Spirit Science 14 ~ Insights of Ascension, after the first insights are discovered and the deep spiritual realizations are had, the main character is brought back to the modern times and goes through the process of learning how to ground that higher energy down into the day to day life we are living.
This was described as “Holding the Vision“, looking at how to really live each of the revelations obtained from each insight. The insight depicts a template group of people, each holding a different personality or way of viewing the world. As these small groups of individuals would learn to come together, to overcome the differences in their unique personalities they create the template for larger groups to do the same. As the individual represents the whole, if we are able to learn and better understand those around us we create the space for the rest of humanity to do the same.
Each of us is here on this planet with a specific purpose; our unique way of viewing life and the world is important. We each fit within our own local communities and play a specific role in that spiritual body. By learning how to see the different roles we all play, and appreciating the differences in each one, we can come together in greater strength and harmony than ever before.
Let us learn from each other, share with each other, and appreciate the differences in everyone!