Myers-Briggs MBTI and Soul Progression

Personality theory can be used to analyze spiritual development in ourselves and in others. Studying human behavior and motivations is never time wasted no matter what system or perspective you are looking at. Understanding all of the personality testing systems and applying the concepts to real life, is incredibly helpful for our own understanding of our spiritual path as well as for those around us.

I love the MBTI personally theory. I wont go into the description of what it is here because you can find thousands of web pages on it across the net. You can also take a few free Myers Briggs tests online. It’s helpful to know where you would be placed as a starting point.

Even though MBTI has an element of either-or in looking at personalities, in this we can still learn a lot if we don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. It is a system, so automatically it simplifies the human personality. But when one is wanting to learn more about themselves and others, this isn’t a bad thing if kept in perspective. The MBTI also disregards the concept of free will to a degree due to it’s simplicity, but more on that later. The Myers-Briggs system categorizes behaviors and ways of thinking. It gives us concepts and a vocabulary to allow us to communicate the why and how of life experiences such as, “I know what this guy is like. I’ve seen him millions of times before.” or “I don’t understand why this person is always late”. It can open our minds in the understanding of how other people view the world, what their motivations are and how they may behave in future situations. I’ve found it to be very accurate for predicting behavior even with just meeting an individual. It’s also been helpful in raising my understanding of how to interact with them in more positive and productive ways. Over the years my accuracy on being able to correctly guess someones type, either within our first meeting or those who I’ve known is around 90%. It’s not unusual that I can read what type someone is within the first two minutes of meeting them. But this depends on the type. Some types are easier to spot than others for me. I later have them take the online tests to validate my guesses when I get to know them better. For me, this makes MBTI a valid educational pursuit. It makes sense on some levels.

The argument against MBTI in psychology is that some people take this test and get a different personality result depending on the day or their state of mind, how honest they are in their answers or for other reasons unknown. This is why it’s not used in improving the knowledge of psychology students in universities. But this is also a sadly, a very back and white way of looking at a useful system. My guess is those who become psychologists later in life as opposed to those that go right into studying it in college after high school, would be more open to MBTI and other personality systems and ideologies. I’ve noticed, these psychologists are generally superior as they have had life experiences that lead them to want help people. Many psychology students seem to go into the field as young adults because they want to understand or fix themselves their lives and their own personality issues. Of course academia falls very short here. After graduation they are then let loose on society as experts with an authoritative title. The later in life psychologists or therapists, naturally have a more dynamic and holistic view of things, have experienced more life, fixed themselves or worked through problems before they practice the profession. They have matured and developed without an authority telling them how to think about human behavior, putting down some systems and uplifting others.

It’s crazy to me that because the test results aren’t always accurate, MBTI is not used in schools. Personality can’t be entirely measured by science and it’s bizarre that academia thinks this is the only appropriate way of looking at it. There’s a reason why there are so few rockstar psychologists. It requires a lot of intuition, emotional and interpersonal communication skills, life experience and resourcefulness. These qualities aren’t generally taught in college. But that’s of course one woman’s opinion, which by the way, is based on a lot of experience and thought. I can boast 11 years of college with professors of varying abilities in all of these areas.

There is a reason why MBTI is the most popular personality test in the world. Many people understand that it has a lot to offer and that it can be very accurate and helpful to them in their every day lives. I don’t work for Myers Briggs, and don’t aspire to. I am also not a trained psychologist or psychological therapist. I’ve also never bothered to be tested professionally because in my estimation it doesn’t matter what someone else thinks I am. I have been studying MBTI on and off for 30 years. So, I do have a few things to say about it with regards to spiritual development.

5 Steps for using MBTI to help you to develop your perspective and soul age.

  1. THE MOST SPIRITUALLY DEVELOPED INDIVIDUALS ARE EMOTIONALLY AND LOGICALLY BALANCED. They are emotionally in touch but at the same time use their common sense and their logic to navigate their way though life situations. The personality lessens as the soul develops. The MBTI descriptions do lean towards some types being more balanced than others. This makes sense as the combination of traits and behaviors are going to express differently. But no type is going to have the market on spiritual development as there are degrees of everything.
  2. FIGURE OUT WHAT TYPE YOU ARE. You can probably get there by just taking the online test. All of them. After you get your results read about the personality or personalities that coincide. Choose the one that resonates with you the most.
    Study this type deeply. Read everything you can about it. Buy any books that look interesting. Sign up for chat rooms. Watch YouTube videos. Hire a professional MBTI coach to test you. Studying and practice are roads to spiritual advancement. We have tools to improve ourselves in this life, our exquisite minds and emotional abilities and honing these gives us higher understanding. This can be a very enjoyable path if it resonates with you.
  3. APPLY WHAT YOU KNOW TO YOUR LIFE. Analyze your own actions and compare them to how other people behave in similar situations. Notice how they are different or similar to you and try to type them. Your skill in this area will improve with practice. Once you think you know what type they are have them take the tests if possible. You can progress spiritually only by watching your own actions and thoughts but it will accelerate your knowledge to also look at and analyze others.
    At this point you are probably pretty solid in who you think you are as far as Myers Briggs. Now, take it a step further. Look at every letter in your type and consider the opposite trait. Choose one trait that you want to add more of into your life. I would suggest starting with one of the more balanced areas where your score is closer to the opposite trait. Develop this opposite trait.
  4. AFTER THIS, CONTINUE WITH THE OTHER OPPOSITE TRAITS TO YOUR TYPE. This will take a lifetime. There are some MBTI gurus that go into the types very deeply and give advice on different things to work on for self development. I find http://www.personalityhacker.com is a pretty good site. They also have a test you can take which seems to be pretty accurate. But they don’t talk about trying to become more balanced. They focus more on trying to be healthier within your type rather than moving out of type, which is what I’m suggesting. They still keep you in the box. But they are definitely worth listening to, as are many other teachers out there.
  5.  IF YOU TAKE THE TEST AND YOUR PERSONALITY JUMPS ALL OVER THE PLACE, you could be mentally unstable, not honest with yourself on the test or you may be balancing on the edge of type or an aspect of type. The balancing is apparent as you will see your scores on each end. If you are balanced, I argue that you are more actualized and more advanced than the average person. The planet is currently full of ego dominant individuals. In being balanced, you have the ability to move from one side of the type to the other when you need it, when It’s appropriate for a particular situation. For example, You spend as much time alone processing and thinking as you do with others helping and engaging. Or you use your emotions to navigate your life in equal proportion to your logic and mental constructs. As a soul matures in perception, the personality is less apparent. Your personality isn’t strong, your interior is. You are more chameleon like, I don’t mean in a manipulative way, but in a way where you have the ability to adapt appropriately to every situation and conversation for the betterment of the individuals involved as well as the whole. In the old soul perspective, you don’t loose your individuality but your focus is not on yourself in the way that it is in younger perspectives. The advanced individual does not have to be special or different but because of the way the planet is at present, they are.

What is Soul Development?

The soul at its core, is whole already. There is nothing that needs to be “fixed”. But for those of us that see that we live in a universe oriented towards growth and expansion, then we also must believe that the soul is never done learning, becoming more heartful and more creative in it’s expression. We are never “finished”. The desire to be close to Source is what drives our human existence. It’s the fire within. We’ve chosen this human life and this Earthly learning from our spiritual selves for this reason.

When people say we must “heal” ourselves, this could be interpreted as meaning we must get our egos under control and live a heartful existence. This statement has nothing to do with the soul at it’s basic level, because here we are perfect, wise and whole. It is connected to the individual soul aspect in becoming more heartful and expansive within its unique self with the aid of intense Earthly experiences. But it is also part of a bigger picture because we are spiritual beings that benefit as a whole as each aspect of our soul progresses. The system on this planet is set up for this aspect of our soul that we insert into it, to experience how to be more heartful and expansive. As each aspect of ourselves improves, the whole improves. Our spiritual selves or souls are unlimited in aspects and are always choosing experiences in which to grow and develop further. The spiritual self is infinitely more varied than what we are in human form. This human life is just one aspect of our soul having an experience in a system. This Earth system in particular is set up for rapid growth. This growth state of our true being is gifted to us by the Universe or God as this is the nature of God. This desire to be like God and to grow in heartfulness gives us the drive to develop spiritually forever in infinite states and ways. Simultaneously we are developing all aspects of our true spiritual selves in different forms and aspects and learning in human form is just one of those.

It can also be argued that our creator, the energy force that has always existed and that which everything comes from (God), is also always creating and expressing itself through it’s own creations. Expansion is the direction that everyone and everything in the material world, other dimensions as well as the spiritual realm are continually moving. We are the same energy as God and we are each just aspects of this energy. We have been given our own consciousness as individual souls but also as a group of souls. This group soul consciousness includes all energy that exists. All is consciousness as all is God, or in other words, consciousness is God. We are conscious because we are God’s creation. God is always expanding and growing and through our consciousness, God/Energy/Universe/Source has new experiences that are unique to each consciousness that it creates. We are individuals in our experience, but we are also ultimately the creation of Source. We are innately part of Source and thus are always part of the heartful expansion of all that exists no matter how much ego energy we choose to exhibit in any particular aspect existence. Source gives us free will and the opportunity to experiment with different qualities of existence so that we can learn who we truly are at our soul’s core. Let’s call it “love” for semantics sake.

Looking at our individual lives as a beautiful works of art that only we can create with our unique selves, is a path to spiritual freedom at this Earthly level for the particular aspect of us that is here in human form. It is just a small part (aspect) of how we are learning at the soul level. In each manifested action here on the planet, we decide with free will, what and who we are and what our lives will express in every moment. If these actions are heartful, they are connected to positive expansion and creativity. If our actions are self-serving and filled with ego, they are contracting, not original and not inspired.

Generally, our soul aspects that we decide, with guidance from Source, would benefit from a human existence, want to stay in this aspect and live many lives until we have mastered the ego in human form, but not always. Because at our basic soul level and in all aspects, we want to be one or close to God. This is our natural state of being. We long to be more heartful, closer to God in all aspects of ourselves. We often come back to Earth with these chosen aspects of our souls, for this reason. We choose much of our life circumstances with the help of our guides and Source. We are never forced into any life that we do not want. Source does not punish us for lives lived with ego dominance. Source helps us into lives that will be desirable for growth from where we are at a skill level and we also have say in how that life will generally go. We aren’t thrown willy nilly into a life with no power over what happens to us. Although, depending on the level of ego energy in that aspect of ourselves, we may choose life circumstances, despite the guidance of Source, that aren’t in our best interest for heartful growth. It’s a decision making process with guidance and there is also free will. As this aspect of ourselves that is living human lives, becomes more skilled, the choices we make for a life and then within that life, are more appropriate for that soul’s aspects growth.

Lucky for us, we are always in a state of growth. This is how the universal system works, not just here on Earth but in all that is. We all eventually get to where we want to be and learn the lessons we need to learn. Source is love and is always there for us and guides us towards itself even in spite of our out of control ego energy. Our soul at its basic level also guides us through experiences that are growth producing. Because we are also love as we are created from love and our soul’s desire is to be near God as heartful spiritual beings, makes us skilled personal judges on a spiritual level. We understand the truth of who we are at our soul’s core or could be called our higher self and in this we do have our own compass to guide us through our souls expansion.

The beauty of this school of expansion we call Earth, is that we are able to move through this experience to attain our own souls goal at our own pace. Some individuals may want to learn more quickly and more deeply, where others may be fine with taking their time and learning on a more surface level. We all choose how we want to express ourselves and grow in this human state. Some of us like being human more than others and so may choose to live more lives purely because of this. They like it here. Some may feel more comfortable in other realms and their way of learning may be more in line with these places or states. The universal energy gives our souls infinite ways to learn on all dimensions.

So this being said, it’s not better to be an older soul on this planet. Nor is it worse to be a younger soul. We often but not always, choose the perspective that suits our abilities but we also choose perspectives that are based on our interests and end goals. For example, if you were to choose a life where you want to sit in the old soul perspective and learn these types of lessons, you are able to. Of course you will have had to spend lives learning the lessons up to this perspective. The older soul lessons can’t be understood if the younger lessons are not learned. A Phd student wouldn’t be able to pass their classes if their education ended at a third grade level. But we are all heading in that direction regardless. For some sitting in a young soul perspective for a bit longer than is needed to understand the lessons, may be connected to the desire to have a deeper understanding of that perspective, or even may be a choice made because an agreement was made with another to help them in their development this way. The possibilities are endless. For those souls that have spent many lives in an Earthly perspective, this may be because they want to learn deeply everything they can about the different perspectives out of the pure enjoyment of it. Maybe one of the goals for this aspect is to teach others who choose Earth and to know the subtitles would make them a better teacher. Others may spend very little time on Earth and learn the lessons well enough to move in a heartful direction to their next goal. Others may even choose one life here and decide to go elsewhere for school. This may not be due to being more advanced, but may be due to the fact that they enjoy other ways of expressing their soul aspects or maybe they just needed one life experience for their own purposes. As spiritual beings we don’t truly live in a back and white system. This would be limiting as it is not expansive, creative or a heartful way of looking at things.

The mere act of choosing a human existence on Earth is a step towards expansion in a more rapid manner. It is an intense school and can offer subtle learning in the distinction of ego vs heart for students. But, even if your soul chooses a different reality or dimension in which to expand, the universe is always moving towards growth and in this, so are we.