MBTI: Myers Briggs Type Indicator Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose Adventure Associates for an MBTI workshop
Our qualified staff has several years experience integrating the MBTI theory with interactive learning experiences. Our approach covers a variety of practical applications with the integration of unique interactive activities, which clearly highlight type preferences. Because of the power of learning through experience our approach to the MBTI has a positive impact on teams and their learning.
Is the MBTI a personality test
No. The MBTI identifies normal and natural preferences as to where we get our energy, how we gather information, how we make decisions and how we present these preferences to the world. Type does not explain every aspect of personality. The word test implies that there are right or wrong answers. The MBTI is a self-report instrument - not a test.
What does "Best Fit" mean
The best fit type is the type that you find describes you most accurately. The results of the instrument determine your reported type. In only about 60% of cases is the reported type the best fit type. Only after a presentation of the different type preferences by a qualified MBTI facilitator and through discussion and exploration can you determine your best fit type.
If my report shows high scores does that mean I am more skilled in those areas
No. The MBTI scores describe preference clarity, not skills or abilities. Lower scores simply indicate that the reported type is not as clear and requires further exploration to determine best fit.
How long does it take to fill out the MBTI instrument
The MBTI form M is the form most frequently used by Adventure Associates. We mail the form to you to be completed and returned prior to the workshop. The form M has 93 questions and should take anywhere from 20 - 30 minutes to complete.
Are people born with a particular type
According to Carl Jung's theory on which the MBTI is based, we are born with distinct preferences.
Can I change my type
The theory states that our type does not change over a lifetime. However we can develop the less preferred parts of our personality as life progresses.
Will my type change if I retake the MBTI
Your reported type may change for several reasons, however your best fit type does not change. It is not uncommon for people to report as they think they should be rather than reporting their natural preferences. Possible reasons for reporting differently are:
- Your work may demand that you act outside of your preference area.
- Because of social and cultural biases, we may report a preference that is "preferred" in society yet may not be our preference.
- Some people's upbringing may have demanded that they operate outside of their natural preference.
- People may be working on their own type development and may select items that reflect the direction of their new development.
- People may be experiencing a severe life crisis and may therefore feel confused and disoriented.
Is every ENTJ the same
Though there will be many similarities with regards to preferences, there is a great deal of variation within each type. The MBTI gives people a framework to understand certain aspects of human behavior, but people of the same type are not all alike.
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