What is the MBTI?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a questionnaire, based on the work of Carl Jung and his theory of personality preferences and it is designed to explain an individual’s innate psychological preferences, their strengths and how they make decisions.  It is said to be the world’s most widely used personality assessment with as many as 2 million assessments being administered annually.  MBTI can help individuals become more self-aware by helping them understand their strengths and weaknesses, their unique temperament, their own distinctive way of getting energised and how they can best organise their life.

How can MBTI help?

The goal of this assessment is to understand and appreciate differences between people. As all types are equal, there is no best type. The MBTI instrument sorts for preferences and does not measure ability or character.

Alongside enhancing one’s own self-awareness, MBTI can help people learn to accept themselves and others, within their work-life, their personal-life and within all of their relationships.  By understanding their personality type individuals are more specifically able to:

  • Choose a career that builds upon their strengths and on a day to day basis, be able to manage their workload more productively, as well as enhance their working relationships (Click to link A)
  • Set and more easily achieve life goals as well as being more able to cope life changes (Click to linkB)
  • Help appreciate similarities and differences within relationships with friends, partners, and children, thereby minimising the chance of conflicts and optimising shared understanding (Click to link C)

How can I undertake the MBTI?

Undertaking the MBTI can be part of any course of coaching or therapy at The Cove and the questionnaire will be offered to clients of The Cove at cost price.

Furthermore individuals who are not currently part of The Cove can choose to complete the assessment on a one-off basis.  This means having completed the questionnaire online, they will then be invited for 1 or 2 session follow-up sessions  where they will able to discuss and reflect upon their individual MBTI type and the implications it may have for their current behaviour and future choices.

What are the types of MBTI Questionnaires?

There are 2 different MBTI questionnaires, STEP II being more detailed and longer than the more frequently used and shorter STEP I.

The STEP I MBTI follow up session provides participants with a print-out version of their Reported Type to take home with them.

The MBTI STEP II is more in depth and provides respondents with not only a four-page profile, but also an eighteen-page Step II Interpretive Report. This assessment shows respondents their preferences in further detail by breaking down each preference into five component-parts.

While there are many versions of the test available online, it should be noted that any of the informal tests that you may find on the Internet are only approximations of the real test. The real MBTI must be administered by a trained and qualified practitioner and must include a follow up meeting to discuss the results

How can MBTI be useful in my work-life?(link A)

The MBTI has been and is continued to be used by many organisations, large and small.  When people understand their own type preferences and the types of others around them they are able to approach their own work and their colleagues in a manner that best suits their style.  This includes increased awareness of how they can optimise their:

  • time management
  • problem solving
  • decision making
  • dealing with personal and team stress
  • understanding of their participation and function in teams
  • coping with change in the workplace

Knowledge of type can also be essential in understanding what their clients need and more specifically how their clients are best likely to learn about a company’s products and services and how an individual would be best placed to interact with their clients during their work.

Undertaking the MBTI as a team not only can be fun but can also have powerful and long lasting team building effects.

How can MBTI help me achieve my goals? (link B)

MBTI type affects how we set goals and how we best work towards them.  By becoming more aware of their own personalities (including their likes, dislikes, strengths, weaknesses, preferences and compatibility with other people) respondents are more able to achieve the goals they set.  Whether it is losing weight, increasing sales, learning a new skill, becoming a better partner or parent etc. the goal of the MBTI is for respondents to become more insightful.  This understanding can then help people enhance the possibility of attaining their goals and this can happen in many ways.  Firstly, knowing their disposition when it comes to their specific type can help individuals understand what their core values and natural gifts are; and secondly MBTI can help them appreciate and harness their strengths as well as identifying and minimising potential stumbling blocks.

How can MBTI be useful in my relationships? (link C)

When interacting with others, being aware of different preferences can save a lot of conflict and frustration. Not only does the MBTI help an individual discover their own personality preferences but, often even more meaningfully, MBTI helps identify what happens when 2 types come together including the strengths of 2 types and possible pitfalls.  Through understanding innate preference between 2 people, individuals in relationships are able to understand and accept their similarities and differences.  Through this process couples are then better equipped to be able to recognise and accept their areas of conflict and turn these into assets for their partnership.  Couples with personality differences who find ways to support and understand each other often find their relationship becomes especially rewarding as there communication and respect for one another is enhanced.  Partners with type differences are able to stimulate and challenge each other, and learn from each other.   They can also make more effective teams because they are able to notice and compensate for each other’s blind spots. Recognising how your partner is thinking and appreciating the value of his or her perspective, whether or not it agrees with yours, is crucial to a successful relationship.