Myers-Briggs® FAQ

What does the MBTI® model do?

The MBTI® model focuses on the ways we use our minds to perceive and engage with the world around us.  It presents 4 alternative preference-pairings that look at how we

  • Get our energy
  • Take in information
  • Make decisions
  • Manage our outer lifestyle

Each preference is identified by a letter. The different four-letter choice combinations lead to one of 16 personality type profiles.

Is it a test?

No, the MBTI® model clarifies type rather than measure our traits or score our competence. It is completely non-judgemental. Each personality type has a unique and equally valuable contribution to make.

Does finding my type mean I am labelled and stuck in a box ?

Not at all.  The MBTI® model maps how we behave when we go with the flow of our inborn personality. However, we are always free to exercise whichever preference we wish.

The model does not take account of every aspect of a person. It highlights broad similarities of behaviour, but how individuals respond to specific situations can vary greatly, even within the same type category.

Does our personality type change?

MBTI® theory suggests that preferences are inborn and as natural to us the hand we use to pick up a pen. However, our upbringing, relationships, career choices and circumstances can all impact on how our preferences have developed and are expressed. The MBTI® model has helped some re-connect with who they really are. As a result, they start to live more freely as their true selves.

The MBTI® model is the first of its kind to chart aspects of healthy, normal personalities. Since loss or stress can temporarily tip our personality type off-balance, people can sometimes mistakenly conclude that their type has changed.

Is the MBTI® model hard to understand?

The MBTI® model was developed with the specific intention of making its psychological insights accessible and useful to the wider population. An ordinary person with some self-awareness will be able to grasp its essentials and put some of its insights to practical use quite quickly.

For those who want to go deeper, there is plenty more to discover about the dynamics of how our preferences inter-relate.

I know my best-fit type. So what?

The issue is really ‘so that.’ Knowing what your ‘best fit’ type is will only help you towards realising your full potential if you can apply its insights, whether you are looking to develop as a person, manager, leader, team member, partner…

Is it better to learn about the MBTI as an individual or in a group?

There are advantages to each.  Some choose an individual consultation as it can be more tailor-made to their personal requirements. Others prefer a group setting, where they can interact with and learn from other personality types. An established team can look specifically at how they can affirm each other’s types and work better together.

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    From writing stories for my younger brother, to penning poems for the School Magazine and filling a growing pile of personal journals, the written word has always been part of my life’s journey.

    I started out as an English Teacher and subsequently retrained as a Counsellor. I have counselled in a GP Surgery and worked with various Employee Assistance Schemes and Charitable Trusts alongside seeing private clients.

    Although I have done some freelance journalism and written four non-fiction books, creative writing has become my main focus in recent years.

    My poems have appeared online on sites including Amaryllis, Silver Birch Press, Clear Poetry, Spilling Cocoa Over Martin Amis, Riggwelter and Ink,Sweat and Tears. I have been published in Curlew and Bucks Mill Magazine, and anthologised in Our Hearts Still Sing. My first poetry collection, Chester City Walls, came out in 2015.

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