We use Myers-Briggs Type Indicators to complement and inform much of the work that we do do in our employee coaching and training programmes. Below are some frequently asked questions about this instrument.
What is psychological type/personality type?
Psychological type is a concept developed by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung (1875–1961), who described different patterns of normal behaviour resulting from people’s inherent tendency to use their minds in different ways. Your psychological type, also called “personality type,” is the pattern of behaviour you tend to show. In the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment, your type is indicated by your preferences between Extraversion or Introversion, Sensing or Intuition, Thinking or Feeling, and Judging or Perceiving. Your four preferences combine to form one of 16 distinct personality types, each of which is denoted by a four-letter type code (ENFP, ISTJ, etc.).
Is personality type related to emotional intelligence?
Yes, in a way. Emotional intelligence generally refers to one’s ability to manage impulses, empathize with others, and show resilience in the face of stress or obstacles. It’s often divided into two categories: intrapersonal (your ability to control yourself internally in a positive way) and interpersonal (your skills in getting along with others). Personality type, as identified by the MBTI assessment, is also concerned with internal and external processes, and thus can be a very useful tool for enhancing and developing emotional intelligence. See more information about our emotional intelligence tool EQ-i 2.0 here.
How will knowing my personality type help me?
Knowing your type will help you better understand yourself and your behaviours. It will also help you appreciate others’ styles and thus enable you to deal more constructively with the differences between you and other people. With a greater understanding of your own inherent strengths, you’ll be better able to take advantage of opportunities to use those strengths for more effective functioning in work and life. Many individuals have used their understanding of their MBTI type to help them find a satisfying job, choose an academic major, improve their effectiveness and satisfaction at work, and enhance their interactions and relationships with others.
How can knowing my personality type help me get along better with other people?
Myers and Briggs created the MBTI assessment because they wanted to help people understand themselves and others better and appreciate the differences between them. When you take the MBTI assessment and review your results, you learn that there are different ways of interacting with others, taking in information, making decisions, and organizing one’s life. That information can help you better understand your friends and co-workers.
For more information on the Myers-Briggs type indicator, visit the official website