My Type: Thinking vs. Feeling

Thinking and Feeling types are usually about as easy to distinguish as Extrovert/Introvert. The type of Thinking in this category is more of hard, analytical calculation rather than the conceptualizing, imagining of the Intuitive. The major difference between these two types is that Feelers are people oriented whereas Thinkers are more data, task oriented. In a managerial position, a Thinker will be primarily concerned that the job at hand is being executed. A Feeler, on the other hand, will be more concerned about the needs of the workers, the customers and the people involved. Feelers can wear their emotions on their sleeves and be sensitive to the thoughts and opinions of others. In extreme cases, and in conjunction with other personality traits, Feelers can be highly sensitive and empathic. This may cause problems with mental health, especially if one has not learned to balance emotions with reason and circumstances.

Not only are Feeling types sensitive to their own emotions, but they pick up on the feelings of others as well. They are constantly thinking of the well being of those around them and often sacrifice their own needs for those in their care. Depending on their other personality characteristics, they may engage in community action, volunteer work or even take up humanitarian, political causes. The difficulty for these types is in maintaining a strong sense of self and setting firm boundaries for self love and maintenance. Intuitive Feelers may struggle more deeply than other types since their imaginations may lead to self doubt, paranoia and fantasy. Feelers are often exploited since they are easily manipulated by guilt and shame and often seek to avoid conflict.

Thinkers are much more straight forward. These are the Vulcans of the human world. To Feeling types, Thinkers can come across as cold and heartless at times. Thinkers are more concerned with the task at hand and getting the job done. They cannot be bothered by messy emotions or useless sentiment. Thinkers can, and do, become involved in humanitarian projects and endeavors which are geared toward making the world a better place. They often seek out Feeling or more caring types in relationships in order to get their psychological needs met. It may often be difficult for Thinking types to express their feelings and to be vulnerable. This may cause stress and anxiety, especially if they are raised in a dysfunctional environment.

Feeling types will need to accept their caring, compassionate nature and allow themselves to experience their broad range of emotions. They should spend time in meditation and work on keeping their emotions, doubts and fears in check. Feelers are particularly vulnerable to Negative Energy, especially if they are raised in a dysfunctional environment. Feeling types will also need to Surrender in the area of speaking Truth and not avoiding conflict. They need to express their own needs and set firm boundaries in order to preserve their sense of Self and follow through with their intention.

Thinking types need to accept their penchant for getting the job done and being efficient in their work. Intuitive thinkers are innovators, inventors and visionaries. Thinkers should spend time in meditation and cultivate a sensitivity to those around them, seeking ways to express feelings for their loved ones and acquaintances. Keeping a journal is an excellent activity for Thinking types to be able to identify feelings and occasions when they should have demonstrated more care or concern.

Published by Rick George

Had someone noticed when I was younger, I may have been diagnosed with ADHD and been put on medication. Fortunately that never happened. No, it hasn't been fun and my life has been quite turbulent as a result but I have had a unique vantage point and I have a feeling that it is about to pay off.

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