MBTI Personality Types - Additional Information:
About the Myers Briggs Type Indicator
The Myers Briggs Type Indicator was researched and developed by the 1940's by a mother/daughter team, Katharine Briggs and Isabelle Briggs Myers in conjunction with Swiss Psychologist, Carl Jung. It was developed to enable people to more accurately assess proper career direction.
The official Myers Briggs Type Indicator(R) instrument has gone through extensive testing and validation by the Psychological community since the 1950's, and is recognized as one of the most well-researched Indicators available. It also comes with a person-to-person validation process which helps to eliminate Nature/Nurture and Type/Type Mode confusions.
Because there is such natural confusion between who we really are at the core of our beings, ( Personality Type ) and how we actually live out our lives,( Type Mode) , it is an incredible gift to run across the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® instrument which helps us to sort out those differences. It gives us the knowledge so we can begin to live from the heart, our core value and passion center, from which comes the dreams ,aspirations. energy, and natural equipping, for our lives. Otherwise, the clamor of the world around us tosses us about by the outer behaviors and values of those around us.
Knowing yourself from the core of your heart enables you to:
Know your own passions and dreams.
Build appropriate boundaries around your God-given personality.
Operate from the well of power within you
Use the gifts that support your unique personality
Find the inner strength that enables you to move from a self-protective lifestyle to a lifestyle of blessing to others, thus fulfilling your life purpose.
You may be asking: “Why should I pay for an official assessment when there are so many “free” versions on the net?” That is a good question! You can gain valuable information from many sites, and I encourage you to do so, but many of us answer those questions from what we call “ Type Mode ”, which is more how we are operating at the moment. That's what I did when I was first introduced to the MBTI® instrument.
Personality Type vs. Type Mode
The value of an interpretation session, which comes with an official MBTI ® assessment, is that it helps you dig under “Type Mode” (how you're operating) to the "real you" to discover the well of passion and strength that frees you to live from your heart. This affects Career choices, as well as how you choose to live your life in relationships, hobbies and other expressions of your identity.
That's why it is superior to other free online personality tests. It validates the real you!
A curious gaze, and filling in a few personality questionnaires will undoubtedly give you an initial start on the journey, but it has been my experience that we can fall into a number of pitfalls along the way if we are not intentional about the journey:
We come away from a personality session with a set of letters , or a combination of colors, or word descriptions. “Hmm… was I an ISPF or an ISJP… oh I don't remember!” Or maybe you remember you're a “blue”, but you can't for the life of you remember the rest. Or maybe you remember you're a “Driver”.
Even IF we remember the terminology, do we know what it says about our personality?
Maybe we remember all of the above, but have no idea of how it fits into living our life with purpose from the heart.
Maybe you answered a questionnaire when you were in “ work mode ” and your answers reflect how you're living, but it feels unsatisfactory to your heart. That happened to me when I first filled out an MBTI ® assessment. It made me realize how how much difference there could be between my real inner self and the mode in which I was working. That started me on a life search that revealed both the strengths and the stresses I was experiencing. Since that time, the MBTI has been a Life coach and mentor to me, moving my life to more intentional “life from the heart” which has utilized my gifts and passions, and taken my life in more meaningful directions.