And so the Myth 10.
Interestingly, the different MBTI types do not all occur with the same frequency in the UK general population and can range from about 14% down to 1%.
Emotions are part of life for everyone; regardless of their type, everyone uses Thinking for some decisions and Feeling for others.
We often hear that feelers are inherently more emotional than thinking types and most of the time people will see someone who’s emotional and instantly type them as a “Feeler.” But, don't confuse feeling with emotion. Everyone has emotions about the decisions they make, they just have a different starting point in making those decisions. So please don’t ever call a Thinking type cold. They do have emotions; they just have a different way of showing them!
Here we are at Myth 8 - why do I relate more to some people than others!
Now here's another interesting one...
It shouldn’t be taken as an absolute, but it can help explain some of the frustrations we may have when working with others, particularly if we don’t appreciate why these differences occur.
Have you ever received differing results when you have taken the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) multiple times? It’s actually quite common.
Yes, people can worry about this. But don’t, it isn’t about boxing you in at all!
So, have you decided you ‘can’t’ do something because of your type? Or is it more likely ‘won’t’!?
All Introverts are shy and all shy people are Introverts.
It’s a common misconception though, and one that Introverts can find frustrating!
When it comes to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Framework, the term Introvert relates to how you gain energy or recharge your energy levels when you are drained.
Introverts are energised by having time alone to reflect after a busy day of interacting with others and may ‘pass’ on an invitation to socialise after work, preferring a quiet evening in with a good book to recharge. But this can be misinterpreted as shyness.
It will tell me what job to apply for.
Now this is an interesting one.
It’s not absolutely true, but it’s a great place to start!
Knowing your Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality type will give you an indication of the sorts of work environments and tasks that are likely to be most satisfying for you.
Putting capability aside, we can all do any job, and work in ways that don’t match our natural preferences, but this can be very draining.
The MBTI can help me to hire the right person.
That’s a no!
The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) framework should NOT be used as part of the recruitment process and here are a few reasons why:
However, once you HAVE recruited someone to your team, the MBTI framework is a fabulous tool to develop their self-awareness and highlight their strengths as well as appreciate how others in the team may work.
The MBTI is a test.
No, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) framework is NOT a test, and don’t worry, there are no right or wrong answers; you select the answers that best fit you.