Short for the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, MBTI is one of the most commonly used psychometric personality assessments – I don’t like to call it a “test” because the overriding theme is its acknowledgment of different communication styles.
MBTI is based on identifying four different polarities – whether your main energy source is from the outer world or from your own inner resources (not as clear cut as you might think); whether you process information using facts or more abstract associations; whether feeling or logic determine your decision making; and whether you are more comfortable with structure or with flexibility.
Where you position yourself on these four polarities will give you a “best fit” to one of sixteen types.
These are not binding categories so much as a set of preferences that come most naturally to you, like being left or right handed. Discovering your “best fit type” can be immensely reassuring. It can feel as spooky as having your mind read!
I first came across MBTI in the late 1990s and it completely rocked my world. It explained so much about why I see and react to things in the way I do, and to understand why some people might see things differently. I loved it so much that I wanted to learn more, and went on to do a professional training.
It can be a huge relief to realise that there is no right or wrong way of dealing with the world; we all have a particular lens that, once you’re aware of it, can shape your career choices and life decisions. You can use it for work, family or love relationships, or simply to throw more light on your own personal development. However well you think you know yourself, there is often an “aha” moment involved, and everyone I’ve worked with has reported new insights and self confidence as a result.
MBTI generally works best with individual feedback from a professional who can verify the best fit results and offer guidance for future use. I have recently refreshed my training as a qualified practitioner and would love to share some deeper insights and take you through the assessment process.