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Working Out Your Myers Briggs Type

Working Out Your Myers Briggs Type

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Working Out Your Myers Briggs Type
The Myers Briggs model of personality focuses on how you
 prefer 
to behave - nothow you actually behave. This is analagous to handedness, where you sometimes useyour preferred hand (eg: when using a pen to write) and sometimes use your non- preferred hand (eg: the hand you use to change gear whilst driving a car is determined by the design of the car, not your preferences). Understanding your preferences, andthe 'stretch' between preference and actual behaviour, can be useful in many ways -from choosing the optimum way of working to stress management.The Myers Briggs Type Indicator questionnaire is the most popular way that peoplefind out their personality type. TheManagement Team Roles - indicator is the most popular way that people find out their actual behaviour in a work context. However,as with all personality questionnaires, the results of both can sometimes be wrong.So, whilst the Myers Briggs Type Indicator can provide you with helpful information,the real value of the model is in deciding your personality type for yourself. Thisarticle will help you do that.
Myers Briggs model of personality
TheMyers Briggs model of personality is based on 4 preferences. 1.Where, primarily, do you direct your energy?2.How do you prefer to process information?3.How do you prefer to make decisions?4.How do you prefer to organise your life?
 
Where, primarily, do you direct your energy?
To the outer world of activity, and spoken wordsOR To the inner world of thoughts and emotions
If it is toward the outer world of activity or words, it is called Extroversion, denoted by the letter E. If it is toward the inner world of ideas, information, or thoughts, it iscalled Introversion, denoted by the letter I. Extro- is a prefix meaning 'without' andIntro- is a prefix meaning 'within'.The following table lists words and expressions that are often associated withextroversion and introversion:
ExtroversionIntroversion
socialprivateexpressivequietmany few broaddeepinteractionconcentrationoutwardinwardaction before thoughtthought before actionWhich is your preference (ie what is your personality type)? How are you actually behaving most of the time (ie what is your MTR-i(TM) team role)? Sometimes it can be difficult to tell. Every individual exhibits all of the above characteristics at sometime or other, and one source of difficulty can be in distinguishing which behavioursare 'learned', or a response to current demands, and which reflect true preference.Distinguishing between the two is where comparing your MBTI
questionnaire and
MTR-i(TM)
questionnaire results can help.
E/I batteries
It can sometimes be helpful to think of Extraversion and Introversion as internal'batteries'. Having a preference for Extraversion, for example, means that you havemore E batteries than I batteries. But you still have both.During each day you will undoubtedly spend time spontaneously doing or sayingthings (drawing on your E batteries) as well as retreating into the inner world of contemplation and thought (drawing on your I batteries). If your working dayinvolves much more interaction with the world, then you may find that your E batteries get exhausted - leaving only the I batteries to supply energy. That is, even theclearest Extrovert in an extravert job may want, at the end of the day, to be left alonewith his or her thoughts. Conversely, if an Introvert has been working in isolation all
 
day, all the I batteries may have been depleted, so by the end of the day he/she mayfeel the to 'party', chat or see friends in order to restore some balance, and therebygive the introvert batteries some relief by spending some time running on extravert batteries.You need a particular balance of both introversion and extroversion. You can do bothof them, and you have batteries of both types. But your "preference" will mean thatyou can do one more than the other.Before we consider the next set of Myers Briggs preferences, in the second article inthis series, we'll take a brief look at the influences that can cause you to behave inways that are different to your preferences.
Preference, Role, or Learned Behaviour
One feature differentiating Es from Is is whether action or thought comes first. Insituations that demand action, such as the sounding of a fire alarm, both types will act.Most people are trained to evacuate the building immediately in an emergency, or totake other appropriate action. So the fire alarm results in most people doingsomething, and very few people decide to sit and think. They will adopt a team rolethat is extraverted. But their underlying preference is still the same.In situations that demand thought, such as solving a crossword puzzle, both types willthink. Most crossword puzzles cannot be solved by taking action or by talking. Bothextroverts and introverts need to spend time in thought first, to make some progresstowards a solution. Their team roles are introverted, but their underlying preferenceremains the same.Team roles therefore reflect how we respond to particular circumstances. Finding your true, inner preferences is therefore more difficult, because everyone adapts to somedegree to each situation. However, the difference between people who have a preference for extroversion and introversion becomes more apparent when there is afree choice. In these situations, the extrovert will tend to act, and the introvert tends tothink. However, very few situations involve a truly free choice, as your behaviour (atwork, for example) may be influenced by factors such as:
the culture of the organisation (some employers expect action-oriented behaviour, others expect considered responses)
your training or upbringing
a range of environmental factors, such as whether the situation is a new or familiar one, whether recognition or reward is given, and the effects of stressor illness. The need to restore balance may also be a factor (e.g.: an extrovertmay need some time alone after a busy week). Nevertheless, your innate preferences will still influence the way that you behave, aswell as those factors listed above. In a situation demanding action, an introvert maynevertheless bring a more thoughtful approach, or delay the taking of action. In asituation demanding thought, the extrovert may tend to talk the problem through, or move to action more quickly. The
MTR-i(TM)
team role you perform depends on a

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