5 Toxic Personality Traits to Watch Out For

Everyone has some traits that tend to rub people the wrong way. You might be guilty of dodging jobs you don’t like, assuming you’re smarter than someone or thinking you should be treated differently than the people around you.

While no personality trait or type is better or worse than others, when a behavior becomes a habit in your life it can sometimes turn toxic. You might not notice it at first but the people around you probably will! 

Here are 5 common toxic personality traits to watch out for, as well as methods you can use to combat them before they take over.

10 Positive and Negative Traits That All Personality Types Can Have

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on March 17, 2022

Every personality in the 16-type system has a set of unique traits that sets them apart from other types. But the 16 types also share a lot of similarities that may leave you feeling confused about who you are and why you bothered learning your personality type in the first place. 

What is Introverted Sensing?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on March 16, 2022

Introverted Sensing (Si) is the dominant cognitive function for the way certain personality types absorb and understand the world around them. All types utilize some variation of the Sensing function and roughly half of the population functions as an Si user. You will be able to identify them once you are familiar with their processing techniques.

What is Extraverted Thinking?

Thinkers (those who type as ‘T’ in the Myers and Briggs system) are good at logical thinking. They are planners, decision-makers and hard workers. But how you think can be further divided into two categories: Extraverted Thinking and Introverted Thinking. People with Extraverted Thinking traits like to follow a step-by-step process ‘out loud’ whereas Introverted Thinkers are more focused on organizing their inner world. Both tend to prefer clear, measurable results.

6 Signs You May Be a Shy Extravert

There’s a common assumption that all Extraverts are outgoing and all Introverts are shy - but that’s not always the case. In fact, being shy and being introverted are two completely different things. There’s also a subset of extraversion where some people are shy but they still love social situations.

Confused? Read on to find out more about what makes a shy Extravert and 6 signs you might be one.

Understanding Countertypes, The Upside Down Types of the Enneagram

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on March 06, 2022

This blog post is part of our Fundamentals of the Enneagram series, which takes a deeper dive into all the Enneagram elements - wings, arrows, subtypes, centers of intelligence, growth pathways and more. For an overview of the series, start with our introductory post here, then read Subtypes and Instincts of the Enneagram: What are They, and How Do They Affect Human Behavior?

Can an Introvert Become an Extravert? Here's What the Science Says

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on March 04, 2022

If you’re an Introvert, you’ve probably been told you’d be happier, more successful at your career, more fun, or just plain make the Extraverts more comfortable if you’d only decide to be more like them.

Is any of it true? Should you, like the proverbial leopard, want to change your spots and become an Extravert? And even if you wanted to, could you?

Let’s take a look at a bit of the science behind extraversion and introversion and see if you could change your core personality type.

Subtypes and Instincts of the Enneagram: What are They, and How Do They Affect Human Behavior?

Clinically Reviewed by Steven Melendy, PsyD. on February 21, 2022

This blog post is part of our Fundamentals of the Enneagram series, which takes a deeper dive into all the Enneagram elements - wings, arrows, subtypes, centers of intelligence, growth pathways and more. For an overview of the series, start with our introductory post.

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