Finally, Myers-Briggs!

You'd think I'd have taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment by now, eh? Not so! But because I'm on a bit of a self-improvement kick so far this year, I decided it was high time. So this afternoon, I took the test through PersonalityDesk, which also offers several other assessment tests — and perhaps more attractively, a telephone or email discussion of your results.

While my results — which were ready in about an hour — offered no real surprises, they were interesting, especially the  type description and clarity of reported preferences, which indicates where you fall on a trajectory between the different preferences. I'm looking forward to the phone discussion — which I'll schedule next week or so — and in six months, I'll probably pony up for the longer Step II Interpretative Report.

Have you taken the MBTI? How have you used it in your work? Also, are there other personality assessments that you think are particularly useful? I'm curious to explore others to see what insight they might offer.

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  • Thomas J. Sherlock

    You might also consider enneagram or even Seth Elias' and Kris 9 Families of Consciousness.

  • Marcia Conner

    I suspect I've taken every personality assessment there is to take, but I find myself recommending MBTI most often. I'll never forget attending a company offsite years ago where two of us decided to tour the area prior to the start of meetings one day. The night before, I asked one more person to join us. My original counterpart did the same. The trouble is that we didn't realize the two people we had asked didn't like each other. *Really* didn't like each other. Before sunrise they were already arguing about something small. Then someone brought up their Myers-Briggs type. Why? No idea. It was early. Imagine the surprise when the two enemies discovered they were both ENTJs. They started asking one another about little personality quirks, "When this happens, do you ever want to..." and the like. Before the offsite was over they had actually become friends. I've seen the MBTI improve work relationships, marriages, and even the way parents deal with their kids. Some of that came from the people being on their own self-improvement kick, but in my experience any insight we gain into ourselves helps.

    If you haven't seen it already, take a look at David Merrill's Social Styles Assessment, most easily available through the Boltons' People Styles Behavioral Inventory. It's very good too.

    Marcia Conner > www.marciaconner.com