I did a presentation and discussion on this last night at the CUUPs (cuups.org) study group that I belong to on my two favorite subjects! Psychology and Spirituality! If you haven’t heard of Myers-Briggs 4 letter personality type test there is a *wonderful* introduction on their site (http://www.myersbriggs.org/my-mbti-personality-type/mbti-basics/)
First, please note : EVERYONE does EVERYTHING. This is simply about preference, what you first ‘go to’.
The idea I went with and feel that getting to know yourself will help you clear out all the mundane stuff and make more room for the divine. My philosophy is when you are free and clear of emotional and mundane garbage , you will then be able to connect more simply with deity. God and Goddess are love and to experience that love, you have to love who you are and part of that is knowing who you are (or at least having some idea!) and I think the test really helps! Here is the test: http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp
Here is how I relate each of the 4 letters to ritual:
E/I: Extrovert/Introvert: This requires special notice below because our society has it *wrong* culturally about what an Extrovert and Introvert mean. It doesn’t mean an extrovert is a people person or loud and in your face and it doesn’t mean that an Introvert is deep, introspective and shy. See below!
Extrovert actually means–preferred focus of one’s energy on the outer world – you feel energy from your environment, people in that environment before feeling it from your inner world.
Introvert actually means– preferred orientation of focus on the inner world – you feel energy from within and your inner world before feeling it from your environment, people, and outer world.
E- If you are an Extrovert you may feel energized by going to public rituals and feeling that with others but your challenge may be to not be afraid to feel that power by yourself and tap into it.
I- If you are an Introvert it may feel good to have solitary and rituals with very small groups and your challenge may be to go to a public ritual and allow yourself to feel the connections in your surroundings.
S/N: – Sensor or Sensate or Intuitive–The second pair of psychological preferences is Sensing and Intuition. Do you pay more attention to information that comes in through your five senses (Sensing), or do you pay more attention to the patterns and possibilities that you see in the information you receive (Intuition)? Sensing (S)
S-If you are a Sensor/Sensate then you’ll have great skill in things like psychometry (touching an object and knowing about it) and feel more connection with tools and scents. Incenses, smudging and everything to get you in the mood will really help. Sensors feel the tangible in the gods and goddesses, their presence here and now.
N- If you are an Intuitive you’ll have great skill in things like seeing abstract visions, feelings, and emotions and a ‘knowing’ more like claircognizance and not necessarily feel that same connection when you touch an object but feel it’s power and energy or not feel much of a connection to tools at all. Intuitive’s can sense the energy in a room and the health of a room or person, they know if someone is having fun, or doesn’t like to be there. Intuitive’s can say subtle things to help gear their mindset to a better place. We feel the ‘minds’ of people.
T/F: Thinker or Feeler T/F – When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency (Thinker) or first look at the people and special circumstances (Feeler)?
If you are a Thinker, then you’ll have great skill at researching old ways and have beautiful historically accurate rituals. I’ve tended to notice most Druids are “Thinkers” and scholarly types and enjoy and connect with the art and science of what they feel spiritually. Harder to let go but easier to logically process what is going on, for you.
If you are a Feeler, well.. you’ll just feel it and have great skill at allowing yourself to go with the feeling at the time of ritual or any connections, easier to let go but harder to stop and logically process what you are feeling.
J/P:- Judging or Perceiving In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided (J) or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options? (P)
J/P – If you are a Judger, this doesn’t mean you are judgmental so much as more of a ‘planner’. You’ll have great skill at planning beautiful rituals and the beauty with synchronizing items in a ritual for your desired outcome.
If you are a Perceiver, this means you’ll have great skill in going with the flow and minimal planning, which makes it a beautiful ‘in the moment’ experience.