Have you ever thought of mixing the scientific method of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test with the power of this old (esoteric?) Indian traditional called chakra viewed by Vicky Howie?
Well, I didn’t until last week, so lets see how they have more in common that one might think.
It’s like the world was sleeping because now, everyone awakens thanks to yoga, transcendental meditation (TM) and other spiritual practices. All this new age hippies come to us with their book of truth. What if, everything they told us, we knew it already?
Let’s focus on the chakras and their relation to MBTI.
According to Indian traditions, 1500 years B.C, chakras are multiple points of energy located in the subtle body, across the spine up to the head. The first time There are referred to in different types of Eastern philosophy: Buddhism, Hinduism, Yoga, Tantra and other types of meditation.
The most used representation is the 7 chakra system that can be represented this way:
According to those spiritual practices, each chakra has a specific role in a human body. Therefore, the goal is to balance all the 7 chakras in order to reach one’s true potential.
MBTI stands for Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which, according to Wikipedia, is an ” introspective self-report questionnaire”. It has been created in 1917 by the american Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. It’s based on the idea of Carl Jung.
This model distinguish four aspects of personalities. Each of them is a spectrum of personalities traits.
At the end of the test, you will receive a series of 4 letters (like ISFJ or ESTP) that will define one of the 16 personalities that are very different from each others.
Note: If you like horoscope or like to know about yourself, I can highly recommend you to take the test. It’s long (100 questions), free and it will feel like the computer knows you. Since I’ve been reading the book, the system has added a new aspect (Identity) with two traits (Assertive / Turbulent) that I didn’t talk about here.
For the first part of this 7 parts series, we will focus on the root chakra.
The root chakra is the red one, the first one starting at the bottom. It is also called: Muladhara. A well-balanced root chakra brings stability, security and safety in your life. It is the one related to survival and materialization in the real world.
Last week, I watched a video of the wonderful Vickie Howie on her YouTube channel chakraboosters where she talks about how chakras are related to your personalities. As a person who has been obsessed about personalities tests and categorisations, I found this very interesting.
Enough talking, let’s dive into the characteristics of someone led with a balanced root chakra.
A person with a personality led with the root chakra has this following qualities, according to Vickie Howie:
- Talks slower
- Moves slower
- More relaxed
- Funny (and very observant of the human condition)
- Humble and self-deprecating
- Strong, steady
- Gains weight or muscle more easily than others
- Deeper voice
- Great manifestor (navigates the physical world well)
- Magnetic (draws people in)
- Loves routine and has lots of “favorite” things
- Loves home, travels less than the other types
- Often works too much
- Feels family is very important
- Is very loyal
- Loves sleep and sleeping in
First of all, the way to read a person according to MBTI is not by assessing the personality type, but by examine each aspect and determine toward which one that person lean the most.
For instance, let’s see the “Mind” aspect of the MBTI that has the Introverted and Extraverted traits. Be cautious, the introversion and extraversion is a bit different that the one we usually use, but for the sake of simplicity, I’ll stay in a generally known realm.
If like me, you prefer to stay at home to watch a movie on a Saturday night instead of partying with your friends, you may tend towards an Introverted traits instead of an Extraverted one.
So if I look at the root chakra, the fact that it is the most earthy, ancred (down-to-earth) chakra of all, I can look for a personality trait that embodies those qualities. Funny enough, the closest one are the Observant and Judging traits.
Observant people are:
individuals are highly practical, pragmatic and down-to-earth. They tend to have strong habits and focus on what is happening or has already happened.
And Judging people are:
decisive, thorough and highly organized. They value clarity, predictability and closure, preferring structure and planning to spontaneity.
So let’s see all of the personality types with a Sensing and Judging traits and see the one that matches the root chakra personalities. According to the MBTI, there is a sub-group of 4 personalities that have both the Sensing and Judging traits, there are called the “Sentinels”. In this 4 personalities, I will choose two of them that embodies the root chakra the most.
The Defender people have robust social relationships. They are patient, observant, loyal and hard-working. They are humble and maybe a little bit too much. There are “reluctant to change” seen as a negative, and therefore, they are creature of habits.
The Defender warmth makes parenting natural to them. They often think they’re born to be parents.
At work, they would love to support others and calm frustrations.
The Consuls people are warm and charismatic. There are very loyal and good at connecting with others. For them family is very important. Having children is one of their most important goal and they enjoy every moment of it. At work they enjoy bringing order, structure and they are well-organized. They are often good administrators or accountants.
Finally, the Logistician (ISTJ) could have also been a good fit as this type is hardworking and the often a backbone of a family.
A generation defines itself by contradiction, rebellion over the previous one. In this day and age, where the new wants to get rid of the old, in this case, the old (chakra) has become new and wants to get rid of the old (psychology). It is actually very interesting to see what are the common ground. Often times as human, we view life with a specific angle: the time we live in. And even though spirituality comes as the replacement of religion and personal development, it is actually just reinforcing all of those existing concept. That is, only if we take the time to dive into them.
As usual, I feel like I’ve talked too much. Now I’m very interested in your thoughts.