MBTI Frequently asked Questions

  1. I am interested in undertaking the MBTI. What would it involve?
  2. I am interested in my team undertaking the MBTI and using the tool to help us work more effectively together. What would it involve?
  3. What is MBTI?
  4. Where does MBTI come from?
  5. What does MBTI measure?
  6. What is the questionnaire about?
  7. How long will the questionnaire take to complete
  8. Who will see my results?
  9. Will I get a chance to comment on the results?
  10. How will the results be used?
  11. What can the MBTI be used for?

Please see below for the answers to these questions

1. I am interested in undertaking the MBTI. What would it involve?

Deciding to proceed
Before deciding if you would like to proceed please:

  • Read the information regarding MBTI on this website and/or,
  • Contact Sophie to discuss your requirements particularly in terms of what it is you are hoping to get out of the process. Please email Sophie on sophie@snclcoaching.com or telephone 07967007617. Following discussion Sophie will prepare a proposal for your consideration.

If you decide to proceed, Sophie will order your questionnaire (Step I or Step II) on line. You will then receive an email with details on how to access it.

The Questionnaire
The Step I questionnaire takes about 25 minutes to complete. The Step II takes about 40 minutes to complete. You don’t have to do the questionnaire in one sitting. It is generally best if you don’t think about the answers too hard. The aim of the tool is to explore your personality preferences rather than predict how you might behave in any particular environment or situation.

Face to face feedback
Once you have completed the questionnaire Sophie will receive a report on your responses. She will then arrange to meet with you face to face. It is best if you can put aside 1.5-2hrs hours for Step I feedback. If you have selected to do MBTI Step II you will have two feedback sessions. During the first session Sophie will undertake a number of exercises with you that will help you explore your personality type. These discussions, together with the results of the questionnaire (which she will bring with her when you meet), aim to help you choose your ‘best fit’.

When Sophie meets with you she will explain a bit more about the tool, how it works and how it might be helpful to you going forwards.

2. I am interested in my team undertaking the MBTI and using the tool to help us work more effectively together. What would it involve?

Deciding to proceed
In the first instance Sophie would encourage you to read the information regarding the MBTI on this website and then contact her to discuss your requirements.

To discuss your requirements please email Sophie on sophie@snclcoaching.com or telephone 07967007617. Following discussion Sophie will prepare a proposal for your consideration.

Sophie will design a programme that suits your needs. She will also take in to account the size of the group, the time you have available and your budget. Options include:

  1. Individual questionnaires, individual feedback and one or more group sessions
  2. Individual questionnaires and one or more group sessions
  3. Individual questionnaires and individual feedback only
  4. Group work only

Option 1 will generally have the most impact but requires significant commitment from the organisation and the individuals participating. No team member should be forced to participate. The voluntary nature of MBTI is an essential element of the tool.

The Questionnaire
The Step I questionnaire takes about 25 minutes to complete. The Step II takes about 40 minutes to complete. People don’t have to do the questionnaire in one sitting. It is generally best if they don’t think about the answers too hard. The aim of the tool is to explore their personality preferences rather than predict how they might behave in any particular environment or situation.

Feedback – Individual or Group
Once individuals have completed the questionnaire, Sophie will receive a report on each of their results. The next steps will depend on what programme you have selected. Ideally, team members will receive individual feedback prior to any group sessions.

4. What is the MBTI?

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) is a psychometric questionnaire designed to measure psychological preferences in how people perceive the world and make decisions.
The MBTI instrument offers a constructive framework for understanding differences between people and then using these differences in a positive way. The framework can be used to get an accurate view of personality strengths and blind spots that are typical of different personality types. The tool identifies and describes 16 different personality types.

5. Where does the MBTI come from?

The tool is based on the theories of Carl Jung first published in his 1921 book Psychological Types (English edition, 1923). The original developers of the personality inventory were Katharine Cook Briggs and her daughter Isabel Briggs Myers. They began creating the indicator during World War II, believing that a knowledge of personality preferences would help women who were entering the industrial workforce for the first time to identify the sort of war-time jobs that would be “most comfortable and effective” The initial questionnaire grew into the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which was first published in 1962. The MBTI focuses on normal populations and emphasizes the value of naturally occurring differences. The underlying assumption of the MBTI is that we all have specific preferences in the way we construe our experiences, and these preferences underlie our interests, needs, values, and motivation.
MBTI Step II was developed in the 1980s by David Saunders using factor analysis.

6. What does the MBTI measure?

The MBTI instrument (Step I) is designed to assess your preferences within four different aspects of your personality:

  1. Where you prefer to get and focus your energy.
  2. The kind of information you prefer to gather and trust.
  3. The process you prefer to use in coming to decisions.
  4. How you prefer to deal with the world around you.

The MBTI instrument (Step II) addresses 20 aspects of behaviour that fit in to the Step I model. Step I purely looks at personality preferences whereas Step II looks at expressed behaviours that can be explained by the client and the practitioner working together. It allows for individuality and uniqueness within the best fit selected through Step I.
The results in Step II are considered within four areas of personal development:

  1. Communication
  2. Change management
  3. Decision making
  4. Conflict management

The Step II Interpretive Report will identify your style in each of the above four areas and will propose ways to operate more effectively within each style.
The Step II report is particularly helpful if you struggle in Step I to determine your best fit.

7. What is the questionnaire about?

The MBTI questionnaire is based on a personality framework that will help you explore your preferences for taking in information and making decisions. The framework also looks at where you prefer to focus your attention and how you prefer to live your life. It will give you information about your preferred style of working and interacting with other people. There are no right or wrong answers and all possible outcomes on the questionnaire are equally valid. A key feature is the focus on the likely strengths and positive qualities of different personality styles and so the feedback you receive will always be constructive.

8. How long will the questionnaire take to complete?

Step I Questionnaire
People typically take about 25 minutes however there is no time limit and you will be able to take as much time as you need.

Step II Questionnaire
People typically take about 40 minutes however there is no time limit and you will be able to take as much time as you need. Step II also contains questions relating to Step I. If you decide you would like to proceed with a Step II questionnaire in the first instance you do not need to do a Step I questionnaire.

9. Who will see my results?

The results are for you and should only be disclosed to others with your knowledge and permission.

10. Will I get a chance to comment on the results?

Yes. You will have one or more face-to-face feedback sessions with Sophie on the interpretation and application of the MBTI questionnaire.
If you have completed a Step II questionnaire (and you have not recently completed a Step I Questionnaire and received feedback on that) your feedback will be undertaken over two sessions. The first session will look at Your Step I responses; the second will look at Step II.

Step I Feedback (Session 1):
Sophie will explain more about the MBTI and will explore what the results may mean to you. During that session you will have the opportunity to raise any questions you have. A key aim of the session will be for you to establish which personality type fits you best.
The feedback session generally takes between 1.5 – 2 hours. Follow up sessions can be planned depending on how you would like to use the tool going forwards. All 1:1 sessions are conducting in a coaching style.

Step II Feedback (Session 2)
The Step II feedback session (which will always happen after Step I feedback) will initially provide feedback on your responses. It will then go on to focus on what the Step II results mean to you and how you might use the information to help you address your needs and priorities. This session will usually take approximately 2 hours.

11. How will the results be used?

The results are for you. They will give you information that can be of great practical value in providing increased self-understanding, appreciating different styles and exploring possible development issues. Importantly, the MBTI questionnaire is not used for assessment for selection or to limit or to pigeon-hole people.

12. What can the MBTI be used for?

The range of possible uses of the results is very wide. Applications include:

  • Developing effective teams
  • Improving communication and resolving conflict
  • Identifying leadership style
  • Enhancing personal development
  • Exploring problem solving and learning styles
  • Understanding reactions to change and stress
  • Career development.

MBTI Step II is particularly useful for:

  • Team development
  • Leadership development
  • Communication
  • Conflict Management
  • Decision making
  • Change
  • Coaching

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