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Dec 14, 2010 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

I recently spent a great day with the MBTI® Certification faculty from AMA, CAPT, and CPP in Atlanta to discuss the MBTI Certification Program. It was wonderful to spend time with old friends, get better acquainted with new colleagues, and share training practices. The spirit of listening and sharing was truly inspirational. Here is a quick overview of the MBTI® Certification Program providers: In addition to MBTI Certification Programs, AMA offers top-notch training around, but not limited to, management and supervisory skills, project management, business enhancement skills, leadership, communication skills, and finance and accounting. To learn more about AMA, visit Another MBTI Certification Program provider is CAPT, which was founded by Isabel Briggs Myers and Dr. Mary McCaulley back in 1975. Besides training and support materials, CAPT has an extensive research bibliography and publishes the Journal of Psychological Type. To learn more about CAPT, visit The final MBTI Certification Program provider is CPP, the exclusive publisher of the MBTI instrument. CPP has been in existence for over fifty years, and began with the pairing of John Davies Black from Stanford University and Harrison Gough from the University of California, Berkeley. While most people identify CPP by the MBTI tool, we also publish the FIRO®, CPI™, CPI 260®, TKI, and Strong Interest Inventory® tools, to name just a few. CPP also provides online scoring of the MBTI tool at You can learn more about CPP at Only these three organizations provide MBTI Certification Programs in the United States. We work together to provide programs around the country throughout the year. All of our faculty have extensive experience with the MBTI tool and bring a unique passion to the competent and ethical use of the instrument. To find the full schedule of MBTI Certification Programs offered by AMA, CAPT, and CPP, please visit...

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The Emergent Writing Style

Dec 9, 2010 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

If you follow my blog on a regular basis, you may notice that something new is posted each Tuesday and Thursday. I have been fortunate to work with a colleague who keeps me on schedule and on time each week with my posts. From time to time, I just don’t know what I am going to write. Sure, I have plans to write on lots of topics “some day,” but every now and then the urgency of writing right now/in the moment means I have to just let it flow. Fortunately, my Emergent style (MBTI® Step II™ Perceiving: Methodical vs. Emergent facet result) takes over. I just let it happen. This might seem alien to those of you who are methodical. Methodical people would prefer to work it out before they start, perhaps write out an outline, and consider a beginning, middle, and end. The Emergent style just starts, and where it ends “nobody knows.” That is exactly what I’m doing now. Even the title of this post and the topic just evolved on their own. I actually started this post by going to a calendar to see what might be happening the week this post would be added to my blog. That’s more methodical than usual for me. I came across a Web site that listed holidays for the second week of December. Did you know December 5 is Walt Disney’s Birthday and International Volunteer Day? December 7 is Pearl Harbor Day. December 8: Happy Brownie Day! As you can see, this Emergent style might mean going off on various tangents and possibilities. As a result, I might not end anywhere. And yet, somehow I usually get to an end. And here it is. By the way, did you know December 10 is Human Rights Day? Learn more at...

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There’s No Crying in Baseball!

Dec 7, 2010 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

People who use their preference for Thinking to make decisions are not cold and heartless. Let’s just get that out in the open here and now. Sure, I have heard people say, “I don’t care what other people feel about this decision.” But when I delve deeper I usually learn that they believe the place for feelings in decision making just needs to be put in perspective. When it comes to making a decision, people with a preference for Thinking use logic and analysis first and foremost. This prevents them from playing favorites and getting caught up in how others will feel about it, so they can focus on solving the problem at hand. While it may come across as not caring, they are actually giving us the gift of focusing on what is wrong so it can be corrected. That’s all it is, and what a gift that is! Their way of making decisions is not meant as a personal attack on anyone, and yet this approach often results in hurt feelings. So, those of you who have a Thinking decision-making style might try stepping back a bit to consider the affect of your decisions on others. The logical reason to consider is that you can either pay now or you will likely have to pay (even more) later. If you are the boss, you might be thinking, “Why should I have to worry about paying now or later.” On more than one occasion I have heard, “I’m the boss, and if they don’t like it they can leave.” Well, sure they can leave, but what is it going to cost you to hire someone else, train that person, and get their productivity up to speed? I’m not suggesting that you fake feeling. Instead, consider the other side AND ask people with a preference for Feeling for advice. Run your strategy by them and be open to what they have to say. Give it a try and let me know how it...

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Ouch! That Hurt… The Feeling Dilemma

Dec 2, 2010 in MBTI Talk | 1 comment

There are times when I spend too much time worrying about what other people think. I tend to take others’ feelings of disapproval too personally. As a result, my mood can be overly dependent on the moods of others. Not good! While I’m driving down the street, a total stranger might honk and scowl at me for driving too slow, and I will be upset for an hour or more. I might carry over that negative vibe by then complaining to someone at work about it. “Can you believe people can be so mean?” “What was his problem?” What I have done here is extended the negative energy from one person through me and onto to someone else. Again, not good! Those of us who use their preference for Feeling in their decision making bring a lot to the table. We especially take into account how our decisions will affect people. We put ourselves in others’ shoes. This allows us to predict how they might react to a decision. This can lead to increased buy-in, increased productivity, engaged employees, and so on. However, we have to be careful to watch our boundaries and not let the highs and lows of others take on too much weight in our daily life. Instead, we need to work at being the master of our own moods, self-worth, and identity. Sure, we still want to take into account others’ thoughts and feelings, but we need to remember to take care of ourselves first. Now that’s...

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Seasons of Love

Nov 30, 2010 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

I love December. I try to remind myself to savor every day of this month. December is the heart of the holiday season for me. Thanksgiving has just passed, the holiday decorations start coming up, the house smells warm and cozy from the blazing fire in the fireplace and baking sweets in the oven, and the music streams everywhere I go. December is also a time to remember that not everyone has such a splendid time. So many people need so many things. Many children will see December come and go without all the holiday food and presents many of us are used to. Please remember those people every season, this year and next, and give to your favorite charities. I like to do some of my holiday shopping at Following is a list of some of the organizations CPP is pleased to support: Adopt-A-Classroom invites the community into the classroom in support of teachers and their students. By adopting a classroom, donors nationwide form partnerships with specific classrooms in their communities by providing financial and moral support. The result is a meaningful contribution to education in which donors experience the impact of their efforts and celebrate in a classroom’s success. American Breast Cancer Society provides direct financial assistance to individuals for breast cancer screenings and diagnostic tests. Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization working to improve the health, independence, and social integration of people with physical disabilities through sports, fitness, and recreation programs. Family Giving Tree partners with more than 200 San Francisco Bay Area social service agencies to fulfill the holiday wishes of children who would otherwise go without gifts, among its other programs. KARA provides a safe place for those who are grieving or anticipating their own death to express and normalize their feelings. Lake Tahoe Angora Fire Fund is a non-profit agency with a diverse board of directors. It was established with the mission to meet the specific needs of people whose primary residence was lost or damaged in the Angora Fire. Martha’s Table’s mission is to serve the needs of the less fortunate in the Washington, DC, community through food, learning, healthy living, recreational, and family support services. Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy protects and defends Minnesota’s environment. Minnesota Hugo Relief Fund helps tornado victims in Hugo, Minnesota. Nokomis Healthy Senior in Minnesota is a Living at...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Nov 23, 2010 in MBTI Talk | 4 comments

I am sending you all thoughts of peace and joy this Thanksgiving. My goals are to appreciate every moment as it happens and to take in what this holiday of thanks means to my life, my friends, and my family. I have lots to give thanks for but would be remiss if I did not thank those I have worked with over this past year, from participants in the MBTI® Certification Program and other training programs I have facilitated, to my friends and colleagues at CPP, to my mentors who have challenged and encouraged me, and to everyone else who follows this blog. So, for the record: Gracias, Sukran, Blagodaria, Wado, Xie_Xie, Hvala, Kiitos, Merci, Danke, Efharisto, Mahalo, Toda, Dhanyavaad, Go raibh mile maith agat, Grazie, Arigato, Kamsa hamaida, Kia Manuia, Dhan-ya-vaad, Salamat, Dziekuje, Muito Obrigado, Bhala Hove, Spasiba, Talofa, Cheers, Dankie, Ahsante, Tack, Maururu, Khop Khun Mak, Thuk Ji Chhe, Tesekkurler, Dyakuyu, Shukria, Rahmat, Kam ouen, A dank, Hvala, Ngiyabonga, and Thank...

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What Bothers Us About Other People?

Nov 18, 2010 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Why is it that we have trouble warming up to some people? I believe that we often don’t like in others what we don’t like in ourselves. Think about those people you can’t stand. Could it be that the expression of their non-preferred functions is what’s bothering you? Remember, the middle two letters of every type (S or N, and T or F) are our preferred functions, or mental processes. They are the core of our personality. For ESTJ, ESTP, ISTJ, and ISTP, the preferred functions are Sensing and Thinking. The non-preferred functions for these same types are Intuition and Feeling. They are part of these types’ personality but remain primarily unconscious. They can appear, however, during times of stress and/or illness, and, because we tend not to rely on our non-preferred functions, we tend to not use them well. Thus, they are often seen as the part of ourselves we don’t like. They bring up memories of behavior that might have been inappropriate and embarrassing. As a result, we may dismiss that side of ourselves as well as dismiss others who operate from that different perspective on a regular basis or when in the grip. If we can learn to develop our non-preferred side, perhaps it will also help us stay open to accepting more people in our...

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The Platinum Rule

Nov 16, 2010 in MBTI Talk | 4 comments

I was recently involved in a “discussion” with a “friend” of a friend on Facebook. This person could not understand the value of treating people how they want to be treated—the Platinum Rule. He was only at the place of treating people how he wanted to be treated. I knew better than to try to lecture him on the “wisdom” of my ways. One person’s wisdom is another’s mystery…or should that be misery? Anyway, I was reminded of Isabel Briggs Myers’ ideas and the MBTI instrument. The MBTI tool follows the premise that in order to understand the world and then make meaningful decisions based on that understanding, we need to take into account all perspectives. Doing this requires us to flex (not change) our type. It means never using type as an excuse. It means trusting that people who are different from us have something important to contribute. I challenge myself and I challenge you to seek out people who are different from you and try to really understand who they are. Stay open to their point of view instead of trying only to defend yours. Throw out “my way or the highway” and instead remember that “my way and your way builds...

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Isabel Briggs Myers: A Pioneer in Positive Psychology

Nov 11, 2010 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

Lately I’ve been doing some reading in the MBTI® manuals (Step I™, Step II™, etc.). I find it useful to revisit these resources from time to time to uncover new ideas (my Intuition preference: I love new possibilities and approaches that I might have previously considered or explored), and to refresh my memory on the details (my Sensing non-preference: I tend to forget details). While reading, I’ve been reminded that Isabel Briggs Myers’ approach to developing the MBTI instrument was focused on what is right about people as opposed to what is wrong about them. When Myers was developing the MBTI instrument, other assessment developers were focusing on instruments that uncovered psychopathology. You may know that Myers’ personality type was INFP (dominant function: F). People with a preference for Feeling often can’t help but look at the positive first. We tend to reward the positive as a means of encouraging the development of that...

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Don’t Get Overwhelmed…Trust the Process

Nov 9, 2010 in MBTI Talk | 0 comments

The CPP MBTI® Certification Program is a tried-and-true process. When I first started as the lead trainer for the program, I would find myself worrying when a participant didn’t seem to be “getting it.” I had one person call me late after the first day of the program, panicked and upset. He didn’t do very well on the first exam and was frustrated and a little angry. I encouraged him to stick with it and offered any help I could. Fortunately, he did stick with it and ended up loving the program. However, from the time he called me to the last day, I worried that perhaps the process was not working. I’ve come to learn that this program actually does work. It provides a meaningful, thorough, engaging, fun experience for participants. It’s just that some participants require the full experience to “get it.” The CPP MBTI Certification Program was written by Linda Kirby and Nancy Barger, who have conducted certification and application training around the world. I’ve had the pleasure of being part of this process with them in places like California, New York, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa, the Middle East, and India and hope to continue to have that opportunity in even more parts of the world. Their experience, along with the extensive data we collected at CPP, makes this program what it...

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