How do you know if you are a Feeling or Thinking type?
Actually, the distinction is quite simple. Feeling types respond more positively to collaboration, teamwork, and social harmony, and value connection with nature and animals, as well as art and cultural expression more highly. Thinking types respond more positively to challenge, competition, and practice. They like to push themselves and to improve themselves. They seek achievement.
Moreover, it has to do with values. The Feeling types seek harmony, and want to create win-win situations, and are more generous and focused on sharing. Thinking types want to do things themselves. They prefer to accomplish things through their own power or ability. They would find it insulting if there was no first spot or personal advantage to be won in a situation.
Feeling types on the other hand, want things to be fair and equal, and think about how they can benefit the group and help others through their actions. When you want to motivate a Feeling type, you want to talk about the benefit of the group and the team. When trying to motivate a Thinking type, you want to focus on learning, new skills, and personal opportunities.
Disagreeable Feeling types and Agreeable Thinking Types
Thinking types may sometimes feel that they have to have their kid gloves on. They are afraid to voice criticism or dissent because it may hurt others feelings. They feel their environment won't tolerate their jokes. They are afraid to show their skill or higher knowledge, because it might make other people feel inferior. Being like this though, can make them feel cold, detached, or cut off. They feel like they are acting or that they can't be themselves.
Feeling types may sometimes feel they have to be the bad cop in a situation. They have to be tough or mean or selfish, because otherwise, they will be taken advantage of. Life has taught them that people will use their kindness against them. But if they have a chance to collaborate and can find people they can trust, they will warm up and become more passionate and feel a stronger sense of purpose. Being cold will demotivate these types.