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Personality type awareness helps mom understand her kids behavior when playing with the new puppy

Personality Preferences and Puppy Play!

Jul 31, 2023
Sandra Etherington
SANDRA ETHERINGTON is a mother of two and the host of the Family Personalities podcast, a show that helps break down personality type models so that we can use them in our everyday parenting. A UCLA alumna, with a background in mathematics, Sandra has a love of models that help us understand humans and our interactions with one another.
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We recently added a Cockapoo puppy to our household. And oh, what joy, what chaos, and what fun our little Eevee has brought to our family! My 10-year-old son loves to wrestle on the floor with Eevee, tease her with toys, and snuggle with her in bed. My 7-year-old daughter likes to carry Eevee around like she's one of her stuffed animals and build little forts and beds for her out of pillows and blankets. It's heartwarming to see their relationships grow.  

However, they both seem to struggle with the fact that their adorable little fluff ball has a mind of her own and may not always be up for whatever activity they have in mind for her at the moment. My daughter can get frustrated that Eevee won't stay in her forts and beds and that she wants to wriggle out of her arms. She can react a bit harshly and forget that her pup is not actually a stuffed animal, but a living, breathing animal with feelings. My son tends to be amused by games that are a bit torturous for Eevee. He feels sad when she tries to get away from him when he wants to snuggle, and he holds her too tight and locks her in the room with him despite her whining or growling to express her displeasure.

When these issues started popping up, I had been trying to help guide the kids to treat Eevee the way I thought she should be treated but had been noticing myself beginning to sound like a broken record. My repetitive pleas to "Treat Eevee with kindness!" and "Hey! Are you thinking about Eevee's feelings right now?" and "Um, no thank you! Please don't do that to the puppy!" seemed to just go in one ear and out the other. Their desire to play with Eevee in their preferred way seemed to outweigh their empathy for the dog's feelings. I was at a loss and feeling frustrated. Why wouldn't they listen to me?

Eventually, I remembered my handy-dandy knowledge of typology, and took some time to think about how I might be able to motivate my kids to change their behavior using what I know about their type preferences. My son, who has INTJ preferences and therefore uses Extraverted Thinking (or Thinking in the outside world), tends to be more motivated when he can see the logical outcome of an action and how that will improve things in the future. So instead of telling my son the outcome that I wanted out of the situation (which was for him to be kinder to the puppy), I thought about what outcome he wanted. 

I know he feels the saddest when Eevee chooses to spend time with someone else in the house over him. He was locking her in the room with him because it was the only way he knew how to force her to spend time with him. So, I focused on the outcome he wanted: quality playtime and snuggles with his pup. I explained to him that the more time he spent playing with the puppy in the way that SHE wants to play, such as tug of war or throwing her ball, and the less time he spends locking her in places she does not want to be locked and teasing her, the more she'll gravitate towards him and want to spend time with him because she will enjoy the things she gets to do with him. Sure enough, as this message sank in for him, I found him spending more time playing games that Eevee likes and paying attention to her cues that she was unhappy. Over time, she has stopped avoiding him as much, and will even voluntarily let him cuddle with her from time to time!

My daughter, who has ISFP preferences and therefore uses Introverted Feeling (or Feeling in the inside world), tends to be more motivated when things line up with her inner values and desires. I realized my repeated pleas to my kids to treat Eevee better were about my own values and desires of how the kids should treat the puppy, and perhaps it was time to instead have a conversation with my daughter about what her values were around being a responsible puppy owner. 

Sometimes Introverted Feeling can be a slow process, especially if it's the first time that person has thought about that particular value. And when I first asked my daughter what type of puppy owner she wanted to be she didn't have a clear answer. But after she had a lot of time to think about it, she started to articulate that she wanted to treat Eevee with kindness and make sure that Eevee has a happy home and is always welcome and loved in our family. From then forward, when I noticed her being too rough with the puppy, I gently asked her again what her "puppy owner" values were so that she could make sure her actions were lining up with her values. Over time, much in the same way that her brother did, she started spending more time playing games that Eevee seemed to enjoy and spending less time forcing the pup to do things that she wanted to do. She became gentler towards her as well, and felt proud of her changed behavior too, once telling me, "I've been playing things that Eevee really likes and I think it makes her really happy! I think she knows that we really love her and like having her in our family!" 

This morning I watched as my daughter carried Eevee out of her room and set her down the moment Eevee started to wriggle around and then threw her favorite ball for her. My son came out of the bathroom after brushing his teeth for school and gave Eevee her morning hug goodbye, not holding on and trapping her for too long as he might have done a couple of months ago. They gently wrestled together for a minute before we put our shoes on to leave and I found myself thinking, "It's amazing what my children are capable of when I play to their strengths!!!"

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Thinking Out Loud with Extraversion: Type Tip #25

Because people who prefer Extraversion tend to think "out loud" they sometimes say one thing but change direction quickly. A parent with a preference for Introversion might overreact to a comment too soon. When talking with a child who prefers Extraversion, if they express something that is perplexing, I usually ask first, "Is this a final thought or a thought still forming?" If it is a final thought, you can react. If it is a forming thought, you can wait for the final version before reacting.

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Shifting your perspective to see the gifts of a child's personality preference can help you find gratitude in moments of frustration.

Thanksgiving: Gratitude Through Type

Oct 31, 2022
Sandra Etherington
SANDRA ETHERINGTON is a mother of two and the host of the Family Personalities podcast, a show that helps break down personality type models so that we can use them in our everyday parenting. A UCLA alumna, with a background in mathematics, Sandra has a love of models that help us understand humans and our interactions with one another.
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What are your kids' personality preferences and have you ever found yourself frustrated by them? In this month's article, Sandra Etherington shares how to shift your perspective to discover reasons to be grateful for your child's individual personality preferences.

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Strengths and Stretches: Type Tip #28

When children are using their personality type preferences, we say they are using their STRENGTHS. Using a strength feels natural, comfortable, easy, and typically requires less concentration and focus. When the task at hand requires them to use their opposite preferences, we say they are STRETCHING to do the task. When a child has to stretch to complete a task, they may feel awkward, uncomfortable, and it typically requires more time, greater concentration, and someone to show them what to do. When stretching, the younger the child the more help they may need to successfully complete the task.

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Meeting Our Needs With Respect: Type Tip #27

People who prefer Extraversion re-energize by engaging, doing, and interacting, whereas those who prefer Introversion need solitude and quiet time to re-energize. As a parent who prefers Introversion balancing the needs of a child who prefers Extraversion can at times be challenging. When a parent comes home at the end of the workday wanting solitude or quiet time to recharge, they can feel overwhelmed and frustrated when their child with a preference for Extraversion wants to follow them around ready and excited to interact. An adult who prefers Introversion, without those needed moments of solitude, can "act out" just as much as a child who prefers Extraversion who doesn't get enough needed interaction and engagement. Instead of "acting out" and treating one's child as if his/her behavior is wrong or annoying, a parent can say, "I need a few quiet moments alone after my busy day. Then let's play and talk about your day." Parents can ask for their needs to be met, too.

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Understanding personality differences can provide a framework for a better, more respectful relationship.

Love is in the Air: The Challenges and Gifts that Come with Personality Type Differences (From the Kids)

Jan 31, 2023
Gracyn Nelson-Reid
GRACYN NELSON-REID is a senior at the University of Texas San Antonio. She is majoring in Biology and plans to attend graduate school in the field of Microbiology research. Gracyn has been immersed in personality type theory from the time she was born! Her mom is a certified MBTI® and MMTIC® professional who introduced type theory and type language to her children to help them understand and appreciate differences.
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Gracyn Nelson-Reid, writing an article for the From the Kids series, tells us how her preference for ESFJ and her boyfriend's preference for INTP has caused numerous disagreements between them due to their complete opposite personality types. It hasn't been easy for them but understanding their personality type differences has provided a framework for better, more respectful communication.

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Homework Help: Type Tip #29

Homework management may be personality type related. A parent's timetable may be quite different from their child's. Young people with a Judging preference typically do their best work when they start early, setting a plan and working on a project in a scheduled way. Whereas young people who prefer Perceiving tend to do their best work when pressure-prompted, as the due date approaches. Depending on the child's and parent's preferences for Judging or Perceiving, homework management can be easy or exasperating! Supporting your child's natural style may mean learning to stretch your own. A young person with a Perceiving preference may need reminders when a due date is approaching, whereas a child with a Judging preference may need reminders to relax and have some fun. Reminders, not demands.

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Sisters celebrate May the Fourth with personality type awareness

May The Fourth Be With You! The Force May Not Just Be in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

May 01, 2023
Gracyn Nelson-Reid
GRACYN NELSON-REID is a senior at the University of Texas San Antonio. She is majoring in Biology and plans to attend graduate school in the field of Microbiology research. Gracyn has been immersed in personality type theory from the time she was born! Her mom is a certified MBTI® and MMTIC® professional who introduced type theory and type language to her children to help them understand and appreciate differences.
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May the fourth, popularly known as Stars Wars Day, is a day to think about the force within you. Gracyn Nelson-Reid celebrates this day with an article about the force (type awareness) within all of us that can be accessed every day. Everyone has the capability to access the “type” force and make the world a more understanding place. It starts with becoming aware of your personality type and what strengths and stretches you have.

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Kids who are going back to school can learn to use their strengths and stretches to succeed in learning, studying, and test-taking

Back to School: Personality Type and Learning

Sep 05, 2023
Yvonne Nelson-Reid, PhD
YVONNE NELSON-REID, PhD, is the Senior Development Associate at Myers & Briggs Foundation (M&BF®), the publisher for the People Stripes® website, a mother of 5, writer, teacher (BEd, MA), depth psychologist – Jungian and archetypal studies (MA, PhD), and career coach. Parenting, teaching in a classroom, or on the ice as a figure skating coach has taught her a great deal about relationships and the importance of communication.
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Now that summer is nearing an end and kids are back at school how do we best prepare them for success in learning, studying, and test-taking? Yvonne Nelson-Reid, PhD, shares type knowledge on how to help children use their strengths and how to deal with the challenging stretches this school year.

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Become an effective parent and strengthen your relationship with your children through type awareness

Parenting and Personality Type: The Myers-Briggs Company Podcast with Dr. Yvonne Nelson-Reid

Oct 03, 2023

People Stripes is proud to share The Myers-Briggs Company Podcast on parenting and personality type, featuring Dr. Yvonne Nelson-Reid, our in-house Type expert. In this episode, Dr. Nelson-Reid dives into the most commonly asked questions about personality type and parenting.

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Understanding one's own personality type can enhance one's daily gratitude process.

Leaves are Falling; Gratitude is Calling (From the Kids)

Oct 31, 2023
Gracyn Nelson-Reid
GRACYN NELSON-REID is a senior at the University of Texas San Antonio. She is majoring in Biology and plans to attend graduate school in the field of Microbiology research. Gracyn has been immersed in personality type theory from the time she was born! Her mom is a certified MBTI® and MMTIC® professional who introduced type theory and type language to her children to help them understand and appreciate differences.
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Autumn brings forth a resurgence of gratitude for many, but those experiencing hardship in life might need a little help to make every day a day for giving thanks. Gracyn Nelson-Reid describes her challenging year and how understanding her own personality type has helped in her healing process.

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Understanding personality type differences can help turn holiday chaos into holiday cheer

Happy Holiday Type Tips for All

Dec 05, 2023
Yvonne Nelson-Reid, PhD
YVONNE NELSON-REID, PhD, is the Senior Development Associate at Myers & Briggs Foundation (M&BF®), the publisher for the People Stripes® website, a mother of 5, writer, teacher (BEd, MA), depth psychologist – Jungian and archetypal studies (MA, PhD), and career coach. Parenting, teaching in a classroom, or on the ice as a figure skating coach has taught her a great deal about relationships and the importance of communication.
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Looking to foster holiday harmony? Take a peek at these type tips presented by Dr. Yvonne Nelson-Reid. And may your holidays be peaceful and fun!

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The Z-Model provides a solution to balanced and responsible decision-making.

Problem Solving Model using Personality Type (Part 1: The Z-Model)

Apr 02, 2024
Yvonne Nelson-Reid, PhD
YVONNE NELSON-REID, PhD, is the Senior Development Associate at Myers & Briggs Foundation (M&BF®), the publisher for the People Stripes® website, a mother of 5, writer, teacher (BEd, MA), depth psychologist – Jungian and archetypal studies (MA, PhD), and career coach. Parenting, teaching in a classroom, or on the ice as a figure skating coach has taught her a great deal about relationships and the importance of communication.
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The four mental processes—Sensing, Intuition, Thinking, and Feeling—are used for taking in information and making decisions. We need all the processes for effective problem-solving. Most of us tend to lean on our natural strengths and neglect our stretches. For a balanced way to problem-solve, Yvonne Nelson-Reid, PhD, proposes the use of the Z-model. The Z-model is easy to use and directs one, using questions for guidance, through each of the four mental processes.

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