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Family and Relationships

‘Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life’

Albert Einstein


If only family life were easy!  Family can be the source of our greatest joys but also of our deepest pain. Of course not all of this is anything to do with psychological type…but some of it might be.

Our type preferences often show up really early - sometimes as soon as you can walk and talk. We flourish differently from one another. And sometimes your type is nothing like that of your parents or sibling. Sometimes it’s like being in an unknown land, dealing with a child or a parent who has different psychological or personality preferences.

Knowing a bit about type can really help you take the right place in your family - and allow others to take theirs, too.  It can help you be a better parent, and a better child.

Personality types can influence family dynamics, interactions, and relationships in various ways.


Here are some examples of how personality type might impact family dynamics.

Communication Styles
  • Extraverted individuals may be more vocal and expressive in family discussions, often initiating conversations and engaging in group activities.

  • Introverted individuals might prefer deeper one-on-one conversations and may need time alone to recharge after family gatherings.  Some people may prioritise truth over harmony, and enjoy debate and discussion.

Parenting Styles
  • Different personality type can shape parenting approaches. For example, parents with a thinking preference might emphasize structure and rules, while open-minded parents might encourage creativity and exploration.

  • Parents with strong emotional intelligence can help children navigate their emotions and develop healthy coping mechanisms.
Shared Activities
  • Family members with similar personality types may enjoy shared activities, hobbies, and interests, creating bonding opportunities.

  • Those with diverse interests may need to find common ground or support each other's passions.
Emotional Support
  • Emotionally sensitive family members may provide comfort and empathy during times of distress.

  • More practical individuals may offer solutions and help with problem-solving.
Flexibility and Adaptation
  • Families with members who are open to change and adaptability can navigate transitions and challenges more effectively.

  • A mix of personality types can contribute to a family's ability to address diverse situations.
Conflict Resolution
  • Some individuals may prioritise harmony and avoid conflicts, while those with a preference for introverted feeling might be more assertive in expressing their values.

  • People with strong communication skills may approach conflicts with empathy and understanding, seeking mutually beneficial solutions.

  • Siblings with different personality types may have contrasting interactions. For example, an extraverted sibling might have more friends and social activities, while an introverted one may prefer quieter activities.

Roles Within the Family
  • Some individuals naturally take on caregiving roles due to their personality types, while others may be more focused on providing support or problem-solving.

  • The personality of the parents can influence the roles they assign to their children within the family structure.
Traditions and Rituals
  • Individuals high in tradition may value family traditions and rituals, while those who are open to change might introduce new ideas and activities.

Resolving Differences
  • Families with a range of personality types may need to find effective ways to accommodate different needs and perspectives.

  • Respect for each individual's personality type can help prevent conflicts and misunderstandings.

It's important to remember that family dynamics are complex and multifaceted. While type can offer insights, individuals are not solely defined by their psychological or personality types. Effective communication, understanding, and empathy are essential in fostering positive relationships and maintaining a harmonious family environment.

We have a range of resources to help you explore personality and family. 


Check out our resources for all sorts of articles and insights about families here


Or find a type practitioner who can help you reflect and grow here



Not a Dating App


We live in an age of ‘life hacks’ - how can we get a quick answer to complex stuff, simplify and apply so that we will be as efficient as a computer?


The bad news is that psychological type is not a life hack for relationships.  Type ABCD does NOT always go well with Type BCDE and live happily ever after.  There is no short-cut to a satisfying relationship.


But the good news is: understanding your own preferences and your partner’s preferences is always a help - whether you’re talking about psychology, food or sex.  And having a language to talk about those preferences which isn’t judgmental or critical is invaluable.  That’s what type gives us.

Personality plays a significant role in shaping and influencing relationships. It affects how individuals interact, communicate, and connect with each other. Here's how personality type might impact relationships:

Personality type can influence how easily people get along together and can help mutual understanding and feelings of connection.

​Conflict Resolution

Everyone manages conflict in different ways and personality can influence this. The degree to which a person is inclined to accommodate others or assert themselves, for example, can vary according to type. Understanding these differences can help bring about resolution more quickly and effectively.

​Support and Encouragement

Personality type preferences impact how individuals provide support and encouragement to their partners. Some may offer practical solutions, while others might focus on emotional validation. Understanding these differences can enhance emotional intimacy.

Respect for Differences

Recognising and appreciating the differences in personality type preferences is important. Respecting each other's unique qualities and allowing room for individual growth is essential for a healthy relationship.

​Parenting Styles

When raising children, personality type can influence parenting styles and approaches. Understanding each other's type preferences can lead to more effective co-parenting.

Communication Styles

Different personality types have distinct communication styles. Understanding your own communication preferences and those of your partner can help minimise misunderstandings and improve effective communication.

​Social Interaction

Extroverted individuals may thrive in social settings and enjoy large gatherings, while introverted individuals might prefer one-on-one conversations and smaller gatherings. Being aware of each other's social preferences can help create more enjoyable shared experiences.

​Shared Activities

Personality type can the types of influence activities and hobbies that individuals enjoy. Engaging in shared activities that align with both partners' personalities can strengthen the bond between them.

​Personal Growth

Relationships provide opportunities for personal growth. Partners can learn from each other's strengths and challenges, encouraging personal development and self-awareness.

Relationship Satisfaction

The alignment of personality type can contribute to overall relationship satisfaction. However, a diverse mix of type preferences can also lead to a dynamic and enriching partnership.

It is important to note that while personality type influence relationships, they are not the sole determinants. Relationships are also shaped by shared values, life experiences, communication skills, and emotional intelligence. Flexibility, open communication, and mutual respect are key factors in navigating the complexities of relationships influenced by personality.


Check out our resources for all sorts of articles and insights about family and relationships. Or find a type practitioner who can help you reflect and grow. We have a wide range of resources to help you explore personality type and relationships. 

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