Exploring Intentional Styles -- The 4th Lens

Did you know you have an Intentional Style? When you are doing just about anything, you have some unconscious intentions. We have a new lens (aka model) that can help you identify your Intentional Style.

So what are Intentional Styles?

Dictionary.com defines…

…an intention as, an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result.

…a style as, a particular, distinctive, or characteristic mode of action or manner of acting.  So our Intentional Style is a pattern of activities that we do as we attempt to get our intentions satisfied. 

Over the course of the last ten years, we have been identifying four patterns, refining the definitions and using this lens in the background as we help people understand themselves and others, improve their communication and relationships, and find their best fit among the 16 personality types. When we share this lens with other type practitioners, they are surprised at the relationships to the type code, but it makes sense to them. For some, this lens has made the difference between being confused about their best-fit and being clear.

Our online sessions will give you an opportunity to learn directly with  Linda Berens, share in small groups to deepen your learning, ask questions, and observe the Styles in action.

Why should you take this course? 

With full participation and interactivity, you will


  1. Increase your understanding of your own intentions so you can realize some of the driving forces of your behavior
  2. Identify key characteristics of each of the 4 Intentional Styles so you can recognize them in others 
  3. Discover some of the things that bring you the most fulfillment as well as the most frustrations
  4. Discover some talents you didn’t know you had 

As a type professional…

  1. Clarify some of the confusions your clients may have in identifying their type
  2. Increase your understanding of the Jungian 8 Cognitive Processes and how they play out in tandem
  3. Help your clients recognize some points of conflict in their relationships 

What Are the Pre-requisites?

  • Mainly we would like you to have an open, curious mind.
  • Be ready to do some self-discovery.
  • Some exposure to the Cognitive Dynamics lens, or at least to the 8 Jungian Functions

How it Works

Exploring Intentional Styles is a 3-session course with …

  1. Coursework with short videos and lessons to do on your own in our InterStrength™ Institute’s learning platform
  2. Three highly interactive live sessions
  3. An Intentional Styles Journal for you to print off and take notes

Live Session Dates

Session 1: Friday, February 19, 2021 from 9-11 am PST

Session 2: Friday, February 26, 2021 from 9-11 am PST

Session 3: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 from 9-11 am PST

If you have questions, please contact us at info@lindaberens.com


We will be using the user friendly Zoom platform for our live, online discussions and another online platform where your course materials will be available to you. You will do best using a computer or a larger tablet so visuals display large enough to read easily. Your experience will be better if you have the bandwidth to turn on video so you can see other participants in our breakout groups. You will need a headset with microphone to keep external noise down and you can participate more freely. You will receive all the technical information you need when we send you the links to log in.

Course curriculum

    1. Important Agreements

    2. InterStrength™ Practitioner Code of Ethics

    1. Why, History, and Development Methodology

    2. What Does Intentional Styles Tell Us?

    1. Do Before Session 1 Activity: A Difficult Relationship

    2. Exploring Intentional Styles Journal

    1. Session 1: February 19, 9:00-10:00 am PST

    2. Journalling about the Essential Qualities of the Intentional Styles Patterns

    3. Session 1 Recordings

    4. Chat from Session 1 (slightly edited to take out simple things and commented on by Linda)

    5. Yikes, Intentional Style and My Best Fit Don't Match!

    1. Session 2: February 26, 9:00-10:00 am PST

    2. Tandem Principle (Read before Session 2)

    3. The Things in Common, Dynamics, and Polarities: Watch this short video before Session 2

    4. Intentional Styles: Products and Processes Watch this video before Session 2

    5. What fits you? What fits others?

    6. Intential Styles Deeper Interactions by Chris Montoya

    7. Intentional Styles Teamwork by Chris Montoya

    8. Session 2 Recording

    1. Session 3: March 16, 9:00-11:00 am PST

    2. Intentional Styles Stressors

    3. Intentional Style Information Preferences for Helping You Sort

    4. Session 3 Recording

    5. Intentional Style Type Codes and Stress Handout

About this course

  • $197.00
  • 46 lessons
  • 0 hours of video content


Senior Learning Facilitator Linda Berens

Linda V. Berens, Ph.D. is a human and organizational development practitioner who has been teaching professionals since 1982 as well as helping individuals and teams recognize their strengths, transcend their weaknesses, and work together better. Linda is recognized internationally in the field of individual differences, developing an innovative, robust system of exploring CORE Personal Patterns to foster development of individuals, teams, and organizations. A warm, engaging teacher, she has contributed to the success of many professional change agents through her theoretical contributions to the field of psychological type and user-friendly training materials for practical application of understanding individual differences. She is the author or co-author of multiple books and training materials.In addition to holding a license as a California Marriage and Family Therapist and a doctorate in psychology, she also holds certification as a Holacracy Facilitator and in Integral Transformative Leadership from Pacific Integral and the LIOS Graduate College at Saybrook University.

Senior Instructor Stephanie Berens

Stephanie Berens serves as co-founder, managing partner, coach and facilitator for InterStrength. Stephanie's education is in Behavioral Studies and Communication as well as a deep understanding of diversity and personality type and has been immersed in this business since 1995. She has been extensively trained and mentored by Linda Berens throughout her life and has used that knowledge of psychological type in all aspects—from coaching, to helping build businesses, to applications to sales and marketing. Her professional experience with psychological type ranges from roles managing Business Development, as Training Manager, and in CRM for a training, consulting and publishing company. Her current roles allow her to follow her passion of helping people understand one another, communicate well, and work more effectively together as well as build a business that is dedicated to serving others. She is a Certified Coach Practitioner and specializes in strategies to help reduce conflict and communicate effectively.

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