What is MBTI?

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

Katherine Briggs (1875–1968) and her daughter Isabel Myers (1897-1980) created the Myers/Briggs Type Instrument (MBTI) in 1943 to assess individual’s personality type based on the theories of Carl Jung.   Now, over sixty years later it has been used by organizations, groups, teams and individuals to further their understanding of our unique gifts and how they work for us or get in our way when working or communicating with others.

What I love about this tool is that it gives us a starting point to have a conversation about what is working or not in our interactions with others.  This is just one of many models or theories that gives you the added context to take your issues and challenges and put some words around them so that you can see your world from a fresh perspective.  This is what the coaching process strives for at each session.  A solid theory can help build new foundations from which you can begin to grow and change and define a path to move forward.

Jung said that our PSYCHE is our system of energy and balance.  STYLE is how we talk to other people and how we gather information from people and their environment.

This model is designed to sort people into type categories (psychological and personality)

  • type characterizes people according to certain qualitatively distinct categories
  • each pole has value, there is not a “better” place to be
  • type categories are polar opposites, people cannot do one at the same time they are doing the other – although they can do them consecutively
  • the more you know about yourself, the better you will manage yourself from a position of strength

Everyone has preferences.

  • MB can help reduce unproductive interpersonal and intra-org conflict
  • MB assessments explain some behavior
  • MB can help you to improve communication and understanding of others
  • MB allows you to draw on your own strengths
  • MB frees you from the box you may have put yourself in.  When you are aware, conscious of the dichotomies, you can chose when to utilize functions appropriately.
Taking this assessment is a starting point.  Your coach can help you get your arms around vague issues and design a path for growth and balance in your life.

What MB is NOT

  • a profile of your family background, life experience or values
  • a test of intelligence or your level of skill
  • an indication of mental health or your stress level
  • an indication of how honest or how ethical you are
  • an indication of the cultural norms you live by

Watching type is only an explanation, never an excuse to do or not do anything.

The instrument reflects back to you – your habitual ways of behaving, your patterns.
Type frees you from a box because you will be informed about how you respond.

Things that can change the accuracy of the results

  • societal expectations, norms and fitting in
  • career/work/job
  • personal adjustments
  • life experiences
  • mental health
  • role expectations
  • not taking the instrument seriously
  • major life changes
  • being forced to take it
  • stage in life

How it will work.

I will forward you instructions on how to access the questions on line in an email message.   Please take about 40 minutes out to answer them in a location free of distractions.  It is important to think of yourself making these decisions and choices when you have ideal circumstances because the model is based on a theory related to your preferences that you have chosen from a young age.   Think of your choices before you began in the workplace where you are often confronted with compromises.   Think of your ideal choices on the weekend or days off.   Once you have completed the assessment the web site will automatically send me a message and I will create a report (18 pages).


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