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Goals and MBTI

Penelope Trunk has written about how ENTJs act in the world through the goal setting. As I also studies business, I know how many time it is emphasised that we need to set goals. Not to mention that setting SMART goals are what we practised multiple times, but the only thing that ever touched on how to achieve them was process management.

This got me thinking is how different types that I have seen take goal setting and goal achievements. And if my knowledge of the Jung's functions can help me explain how I think it should be.

And as an INTP, it is very much my joy to make up new theories. :)

If you want to read more about how ENTJ's take to goals, maybe read the article linked above instead. But I think that Te might be having something to do with the productivity necessary for the goals. The reason being, that when I think on the ESTJs that I know, they always seems to be moving toward the destination.

But then they surprise me that they don't seems to be aware, where they are actually heading. It is like, they don't really compute all of the possibilities. It is probably the Ni in the ENTJs that allows them to do that.

But when I am thinking about productivity, then there are also other types that tend to be productive. Everybody with the Ti-Se combination (so ESTP and ISTP) seems to appear very much productive as well. But I am not entirely sure what about this combination makes it like that. I know Se-dominant types, right now I am thinking of a certain ESFP, that I would not put it in the same league. It could be the influence of Ti, but I don't know what about Ti would explain it. Sure, Ti is good in finding and optimizing solutions, but on the other hand, there is no action component to it.

Maybe that could be an explanation. Ti marks the optimal path and the Se implements it.

Now, I don't really see people with high Ne as very goal oriented. Something is always happening with them and they tend to do a lot of things, but... sometimes I have the feeling that Ne types, if not tampered with other functions or people, will take a very round about way to a goal, and on the end end up with the wrong goal as well.

Which is just as well, as this goal might have been just as worthwhile.

Si is very good at habits, so I imagine that the acting past, once conditioned, would not present a lot of troubles. But as I mentioned above with the ESTJ example, the goal seeing or goal setting past seems to be a little less clear.

Then the last two functions that I have yet to discuss are the feeling functions. As much as I have appreciation for the Fi's ability to understand people, I don't actually see how this function can help with the goal setting or goal achieving. Except it might provide the social structure for it, but otherwise not.

And similarly is also true for Fe. I don't see it as much of a goal oriented function. But they might be able to use the social structures as well, but unlike Fi, here it would feel like pressure. At least Fe usually motivated my with the pressure, but maybe for people with more developed Fe experience it differently.

So if I take everything that I have written into account, it seems that Ti and Ni are good at setting goals and Te and Se are good at achieving goals. For the rest of us, maybe there is a better way than the old fashion goal setting. Or we simply need to learn how to use these functions for this.