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MBTI® Research

Nov 15, 2012 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

There are times when clients want to know a little bit more about the psychometrics of the MBTI® tool. I think the MBTI® Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Instrument (3rd edition) is a great resource. I don’t suggest memorizing reliability and validity figures, but I do recommend knowing where to find the answers to questions you will get from time to time. If you don’t have an MBTI® Manual, click here for ordering...

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Bouncing Back

Nov 8, 2012 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

By Patrick L. Kerwin, MBTI® Master Practitioner Resilience is the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change. In other words, it’s the ability to bounce back from changes that are bound to happen in your everyday life, whether they are to your school or work schedule, your relationships, or your life plans. People often think of resilience as bouncing back quickly from change. However, we all bounce back in our own way and at our own pace. There is no one “right” way to be resilient. When dealing with change, what’s important is that you know what you need, and also what your possible blind spots might be. Click here to learn how you can become more resilient by looking at the first two letters of your MBTI®...

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Make a Difference

Nov 6, 2012 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Please consider making a donation to assist those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Join CPP in donating to the American Red Cross to help those in need. You can make a difference. Click here to learn...

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Type Bias

Nov 1, 2012 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

I hope we all would agree that each personality type brings something to the table and that every type has potential pitfalls. Therefore, we have to remember to avoid language expressing type preference bias. I heard someone say recently, “He doesn’t worry about people, since he has a preference for Thinking.” People with a preference for Thinking of course consider others when making decisions. A logical outcome might be at the top of their list, but people still represent a component of that decision making. More to the point, people with preferences for ESTJ or any other four-letter type do not do everything the same. Our preferences make up a big part of who we are, but we also learn along our life’s journey the need to be fully individuated or complete people. We can’t say that all people with a preference for any type behave exactly the same. Our behavior can sometimes be predicted by our preferences, but certainly not always. My preference for Feeling often looks accommodating and accepting (MBTI® Step II™ facets), but I have learned that I need to question and critique issues so people know I’m engaged in the decision making. It would be using type bias, therefore, to think people with a preference for Feeling always overaccommodate and are too accepting. Thanks again for...

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Can Your Preferences Change?

Oct 30, 2012 in MBTI Talk | 2 comments

A former colleague once told me, “The MBTI® tool is wonderful—it’s people who are flawed.” Sounds harsh, but his point was that though the instrument is psychometrically sound, people who take the instrument bring with them all kinds of influences that can affect how they answer the items from one time to the next. As a result, their reported type (how they answer the items on the instrument) can change. Their true type, however, does not. The challenge I throw out to people who get different reported results from two different administrations is to consider which results represent their true type and which represent the type they have picked up as “requirements” from environmental factors such as parents, siblings, classmates, teachers, colleagues, bosses, and a range of responsibilities—and more. In other words, which is the type with which they were born (their true type), and which is the type they have learned? For starters, think back as young as you can remember before all of the influences in your life. What do you think your preferences were then? Also, read through the Introduction to Type® booklet and highlight everything you agree in yellow and everything you disagree in pink. Do this with any of the type pages you are exploring. Of course, working with an MBTI® certified practitioner can help...

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I Don’t Do Windows: Type Excuses

Oct 25, 2012 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

We need to remember that the MBTI® tool should never be used as an excuse for one’s behavior. I have a preference for Perceiving. Some people have used having that preference as an excuse for being late from time to time, and yet I am very rarely late. We all have responsibilities in life, regardless of our preferences. Occasionally, I have to remind a client that any type can do anything. We all need to learn to flex when the situation calls for it. Of course, having to flex all the time is a different issue: It can cause stress, fatigue, and other problems. We each need to honor who we are, first and foremost. Here are some flexing tips to consider: If you have a preference for Extraversion, think about counting slowly to 10 before answering your own questions. If you have a preference for Introversion, paraphrase what has just been asked of you and then simply say, “Let me get back to you later today.” If you have a preference for Sensing, consider providing a summary of instructions to people with a preference for Intuition, so you will not overwhelm them with too many details. And, if you have a preference for Intuition, try creating bullet points that provide detailed information and present them in order (try not to skip around). If you have a preference for Thinking, remember that those with a preference for Feeling find motivation when what they do right is acknowledged. If you have a preference for Feeling, try not to overdo praise and get to the point, along with any critical comments you need to make. If you have a preference for Judging, ask yourself if you really need so many progress reports on projects and if you really need them on a specific date. And finally, if you have a preference for Perceiving, give plenty of “heads-up” time on projects for colleagues who might need more time to plan things...

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Trait Versus Type

Oct 23, 2012 in MBTI Talk | 2 comments

I sometimes hear people say things like “I’m a big Extravert.” You already know from my previous post how I feel about using labels such as Extravert, Sensor, Feeler, and so on. Well, using words such as big, small, huge, weak, and so on, are also improper ways to describe a personality preference. We need to remember that the MBTI® tool describes dichotomous “either/or” preferences. It does not give us information about “how much” we are of one preference over another. Here’s a little rhyme I made up to help: “type is either/or, not less or more.” Here’s an article that covers this topic...

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Did I Pass? No, the MBTI® Tool Is Not a Test!

Oct 18, 2012 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Using the word test to describe the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® tool is incorrect. Test implies passing/failing, good/bad, best/worst. The Myers-Briggs® tool does not give us that kind of information. It is called an indicator for a reason. Acceptable terms to use are tool, instrument, assessment, and, of course, indicator. I hope you will join me in gently correcting errant terminology when you hear it. Test also typically implies measures of traits. You will read in an upcoming post why the MBTI tool is not a trait...

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Type Dynamics

Oct 16, 2012 in MBTI Talk | 1 comment

Another reason why using language like “I’m an Introvert” is misleading is highlighted by type dynamics, which gives us an additional perspective on personality. We each have a part of us that we show the world (Extraversion) and a part that we keep inside (Introversion). This is the case regardless of what our individual preference is. My preferences are INFP. This means I introvert Feeling (FI) as my dominant function and extravert Intuition (NE) as my auxiliary function. In meetings, people often assume my preference is for Extraversion, because I can brainstorm new possibilities with the best of them. However, the true core of my personality is introverted Feeling. This might sound confusing, but type dynamics really gives us a much richer way to look at personality preferences and differences. I recommend checking out Introduction to Type® Dynamics and Development to learn more. Thanks for...

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Don’t Label Me…

Oct 11, 2012 in MBTI Talk | 2 comments

When I do trainings, I occasionally get feedback that I overdo my correcting of type language. I have to disagree: When people use terms such as Extravert, Introvert, Sensor, Feeler, Judger, and so on, they are misrepresenting what the MBTI® tool is all about. We need to remember that the MBTI tool is about preferences. When we use labels like those mentioned above, it implies that we use only one side of a preference pair and not the other. To be a complete personality, we each need to use both preference opposites, while still recognizing that we have a preference for one side over the other. So instead of calling myself an Introvert, I’m a person who prefers Introversion. I also prefer Intuition, Feeling, and Perceiving—but that doesn’t mean I don’t depend also on my preference opposites: Extraversion, Sensing, Thinking, and Judging. Now, I have to admit that remembering this language is sometimes easier said than done. I recently viewed one of my training videos and caught myself using one of these labels five times. Arghhh! So, please remind me if I ever use one of those labels, and I will remind...

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