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February 24, 2011
Last week I completed the MBTI questionnaire and received my results on Friday!
The MBTI is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and was developed by a mother and daughter in the 1930's to help people understand their personality type. The questions on the questionnaire are very easy to understand but are hard to answer as your answer may change depending upon the context. It only took about 20 minutes to answer the questions and I felt that you see were the questions where leading too (introvert or extrovert). A careers consultant assessed answers and gave me the feedback on Friday in an hour long session.
I was quite nervous at getting the results although I know it isn't related to my ability to do my job and I also thought I had a good idea as to my personality (introverted). You get a report booklet where the different parts of the MBTI are explained to you and you are asked where you would rate yourself. After you've done that you then get the results from the questionnaire.
My results came back as a INFJ but after discussing it with the careers consultant and emphasising that you only really know yourself I think I'm a INTJ. The main difference between the two if that the F stands for Feeling and the T stands for Thinking. When I read the descriptions through I do think that I'm more of a critical thinker than someone who seeks harmony.
The careers consultant asked as to why the questionnaire results were different as to how I felt I really am and I suppose it is that you want to appear caring especially in a work environment.
I did the MBTI out of curiosity and from a career development aspect. It is a good process to do and has made me think a lot about myself and other colleagues personalities as to how they react in different circumstances and hopefully to make me more tolerant of others.