Myers-Briggs Type Indicator - I'm Qualified!

Last week I took the training and passed the exam to become an officially qualified MBTI® practitioner. That means I'm qualified to administer and interpret the results of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. If you've read any of my other posts or know anything about me, you probably know of my interest in tools that help a person's introspection and growth. I've long been interested in the Myers-Briggs application of Jungian psychological type theories. Reading beyond the 16 types or the 4 pairs of dichotomies always left me scratching my head about some of the deeper aspects of the theory. This training brought me full-speed ahead in my understanding and solidified my opinion of the usefulness of the MBTI® as a tool. There's far more than I can say in one blog post. So, don't take what I say below as the only and final word on the MBTI.

As an instrument, the MBTI is one of the most thoroughly researched for reliability and validity. And, I mean the real deal, not some Myers-Briggs-like quiz you take online to get some instant result that tells you in absolute terms who you are, as if you don't have a clue. Now I know that for maximum usefulness, it is critical to work with someone who knows the theory and its application. Just having the four letter code and some knowledge of the meaning of each of those letters is barely scratching the surface.

At its best and in ethical use, the MBTI is what it says it is, an indicator. It points you to the general area of preferences you have for interacting with the world, taking in information and making decisions. The individual still must decide what psychological type best fits him. The results don't absolutely predict what anyone will do. Afterall, behavior is a function of free will. A person may behave how she wishes to behave at any given time. Some ways just may feel more natural than others. That's what the MBTI will help you understand, along with how to apply those natural tendencies.

The MBTI isn't a tool for screening applicants or for deciding who to promote or to discover mental health issues or for pigeon-holing anyone in any way. It is a useful tool for self development, team building, leadership development, learning, and family dynamics – when all involved are willing participants. Knowing why you do things the way you do and why others do things a different way can help you improve your effectiveness at work and at home.

And, even if you don't know the type of those around you, the information about the various ways people take in information and come to conclusions can help you in many aspects of work and life.

I love to be of use to other people. If I can help you understand more about the MBTI, please reach out to me. Or visit the Center for Applications of Psychological Type, CPP or the Myers and Briggs Foundation for more information.