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MBTI Step II Thinking-Feeling Facets: The Importance of Facet Order

MBTI Step II Thinking-Feeling Facets: The Importance of Facet Order

If you want to start this series from the beginning, take a look at the first few blogs here, here and here.

When interpreting MBTI® Step II™ Interpretive Report results, practitioners tend to forget about the importance of the order of the facets (see MBTI® Step II™ Manual, pp. 22–23). We know that the first T–F facet, Logical–Empathetic, is the starting point for decision making, with the remaining facets (Reasonable–Compassionate, QuestioningAccommodating, Critical–Accepting, and Tough–Tender) following in order. While both of the first two facets report a high percentage of in-preference results, we often find that the first facet represents the decision-making style we think we should use. The second facet is likely our actual decision-making style.

For example, when a client reports Logical on the first facet and Compassionate on the second facet, be sure to ask the client about this difference.

  • Why might this difference from ideal to actual occur?
  • Who in this person’s life (past or present) might be influencing this result?
  • How might this difference help or hinder the person’s decision-making approach?

I’ve witnessed many clients’ “aha!” moments when they look at the Thinking–Feeling facets in light of this additional information. In the next blog we’re going to cover the last two sets of facets in the Thinking-Feeling preference pair: Critical–Accepting, and Tough–Tender.

As a reminder, if you need a quick overview of all the facets, you can take a look at this video I put together (and even click through to certain sections if that’s all you want to watch).

Also, if you haven’t seen our new feedback cards, we’re offering this new product for both the Step I and Step II assessments. You can learn more about this new product to help practitioners give feedback for the MBTI Step II facets here and then take a look at the “how to” video here.

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