At some stage in your career you have likely encountered some form of personality profiling assessment. One of the more common tools is the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®), a tool that has stood the test of time (first published in 1943) and is still a leading globally recognised and certifiable personality assessment tool.
MBTI® is derived from the work of Carl Gustave Jung, who is considered one of the founding fathers of modern day psychology. Jung’s published his first book on ‘Psychological Types’ in 1921 where he explored the ‘extravert’ and ‘introvert’ – terms Jung created to describe basic personality differences and are still in use today.
Jung’s work was developed into a personality assessment in 1943 when Katherine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers first published their first personality questionnaire. The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI®). It is currently published in 21 different languages and used globally by certified professionals. The tool offers a framework for understanding self as well as personality differences be it in a work or personal environment.
While the (MBTI®) is a well validated and reliable Type tool, with the new online capability for testing, it has been easily copied and several free (simplified and non-validated) versions can be found online. To use a Type tool effectively we strongly recommend that you select a reliable and valid tool and engage a certified professional to administer and deliver the feedback and training.
However, another validated Type tool is the Majors PTi™, which was created by Mark Majors in the 1990’s. Mark was involved in the development of MBTI® Step II instrument and the Strong Interest Inventory before creating his own tool. This highly accurate and quick to complete questionnaire has been developed for the digital environment and requires certification to access.
Another exciting development in proving Type theory is the research by Dario Nardi, Ph. D on neuroscience and personality since 2007. Dario’s research, using brain scanning techniques, demonstrates that there is a strong neurological validity in the brain for eight distinctive cognitive processes and the sixteen personality types. This hard data helps dispel some of the misconceptions about the validity of Type theory and tools.
Type has stood the test of time and remains a wonderful tool for developing self-awareness and communication both in our work and home lives.
The Value of Type Training in Organisations
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” Plato
Type was created by Katherine Briggs & Isabel Myers as a tool for helping individuals recognise and enjoy their gifts and that of those around them.
Many of us like the idea of personality assessments. They offer new insights and provide another perspective on how we see ourselves and how others may see us too.
There are 16 personality types made up of four preference pairs, of which all are equally important. There is no good or bad type or preference and we use all preferences to be fully functioning. The key to using the Type assessment is to build each individual’s level of self- awareness about their own preferences and enable them to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the other 15 types and all preferences. Then, exploring the order and how they use all of the preferences.
Using Type tools in individual coaching, team building and communication skills development will improve individual and team effectiveness. Using Type tools is a safe way to develop individuals, taking into account their varying levels of self-awareness. From our extensive coaching using Type tools, there are several reasons why personality profiling can be rewarding and even life changing! Click on this link to read an article on six reasons why personality type can be life changing.
The Type theory can be taught at various depths to help build insights. Step 1 usually being the first introduction to type and provides high level results on the four preferences that make up each personality type. The more advanced assessment, Step 2, will deliver more in-depth insight (5 facets on each preference pair) on how the four individual type preferences.
Type can be used as a tool to increase self-awareness, emotional intelligence and support behaviour change in a variety of situations be it around team building, managing stress, confidence, challenging conversations, selling, decision making, and leadership.
If you are considering using a personality profiling Type tool for your employees, we strongly advise that you seek a qualified and experienced Type certified professional. Psychometric is a mix of psychology and statistics and often uses language that is not the same as common English (or other) languages. When going through a Type program sometimes individuals may need help to fully understand their preferences.
Type is not a labelling exercise, rather a tool to help individuals grow and learn in their every-day life. Self-awareness is a journey, not a destination!
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