Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

What is the MBTI?

The MBTI questionnaire provides a highly insightful personality framework that helps an individual explore their preferences for how they interact with others and how they see the world.  The MBTI can be of great practical value as it enables an individual to consider their preferred style of communicating and working, and the implications of their preferences both from an individual but also a team perspective.  The MBTI personality assessment also helps to identify how similar or different individuals are to each other, and enables improved working relationships in a positive and constructive way.

Relevance of the MBTI

The MBTI is based on Carl Jung's theory of psychological type, and was developed by mother and daughter team Isabel Briggs Myers and Katharine Cook Briggs over 50 years ago. Their life’s work was to continually enhance the content and applicability of the MBTI.  A vibrant community of enthusiastic practitioners continue this work, constantly generating fresh ideas, and ensuring that the MBTI continues to be relevant.  A variety of comprehensive feedback reports are available.

What does the MBTI measure?

The MBTI measures levels of preferences in four distinct areas and provides feedback to individuals on whether they prefer to:

  • Experience life and gain energy from the external world or their internal world
  • Gather information in an organised and structured way or in a more conceptual way
  • Make decisions based on facts or on feelings
  • Live in a planned orderly style, or in a more spontaneous style

When can the MBTI be used?

The MBTI is designed to be highly supportive and constructive.  Its practical value provides increased understanding and self-understanding as well as an appreciation of other people’s styles.  The range of possible uses is very wide and includes:

Development of teams and individuals, improving communication and resolving conflict, identification of leadership style, exploration of problem solving and learning styles, understanding of reactions to change and also to stress, career discussion and development.

How long does the MBTI take to complete?

Typically, the MBTI questionnaire takes about 30 minutes to complete but there is no time limit.  Feedback is provided by a qualified practitioner who is trained in the interpretation of the MBTI and a range of comprehensive reports are available depending on your individual requirements.

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