A lot of people don’t know this, but I am qualified to give the Myers-Briggs personality assessment (otherwise known as the MBTI). I studied endlessly, I explored every nook and cranny of it, I paid for and took the course, and I passed with flying colors. I love this stuff.
And now. I don’t use it.
I’m an ex-web-professional and aspiring writer/editor, not a coach, counselor or psychotherapist.
One might ask, what is the point? Isn’t it, then, just a self-absorbed self-exploration tool or parlor game where you put other people into boxes?
Well, yes, it can be that if I’m not careful.
But here’s what I gained from the MBTI.
- I’m ok with who and what I am and more sure about my place in the world.
- I connect better with others when I stop fighting myself.
- I’m stronger having learned to access my weaker functions through leveraging my strengths.
- I become more whole and human when I’m aware of my own shadow.
- I’m more compassionate about others’ shadows.
- I don’t have to feel threatened by others’ differences.
- I’m quicker to recognize and appreciate others’ strengths.
- I’m less comfortable judging others harshly when they could be a mirror image of me. As my ISTJ partner once put it, “I discovered that intuitives were not put on this earth to make me crazy!” Of course, as an intuitive, I felt the same way about sensors. 🙂
- I have more empathy for others when I can step into their shoes. Because, after all, we all have the same functions at our disposal, just different configurations.
- People are different in such interesting ways.
- And as a bonus point, the MBTI makes great writing prompts!