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In combination, these type characteristics form what Keirsey and Bates call your temperament. (If you are interested in more information, I highly recommend the book Please Understand Me by David Keirsey and Marilyn Bates.)

If you are an SJ: The Sensing Judger has a quest for belonging to meaningful institutions. Their style is sta­bilizer/traditionalist. A weakness is intolerance for dis­organization. They are loyal to the system, decisive, orderly, super dependable. They prefer structure and tradition and are resistant to change. At work they ap­preciate caution, thoroughness, and accuracy. They dis­like expired deadlines and disregard for standard procedures. As leaders, they understand and maintain institutional values, and provide stability and structure.


If you are an SP: The Sensing Perceiver has a quest for action. Their style is troubleshooter and negotiator. Their weakness is intolerance for routine or inactivity. They are free-spirited, fun-loving, and spontaneous. They can be good in a crisis. At work they can adapt readily, be bold, and recognize that the process is as important as the task. They dislike rigid guidance and adherence to standard operating procedures. As lead­ers, they can be perceived as indecisive. They are willing to take risks and are best at short-range projects.

If you are an NF: The Intuitive Feeler has a quest for identity. Their style is catalyst, and they can be manipu­lated by guilt (their weakness). They are supportive of others, cooperative, and give strokes freely. They are in a search of themselves. At work they can give personal praise, and understand feelings and ideas. They dislike impersonal treatment and failure to attend to the needs of people. As leaders, they are empathetic, responsive to people. They communicate appreciation and enthusiasm.

If you are an NT: The Intuitive Thinker has a quest is for competence. Their style is visionary. Their weakness is intolerance for what they perceive as incompetence in others. They are high achievers, intellectually curious, and independent. They can be self-doubting. At work they recognize capability, competence, insight, brilliant ideas, and strategies. They dislike violation of principle, unproductive traditions, and biases. As leaders, they work well with ideas and concepts, and focus on possi­bilities through objective analysis.

Some frequent questions asked about the MBTI are: Is the instrument valid? Is it reliable? Doesn't it put people in boxes? How can I get it done?

In response, the MBTI has been proven to be both valid and reliable. It has been validated through com­parison with other personality inventories, such as the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, the Kudor vocational preference inventory, and numerous other instruments. It has been shown to be reliable through the test-retest method. While it does assign people a type description, it is just that, a description. It is not a pre­scription (you must act this way) nor a prediction (in this situation you will act this way). You have total con­trol over your behavior; the MBTI only indicates your preferences. The MBTI can be administered and inter­preted by anyone who is qualified to do so by Consult­ing Pyschologists Press, the publishers of the instrument. This is usually as a result of having taken a course in it, and successfully passing an examination. Often, minis­ters, school counselors, social workers, and psycholo­gists are qualified.

To Be Continued

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