The power of music when facilitating as an INTJ

By: Jara-Dean Coffey, Luminare Group Founder

On the professional Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), I am characterized as an INTJ (Introversion, Intuition, Thinking and Judging). This means that I have preferred ways of being. It does not mean I cannot do or be other ways, it just means I have to work at it.

(Yes, people have thoughts about the MBTI, but I find it useful).

As a consultant, the “T” and “J” in INTJ are probably not that surprising: Thinking and Judging. We consultants are judgy. As for Intuition, if we are friends, you know I have a knack for asking a question or calling at just the right time when something significant is afoot (I was also born with a veil/caul, which some folks think gives one psychic abilities). If you don’t know me, the Introversion thing may be a surprise. On the six dimensions of Introversion I skew heavily at the extreme. As our work at Luminare expands, I am increasingly mindful of what this means and how to prepare.

As an introvert, one way I get myself ready for rooms (whether it’s in-person or virtual), particularly if I have to hold space, is by listening to a playlist I’ve created at a dangerous decibel level before anything kicks off.

It feeds me in a way that allows me to put it all out there and (hopefully) be hyper aware of everything that is going on in the room. I find it particularly useful if I am holding space for people or groups with whom I don’t have a relationship. There is also research that says listening to music releases dopamine, which affects the human reward and pleasure center. As with most research, there are conflicting findings, but I do know it changes me.

I offer my playlist as a resource for others who need to ‘gear up’ and as a reminder to myself of what I need to pay attention to in order to bring my best self to the table. Enjoy. And don’t judge too harshly… actually, go right ahead.