Thinker / Feeler bipolar descriptor, the X axis
The x axis runs from Thinker at the left, to Feeler at the right. (Dr.
Jung originally had them the other way around, but more recent use has been
This bipolar might be thought of as describing how you make decisions.
The thinker makes decisions based on facts, data, details, and information.
The feeler makes decisions based on feelings, emotions, personal values,
and interpersonal relationships.
I describe this to my students this way: You're in your dorm room at
10 o'clock on a Thursday evening, and your firends arrive at your door.
"We're going down the the Tiger Town Tavern, d'ya wanna come?"
The feeler would think: Who's going to be there? Am I going
to have a good time? What's the weather like, will I be comfortable? Will
what I'm wearing make the impression I want? Will my going to the TTT be
ok with my sorority/fraternity sisters/brothers? and just maybe-Would my
going to TTT tonight upset my parents?- and other things- all questions
about people, emotional issues, interpersonal relationships.
The "thinker" will reason: What will it cost me? Do I have
enough money? Is my work done for tomorrow? Will I be up too late to get
to my eight o'clock class in the morning? -and other things- all questions
about facts, information, details.
How we make decisions is descriptive of what we feel/think is important
in the information we absorb and want to learn. It describes what we will
listen to of what we hear, what we will retain of a conversation or textbook,