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Myers-Briggs Personality Types & Weight Loss


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I don't know how many of you put any stock in these personality tests... I've found them to be pretty accurate.

Depending on which version of the test I take, I'm an Extroverted/Intuitive/Thinking or Feeling/Perceptive ie an ENTP or ENFP. I'd have to pay for a more specific/official test to narrow myself to one type, and it doesn't bother me THAT much not knowing.

According to Jungian analytical psychology (I don't know), your personality type and levels of function really affect how you perceive the world around you, approach relationships, and make decisions.

It makes sense that different personality types would benefit from different approaches to weight loss and getting healthy.

Has anyone seen any reading on the topic? I'm just curious, a friend and I were discussing it earlier.

Here's a site if you're interested

http://thesixteentypes.tumblr.com

It's a lot more accurate than a Cosmo quiz, and it's kind of fun to see where you fall on the spectrum!

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ISFP.  My work group did this as a team exercise, and my manager even brought in a certified MBTI instructor to facilitate the discussion.  It was quite interesting how accurate the test was in identifying the types of my team members, and actually went a long way in helping us see things from another person's point of view in how they approached their job.

It never occurred to me to apply it to weight loss, although it makes sense that could be used for that.

I'm INTJ, but I don't think that it really makes a difference in my own ability to lose weight.

I can definitely see my perfectionism coming into play when it comes to weight loss (I'm INTJ too).

I've taken the test multiple times online over the years and I always seem to get INTJ.  However, I've also noticed that it tends to be a relatively common personality trait on online forums, but it's one of the rarest types in real life, I've read (at least according to wikipedia). I guess that either the internet population tends to lean more towards INTJs, or the tests are biased. It would make sense that the internet would have more I's than E's (I spend my evenings on the computer rather than socializing - ha).   

I've also read that a common career choice for INTJs is something in the natural sciences or R&D, which makes sense given my current career (chemist).

I'm also ENTP.  I really like when exercise is a social thing, like body pump or running with a friend.  That's probably some of the E coming out.  I'm pretty E.

I'm an ENFP! And the whole "not following through on projects" thing definitely applies to my weight loss efforts. I lose focus easily when something new & exciting happens in my life.

Consistent with my type, I also hate menial tasks. Exercise is definitely a chore for me and I have to force myself to do it.

WOW, INTJ as well...I thought we were rare? or all we all just on CC...

Anyway I think my tendency towards perfectionism made following a plan difficult, until I found Marks Daily Apple blog and finally got the notion that 80% compliance is better than giving up on your eating plan all together!

Or possibly Primal eating just agrees with me as well...

ISFJ - very exhausting ...

Original Post by kmstearns:

WOW, INTJ as well...I thought we were rare? or all we all just on CC...

Anyway I think my tendency towards perfectionism made following a plan difficult, until I found Marks Daily Apple blog and finally got the notion that 80% compliance is better than giving up on your eating plan all together!

Or possibly Primal eating just agrees with me as well...

CC, and most other internet forums, as I mentioned above... 

I'm definitely I-something-TJ.  Sometimes I oscillated between S and N - and ISTJs are a lot more common.

Another INTJ here.  On-line groups appeal to me because I can use them on my own terms.  F2f groups suck the life out of me.  In terms of my approach to weight loss, I suppose I am internally motivated, and I like having science behind whatever course I take.  I'm likely to respond to numbers & measurable goals.

Original Post by washywishywasfulness:

I'm an ENFP! And the whole "not following through on projects" thing definitely applies to my weight loss efforts. I lose focus easily when something new & exciting happens in my life.

Consistent with my type, I also hate menial tasks. Exercise is definitely a chore for me and I have to force myself to do it.

Agreed! 

It's really only when I'm self-motivated that I struggle with follow-through.

However, when I'm doing a project or something for someone else, I never let them down! It's why I have to have a swim buddy when I work out... Forces me to show up.

Maybe being accountable to the CC universe would actually put me in that more committed mindset :)

Holy heck INTJs... and here's another :)

I think clearly internet forums and calorie counting (aka list making) is a good plan for the INTJs :)

How strange that there are so many INTJs here. 

I'm an ESFJ all the way!

I'm a dietitian and weight-loss specialist at Advantage Diets.  I use the MBTI to help people lose weight according to their type.  For example, while keeping a food diary is a great approach, not everyone is so structured as to be successful with it.  Ask a Perceiver to do it, and I can guarantee you, he or she will maybe last a week. 

I've always felt that asking people to follow a plan that isn't comfortable for their type sets them up for failure.  For example, if you're a Sensor - someone who lives in the here-and-now - asking you to put a picture on the refrigerator as to what you want to look like in 6 months isn't motivational at all.  For you, you saw the truth in the mirror this morning.  On the other hand, for the iNtuitive who is a what-might-be kind of person, it works.

You have to appreciate that everything you do is based on a decision.  When the alarm rang this morning, you had to decide whether to push the snooze button and sleep for ten more minutes or turn it off and get up.   Eating is no different.  You have to make choices.  There is the optimal Z-pattern of decision making based on type but, unless you learn what that is, your personality type is making decisions in a different way that often leads to unhealthy choices. Again, personality typing can save the day once you learn how to use it to your advantage.

When you understand your type, you'll appreciate why, when you're under stress, you act out of character.  In personality terms, you're acting on your "shadow side".  For many, this means eating to try to feel better.  But learning how to recognize when your shadow side has taken over and dealing with it directly is, as I'm sure you would agree, a far better approach.

It's really important to appreciate that taking a personality approach to weight-loss means you're not on a diet.  You're learning to eat in a way that is comfortable for your type.  This is then something you can do for the rest of your life.  

If you don't know what your type is I have a free personality quiz on my website.  I also have a video to explain more about type.  Believe me, once you get familiar with type, you will find it affecting every aspect of your life.  And it is such a great way of understanding others.

Yes, INTJs do well with calorie counting because the "J" (Judging) part of you is good with organization and structure.  The "T" (Thinking) sees the logic in the approach.  It just makes sense.  the "I" (Introvert) allows you focus on just that.

However, as an MBTI specialist and dietitian, ISTJs are probably the best dieters because not only do they have all the qualities of the ITxJ, but also Sensing, a preference that loves facts and details.

And another INTJ.

Even if we're supposed to be rare, I think there's a tendency to congregate in internet forums.  It allows for introversion while feeding the Judging, Thinking, and learning side.

Anyway, I'm very logic/reason based.  Science/math major as well as Adrienne, and like murrill I'm very "do on my own terms."  Quite prone to perfectionism as well.

I don't know about losing weight, but I'm sure there is a difference between each type's relationship with health and food in general.

There was a study done by CPP (the holders of the MBTI) https://www.cpp.com/PDFs/MBTI_Socmedia_Report .pdf that discusses the different personality types in terms of social media.  You might want to check it out.

If you're interested, consider joining the LinkedIn group, "Health, Wellness and the MBTI" to talk more about type and its relationship to your health.

If you think the NT is a problem when it comes to perfectionism, feel sorry for the NFs who are idealists.  They not only take perfectionism to the next level, they're always raising the bar on themselves.  Did I mention I'm an ENFJ?  I know whence I speak! :)

Berta, the link didn't work when I clicked on it, but I think this is the same thing https://www.cpp.com/images1/type_socmedia_inf ographic.jpg

Yup, as an NJ, I'm definitely a perfectionist.  I don't see it as necessarily a bad thing though. 

ETA- huh, my URL doesn't work either when I click on it. :/

berta612.. fascinating stuff!

I am  ENFP/INFP. VERY strong on the N, F, and P, and split down the middle on E/I.

Despite being a strong Perceiver, I am great with keeping a food diary and also keeping track of my finances. I am practically obsessive about those things, in fact, keeping track of every detail, even though I can lose organization on many other things. I have learned to work really hard at organization when it is important to me, which may be partly because of my training as a scientist.

So maybe there are coping mechanisms that we can use to master certain skills even when they aren't "natural" to us.

I'm the same way Denise. I'm an ENFP and I don't have a problem with logging or with keeping track of finances. I do both in a "ball park" kind of way though, I wouldn't say that I am meticulous with every little detail unless I'm very excited about a future trip or getting to a certain weight loss goal in that moment.
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