Learn about the Myers Briggs Type Instrument – MBTI Personality Test
The MBTI Personality Test profiling instrument is one of the most widely used psychological instruments for self-awareness in the world today. The MBTI personality test was developed by Katharine C Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. It was based on the work of Swiss psychiatrist, C G Jung. Yung was a contemporary of Maslow and Freud. Yung’s theory was that the differences between people are not random – instead they form patterns. He claimed that personality patterns form as people use natural preferences. Jung called these patterns or preferences ‘Psychological Types’
Psychological type theory describes four pairs of preferences for:
- How you are energised (Extraversion or Introversion)
- How you take in information (Sensing or Intuition)
- How you make decisions (Thinking or Feeling)
- How you go about your daily life (Judging and Perceiving)
The combinations of these eight preferences results in 16 psychological or personality types, each with a natural, created way of being – each with its own distinctive approach to life. These and other differences can cause teams in any organisation to not function as well as they might.
The MBTI Personality Test is actually not a test at all in fact. There are no passes or fails. There are no rights or wrongs. No Type is better than any other Type. All types are equally valuable. And just because you are a certain MBTI Type, this does not give you a license to always behave in a certain way.
It does however provide:
- A logical model for the consistency of human behaviour
- Neutral and affirmative language to deal with differences
- Emphasizes the value of diversity
- Identifies likely ASSETS and BLINDSPOTS of people and teams
Understanding why people behave in certain ways can help team members appreciate personality differences in others and work with them rather than fight them and be frustrated. Having greater self awareness of your own personality preferences allows you to modify your approach when interacting with others in your team. This increases your chances of communicating more effectively and can lead to lower levels of frustration and conflict.
At work, the Myers Briggs Personality Test can be useful in:
- Personal Development and Self-Awareness
- Improving Communication
- Improving Team-Work
- Problem Solving
- Resolving Conflict
- Decision Making
- Dealing with Stress
- Coping with Change
- Learning Styles
We can customise a training program for your team using the fundamentals of Myers Briggs Type Theory and how it applies to any of the above areas.
See our popular Myers Briggs Team Building workshop which we run in-house for teams. The aim of this training is to improve team work and communication within teams. It can be easily customised to achieve the outcomes you are looking for.