Why do I need a professional to interpret my results when I can get them on the internet?
There are many answers to this question! First, “Type Tests” on the internet are not validated or reliable, and are not the real thing even though they may use Myers’ 16 types. Second, the 4-letter MBTI type code is more than the sum of its parts – it is the theory behind the indicator that is important and brings MBTI type to life. Practitioners are trained in the nuance of interpretation so that type becomes useful at work, and personally. Third, like any other assessment the Indicator itself is not 100% reliable or valid and results are influenced by the mind-set of the person taking the assessment at the time they took it.
Has my type changed from the last time I took the Indicator?
Jung’s theory is that our typology is innate. Therefore, we will never be able to change our innate type. However, we can grow and develop in our type and learn to use our non-preferences with more skill through conscious practice – it is just like working a muscle that we have not used in a while. We call this developing in your Type, or Type Development. We may change our “Reported Type” between administrations, but that does not mean that our true type has changed. The research suggests that if we change our type with a second administration, it will most likely be only on one preference.
How can I select a preference or a type when I do everything?
When you select a “Best-Fit” Type, it is not exclusive of using all of the preferences. Type is about our perspectives and how we use our minds – so it is dynamic; there is nothing static about using our minds. Indeed, if we did not engage all of the preferences at some time or another during the day, we would not be able to manage very well at work or at home. Selecting a preference, or a type, means that you expend a great deal of your “psychic” energy in that direction; you are therefore energized, comfortable, and at ease using and trusting your preferences, and can become more easily drained through prolonged use of the opposites.
Don’t I need to know everyone else’s Type for it to be a useful tool at work?
No! Type is dynamic, so even if you know someone’s type, you cannot be sure that he or she will be engaging their most favored functions during the conversation. If you know the basic principles of psychological type, you will be able to hear where the other person is coming from in conversation. During conversation, you may even be able to make a hypothesis about the other person’s type, but this information is not necessarily useful if that other person is using a function that is not in their Type Code. The key is to listen, and then adjust your style, to flex to meet the other person where he or she may be coming from in the moment.
If type is so powerful, shouldn’t I make sure that I control the Types I have on my teams or in my organization?
Type is not a measure of competence nor does it predict success. Type was meant to be used for self-understanding and to promote the constructive use and appreciation of differences. The purpose is to look at the types you have on your team and in your organization, and create type-related strategies that help people manage differences.