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Exploring Your Personality Using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)



The MBTI is a personality inventory that offers a great deal of interesting information about how you operate with your unique personality. It really does shed light on things about yourself that you may have always felt were different from the way other people think and feel. The MBTI can enhance your understanding of not only yourself but also your understanding of those you interact with on a regular basis - your family, friends, boss, coworkers, classmates, teachers, etc.

The results of the MBTI can be used for enhancing your therapy work, relationship improvement, assisting in your self understanding, career development/exploration, choosing a college major, team building, conflict and stress management, and problem solving

There are 4 preference dichotomies to choose between: Introversion/Extraversion (I-E), Sensing/Intuition (S-N), Thinking/Feeling (T-F), and Judging/Perceiving (J-P). For each dichotomy, you have an unchanging "preference" for one over the other, just like you prefer to use one hand over the other even though you can use both. I could tell you more, but then I would have to kill you. Just kidding...

The 4 dichotomies explained:

  • How you prefer to focus your attention and get energy

  • Which do you like more: spending time in the outer world of people and things, engaging in activities with others and understanding problems better by talking aloud with people (Extraversion-E) or in your inner world of ideas and images, doing things alone or with only 1-2 people you're comfortable with (Introversion-I)?

  • How you prefer to take in information

  • Which sounds more like you: you pay more attention to information that comes in through your five senses, forming a big picture after seeing and experiencing all the facts and details (Sensing-S), or you pay more attention to the patterns and possibilities that you see in the information you receive, trusting your impressions and seeing the big picture first, absorbing the facts and details later (Intuition-N)?

  • How you prefer to make decisions

  • How do you feel most comfortable making decisions: putting more weight on objective principles and impersonal facts - applying a rule or standard regardless of the specific siutation and using logic to maintain fairness (Thinking-T) or putting more weight on personal concerns and the people involved - seeking harmony and compassion to maintain fairness (Feeling-F)?

  • How you prefer to orient yourself to the external world

  • How do you think others see you most often: living a more structured lifestyle, liking to have things decided and planned ahead (Judging-J...not to be mistaken with being "judgmental") or a more flexible and adaptable lifestyle, preferring spontaneity and leaving final decisions open-ended (Perceiving-P)?

Check out the link above to the pop culture Harry Potter chart detailing all 16 personality types. If you're not a Harry Potter fan, there are other charts you can... Wait, WHAT?! You're not a Harry Potter fan?!?

There's plenty of free versions of the test online, but the're just not the real deal. The authentic assessment has a fee, but it comes with a few different versions you can choose between, such as the career or the college development/exploration editions. The true benefits of the MBTI come with being able to talk out the results and practically apply them to your life. This assessment works as a great springboard into discussing and exploring your personality and identity. I'm excited to offer this service as a therapist and a certified MBTI practitioner.

Schedule a meeting with me and after chatting about how you'd like to use the MBTI, I can get you set up to take the genuine assessment on your home computer using a special link I will email you. We can meet in person or via online session to review your results and discuss the next steps in applying your new knowledge! You can also find more info on my site about the MBTI here.

Pretty soon you will find yourself guessing everyone's type, even your cat's... or is that maybe just me?


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