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16 Personalities: A look back to where it all started

16 Personalities: A look back to where it all started

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The Theory behind the well-known Personality Profiling

Over the past 100 years, people have strived in their pursuit of a reliable way to fit something as complex as the human personality into a well-defined model. We are still some time away from being able to do that and to prove it scientifically, but in this article you can read how personality profiling was born and how it evolved over time to unveil 16 personality types. Let’s go back to memory lane then!

Ancient Times: The Four Temperaments Personality Profiling

A proto-psychological theory that suggests that there are four fundamental personality types, sanguine (optimistic, active and social), choleric (short-tempered, fast or irritable), melancholic (analytical, wise and quiet), and phlegmatic (relaxed and peaceful).

1920’s: Carl Gustav Jung Personality Profiling

Carl Gustav Jung was a Psychiatrist and Psychoanalyst who Founded analytical psychology. He created some of the best-known psychological concepts and personality theories, including synchronicity, archetypal, phenomena, the collective unconscious, the psychological complex and extraversion and introversion.

Between 1940 to 1960’s: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Personality Profiling

A profiling tool and re-elaboration of Jung’s theories.  Katharine Cook Briggs co-authored with her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers one of the most popular personality indicators used today, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®)

The test is an introspective self-report questionnaire with the purpose of indicating differing psychological preferences in how people perceive the world around them and make decisions.  Briggs was a teacher with an avid interest in personality typing, having developed her own type theory before learning of Jung’s writings. MBTI® uses a 16 personality type model with a convenient way to describe the order of each person’s Jungian preferences through four letter acronyms.  They compiled four pairs of personality traits:

1980’s: The Big Five Personality Profiling

The only personality profiling tool based on academic research, its approach uses 5 major dimensions of personality: openness, conscientiousness, agreeableness, extraversion, and neuroticism.

The Big Five model of personality is widely considered to be the most robust way to describe personality differences. It is the basis of most modern personality research.

Limitless Success Method

Limitless Success has used a combination approach, there are 16 possible “types” based on unique combinations of the preferences.

Each type has strengths and weaknesses. No type is better than another.

Although, these methods and profiling tools are still used by 80% of Fortune 500 companies when recruiting and forming teams for ultimate performance and, have proved to be winning tactics for self-awareness, personal growth and sustained success, be the judge for yourself.


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