BELLEVUE, Wash., Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- With the holidays fast approaching, 'sassy' psychotherapist and coach Jessica Butts is offering best tips for reducing stress while navigating the holidays and family relationships. "The holidays are a wonderful time to visit with our families and relatives," said Butts. "But it can also be stressful when everyone gets together. No matter how successful we are in our adult lives, family gatherings can trigger behaviors straight from our childhood, resulting in hurt feelings or misunderstandings."
Butts, author of "Live Your Life from the Front Seat," is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) specialist, helping people understand their personality type and how to use their innate strengths. She has a Master's degree in Psychology and a successful counseling practice in Bellevue, in which she uses Myers-Briggs assessments to help people understand why they behave in certain ways. "Knowing our personality type, and the types of those around us can help us act in ways that allow everyone to be their best selves, and not do stuff we suck at, which can make anyone cranky and stressed," said Butts.
Extrovert or Introvert?
Are you the 'life of the party?' Or do you prefer a quiet evening with a few close friends? Butts cites knowing whether you're an Extrovert or an Introvert as an example of how people can be more authentic, and happier. Extroverts typically like being around groups of people and thrive on conversation. Introverts are often more low-key, and need time to recharge after gatherings. If there's one introvert in a family of extroverts, Butts suggests giving that one person their own space for downtime rather than making them feel guilty for needing it to be their best.
Judger versus Perceiver?
Do you like to plan and organize down to the very last detail? Or do you prefer to let things happen spontaneously? 'Judgers' are those who like to plan ahead, while 'Perceivers' are those who go with the flow. Butts says knowing your type – Judger or Perceiver - can help you do the things you are naturally good at doing, while avoiding roles or taking on jobs you don't enjoy.
"Being aware of our personality types and those who are close to us, can help us navigate situations with more empathy," Butts said. "Knowing that a person is acting a certain way because of the way they're hardwired can help us be more understanding, and realize they're not just doing it to irritate us. A little awareness and understanding goes a long way during the holidays."
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About the Author: Jessica Butts, MA, is a psychotherapist, life fulfillment coach, and Myers-Briggs expert whose mission is to inspire others to Accomplish Magnificent Things by embracing their innateness. She shares her Live Your Life from the Front Seat methodology around the country in her sassy, no-holds barred entertaining manner. Leaving the corporate world of human resources, Jessica now has a private practice near Seattle. As an ENFJ, Jessica thinks outside the box, leads with her heart and is obsessively organized. She's passionate about personal development, traveling, deep connections with those in her life, and her beloved Boston Terrier, Tucker.
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