Myers Briggs Type Indicator®

Katharine Myers and Isabel Briggs Myers were an American mother and daughter partnership who were excited by the work of Carl Jung in the mid-1900s. They particularly liked his personality assessment because it allowed that people are different and celebrated those differences. They built on and developed his work, publishing their first questionnaire in the 1940s.

Now, MBTI is probably one of the most well researched and widely used personality assessments. It has been translated into many different languages and cultures. Many people have found it a liberating experience as they have been enabled not only to accept and understand themselves better, but to understand and accept others who are different to them.

The MBTI helps you to explore how you prefer to take in information, make decisions, live your life and where you prefer to focus your attention. In each area there are two ways of functioning and being. We all do both, but one comes naturally and one takes energy and thought. The MBTI process will help you to identify which is your preference in these four areas, and the implications of that for the way that you live.

MBTI will not tell you anything you do not already know; but it will help you to take what you do know and marshal that information in such a way that it makes sense. It is not uncommon for people to comment, ‘I always wondered why that tired me – now I know!’

Applications of MBTI

There is a wide range of uses for the MBTI, some of which are:

      Developing effective teams

 

      Improving communication

 

      Resolving conflict

 

      Identifying leadership styles

 

      Facilitating personal development

 

      Informing stress management

 

      Understanding stress reactions

 

      Understanding problem-solving and learning styles

 

      Understanding reactions to change

 

      Understanding preferences in work environment, etc

 

    Marriage and family enrichment

It is never to be used for selection or pigeon-holing people.

The Questionnaire

One element of MBTI is the questionnaire. Because there are two ways of being in each of the four areas, for every question there are two options you will be asked to choose between. The questionnaire is not definitive; feedback is crucial to make sense of it. Most people agree with the questionnaire’s result, but not everyone does. It may be that the questionnaire will reveal not what you are, but what you would like to be or think you ought to be. Exploration of this can be very helpful in your personal growth and self-awareness.

Feedback

As has been said, feedback is vital. The questionnaire will simply give you a series of letters, which on their own will mean nothing to you. I will help you, either through group work or personally, to establish which personality type describes you best. During that session you will have opportunity to discuss any questions you may have.

Confidentiality

As with counselling, confidentiality is crucial. Others will only know what type you are if you tell them.

Individual Administration of MBTI

Many MBTI practitioners charge an hourly rate. I prefer to charge a set amount for the whole process, however long it will take – normally two sessions. In working with you I want to be sure that you are totally comfortable with your findings, rather than hurrying through them to keep the fees down.

I also prefer to work with clients over two sessions: there is a lot to take in, and a period of consolidation is necessary to maximise the benefits received.

The first session is devoted to working out what your type is, and initially what that may mean for you. I will introduce MBTI to you, get you to complete the questionnaire, and then talk you through it. At no stage do I tell you what you are; my job is to help you work it out for yourself.

After 3 or 4 weeks, in which you live with that type to see if it truly represents who you are, you come back for a further session within which we will develop the type and explore the implications. I always offer to look at stress management and reactions, but am happy to look at whatever else is of interest to you. At any time you are at liberty to contact me if you have any questions or difficulties.

Group Administration of MBTI

Before we meet for the MBTI day, I will send out the questionnaires for completion, and will ask for them to be returned so that I can score them in advance.

Within the day, the first session will be spent ascertaining the type of those who are present, during which I will return the results of the questionnaire. Exercises and group work will be used not only to help you work out what your type is but also to understand yourself better.

The remainder of the day will then be spent in further exploration of your type, in any areas that are of interest to you and others.

Space allowing I will have some books with me which you can look at at your leisure both between and within the sessions.

As with individual administration, you will be at liberty to contact me if you have any queries.

You can phone me on 07732 966 132, or email me at tricia@freedomcounselling.net.

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