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MBTI Personality Type FAQ

By November 12, 2013

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When I took the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) and found out my type (ISFJ, in case you're interested), I was quite confused. At the time I was enrolled in a training program for career development professionals and this was the first time I was exposed to this tool. All the different types, represented by a combination of four letters, just looked like alphabet soup to me. I've put together a list of some of the questions I had at the time. Perhaps you have similar ones.

  • How can knowing what my type is help me make career-related decisions?
    Career development experts believe that you can use the middle two letters of your type, which indicate how you prefer to perceive information and how you prefer to make decisions, to help you choose a suitable career. The outermost letters, indicators of the ways in which you prefer to energize (the first letter) and live your life (the final letter), tell you what kind of work environment is a good fit for you. This can help you decide whether to accept a job offer.
  • Is my personality type the only thing I should consider when I choose a career?
    No. Your personality type is just one of the things you should consider. You need a thorough self assessment that also looks at other factors including your values, interests and skills.
  • I don't completely agree this is my personality type. It says I'm an introvert but I sometimes enjoy working other people?
    The theory upon which the MBTI is based looks at four pairs of opposite preferences. We all lean toward one part of each pair more than the other, but that doesn't mean we absolutely must do things that way. Remember it is a preference for doing things a certain way. So, while introversion may be the way in which I more strongly prefer to energize, it doesn't mean I don't ever want to be around or work with other people (extroversion).

Read More: The MBTI: What is It and How is It Used in Self Assessment?

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