- Personality: the sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics of an individual
- Personality Type:a cluster of personality traits commonly occurring together
- Personality Type System: a framework for understanding how personality types exist, act, and react with one another
The Type Systems Used on This Site
When it comes to personality, there’s a wide variety of systems that have been created over thousands of years. Some systems put people into categories that can be considered “better” or “worse,” but the systems I prefer see people all as equals and individuals who each serve as an essential piece of a bigger puzzle.
On Inner World Travels, I’ll discuss a diversity of self-help tools, but the primary personality type systems I’ll focus on will be: The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and the Enneagram.
You can get a great introduction to my preferred personality type systems in the post: The Beginner’s Guide to the Personality Type Systems, but here’s a quick description of the two you’ll see the most on here:
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator
Also referred to as “MBTI,” this personality type system organizes people into one of 16 different types based on how they process information. Are people introverted or extroverted? Are they practical or theoretical? Do they decide with their feelings or logic? Are they open-ended or structured? Based on these elements, each type is given a 4-letter code, in which each letter is shorthand for an aspect of their personality.
The Enneagram categorizes people as one of 9 different types, which are designated with a number. The individual types are each driven to satisfy their own particular need. Depending on which one it is, there is the need to be perfect, the need to be needed, the need to be successful, the need to be different, the need to understand, the need to be secure, the need to experience, the need to be in control, and the need to be at peace. In the pursuit of this need, each type manifests different characteristics based on whether they are living in a healthy, average, or unhealthy state.
More information about these frameworks can be found on the Personality Types Systems page.