What Your MBTI® Results Probably Didn’t Tell You

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By that I mean, what the results alone didn’t tell you and what you may not have experienced in your interpretive session.

For more information than what is in the video read the following updated blog post from 2010:

Getting the Most Out of the Type Code

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® self-report instrument was developed by Isabel Myers to help individuals find their best-fit type. In order to develop the instrument, the J-P dichotomy was added. Now the four-letter type code that results from her work has become a standard for referring to the 16 types no matter how you arrive at determining the best-fit.

Traditionally, type has been approached by explanation of the four dichotomies of Extraversion vs Introversion, Sensing vs iNtuiting, Thinking vs Feeling, and Judging vs Perceiving. By exploring preferences for one or the other pole of the dichotomies most clients get some very valuable information that they can use in their personal and professional lives.

A growing number of type practitioners have found it useful and powerful to understand the type code in terms of other, related models that provide different information about important aspects of the 16 personality types. They use the four temperaments or Interaction Styles or even the rich Cognitive Dynamics (aka 8 function model) to know more about their clients and to pick and choose which model to use for which objectives.

So, when if someone relates to ESTP, for example, I expect to see the Whole Type Theme of Promoter Executer™, the Improviser™ Essential Motivator pattern with a talent for tactics and core psychological needs of making an impact and being free to respond to the needs of the moment. I also expect an In-Charge™ Interaction Style with a focus on achievable results and quick, efficient decisions. And I anticipate someone with this type code will prefer and lead with Experiencing and Noticing (extraverted Sensing), supported by Analyzing (introverted Thinking). And often I’ll see Connecting (extraverted Feeling) and Foreseeing/Envisioning (introverted intuiting). When I see all these lining up, I’m confident that the person has found their best fit type and I know a lot of different ways to help them. And now I see through a new lens of Cognitive Style and see a driving intention of Customizing™.

So in that way, I find the type code rather magical. You don’t have to use all these models with clients directly. In fact, please don’t. You’ll overwhelm them. But you can layer them in ways the clients can understand and remember. Share only what they can handle.

Using multiple models empowers those who understand them to know more about what the type code can mean. It can also give clues to dynamics that occur within and between types. What a world of difference this knowledge brings to your effectiveness as a type practitioner in creating sustainable results for your clients.

The use of multiple models has been gaining momentum and impact as long established, seasoned type practitioners are finding it indispensable in their professional success and development.

You can explore more in the Understanding Yourself and Others™ Series of Self-Discovery and Applications booklets.