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MBTI in Thailand: what you need to know

Submitted by on Saturday, 7 July 2012No Comment
Talent Technologies offers MBTI® Team and Leadership Assessments in Bangkok, Thailand. If you’re interested in seeing how MBTI® can help you enhance your team and leadership capabilities, please go here for the team version, and here for the leadership version… or contact us on the numbers below.

 

This recent article from the BBC brings up some of the questions and objections people raise when taking MBTI® and other personality assessments. To summarise:

· Is the test reliable?

· What is it based on?

· Can it help me with my career?

We’ll have a look with these main points one by one here:

Reliability

MBTI® is completed by self-report. This means you are given a set of statements (usually in pairs) and are asked to rate your preference to one or the other on a scale of five.

Of course, there are some obvious objections to this, namely:

· You are asked to rank a situation now in which you may behave differently in the future

· Other circumstances are not taken into account

· How well do you really know yourself when doing the assessment? Are you taking a set of behaviours into account or just your most recent one?

Validity (What is it based on?)

As the BBC article notes, MBTI® is based on a theory from Carl Jung. That theory was developed by Isabel Myers and Katherine Briggs, and has been honed into the MBTI® assessment we know today (this assessment keeps evolving but the basic premise remains the same).

But is it valid?

Validity is a difficult concept to prove in psychology. This is because you could point to any number of events or ‘reasons’ to justify your findings. Unlike our talent assessment (which is objective), MBTI uses self-reporting Q&A as we saw above, and this is always going to raise questions about validity.

The premise is that each human is born with one of 16 personality types that change little after we reach adulthood. These types have distinct characteristics. For example, Erin Brockovich could be considered to be an ‘ENTJ’ – have a look at the movie clip below.

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Can MBTI® help me with my career?

It’s for the reasons given above that we do not recommend use of the instrument for career pathing (instead, have a look at the Highlands Ability Battery which is objective and scientifically validated).

In spite of this, MBTI® can still help with your career in the following ways:

1. It gives you self-awareness into the set of preferences you may have, gives you clues as to your possible strengths at work and pointers as to your possible ‘shadow’ or negative aspects!

2. With practice and skill, you will be able to identify other peoples’ types based on sensory cues and clues. This is a great way of developing your EQ.

3. Your MBTI combination can give you clues about the kind of environment you are most likely to thrive in, the type of people you will get on with best and the best way to approach tasks and projects.

Can MBTI® help me with leadership assessment?

Where MBTI® comes more into its own, in our opinion, is as a tool for team and leadership assessment. The latter is offered by us in combination with the world’s #1 leadership assessment, the LPI.

If you are interested in discovering your MBTI® type then have a look at our MBTI® Complete Leadership Assessement here.

This MBTI Assessment can be taken online and offers a full report combined with the LPI.

The assessment details again are here or feel free to contact us via our contact form here.

 

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