Why You Should Take the Myers-Briggs Preference Test

Myers-BriggsYou may have heard people share their Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) 4-letter code and wondered (1) what would it measure about me and (2) how could I use the information. MBTI measures how a person prefers to (1) take in or gather information, (2) make decisions and come to conclusions, (3) direct and receive energy, and (4) organize and approach the world. Although people routinely choose behaviors opposite of their natural preferences, knowledge of preferences can explain the source of personal satisfaction and discord among colleagues and family. The power of preferences allows people to make more informed choices.

What Does MBTI Measure?

MBTI measures aspects of your core personality and how you are naturally wired, independent of your circumstances and environment. With four pairs of opposite dimensions, there are a total of 16 personality combinations. The four opposing personality traits are:

Extroversion (E) – Introversion (I)

[where you get your energy]

Sensing (S) – Intuition (N)

[how you take in information]

Thinking (T) – Feeling (F)

[how you make decisions]

Judging (J) – Perceiving (P)

[how you approach your world]

These four dimensions are used to create your 4-letter preference code. MBTI is a reliable and valid instrument where 2/3 of all people have the same letter designation when they retake it more than once. [Note: I have taken the MBTI in my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s and self-validated as an ENTJ each time.]

How Would I Use My Results?

People use their MTBI results to improve individual performance as well as to work more collaboratively in teams. MBTI can be helpful in a variety of life situations:

  • Work Style
  • Decision-Making
  • Reaction to Stress
  • Communication Style
  • Leadership Style
  • Approach to Change
  • Team Style
  • Conflict Style
  • Career Preferences

With greater self-awareness and understanding of your personal preferences you can:

  • Improve communication and teamwork as you gain awareness of the personality differences you see in others
  • Work more effectively with those who may approach problems and decisions very differently than you
  • Navigate your work and personal relationships with more insight and effectiveness
  • Understand your preference for learning and work cultures and the activities and work you most enjoy
  • More successfully manage every day conflicts and stresses that work and life can bring
  • Achieve greater satisfaction by choosing a job or career that aligns with your preferences

How Can I Learn My Results?

A Certified Myers-Briggs® Administrator can send you a link to take an online survey after determining what report would be of most interest. After you take a 20- to 30-minute survey, the administrator will receive your results, schedule a coaching session to unpack your report, and help you determine how you might want to apply the knowledge.

About the Author: Sandra Dillon is a professional coach with an extensive background in leadership and business coaching. She administers DISC® and Myers-Briggs® testing, designs and facilitates workshops, and coaches both individuals and teams. She has a passion to help people be the best versions of themselves. You can learn more about Sandra by visiting her website at www.shinecrossings.com or by reaching out to her at coach.sandra.dillon@gmail.com

One thought on “Why You Should Take the Myers-Briggs Preference Test

  1. Well, what do you know? Finally. SOMEbody online who is actually talking about the 4 letters in Myers-Briggs and also Communication style, reaction to stress, etc.—-INSTEAD OF—-the current Fad (Hi-jacking of Myers-Briggs would be more like it) and obsessiveness we see online today about “Functions”. Soooo many people online who Blog about thr 16 Types or Myers-Briggs have gotten on the bandwagon of “All-Functions-All-the-Time.” And yet, looking at, and reading, the Books:
    1. LIFE TYPES by Hirsch & Kummerow (highly recommended!)
    2. TYPE TALK by Kroeger & Thuessen…and also
    3. GIFTS DIFFERING (by Isabel Myers-Briggs?)…..it appears much more that, while functions (i.e. Extraverted Sensing, Intoriverted Intuition, etc.) may be mentioned—-there is NOWHERE NEAR the constant over-harping on them that so many people write about online.

    In my own opinion, I think alot of this goes back several years to when some guy on YOUTUBE who went by the name of “Dave Superpowers” criticized online tests and made “a Ton” of his own videos where he rattled on almost relentlessly about “Functions.” Who WAS this guy? Was he ever certified at all? He talked a bit too fast, made LOTS of videos and this was back when there was less online about it and he had far less “competition” than anyone would have online now. I think he simply “out-video-ed” many others, there wasnt all that much else yet online to read and he pretty-much overwhelmed folks who simply went along with him (probably not knowing better-OR-having read any of the above 3 mentioned books. I think now, he has his own type or personality-business.

    Then, with more Blogging platforms like WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, etc. …as more folks started blogging, they too, started repeating and posting about Functions. It’s function-mania these days. Who writes of talks about the 4 letters anymore? Who talks about the 16 PROFILES of each type anymore? NO! Its also about how totally-cool it is that you are the same type as a singer, sports-figure or your favorite movie super-hero. That, and functions. The latest hi-jacking in my opinion. And so, seeing you, and discussing what *you* show above, is very refreshing, and long overdue. Functions may have their place, but nowhere near the current mania over them and not as a replacement for the 4 letters, and the 16 profiles. Furthermore—David Kiersey and his “Please Understand Me II” book, is his own system. I also dont feel we should put “titles” on the 16 types because it simply makes people “want” to be that type. Example: who would want to be the lowly “Mechanic” (ISTP) when you could be the cool “VISIONARY” (ENTP) or the ultra-smart “Mastermind” as Kiersey called the INTJ? There’s alot that need fixing. Back-to-the-books. Thanks for reading this.


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