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How to Capitalize on Your Introverted Personality in Education

Posted by Jane Shearer on March 7, 2020 at 4:27 PM

bonnie-kittle-GiIZSko7Guk-unsplashThe Myers-Briggs personality test is the most dominant in the world, with over 50 million people across the globe taking it since it was created in the 1940s. It outlines 16 personality types, all with certain dominant psychological functions.

Below are the eight personality types that revolve around being introverted when it comes to learning. Introverts can feel at a disadvantage, particularly in schools where group discussions and activities are promoted.

Identifying as an introverted personality type helps you to work to your advantages, particularly when choosing your learning style.

If you are an introvert, it’s important to recognize what style of learning works best for you,as this can be key to achieving success — whether in the form of academic grades or meeting personal goals.

Independent INTJ’s

People who fall into the INTJ personality type are very good at working independently or one-to-one. In a conventional school setting, they thrive when given tasks that they can complete in their own way and can be hesitant to participate in group discussions as they like the think things over internally before sharing.

INTJ’s don’t tend to do as well when learning is presented in a black and white way as they enjoy exploring different perspectives and ideas. Due to this, they may challenge any information presented as a fact until it can be proven to them. If you have an INTJ personality type, classes that are fact-based can suit you best, such as sciences.

The INFJ personality type

People with an INFJ personality type, which stands for introverted, intuitive, feeling, and judging, generally prefer a conceptual and theoretical learning style. They enjoy structure but not routine, and need the freedom to explore different ideas.

They tend to be particularly good at writing essays and similar as this gives them the opportunity to process information, their own thoughts, and different perspectives in their own way.

As a result of this, these personality types don’t do well with ‘black and white’ teaching or rules, as they see lots of shades of grey in everything they do and learn. If you have an INFJ personality, look for one-to-one or independent learning opportunities. This is where you will have time to think about your ideas, giving you the opportunity to excel.

ISTP’s way of learning

ISTP stands for introverted, sensing, thinking, and perceiving. People with this personality type learn best with hands-on, logical teaching.

They enjoy the freedom and privacy of working independently and don’t benefit from learning environments that are highly structured or involve long lectures.

Real-life examples make learning easier for them, thus they usually excel at maths and anything that revolves around practical skills.

In schools, ISTPs are ranked the highest by psychologists as having trouble but this is usually due to their learning style needs not being met. Identifying that you have an ISTP personality means you can choose to study subjects that will work for you and your learning style, helping you to stay out of trouble and away from teachers whose styles can be challenging for you.

Creative INTP personalities

INTP stands for introverted, intuitive, thinking, and perception. This personality type has a critical, analytical, and conceptual learning style that works well with independent and self-directed study. They often ask themselves what they are learning and why and care more about meeting their own standards than achieving academic grades.

This can cause them to challenge teachers if they spot flaws in their logic and they will become frustrated if they’re asked to accept information and stop asking questions. INTPs are curious about the world so learn naturally.

They see little point in group activities and get bored when study is methodical or involves a lot of memorization.

Creative and intelligent INFPs

INFP’s are fairly similar to INTPs with ‘thinking’ being replaced with feeling. Similarly to INTPs, they have a conceptual way of learning and do well with independent study. However, they tend to be more creative and imaginative.

They also need a lot of time to process information privately but can enjoy group discussions once they’ve done this. Research shows that they often thrive in subjects like foreign language, art, English, and music, and they consistently get the highest IQ scores, along with INTJs and INTPs.

Fact-absorbing ISTJs

ISTJ stands for introvert, sensing, thinking, and judging. People with this personality type prefer to learn through experience, hands-on practice, and repetition where they strive to improve each time.

A structured, consistent routine with clear expectations from teachers works best for them. They can remember facts well so they often excel in reading, math, science, and any technical field.

People with this personality type can do well in other subjects due to their discipline, providing they’re given structure. Learning through homework can be beneficial as it gives the opportunity to study concepts in-depth and in their own time.

Practical ISFJs

ISFJs have a lot of similarities with ISTJs when it comes to their learning style. Both learn best through experience and hands-on practice in a highly-structure environment with clear expectations. ISFJs, in particular, appreciate words of affirmation from teachers and parents as it helps them to feel confident in their work.

They excel in subjects where there’s a practical application, such as social studies and learning languages.

Like other introverted personality types, ISFJs can be hesitant about working in large groups and prefer to work alone. However, they can work well in small groups when given even a few minutes to process information and prepare for group discussions.

Open-minded and fun learning for ISFPs

One of the most important things for ISFPs is a harmonious learning environment where their teacher is supportive and respectful. They like to relate learning to real-life by understanding the cause and effect of actions and will use their personal experience to draw upon.

When information is presented in colorful and creative ways, such as through visual demonstrations, videos, and charts, they usually absorb it better. They can enjoy group activities when given time to prepare for them but prefer independent learning with a trusted teacher and space to be creative in their approach to education.


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