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How the Accommodating Trainer Handles Questioning Behavior

How the Accommodating Trainer Handles Questioning Behavior

By noon on day one of the MBTI® Certification Program, I can usually identify those who will show Questioning (in-preference for Thinking and out-of-preference for Feeling) on the MBTI® Step II™ Interpretive Report. As someone who reports and verifies Accommodating (in-preference for Feeling), I sometimes find Questioning behavior to be a challenge. I have to remind myself that I’m not being attacked. “Take a deep breath,” I tell myself. The first chance I get, I look for the MBTI Step II results of the person exhibiting Questioning behavior to see if my hypothesis is right. So far, I’ve been 100% correct.

We’ve all seen it in meetings, trainings, gatherings. People who use Questioning behavior to make decisions (remember, the Questioning–Accommodating facet falls under the Thinking–Feeling dichotomy) simply ask a lot of questions. They don’t do it to annoy those of us on the Accommodating side, so we have to try to let that one go. Questioning people need to have their questions answered before they can move on to the next point.

As a trainer, I am not doing my job if I ask a person who reports Questioning to hold his or her question for later. Instead, I need to answer that question right away. Now, if it starts to distract from the learning process of the larger group, I may put the question on a parking lot list. However, I need to get back to that question as soon as possible and think about what content the participant may have missed between the time he or she originally wanted to ask the question and the time the question was answered. When Questioning people don’t get their questions answered, they likely will not hear whatever else you have to say.

Next: I’ll look at differences between Questioning in-preference and Questioning out-of-preference.


  1. I just discovered your blog and love it,thanks!
    This post had me smiling because on Christmas Day during a family card game we had just this discussion. One of my sons (who reports and verifies as Accommodating) was teaching us the rules to a new game and his twin (who reports and verifies as Questioning)kept interrupting with questions. The first son kopt trying to hold the questions off until the end, and his brother kept saying he couldn’t move on until he knew the answer…frustration galore! I called a time out and briefly mentioned “Myers-Briggs differences”, and after some harrumphing and a lot of laughter, they figured it out! I’m sending a link to this post to both of them!!

    • Thanks for the reply and wonderful story.

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