Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter, Isabel Briggs Myers developed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator personality test in the 1940’s.  The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator was established from the work of Carl Jung, who theorized about personality types in the 1920’s.  In his research, Jung alleged that four psychological measures, sensation, intuition, feeling, and thinking, depict how […]


What is a Choleric Temperament?

As mentioned in my previous article about sanguine temperament, Hippocrates, a Greek physician that lived from 460-370 BC, had a theory that connected the inner workings of the body to a person’s personality and behavior and lead to the development of the Four Temperament Theory. He theorized that human feelings and behaviors were connected to […]

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What is Type C Personality?

We’ve all heard of Type A personalities; these are characteristics in people’s personalities that include: competitiveness, neurotic, perfectionism, strict organization, ambitiousness, aggressiveness, impatience, and meticulousness. People who have Type A personalities generally have jobs where they are in charge and directing others because of their dedication to getting tasks completed and having opinionated ideas about […]


Is Therapy Really Worth It?

Historically, therapy has gotten a bad rap.  Before mental health was researched or understood, individuals were deemed crazy if they displayed or admitted a mental health condition.  Moreover, it was assumed that they would take a trip to the “loony bin” or to a padded cell with Mrs. Ratched in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s […]


How to Spot “Quiet” Borderline Personality Disorder

To understand “quiet” Borderline Personality Disorder, it is helpful to understand the general diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). BPD is a disorder marked by intense emotional reactivity. Individuals with BPD are typically manipulative and explosive in their relationship. They experience a tension between desiring connection with others and wanting to push them away. People […]



Personality psychology is the branch of psychology devoted to personality.  Personality psychology professes that an individual’s personality develops early in life and continues to develop throughout their lifespan.  Several theories of personality teach that the majority of traits develop during early childhood, that personality is relatively established by late adolescence, and that personality can continue […]


All About the ISTP Personality Type

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator is a personality test based on the work of Carl Jung.  The indicator uses four factors to outline sixteen personality types.  These four factors measure the focus of one’s attention, how information is processed, how decisions are made, and adjustment to the outside world.  Based on the answers chosen, a “psychological […]


The Benefits of a Melancholic Temperament

“Melancholy can’t be disappointed and sometimes will be happily surprised.” Whoever said that knew a wonderful insight: Mindsets matter. Some people are addicted to melancholy aka negativity or depression. They seem to experience a sense of victory at making everyone around them miserable, or they crave the attention that unhappiness brings on. Biological chemistry might […]

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What is Motivational Interviewing?

Has there ever been something that you desperately wanted to do, but had trouble actually following through and doing it?  A great example of this occurs at the beginning of every year.  The ball drops on New Year’s Eve, confetti flies, and emphatic resolutions are made to get healthy.  On New Year’s Day, we run […]