Frequently Asked Questions

Why is it so important to know my type? Is there a preferred MBTI type to have? Does my type change over time? Can TypeScience help us with selection? How can TypeScience help us onboard our new team members? Who is a good candidate for executive coaching?

Q: Why is it so important to know my type?

A: Knowing your type is the gateway to a wealth of information about how to motivate yourself and others, organize your environment for maximum productivity, recover from stressful situations, and grow in emotional intelligence (just to name a few).

Q: What assessments do you use and why?

A: TypeScience uses the official Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Step 1 and Step 2 Reports through CPP, the sole publisher of the assessment. It is a world-renown team development tool with proven validity and reliability.

Q: What does the MBTI assessment measure?

A: The MBTI assessment measures preferences in 4 areas:

• How you gain mental energy – Extraversion or Introversion
• How you gather information – Sensing or Intuition
• How you make decisions – Thinking or Feeling
• How you organize your environment – Judging or Perceiving

Q: What does the MBTI assessment not measure?

A: It does not measure skills, intellect, character or maturity.

Q: Is there a preferred MBTI type to have?

A: No. All types are equally valid and useful in society. MBTI types are all positive and none of them embarrassing or inappropriate. There are no wrong or right types.

Q: Does my type change over time?

A: No. Your type is an inborn predisposition, a lasting hard-wiring in the brain that you are born with. Short of a brain injury, your type should not ever change, based on type theory. However, your awareness of your type can change. If you take the assessment multiple times and get different answers, it’s because you’re answering the questions differently. Certain seasons of your life may cause you to highlight certain preferences over others, but it’s your awareness that is changing, not your actual preferences. I thought I was an ESTJ for over a year before I realized my true preference is for ENTJ. Both of my parents have a preference for S as well as all four of my grandparents. Therefore, I grew up in a strong S-cultured family. My preference for N is apparent to me now, but it took a while for me to discover it.

Q: Doesn’t labeling people with 4-letters cause them to feel boxed-in?

A: It absolutely can. Especially for certain types (notice the irony). But think of it this way… Imagine that the 16 personality types are like 16 rooms in a house. You roam in and out of those rooms throughout the day, but you probably have one room that is your favorite – that you feel gravity towards – maybe a man-cave or a sunroom where you can let your hair down. That’s what the MBTI is trying to diagnose – that one type out of the 16 types that you feel the most gravity towards. But it doesn’t mean you don’t ever function like some of the other types. By no means are we saying you will only and always “behave” within your 4-letter type, just like you don’t only live within the 4 walls of your favorite room. We’re simply looking for which type describes you the best. Those who have feared being boxed-in have always left the training feeling validated and understood.

Q: Will determining my MBTI type limit my future opportunities in any way?

A: No, it is not limiting. Quite the opposite, understanding and applying type knowledge should open opportunities for you. When you gain self-awareness and an understanding of others you become an even more valuable team member. Any type can do anything. There should be no advantage in the workplace for being a certain type over another.

Q: Can TypeScience help us with selection?

A: Yes, TypeScience is able to help organizations select candidates for hire, but not using the MBTI assessment. Because the MBTI tool measures equally positive preferences and does not measure abilities, skill, maturity, or intellect, it is not advisable to use it during the selection process. However, it can be used to determine the overall personality of the team as a baseline in understanding team culture, team core values, and where gaps may exist. The TypeScience consultant would not administer the assessment or use MBTI language during the selection process but could still help shape the direction of the interviews to pull out the necessary information to help determine if the candidate would be a good fit for the organization.

Q: How can TypeScience help us onboard our new team members?

A: TypeScience provides the definitions and common language that new hires need to acclimate to the team. It is preferable for the team to have already been assessed and trained and a baseline of its overall personality type determined so that everyone can share the same understanding about one another and speak the same language.

Q: Who is a good candidate for executive coaching?

A: A decision maker who is hungry for personal development. Young or old. New or seasoned. Someone who is open, honest, and has a nimble mind.

Q: What is the history of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator?

A: The MBTI assessment was created by a mother-daughter team Katherine Briggs and Isabella Briggs Myers. Together, they brought the theory of personality types taught by Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung out of the academic realm and into the practical by creating an assessment that could indicate one’s personality type simply by answering a list of carefully worded items about behavioral preferences. The first draft of the MBTI, Form A, was written in 1942. Today we use Form Q, as the language and items have been updated for increased validity and to keep up with common vocabulary. For more on the history and validity of the MBTI tool, click here.

Q: How mainstream is the MBTI assessment?

A: The MBTI tool is the most widely used and recognizable personality tool in the world:
• 89 of last year’s Fortune 100 companies used the MBTI tool
• 1.5 million people are assessed worldwide each year
• Translated in over 25 languages
• Used in 70+ countries

Q: When will I get the results from the MBTI assessment?

A: The results are delivered about an hour and a half into the feedback session or team training. Each client goes through a validation process to determine his or her personality type.

Q: Please explain the validation process.

A: There are 6 steps.

  • Step 1: Take the official MBTI assessment online via the link provided you a couple weeks before the training.
  • Step 2: At the training, choose your 4-letter type as you hear them explained during the interactive lecture, which uses images, descriptions, examples, and lists to describe each type.
  • Step 3: Receive your assessment results and compare your type to the one you chose.
  • Step 4: If your results match, read about that type in your handbook and confirm it as your “Best-Fit” type.
  • Step 5: If your results don’t match (which happens about 30% of the time and is not a problem), read about both types in your handbook and confirm which is your “Best-Fit” type.
  • Step 6: If still undecided, let the rest of the training modules help you determine your type.

Q: Do some people never decide on a type?

A: It does happen occasionally for a participant to complete the training and still be undecided about their type. That is not a problem because they leave equipped with the definitions and understanding to go forward in life knowing what to look for to help them decide. Some clients have taken up to 2 years to decide their type. But when they do, they’re sure.

Q: What should I make of a co-worker or family member who is telling me dogmatically what my type is?

A: You are the only one in your head and therefore the best judge of your type. However, it is helpful to understand how others view you and the patterns of behavior they notice. Those can be valuable clues to discovering your type.

Q: What is the preferred group size for the 8-Hour Team Intensive?

A: 5-25 people. If you have a larger team, they can be assessed and trained by department.

Q: Is the 8-Hour Team Intensive available in a 4-hour package?

A: Only in rare circumstances. It takes a solid 3 hours to learn the MBTI language and to verify your type. The rest of the time is spent learning how to apply type knowledge to your work life. A 4-hour training would only leave time for one application module. For instance, you would learn about how type affects communication styles but then miss out on the fascinating decision-making and leadership modules. It is not efficient to spend 4 hours in training and walk away only knowing how to apply it to one area. Training time is normally 9-5 with a working lunch.

Q: The MBTI tool seems complicated. Is there a way to simplify it?

A: With all things in life, if you cut corners, you miss the good stuff at the end. The complexity of type theory is equal to the value that it delivers.

Q: Can the 8-Hour Team Intensive be split up over 2 days?

A: Yes. This works nicely as it gives the participants time to digest the material half-way through.

Q: Are the TypeScience trainings recorded?

A: No, for 3 reasons:

  1. Confidential information is sometimes shared during the trainings. I would never want to hinder someone from speaking up out of fear that the conversation might possibly be distributed or listened to out of context.
  2. To preserve the integrity of the training, it is necessary to have a trained practitioner present to guide participants accurately through the material.
  3. It would not be fair to paying clients or to TypeScience if a recorded training were distributed at no cost.

Q: Will a debrief be offered with the TypeScience consultant after the 8-Hour Team Intensive?

A: Yes. An executive debrief with the TypeScience consultant and the Team Leader will take place after the event to share insights gleaned from watching the participants interact during the training and to discuss leadership strategies to help the Team Leader utilize type knowledge to accomplish team objectives.