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Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 1:26 am

A little over 12 months ago I participated in a Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) session run by my employer at the time. MBTI is a personality type indicator. There are four categories with two types of which you're primarily one or the other. There is always an element of the other in everyone to balance things out. Out of this you get a four letters. For example I am ISTJ which is: Introverted, Sensing, Thinking and Judging. The others which you could be are: Extroverted, Intuition, Feeling and Perceiving. Of these 8 you can make up to 16 personality types.

Has anyone else done Myers Briggs and are you happy with it? For the most part, I'm fine with it and wasn't overly surprised with the results. However the Introversion bothers me at times and I'm not sure what to do about it. Please share your experiences.

http://www.myersbriggs.org for more information.
 
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 2:52 am

Yep done that, and true colors, which just another personality test. Not surprising the results came in the same type of personality. Bottom line, I'm a thinker, left of center than most people. No problems with the result for me.
 
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:01 am

Yep, have done Myers Briggs too, although can't remember off the top of my head what my four letters were!!

The main test comes in whether your employers take any notice of what your score was, and treat/arrange your team accordingly to make the most of what they've paid for. In my experience, they didn't...one of the reasons why I left! In my opinion, tests like that are only worth taking if the people that have paid for them take full advantage of the results.
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 3:53 am



Quoting Bill142 (Thread starter):
Please share your experiences.

I hate test like this in every shape and form. They really serve no purpose other than to waste time that could be used actually doing something useful.
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:12 am

I was ISTJ, and close to an ISTP. Once or twice when I've taken it, I've gotten ISTP.

I think the ISTJ description fits me pretty well...
 
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:18 am

I haven't taken it, but I'd guess I'm an ISTP.

Quoting Bill142 (Thread starter):
However the Introversion bothers me at times and I'm not sure what to do about it.

What do you mean by this? Are you bothered that you are considered introverted, or are you bothered that you are introverted? If it's the latter, I wouldn't worry about it too much - if you learn to live with it and take advantage of the strengths of being introverted, you'll be much better off than continually wishing that you weren't.

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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:25 am

I have taken this and I am half and half. I think it fits me very well.

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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:40 am



Quoting Bill142 (Thread starter):
Has anyone else done Myers Briggs and are you happy with it?

I took it as part of my Leadership/Team Building class at the start of my MBA program at Seattle Univ. I scored an IFSJ, which is in the far upper left corner. Fits me to a tee, that's for sure. I was the most introverted one in the class.
 
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:41 am

IMO...
There are three types of people.
Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder WTF happened.
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:48 am



Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 8):
those who watch things happen and those who wonder WTF happened.

I'm both of those. I watch it, then ask WTF, then find out what happened.
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 4:57 am



Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 9):
I'm both of those. I watch it, then ask WTF, then find out what happened.

 rotfl 
I didn't think of any combinations. You would be good doing research experiments.  Smile
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 5:34 am

I took the Myers Briggs test some time ago and as such I don't remember how I scored. I do, however, remember that the results seemed about right to me.

Quoting AirCop (Reply 1):
true colors

Yup, done that one too. I am a Gold.
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:25 am



Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 10):
I didn't think of any combinations. You would be good doing research experiments.

I love looking at car crashes. Watching them is awful, and ruins the fun of figuring out how the two cars got in the final position and (usually) figuring out which idiot tried to run the light.

Random tidbit: Post #3500!!!!
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:35 am

Quoting AirTranTUS (Reply 12):
I love looking at car crashes.

Sort of like looking at fat women wearing spandex.  

BTW, Congrats on 3500! I'm about to hit 2k. Beer for everyone!

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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:13 am



Quoting KevinL1011 (Reply 13):
Sort of like looking at fat women wearing spandex.

Well, one can be fixed (at least for far less money).
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:23 am

While the outcomes of those tests may be spot on.. They are no better than having employees fill out a bunch of myspace surveys for their value in terms of productivity for an employer.

I really do think people go into Human Resources are 1. too stupid to do anything else and 2. actually believe the crap they shovel. They seem to love giving out these tests and tell us how important they are. Then they just tell us the results are for our own information. Why don't you just tell me I am an asshole and save me reading and filling out a test booklet at 8am on what could have been a day off? I have probably had to take these things 5 times in my life, and maybe twice it was for real. The other 3 times I tried to mess with the test- and succeeded.

Every time I have ever had to do a test like this it has been in some sort of feel good, lets all have a big group hug kind of touchy feely team building exercise that was a total waste of time. It is all good though if they buy breakfast- which they never do.
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 8:35 am



Quoting Mir (Reply 5):
if you learn to live with it and take advantage of the strengths of being introverted, you'll be much better off than continually wishing that you weren't.

I see your point. I figure I'm a bit socially awkward and blame part of it on being an introvert since I'm normally surrounded by extroverts.
 
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Sun Mar 02, 2008 10:54 am

I've actually done Myers Briggs. A few observations.

First up, when I was discussing my scoring with the Personnel Officer, she commented that alot of people get upset with their scoring and don't wish to discuss their rating any further. Hence, a scheduled hour long meeting tends to last ten minutes! Second, I think Myers Briggs is not a great measure of personality traits. It is suppose to reflect the motivations or situations where you feel most comfortable. However, it tends to ignore that people do develop, e.g. communication skills,and there is a gap between innate personality traits and actual socialised behaviours. Lastly, some people have a tendency to live up to their scoring; if Myers Briggs says they're extrovert, then ergo sum, they are, when in practice, they are not. Conversely, someone labelled introvert,suddenly becomes quieter.

To conclude, I actually think you can take these personality surveys with a pinch of salt. This said, there is a 'colony effect', (I think this is the correct term). If you work in an insurance company, the rest of your fellow workers aren't going to be too exciting and fairly conservative. If you work in advertising, you are likely to be fairly vain! I'm sure you get the picture. Note, this is based on personal experience, and others experiences may vary.
 
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:44 am



Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 15):
I really do think people go into Human Resources are 1. too stupid to do anything else and 2. actually believe the crap they shovel.

Couldn't agree more. I like the folks in HR that do benefits...they're fine in my book. It's just the phony-ness of trying to appear something they're not. Usually, just a mouthpiece for management.
 
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:42 am

I was under the impression that MB was well and truely obsolete. Certainly I haven't encountered it since about the mid 90s. I was under the impression it was replaced by a much more comprehensive test that is just as pointless but wastes more time filling it out (about 4 hours compared with 30 minutes).

Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 15):
I really do think people go into Human Resources are 1. too stupid to do anything else and 2. actually believe the crap they shovel. They seem to love giving out these tests and tell us how important they are. Then they just tell us the results are for our own information.

I reckon you are pretty much spot on. The only things you left out are : there would be a lot more Oxygen about if they didn't exist; and (seeing they do exist) they are all way over paid.
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:43 am



Quoting CaptOveur (Reply 15):
I really do think people go into Human Resources are 1. too stupid to do anything else and 2. actually believe the crap they shovel.

Hey!!!!!

Quoting N174UA (Reply 18):
I like the folks in HR that do benefits...they're fine in my book.

That's more like it.  Smile

HR folks have to walk a fine line. Generally what we do (in benefits and non-benefits) is pretty highly regulated by the government. For example, as someone who works in pensions, my bottom line is the Internal Revenue Code. Labour laws pretty strongly control what generalists can do, cannot do, and have to do. We have to do our best to be helpful while still abiding by these laws.

I do agree that sometimes HR generalists can seem kinda useless but now that I have to work with them all the time I realize that their jobs are pretty thankless.

We did all kinds of personality tests at work. I found them to be useful in understanding what motivates the people who work for me, and who I work with. It also helps me to understand how they communicate and more importantly what they DON'T say.

In the Myers-Briggs world I'm an ESFJ. Interesting how most A.nutters who have posted on this thread are Introverts. Not too surprising, I guess. It's also interesting that all the Is that have posted so far are guys - and the sole E is a girl.
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Mon Mar 03, 2008 5:53 am



Quoting TSV (Reply 19):
there would be a lot more Oxygen about if they didn't exist; and (seeing they do exist) they are all way over paid.

Some of us have worth, and I am not overpaid!  Smile

I just did another online test and it tells me I'm an ENFP. Actually that profile sounds more accurate.
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Mon Mar 03, 2008 6:49 am



Quoting Bill142 (Thread starter):
Has anyone else done Myers Briggs and are you happy with it?

I've taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator testing, as well as Kolbe. They're good tools for assessing your personnel and determining how you'll best fit in a team setting.

I'm an ESTJ, and a "Strategic Planner" in my Kolbe assessment.
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RE: Myers Briggs Type Indicator

Mon Mar 03, 2008 10:59 am

I've done the real test as well.

I'm an INTJ.

Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Judging, aka mastermind or scientist (I prefer the former lol)

This is a really good website on this whole personality stuff: http://www.personalitypage.com

One thing all INTJs are proven to be horrible at: interacting with the opposite sex  Sad

O well

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