Understanding the MBTI®

Understanding the MBTI®

Just like each of us has a preference to use our right or left hand, each of us also has a preferred way of interacting with the world.

We use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator in every coaching engagement. Clients tell us they find the results very useful in both personal and professional development.

The famous psychiatrist C.G. Jung developed type theory. The instrument was developed as a result of the work by mother-daughter team Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine C. Briggs.

As certified interpreters, we go beyond the “four letters” to show you how MBTI results are relevant and useful in the workplace and personal life planning.

The MBTI® Step I

We use the MBTI® Step I instrument in private pay individual coaching.

The MBTI® Step I  instrument identifies your four basic preferences:

  • – Extraversion versus Introversion
  • – Sensing versus Intuition
  • – Thinking versus Feeling
  • – Perceiving versus Judging

The type system assumes that although each of us uses all eight of these parts of our personality at least some of the time, we experience one in each pair as more natural and comfortable.  These are referred to as our preferences.

Preferences on each of the four dichotomies yield 16 possible combinations called types, which are denoted by the four letters identifying the poles that are preferred (e.g. ENTP, ISFJ).

Each of these types provides useful information on work styles, pressure points, and communication methods.  In coaching, we use the MBTI as a starting point for understanding self and others.



Posted on

May 9, 2016