How to Use the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator as a Tool to Make Career Choices

“It is up to each person to recognize his or her true preferences.”

Isabel Briggs Myers 

The Myers-Briggs Type indicator (MBTI), is a tool that looks at personality preferences to help guide individuals in taking an in-depth look at personality preferences, and how they can relate to better decisions regarding employment and career choices.

The MBTI is different from most psychological assessments in that it focuses on personal preferences, whereas most of the other models focus on pathological conditions. In creating the theory, Isabel Briggs Myers, and her mother, Katharine Briggs, said, “The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment.” Their aim was to make the insights of type theory accessible to individuals and groups.

The MBTI Model takes a detailed look at the four sets of preferences and how they relate to situations or performance in the workplace. The four sets of opposing preferences are as follows:

Extroverted (E) or Introverted (I)

Sensing (S) or Intuitive (I)

Thinking (T) or Feeling (F)

Judging (J) or Perceiving (P)

Over the next several weeks, we will be taking an in-depth look at how the MBTI preferences can be applied to the ADHD population in the work force. The areas that will be looked at closely are:

  • Work environment,
  • Structure of the duties
  • Interacting with coworkers.
  • How the ADHD lens can impact the entire dynamics of the entire workplace and workforce.

The best reason to choose the MBTI instrument to discover your personality type in relation to ADHD, is that hundreds of studies over the past 40 years have proven the instrument to be both valid and reliable.

Why use Myers-Briggs personality test if you have ADHD? According to a study published by Kans J Med on the National Center for Biotechnology Information, (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov) “Personality types occasioned with the diagnosis of ADHD could be useful in establishing/normalizing treatment regimens and approaches to assist families better.”

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