As with any widely known concept, many people have a vague, but inaccurate impression of the MBTI® instrument. It’s called being a victim of your own success.
People have looked up their type on the Internet or perhaps received something at work or school that gives them a four letter result along with some generic gobbledygook.
That’s not what we do.
What is missing is the expertise that connects the bona fide test results to your real professional and personal life.
The Real Story:
The MBTI is never supposed to be given without an interpretation session with a certified interpreter. Part of the interpretation process is to educate on type theory and verify results by having a dialogue with the client.
MBTI is not a prescription – it is a starting point.
Personality type describes healthy personality differences, not psychological disorders or fixed traits. Your coach is not a psychologist – we are not interested in diagnosing you. We are hired to help you set and reach goals.
All types are valuable: no type is better, healthier, or more desirable in any way. They are just different.
Type preferences are tendencies, preferences, or inclinations, rather than absolutes.
Type does not imply excellence, competence, or natural ability, only what is preferred.
Results do not imply that all people of a certain type all behave in the same way; type does not stereotyping or put people in rigid categories.
People sometimes act in ways contrary to their preferences because of pressure from family, relationships, job environment, or culture. In fact, the theory holds that as we grow older it is natural to explore our less preferred type.
Consistent forced use of non-preferences can cause stress.
Type theory alone cannot provide a way of dealing with every issue. But it can give us clues that provide a logical model for trying to understand what’s going on in someone else’s head.
Type theory streamlines your pathway toward goals because you are operating in a way that matches your preferred style, and that respects the style of others.
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