Latin intro – vert: to turn within
“My daughter is not an introvert,
— she’s pretty”
An anonymous mother’s exclamation
One Babe had a problem. She was an introvert – she was what they call shy — but she wanted to be an actress.
This Babe was lucky. At 17, she encountered “the most unforgettable character I’ve ever met.” The rest is history: for he, Salvatore, her unforgettable character, was not “intro-verted” — in fact he was far more gregarious than shy, or, in Latinized German jargon, he was “extro-verted.” He had wiggled himself into the Los Angeles music scene; he had paid his dues as a gofer and backup singer for Phil Spector’s record company.
She had said: “For better or worse, I never plan my life. I focus on today. I love spontaneity. That is what has put me in some strange and wonderful places in my life.”
So how did this shy but ambitious teenager, a high school dropout, once one of Warren Beatty’s uncountable hook-ups, with no plans, become The Diva of Rock?
Well, I Got You Babe, as Salvatore Phillip “Sonny” Bono, Promoter Artisan (ESTP), would say. He knew Cherilyn Sarkisian, a Composer Artisan (ISFP) was his ticket. He heard her talent, before she and everybody else recognized it — and her singing, with his promoting, took them to the top. Problem solved.
The other Babe, also Intro-verted like Cher, had a different problem. As a Healer Idealist (INFP), Isabel’s problem was:
[Isabel] Myers‘ E-I scale is badly flawed because she inherited Jung’s error of confusing extraversion with observation (S) and introversion with introspection (N). And so to make the E-I distinction useful at all, we must define the two concepts, not in terms of mental focus or interest, but in terms of social address or social attitude. [Please Understand Me II, page 331]
Dr. Keirsey uses the words “expressive” versus “attentive” as two words to express a clearer dichotomy of individual’s social actions. And he has abandoned the use of Jung’s Latin argot, words “extroverted” and “introverted” that Jung picked up in Germany, more than a century ago. The concepts of Introversion and Extroversion are often confusing in their use when applying them to personality types.
Myers types descriptions and letters, in general, can be confusing, or worse — hard to remember. Not all E’s are the same, by a long shot. For example, not all Inventor Rationals, which correlate to the Myers ENTP, are classically “extroverted” – some Inventor Rationals, such as Nikola Tesla, are very shy or often “reserved” in some social contexts. These Inventors are not “extroverted” but rather they are expressive. Inventors must build or express their ideas in some kind of prototype form like Paul Allen or Mark Twain. Not all I’s are the same. Some Introverts do not have to be shy in all contexts, like Bill Gates (INTJ), who can be rather dominating in some conversations.
So, Dr. Keirsey said in effect “I Got You Babe” to Isabel Myers, when he said:
So the debt owed Isabel Myers by students of human conduct is truly enormous. … For I was later to find that the four groups of personality types described by Myers corresponded nicely with the four personality types of several predecessors…
The use of personality types presently extends to more than 170 countries in more than 20 different languages. More than 40 million people have taken the Keirsey Temperament Sorter since its introduction 30 years ago. Keirsey Temperament Theory is utilized throughout the world by leading organizations for team building, employee and executive development, conflict resolution, academic counseling, and career planning, among other uses.
I Got You Babe.
For it is not everyday Keirsey or Bono will be there to help.