I have been a Myers Briggs practitioner for three years now, and the more I work with this instrument, the more I see just how powerful it is – now only to help us understand ourselves better, but also to appreciate the other people in our lives. A very critical component of this is the realization that there is no one RIGHT type. They are all good! How powerful is that! We get to know and really appreciate ourselves, and to do the same for the other people who make up our world.
There are four different dichotomies explored within the Myers Briggs Psychological Type (MBTI) Assessment. The questions asked eventually lead to four letters which indicate the assessment taker’s preferences. Notice that I said preferences. We all have some of these characteristics some of the time – there are no absolutes. But like our preference of writing with our left or right hand, there are preferences that just seem “easier”, more natural to us.
All people have preferences – they are our natural gifts. They are innate – we are born with them and if we were allowed to be whom we really are when we grew up, they can be fairly recognizable. It is not the same as our skills, and does not necessarily determine our behavior. They do however influence the way we behave, communicate and interact in our lives both at home and in the workplace. They develop over a lifetime and, as we age, we find ourselves naturally working on the non-dominant functions in an innate attempt to balance ourselves out.
Once we become comfortable with our type preferences, there is a whole world to explore. We can learn how our particular preferences tend to be in relationships, within organizations, how our type communicates, how we learn, our trigger points, and what we can do to alleviate stress when we are “in the grip”. It is fascinating and I recommend it to anyone really wanting to know themselves better.