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Confidence, Extraversion & Understanding – What Helps You The Most?

Dec 12, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Written in collaboration with John Hackston, Head of Thought Leadership at OPP Politicians are known for their confidence, but sometimes this can get them into hot water (I’m sure that you can think of some recent examples). You can probably think of a time where you saw someone who seemed to use confidence to cover up a lack of ability. But confidence isn’t just important for politicians, as this article by Laura Barton points out. Women tend to be less confident in their abilities than men. In fact, studies have shown that less able men are the group most likely to overestimate their abilities. Are Extraverts more confident than Introverts? Confidence isn’t the same thing as Extraversion, but they’re often mistaken for one another. In Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain cites a study by the Kellogg School of Management, finding that in an average large meeting, three people do 70% of the talking. Those three people aren’t necessarily the most confident people in the meeting, but by their saying more they will tend to seem more confident. Their ideas and suggestions get more airtime. And good ideas that others may have are less likely to be heard. It can even seem that the people not doing the talking are disengaged, less creative, or less intelligent. Humans, chimps and theory of mind One of the things that sets us and chimpanzees apart from all other animals is our possession of a theory of mind. Theory of mind is made up of two things: the ability to credit mental states to ourselves the ability to understand that others have beliefs, desires, intentions, and perspectives that are different from our own. However, this sometimes means that we judge others unfairly. To correct this, it we can boost our self-awareness as well as our understanding of other people. And one of the best ways to do this is to understand what makes us tick. We need to understand our personality. There are many exercises you can do to boost self-awareness and assessments you can take to understand your personality better. The Myers-Briggs Type IndicatorMyers-Briggs Type Indicator ®(MBTI®) assessment is one that gives us an effective way of improving our self-awareness, as well as starting to understand others. The MBTI model seems simple. After all, it’s just four dimensions of personality. But it builds into...

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10 Books About the MBTI Tool and Type That You Should Read in 2018

Nov 30, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Which books about the MBTI assessment and type have had the biggest impact on practitioners? We posted this question on the LinkedIn group of MBTI certified professionals a while ago to discover the titles that had most impressed and inspired practitioners or been a key support in their work with the MBTI assessment. Twenty books rose to the top of the piles. Here are the second set of ten (in no particular order – you can find the first ten in our April post) with comments from the individuals who recommended them. Now you can put them all on your Amazon wish list before the holidays! Work Types – Understand Your Personality Jean M. Kummerow, Nancy J. Barger and Linda K. Kirby (2010) “A highly accessible and readable resource, it contains the most helpful and liberating insights into time management that I’ve seen anywhere.” –Betsy Kendall, Executive Director, COO and Head of Professional Services at OPP Ltd The 16 Personality Types: Profiles, Theory, & Type Development Dr. A.J. Drenth (2013) “Easy to read, good profile descriptions – good ‘Stage 1’ introduction to the different Myers-Briggs types.” –Dianna Hillier, Global Talent Manager at Cello Group plc Navigating Midlife – Using Typology as a Guide Eleanor Corlett and Nancy B. Millner (1993) “Incredibly helpful for working and coaching people in transition .” –Lynne Norman, Managing Director, equip consulting ltd Portraits of Type: An MBTI Research Compendium Paperback Avril Thorne and Harrison Gough (1991) “A wonderful reminder, based on high quality research, that we don’t always have the gift to see ourselves as others see us. Representative male and female groups of 10 of the 16 types are described by people who saw them behave in a variety of situations over a period of three days. Their observations are not always flattering and can be an antidote to the corresponding pages of ‘Introduction to type’!” –Robert McHenry, Chairman, OPP Ltd Introduction to Type and the Eight Jungian Functions Margaret T. Hartzler, Robert W. McAlpine, and Leona Haas (2003) “I really like the CPP book on the 8 Jungian Functions.” –Jerry Gilpin, Coach (EMCC Senior Practitioner), Supervisor, Facilitator and Trainer Growing Spiritually with the Myers-Briggs Model Julia McGuinness (2009) “As a specific application, a shout out to Growing Spiritually with the Myers Briggs Model.”  –Jerry Gilpin, Coach (EMCC Senior Practitioner), Supervisor, Facilitator and Trainer Personality Types: an Owner’s Manual Lenore Thomson (1998) “For getting...

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MBTI Step II Facets: Traditional or Original and the Holiday Season

Nov 14, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

The holidays are just around the corner. The music, decorations, food, smiles on people’s faces, and gifts (giving and receiving!), all make this season special. I love this time of year. Of course how people prefer to celebrate this season can differ quite a bit, and one way it differs depends on where they find themselves on the Traditional-Original MBTI® Step II™ facet. This facet is about the approach to traditions in the social context. People who have the preference for traditional tend the value that you follow a rule/regulation the way it’s meant to be followed. People on the original side like to think of new, novel ways to do things. And that means sometimes we look a bit different, but sometimes we like that about ourselves—the unique approach. Traditional people like to honor the holidays by keeping things like they have always known them. If you are a traditional person and you have tamales every Christmas or livivot for Hanukkah or mrouzia for Eid al-Adha, then your holiday just would not be the same if for some reason that food is not there on the special day. Then along comes the Original person (that’s me!). While I may like any or all of the foods above, the idea of introducing some new food or some new way to celebrate the holiday really appeals to me. A few years ago, I took a road trip with my partner to visit friends in Sedona. I wasn’t sure what we were going to eat, but I knew it was unlikely to be my mom’s incredible tamales. But to me, that was okay because I got to experience something new and interesting instead....

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MBTI Step II Facets: New Experiences for the Experiential or the Theoretical

Nov 7, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Second to last for the Sensing-Intuition preference pair facets are Experiential and Theoretical. These facets “emphasize the process by which we derive knowledge or meaning from our perceptions.” (MBTI Step II Manual, page 24. As a reminder, the order of these Sensing-Intuition facets goes Concrete—Abstract, Realistic—Imaginative, Practical—Conceptual, Experiential—Theoretical, and Traditional—Original. Whenever I travel, I usually like to experience something new and different…something I won’t find in most other places. I was in Singapore last year and I invited a small group to join me for a meal away from the hotel. Before arriving, I heard about a restaurant that offered prescribed herbal remedies with your meal to cure ailments or improve your health. It sounded like an interesting idea, but it took some work to convince Jennifer (not her real name). Her Experiential side wanted to know more about the restaurant before she would agree to go. She asked questions like, “Do you know anyone who has been there?” and “Are there reviews we can read so we know what to order and what not to order and whether we should go there in the first place?” When I wasn’t able to provide her such evidence, she decided she would rather stay at the hotel for dinner. Jennifer had eaten at the hotel restaurant several times on this trip as well as several times on previous trips. But after some prodding from me and the other invitees, she eventually (though reluctantly) agreed to give this “adventure” a try. All the way over to the restaurant, Jennifer made sure I was aware that if she did not like her meal, I was going to get an earful. I could tell she was only half joking though. Fortunately for all involved, the restaurant was a hit! If you are ever in Singapore, I suggest that you check out Imperial Herbal...

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MBTI Step II Facets: Practical–Conceptual & the Importance of Ideas

Oct 24, 2017 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

While delivering a training program recently, I was getting excited about the “miracle” of the theory behind personality type. I felt like I was in my wheelhouse expounding on the power of type and the implications of these ideas. As explained in the MBTI® Step II™ Manual, “[Conceptual people (like me)] are not content…just to make inferences. Inferences give birth to ideas, and ideas are what excite them” (p. 30). I was brought back to reality when a participant raised her hand with a slightly frustrated look on her face and simply said, “Why?”   I had to smile, because it hit me over the head how easily I can take an idea and run with it. My Conceptual style is probably the reason I feel bogged down when I have to make an idea real and practical in the here and now.   Practical people, on the other hand, need to know how the idea will be realized. While they can be creative, their creativity tends to be derived from what they already know. That knowledge gives them a sense of certainty they can then use to understand an idea—thus, the question “Why?” The participant in my program probably also wanted to ask “Who?” “What?” “When?” and “How?”   Want more? Here’s a great article on the three types of creativity that exist – and their categories may surprise you. You also might find it interesting because this article interviews people of different creative manners – see if you can determine which might lean towards conceptual and which might lean towards...

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