Does My Personality Type Change?

Does My Personality Type Change?

Does My Personality Type Change?
the Myers-Briggs type indicator

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Does my personality type change? Sometimes I think I am an INTP, and sometimes an ENFP. My type changed I’m sure of it!

One of the most controversial beliefs people have around the Myers-Briggs system is the belief that individual personality types don’t change. This is mainly because many people that know about MBTI self-report to have changed types. These claims do not seem to be that unreasonable either, after all, it makes perfect sense that types would change for at least some people, right? People change their personalities throughout life all the time. Sometimes a shy introvert could suddenly blossom into a social butterfly, or the popular kid in school could turn into a reclusive hermit after suffering through a significant loss. We see these things happening in real life after all! Types have to be able to change then, right? 

Although many of these claims have some truth to them, they stem from a general misunderstanding of the Myers-Briggs system. Most people that hear about MBTI are only familiar with the four letter dichotomies: I/E(introvert/extrovert), S/N(sensing/intuitive), F/T(feeling/thinking), J/P(judging/perceiving). Many online assessments give each dichotomy a number of percentages, so if you are an ESFJ, you may have E-65%, S-15%, F-1%, J-35%. This comparison makes people assume the MBTI is similar to assessments such as the Big Five. However, the only way to truly understand MBTI, is if you understand that the Myers-Briggs system was originally more about the underlying cognitive function stack of each Myers-Briggs type rather than the individual letter dichotomies. For instance, the reason MBTI theorists always point out that you can’t change from, say, an INTJ to an INTP, even though the two are only off by one letter, is that they have completely different cognitive processes underneath. However, if this were the only issue, then it could seem more plausible to change from an INTJ to an ENTJ, for instance, since they do have the same cognitive processes underneath but in different orders. But even then, there is good reason why those that understand and use the Myers-Briggs system believe that types don’t ‘change’. 

For one thing, when considering studies on introversion and extroversion, simply as traits, evidence suggests that introversion and extroversion are actually genetic. There is neurological evidence that shows people are born more introverted or extroverted. So, if we were to go by Myers-Briggs, it would not be surprising if an ENTJ(an extrovert) probably wouldn’t be able to ‘change’ into an INTJ(an introvert). And if that were the case for introversion and extroversion, then it doesn’t seem that much of a stretch to believe that to be the case for the other aspects of your MBTI type as well.

When looking at some of the evidence from Dario Nardi’s brain scans and understanding that trauma and socialization play a significant role in people claiming to ‘change types’, it becomes easier to see why many strong MBTI theorists believe types don’t change.

Dario Nardi was a UCLA Professor that took it upon himself to test different Myers Briggs types. He wasn’t initially trying to come up with anything, the experiment was more exploratory to see what patterns could be found. And that’s when it happened. When every MBTI type was engaged in activities that corresponded with each individual type’s strongest cognitive processes, their whole brains would light up. These were each activities that really stimulated and engaged the participants like nothing else. This suggested the possibility that, on a neurological level, people were ‘hardwired’ to engage in things that would correspond to the dominant cognitive function of their individual Myers-Briggs types. Other consistent type-related differences have been shown in his research as well. 

So, you might ask then, what about those who have claimed to ‘change types’? Well, that’s where trauma and socialization comes in. When going through trauma, for instance, it’s common to stop giving yourself permission to do things you may have enjoyed to do in the past. The same thing goes with socialization. People that grew up shy, maybe with stricter upbringings or childhood trauma, may have always wanted to interact with people the way an extrovert would. Then, when breaking free from it all and overcoming their shyness, they suddenly are happier with their lives and feel like they have changed. There is a clear distinction between being shy and being introverted. Not every introvert is shy, they just can’t engage in more extroverted activities for as prolonged amounts of time as extroverts can. You can be extroverted and shy as well, if there has been significant trauma or sheltering.

So what some of these stories of people changing sound like, is that they have grown up with inhibiting coping mechanisms, and are only now giving themselves permission to be themselves. It is then, reasonable to believe that many of those that claim to have ‘changed types’ actually just found their real type and are now acting more authentically to who they are, when they previously were not. 

Of course, the same thing can happen the other way around. When people claim to change types, it could be that they have now gone through significant trauma, and are then, by the same token, not living their lives as authentically as they used to, and are not giving themselves permission to do things they would have ordinarily enjoyed. Now, I want to mention here that a natural introvert can develop enough expertise in extroverted activities to better deal with the world’s problems. An extrovert, can also balance themselves out by learning how to engage in more introspective activities, developing a more ‘grounded’ sense of self. This topic is usually explored in theories advocating ‘type development’ and are another aspect of MBTI altogether, but it does play into the complicated aspect of individual types as well.

All in all, this is where the Myers Briggs system, then, has its greatest use. It helps people recognize their natural preferences and how they can finally start living their own lives more authentically. What it comes down to is self-awareness, and learning how to use this self-awareness to improve the quality of your life overall. It is also why many MBTI practitioners do not believe in self report tests, understanding that each individual type has a significant amount of wiggle room depending on each person’s individual life experiences. And once you accept your natural preferences, it becomes a lot easier to work towards improving your overall life.

 

That’s why MBTI practitioners and enthusiasts highly recommend either getting profiled by a licensed professional or from at least encouraging people to dig deeper into the theory on their own to get a better grasp of their own underlying cognitive functions because each individual type has a significant amount of variance in how they come across depending on many of the factors that have been mentioned above. And even then, if there has been significant trauma, finding an individual person’s type will be difficult.

Of course, many other brain studies need to be done for the idea of underlying cognitive functions behind each MBTI type to be completely understood. And it would probably require more sophisticated instruments for anyone to know for sure from a purely scientific standpoint. After all, brain research in general is still in its infancy, and there is so much more about the brain that we still do not know. However, it’s quite reasonable to understand why so many of us believe that types don’t really change, considering some of the points I just mentioned. So, what do you think? Do these points resonate with your own individual life experiences?

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What is a HouseTaRaunt you may ask? There is no better person to ask then the person planning and implementing a unique place. Her name is Shukriyyah Aquil, known amongst the community as “Queen of Tofu”. This local herbalist has combined the art of natural healing with the food we consume to increase our overall health and wellness.

For the sake of being tongue tied I’ll call this extraordinary woman Shef Sugar, dedicated to her use of all things natural. Her idea is nothing new, in fact, as a young child she remembers her mom selling dinners as she referenced out the front part of the house while the family lived in the back part of the house.

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The heritage and legacy of holistic eating has become a way of life for her. After having spent 30 plus years away from Memphis, Shef Sugar has returned to share a wealth of knowledge through both community involvement an education. She finds the need for culinary education in the art of vegetarian/vegan cooking.

When I first met this gem of a woman she shared with me a story of steak over mashed potatoes or rice with a rich brown gravy and cornbread. My mouth began to water. I told her I would be over next time she prepares that dish. Before I knew it my foot was stuck in my mouth as she finished the conversation with everything is vegan, oh ooh…. no meat!! The steak I had my heart set on would be made out of Tofu.

She has found her place, located in the historic Stax Museum corridor at 1177 Mississippi Blvd., this HouseTaRaunt is beautifully welcoming, you feel the warmth when you enter the front door. She has 5 dining spaces throughout the home, upstairs, downstairs, and main dining area. You can pick and choose.

After due diligence in finding out all the legalities, obtaining her permits, and licensure and visioning, Shef Sugar owns and operates her HouseTaRaunt from 1 to 8 pm every Saturday. She is also accepts intimate, group, and special event reservations.

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With the support of hungry healthy diners she has successfully ran her kitchen with love for the past 8 months here in the heart of “Soulville” along with with 2 years at her previous location. So the next time you looking for a meatless approach to healthier eating with some natural healing for your mind, body and soul, remember the HouseTaRaunt on the hill.

I forgot to mention Shef Sugar, has a recipe book called Shukriyyah’s Southern Soulful Veggie Recipes. She also uses her HouseTaRaunt to support and network with others, every 3 months she host the Christian~Jewish~Muslim dialogue. When you stop by for dinner ask her to enlighten you on this wonderful fellowship.

As I sat an watched patrons come and go I got it, her soulful style with her soulful cooking is enough to have you just stop by for a visit. When you stop by tell her Butterflyy sent you!

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My start to art began way before I can remember. Just like any other great artist, my first canvas was the walls in my childhood home. My bedroom, the hallway, anyplace I saw that needed improvement, I put my crayons to work. I remember the days back in elementary school. The teacher would try to educate me and all I wanted to do was draw. My first art was always planes and trucks. I was good at drawing jets at many angles of the flight. My mom knew I had a gift and enrolled me in art lessons. They took place on Saturday mornings at a place called Arts East. There I learned depth, shadows, shading, highlights, and eye perspective. As I got older onto middle school, it was drawing on the desk tops and book covers. I was good at drawing album covers like Metallica and Megadeth, and of course was still drawing planes. Then I progressed to a Salvador Dali style. The strange, eye-teasing art that has the artist’s thoughts out of his head onto paper and the viewer either understands it or has their own take on it. Art is always up to the eye of the beholder.

As far as my start in clocks go, it started during a long drive after I saw a picture on the web of a clock that was different from a normal grandfather clock. I said to myself, I can make that but it will be very different from any clock out there. So that long drive, I planned out all that was needed to build. Each cut, how the wood was going to bend, the height, the size, it was all mapped out and created in my thoughts. My beginning with wood was building ramps. I made a handful in my teenage years and gradually moved up to building a large half pipe in my back yard. That was the beginning of having wood bend and curve. Around the same period in high school, I took wood shop. Of course, that comes with bong making and paddle making, really just a class to pass time. I did learn and kept with me the art or process of sanding and staining wood. I made a few projects, nothing big or fancy, but I did enjoy the painting and finishing process of wood. So with all that, I knew I could build clocks and furniture like no other, and wanted to hear from people how the heck can that be.

 

 

I can say I’m grateful for having a gift that gives me the ability to see or create a vision in my head, and use my hands to make it come out to life. Whether it’s on paper, canvas, or constructing art with wood.

This latest clock is a Memphis themed clock. This one has been a challenge, with more wood work involved. I love the city I was raised in. Memphis has great culture, music, and heritage, just a city with a bright soul. I wanted to put in as much of Memphis that is on the map as what makes the city Memphis. From Graceland to the pyramid, of course, the bridge, and all in between.

As far as my goals for the clock, I have a few ideas. I could have a sponsor donate money for the cost of the build, and donate the clock to St. Jude, or any of the Memphis visitor’s centers or the airport. Perhaps FedEx would like to put it in the lobby of one of their buildings or Graceland may like to have in one of the gift shops or lobby. I’m not sure, but it speaks Memphis and should be out for the people of Memphis to see. Any thoughts or ideas from the people would be helpful.

 

 

 

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Why did you get started in salt caves?

I wanted to bring another healing/mind/body modality to the community that has been extremely beneficial to me personally. Halotherapy is not only for yoga students, but for individuals who do not practice yoga. The wide variety of conditions halotherapy benefits and relieves is so far reaching and infinite that it is mind-boggling. With very little effort and no contraindications that have been identified to date, halotherapy can be easily incorporated in an existing exercise program and medical protocol that will enhance and compliment anyone’s lifestyle. The only requirement is to breathe and to get oneself into the salt caves.

What is salt caves and what are the benefits?

Halotherapy is a dry salt therapy that utilizes a halogenerator to grind and crush 99.99% Medical Grade Sodium Chloride (salt) into micronized particles that are dispersed into a salt room, salt cave, or salt chamber via a dry salt aerosol that works to reduce inflammation from the inside out for a plethora of conditions both physical and mental. Salt is an excellent conductor of negative ions and creates a sterile, allergen-free environment when pumped into a salt cave or room. Salt is known for its antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties, and inhaling salt can cleanse the body of harmful organisms. If there is no halogenerator, there is no halotherapy.

Halotherapy has been known to relieve symptoms of Allergies, Asthma, COPD, Emphysema and Bronchitis, Coughs, Flu, Cystic Fibrosis, Ear Infections, Psoriasis, Eczema, Acne, Sinus Infections, Chronic Sinusitis, Stress, Anxiety, Fatigue, and Snoring. Halotherapy promotes sounder sleep, benefits athletes, seniors, healthy individuals, children, and babies as young as two weeks old.
Devastated first from my father’s death and eight years later from my mother’s, I wanted to make something good out of what was so tragic in my life. When my father passed away I ran the Chicago marathon in his memory and raised so much money that I was put on the board of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for many years until my tenure ran out. After partnering with Wings of The West Clinic for several years, they lost their benefits to fund our free to yoga cancer classes, and I continued this mission in memory of my parents Sylvia and Louis Kirschner who both died from cancer.
If you are a cancer patient or survivor you may come to the Free Yoga Class for Cancer on Saturday afternoons at 1:30 pm. The cancer patients have formed a comrade and support each other in many ways, even outside the studio. Those who are afflicted with cancer often feel alone, isolated, and depressed and benefit so much from moving and breathing and feeling somewhat alive in a regular setting like the studio. Being a support person myself, I know the draining uncertainty associated with that role. Not only is it helpful for the support person(s) to nourish their loved ones, they also need to take care of themselves. Opening the free cancer classes to two support persons per session alongside the patient benefits both tremendously, as they can share this positive experience together in addition to relieving a lot of anxiety that is present for both the patient and support person.

What we offer

There are three separate rooms or caves in the salt building, each having it’s own halogenerator in the room. The largest room is the “Salt Relaxation Room” that houses ten zero gravity chairs to recline and relax in for the 45 minute halo therapy session. The floor in the relax room is covered with approximately 2 1/2 tons of Himalayan salt, and the walls and are covered in Himalayan salt bricks and panels of large salt rocks. The ceiling lights twinkle above like stars shining in a beautiful and clear night sky. The panels are illuminated with different colors which can be changed at any time to create a relaxing or invigorating atmosphere and enhances one’s overall experience. The use of chromotherapy, sometimes referred to as color therapy, colorology or cromatherapy is an alternative modality that uses light in the form of color to balance “energy” lacking from a person’s body, whether it be on a physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental level.

A session in the salt relax room must be reserved beforehand since space is limited. You can wear comfortable clothing for the relax session, and we provide blankets, disposable booties and head covers, and ear phones for self volume control. The booties and head cover are required because the room is kept sterile and at a temperature between 68° and 70° with humidity at a low level to keep the environment sterile.
The walls, ceiling, and baseboards have salt and tile panels and both use Chromotherapy to enhance the atmosphere and mood. A yoga mat is needed for class but we provide the yoga props. Regular yoga attire is recommended and layers if you are a cold natured person. Every yoga class is done barefoot, without socks or shoes~no booties or head cover required! Bottled water may be brought into the yoga room, unlike in the salt caves where no beverages are allowed. Salty yoga classes are from 60 to 75 minutes in length, and must be reserved beforehand due to limited space.
The “Salty Yoga Room” has a wood floor like our other yoga rooms, it’s own halogenerator that disperses salt for 45 minutes during the yoga class that promotes deeper and fuller diaphragmatic breathing for a more sustainable yoga practice and a longer healthier life.
The third room in the salt cave is a private room that houses a warm salt relaxation bed with it’s own halogenerator. Fifteen hundred pounds of loose Himalayan salt covers the floor, with salt tiles on the wall and baseboards. Chromotherapy enhances the room in the wall and along the inside of the salt bed. The bed is filled with Himalayan salt to lay in, which helps reduce symptoms of skin irritations and skin conditions, reduce inflammation from arthritis, sore muscles, and achy swollen joints. The salt bed heats up to three levels, and can be used with a disposable sheet to recline on during the 45 minute salt bed session or not. Disposable booties and head covers are required in this service. By using the salt bed both the outer skin and insides are receiving a double dose of dry salt therapy. The bed also must be reserved prior to each session.
Yoga mystics say “Everyone is given the same amount of breaths per life, the longer and fuller the breath – the longer and fuller the life.” So it goes without saying, to live a healthy and long life everyone should incorporate halotherapy into their lives on a regular basis to breathe better. For personal stories and testimonials please visit our website at www.BetterBodiesYoga.com.

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Scars

Scars

scars
A reminder of healing

 By Matthew Brewer

Scars….we all have them. Whether the scars result from something physical or emotional, we have all experienced a scar of some kind in our lives. Are physical scars painful? That is debatable. Some have suggested that they still rack of pain months and even years after some painful scar. I have had a few scars in my life. None of the physical scars cause me any pain. When I look at the scar, I do remember what happened, but it does not continue to physically hurt me.

Emotional scarring is so different. The heart is tender, and when it is broken, sometimes the damage seems irreparable. As Christians, we know that God can repair all of our brokenness, but let’s face it….we are still humans, and in our frailty as a human, oftentimes we still hurt. That doesn’t make us less of a Christian. That doesn’t make us less of a Child of God. What that makes us is a real-live human being with human frailty who is not perfect.

As Christians we know that all of the physical and emotional scars of our lives were placed on Jesus as he hung dying for our sins. Every bad thing that could and will ever happen to us, he endured the pain at Calvary. He bore the scars of my life and of your life.

Now looking at a scar, I try not to remember what caused the scar, but rather, I try to remember that healing has taken place. Scars sometimes remind me of times I should have listened but didn’t. Ultimately though, scars are a reminder of the healing that has happened in our mind, body, and soul. Scars will always be with us, and so will the ONE who healed us!

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.
II Corinthians 4: 8-10

Matthew Brewer
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Matthew Brewer has been in the Memphis area since 2003, and in that time, he has been no stranger to the wonderful southern cuisine found here in the Mid-South.  He graduated from West Liberty State College, received his masters from University of Louisiana at Monroe, and his D.Min from Andersonville Theological Seminary.  He is employed by Shelby County Schools as a PLC Coach, pastors Grace Gathering Church, and in his spare time, does marketing for his Wife, Jennifer’s custom Jewelry Company, Jentegrity Jewelry, located in Cordova.  He enjoys spending time with his wife, quiet evenings at home, dinners with friends, and lots of family time.

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