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Forest Instead of Trees: Residencia Aspirants Formation Session 1


Photos by Ed Mark Pagdato, RN

Photos by Ed Mark Pagdato, RN

Why does the prospect of meeting new people frighten me? Why do I blurt out things without thinking about the consequences? Why do I get "kutob" about certain things? Why do I see the forest instead of the trees?

These and many other questions were explored and answered in the first Formation Session facilitated by Br. Sockie for the Residencia Aspirants at the Family Den of the Residencia De La Salle in DLSU-D. The session focused on the Myers Briggs Type Inventory (MBTI) personality type of each Aspirant in the hopes of helping them understand themselves in four areas:

Favorite world: Do you prefer to focus on the outer world or on your own inner world? This is called Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I).

Information: Do you prefer to focus on the basic information you take in or do you prefer to interpret and add meaning? This is called Sensing (S) or Intuition (N).

Decisions: When making decisions, do you prefer to first look at logic and consistency or first look at the people and special circumstances? This is called Thinking (T) or Feeling (F).

Structure: In dealing with the outside world, do you prefer to get things decided or do you prefer to stay open to new information and options? This is called Judging (J) or Perceiving (P). (From:

What was interesting was that all the Residencia Aspirants, including Br. Sockie, are Fs (Feeling Type), who look at people first over logic and consistency. The group quipped: "We desire mercy, not sacrifice."

The Formation Sessions of the Residencia Aspirants are held every Semester with different facilitators as part of the personal growth aspect of the Aspirants.

—By Br. Sockie de la Rosa FSC