One Fish, Two Fish, Sensing Fish, Intuitive Fish

The more I learn about the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), the more I understand about how my brain works and why I do the things I do. The more I apply MBTI and NLP to other people, the more effective my interactions with those other people become. Of all the understanding-people systems I have investigated, MBTI and NLP have proven most helpful.

(MBTI and NLP say InTj and Auditory Digital, respectively, describes how I see my world.)

I grew up on Dr. Seuss. My parents have The Cat In The Hat Comes Back memorized. I tape recorded Hop On Pop for my brother when he was young, and my entire family recently recorded stacks of Dr. Seuss books for his new son. Dr. Seuss is in my blood.

Small wonder, then, that when I recently sat down to write a presentation on personality types and representational systems I ended up with a set of Dr. Seuss-inspired verses rather than a set of bulleted slides. So now I have a book, which I'll serialize over my next bunch of posts. Give it a read and let me know whether I still need to write a presentation!


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Comments (3)

  1. Shanthini says:

    Hi Braidy,

    When you say you apply NLP, do you mean applying NLP’s modal operators or some other thing? More often people are a mixture of things and I did not find clear answers. Say if someone has a habit of saying "That sounds great"!. You would think he is auditory. He might be a sales guy remarking every time someone says some thing. Because it is his job and he wants to sound cool!

    I have seen people adapting a catchy word and repeating it. Does not give a picture of them. Happens with top guys and college grads. Well, my observation could be limited and may not be applicable every where.

    MBTI is great stuff. INTP helped me to evaluate myself.



    Hope i got your name right

  2. Shanthini says:

    oh sorry Micheal, I addressed your name as Braidy.

  3. Shanthini: When I say I apply NLP, I mean I listen to what people say and watch what they day, and when I talk with them I attempt to use words that match they way they experience the world. Same with MBTI.

    I agree that NLP and MBTI are most useful when applied appropriately and with skill rather than indiscriminately. I am striving to do the former more often than the latter!

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