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Interaction Styles

Interaction Styles are groupings of the 16 types of the MBTI®. The Interaction Styles "lens" (or way of viewing Type) was developed by Linda Berens, PhD, founder of the Temperament Research Institute. The model builds on David Keirsey's Temperament model and its subcategories, and is based on observable behavior patterns.


The Four Interaction Styles

The four Interaction Styles, as described by Berens, are

Style Theme and description
In Charge
(Initiating / Directing)
Getting things accomplished through people. People of this style are focused on results, often taking action quickly.
Get Things Going
(Initiating / Informing)
Persuading and involving others. They thrive in facilitator or catalyst roles and aim to inspire others to move to action, facilitating the process.
Chart the Course
(Responding / Directing)
Having a course of action to follow. People of this stylefocus on knowing what to do and keeping themselves, the group, or the project on track.
Behind the Scenes
(Responding / Informing)
Getting the best result possible. People of this style focus on understanding and working with the process to create a positive outcome.

Complementary Models

Interaction Styles complements and supports both the Temperament and 16 MBTI Types models.

Interaction Style Temperament MBTI Type Code
In Charge Stabilizer ESTJ
In Charge Theorist ENTJ
In Charge Improvisor ESTP
In Charge Catalyst ENFJ
Get Things Going Stabilizer ESFJ
Get Things Going Theorist ENTP
Get Things Going Improvisor ESFP
Get Things Going Catalyst ENFP
Chart the course Stabilizer ISTJ
Chart the course Theorist INTJ
Chart the course Improvisor ISTP
Chart the course Catalyst INFJ
Behind the scenes Stabilizer ISFJ
Behind the scenes Theorist INTP
Behind the scenes Improvisor ISFP
Behind the scenes Catalyst INFP


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