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Myers-Briggs Personality Types for Negotiation

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Myers-Briggs Dichotomies
Four dichotomies
Extraversion / Introversion (E/I) Sensing / Intuition (S/N) Thinking / Feeling (T/F) Judging / Perceiving (J/P)

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Test
http://www.humanmetrics.com/cgiwin/JTypes2.asp

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16 Personality Types
ISTJ ISFJ INFJ INTJ

ISTP

ISFP

INFP

INTP

ESTP

ESFP

ENFP

ENTP

ESTJ

ESFJ

ENFJ

ENTJ

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Population Distribution

http://www.mypersonality.info/personality-types/population-gender/
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Temperament
Temperament predisposes us to certain ways of thinking , understanding, conceptualizing and acting.

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Extraversion
More interested in the external world of people and things They derive meaning from connections with the external environment They maximize interactions

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Introversion
Interested more in the internal world of ideas and concepts Enjoy solitude and introspection Prefer to withdrawal from external activities

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Sensing
A tendency to perceive by relying on observable facts or happenings through the senses Persons with this preference are inclined to use practical fact oriented approaches

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Intuition
Emphasizes concepts, theories, relationships and possibilities Values inspiration

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Thinking
Make decisions impersonally, logically assessing cause and effect relationships related to data These people evaluate ideas and data objectively and value inferences reasonably drawn from events and circumstances more than any other type of evidence.

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Feeling
They emphasize the effect the decision will have on people and interpersonal relationships The attend more to human than to technical aspects of problems and value these concerns more than any other type of evidence
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Judging
Prefer a structured, scheduled, planned and controlled environment Tend to be organized, deliberate and capable of making decisions with a minimum of stress. They are usually scheduled, develop fixed ideas of how things should be done. They push strongly for closure.
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Perceiving
Prefer a flexible, spontaneous and adaptive environment. They tend to continue to collect information rather then make a decision. Have a wait and see attitude. Spontaneous lifestyle
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Extravert/Introvert at Work
Extraverts may see introverts as secretive, unfriendly aloof, self absorbed, slow and awkward
When dealing with Extraverts, allow them to think out loud, use verbal communication, expect action, keep the conversation flowing. Let them work in groups and make oral presentations.

Introverts may see extraverts as superficial, too talkative, loose canons, overwhelming, pushy and rude
When dealing with Introverts ask a question and then stop to listen. Give them time to work alone, to finish their sentences, to learn through structure, to reflect, to communicate in writing first.

To Marin for providing the at work slides

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Sensors/Intuitives at Work
Sensors can regard intuitives as unrealistic Space cadets, new age, careless about details, unrealistic
Work with an intuitive by talking about the big picture, possibilities, implications, analogies, before talking about details.

Intuitives can view sensors as resisting new ideas, boring, unimaginative, old school.
Work with a sensor by drawing on past proven experience, focus on practical applications, and step by step solutions.

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Thinkers/Feelers at Work
Thinkers may see feelers as illogical, too emotional or trying too hard to please
With thinkers: Be organized, consider cause and effect, pros and cons, focus on consequences, appeal to fairness

Feelers may see thinkers as insensitive or distant or selfinvolved


With feelers: mention points of agreement, focus on their core values, appreciate their contributions, state legitimacy of their feelings, discuss emotional impact of situation

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Judgers/Perceivers at Work
Judgers may view perceivers as wishy-washy procrastinators, unproductive, unreliable, not serious
With judgers: be on time, come with agenda and conclusion, stick to plan, organize

Perceivers view judgers as rigid, controlling black and white, stubborn, trigger happy
With perceivers: focus on process, be open to new information, expect questions, allow for discussion

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The Article
The following is based on the article: Peters, Don, Forever Jung Psychological Type Theory, The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Learning Negotiation, 42 Drake Law Review 1 (1993)

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WHY?

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Negotiation
Negotiation strategies require behaviors that many people may be adept with but they may also require behaviors that many are not drawn to naturally

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Negotiation
In analyzing your own negotiating skill in the context of MBTI what specific behaviors do you use, or fail to use

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Why?
Type Theory suggest behaviors strongly connected to a preference may become welldeveloped and comfortable making it harder for persons to perform tasks associated with the opposite scale without conscious thought and substantial practice.

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Adversarial/Problem Solving
Adversarial
Gain Maximizing

Problem Solving
Fair deal making

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Adversarial Strategies
Proceed in a linear fashion
Negotiators attempt to induce, persuade or deceive other into deviating from the positions Threats and attacks are used Inquires regarding facts and issues are evaded or shared reluctantly

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Problem Solving Strategies


Involves a cognitive commitment to searching for fair solutions
Flexible Non-linear First indentifies underlying needs Looks for solutions that maximize potential for all parties Information is used to generate understanding about each others interests
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Sensing/Intuitive
The sensing/intuitive preference exerts the most influence on legal negotiations. of the general population are sensors
In this study about 55 % of the law students were intuitives.

*Peters, Don, Forever Jung Psychological Type Theory, The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and Learning Negotiation, 42 Drake Law Review 1 (1993)

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Sensors
The sensing preference is inclined to value concrete, detailed, factual information that can be verified by the five senses
This tendency can influence attitudinal and behavioral orientations that may be directly related to important components of an adversarial strategy that they may cause sensors to favor this approach.

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Sensors
Sensors tend to prefer an adversarial strategy because it tends to unfold in a structured and easily tracked and linear fashion. Adversarial approaches focus on limited or fixed resources and single bargaining dimension. Sensors typically like to measure clearly and concretely what has been done and what steps remain to be accomplished.
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Sensors
Sensors in an effort to gather more facts tend to ask more questions Focus on whether a settlement zone exists between articulated positions. Sensors tend to pursue adversarial strategies that limit negotiators to searching for and using information within its linear framework.

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Sensors
While sensors may avoid problem solving strategies they use adversarial strategies effectively
They are good at articulating and justifying positions They tend to be well prepared Use technically precise language Focus on detail helps them justify positions

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Sensors
Sensors frequently feel uncomfortable with a problem solving approach Sensors more comfortable with the immediate, the concrete and the practical Sensors better at recognizing when the opponent is blocking

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Sensors
Sensors are naturally inclined to focus on the specifics. This helps them avoid imprecise or ineffective articulations of the problem. Sensors deal with facts and details of situations . But rarely implicates the meaning and possibilities that could be gleaned from them. But, Deadlock may result if the compromise cant be reached. Florida State University College of Law Research Center

Sensors/Intuitives
Sensors are less effective at articulating problem-solving strategies
Problem solving strategies focus on general concerns rather than specific details. Problem solving proposals get to specifics more slowly while parties elaborate their needs Sensors may get frustrated with this method

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Intuitives
Problem solving strategies used by Intuitives are much less structured.
Focus on identifying needs Less focus on step by step behavioral patterns such as reciprocal concessions and information exchange Abstract search for interests and solutions But Intuitives sometimes dont pay sufficient attention to the details
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Intuitives
A female ENFP wrote:
I am horrible with figures (thus the J.D. as opposed to the M.D.), and when I was hit with percentages my brain slowed considerably and I lost my train of thought

A male INTP wrote:


Hell, Im the worst numbers person there is . I dont want to talk numbers. Give me some abstract solutions, then Ill be on cloud nine. We can hash out the details later.
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Intuitives/Sensors
Proposed solutions in problem solving strategy should initially emphasize general concerns rather than specific details Articulating proposals in problem solving strategy effectively requires behaviors inconsistent with the natural tendency of sensors to focus on specific details. Emphasis on general concerns rather than specific details
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Thinking/Feeling
Thinkers emphasize logical and impersonal aspects of negotiation Impersonal form of assertiveness Usually prefer an adversarial approach Competing to maximum gain Cooperation based on legitimate interests of others is more difficult for thinkers

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Thinkers
Not focusing on the needs of others is consistent with the impersonal decision making tendencies of thinkers Focusing on the interests of others involves dealing with emotional issues Thinkers tend to respond to attacking comments with strongly phrased counter attacks - this intensifies conflict and my lead to impasse
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Feelers
Feelers are naturally attracted to problemsolving strategies Feelers prefer harmony and agreement Do not favor a winner take all strategy Feelers more concerned about their relationship with other negotiators

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Feelers
Feelers tend to give in to impersonally assertive competitive behaviors They tend to neglect ones own concerns to satisfy anothers needs May make undue concessions to avoid conflict Feelers may not be effective when dealing with an adversarial opponent

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Feelers
Feelers are usually good at active listening This can facilitate cooperation Active listening is an effective way to deal with strong emotions Feelers have greater sensitivity to relational aspects of personal interactions. This helps them monitor process issues (process refers to the way negotiations unfold rather than the intrinsic merits of the issues discussed.)
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Judging/Perceiving
Judging/Perceiving scale can be seen as closure/spontaneity Judgers want to make decisions get things done Judgers favor an adversarial strategy Judgers like to control the flow of information Judgers favor an adversarial approach that defines and orders issues, while the problem solving approach seeks to address the needs and interests of the parties.
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Judging
Extensively prepare Judgers more inclined to plan and schedule Stick rigidly to plans (stand firm) (sometimes convince themselves of the rightness of their view despite the empirical evidence Judgers attempt to control
Schedules, agenda, others, (one way communication)
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Judgers
Judgers tend to become frustrated with a lack of progress Frustration may lead to threats
Threats are sometimes used prematurely and haphazardly. Threats made without due consideration are usually a negotiating error

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Perceivers
Perceivers more comfortable with a problem solving approach avoid commitment while advancing proposals and solutions Remaining uncommitted helps insure that the proposals and solution intersect with the needs of all parties It promotes refining and improving suggestions to provide optimal mutual benefit.
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Perceivers
Tend more adept at generating alternative ways of completing tasks This adeptness correlates well with a problem solving approach Perceivers always want to learn more Perceivers however have to be careful about not revealing too much Blocking a question by responding to a question with a question comes naturally to a perceiver
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Perceiving
While perceivers always want more information their tendency to be spontaneous or acceptance of ad hoc approaches sometimes leads to acting without careful consideration. Perceivers preferring to act spontaneously have greater difficulty preparing and planning.
This is more a problem in adversarial situation than problem solving

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Extravert/Introvert
Extraverts enjoy verbal interactions involved in negotiating Extraverts enjoy working with teammates Extraverts are more likely to seek out expert testimony Extraverts are comfortable with stating their case in an adversarial strategy But also comfortable with stating clients needs in a problem solving strategy
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Extraverts
Extraverts can error in rushing out an offer while there is still uncertainty of valuation (Some tendency to talk and not listen) Speak before developing thoughts May inadvertently leak damaging information May over answer questions and provide too much information

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Extraverts
While extraverts may be inclined to over share this is in fact an important aspect of a problem solving strategy
Brainstorming
Discussing ideas that arent yet fully developed without worry comes more naturally to extraverts
Good for preparation

Extraverts seek feedback

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Introverts
Non-talkative (better listeners usually) Internal Nondisclosure of information (selectively disclose information) Better blocking strategies Also recognize sooner when the opposition is blocking But not as good at thinking on their feet (being spontaneous) Tend not to be team players
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Introvert/Extraverts
Sometimes clash in style
Extraverts become frustrated with introverts slower responses Introverts get frustrated with the quantity of questions from an extraverted opponent Extraverts interrupt more Extraverts feel stonewalled/Introverts pressured

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Lessons
A simple cognitive understanding doesnt mean that those behaviors can be produced
Practice Identifying and evaluating students

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Example
[A male ISTJ] talked so much I thought he was an extravert, but he says he can only do that if he is solidly prepared. This taught me that my only hope is to spend time planning what I will do, and considering what could possible happen, if I am to compete with the natural extraverts. (female INTP)

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Student Comment
Because I am a judger, it is without fail that I have an intense urge that I come to closure during negotiations. (male ESFJ)

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Student Comment
In the past, I was aware of what I was feeling and its cause but I did not know how to respond in a way that did not add to the problem. Now I am learning how to use I messages and process comments and its wonderful because it gives me a chance to defeat my self-perpetuating cycle of ineffective negotiating. (female ESFJ)

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Student Comment
My inattention to detail affected my negotiations the most. Knowing the weakness, I can work to overcome it by writing everything down or by having a partner focus on details while I focus on main ideas . (male INFP)

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Student Comment
I always have a million thoughts and ideas running through my head when I work on any project. Concentrating and really hearing the other negotiators ideas is best accomplished by my knowing that I will repeat his/her positions and interests. (female INTJ)

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Student Comment
I totally shut down the listening process. I attributed this to my strong judging preference. [During the last exercise when my position was attacked] my first instinct was to shut down. But I realized what I was about to do mentally and stopped. I changed my posture in the chair and made concerted effort to listen. (male ESTJ)

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Student Comment
I was prone to revealing information unilaterally. I worked on [being silent] throughout the semester and became good at it. (male ESTJ)

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The Article
Based on the article: Peters, Don, Forever Jung Psychological Type Theory, The MyersBriggs Type Indicator and Learning Negotiation, 42 Drake Law Review 1 (1993)

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The End

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