Myers' and Briggs' famous tool is still going strong, constantly being improved
The MBTI tool has a long and prestigious history, all of which lead to its huge success today as the world’s most widely used and recognized personality tool.
Making the Indicator publicly available
The MBTI questionnaire was first published by the Educational Testing Service, before being taken over by Consulting Psychologists Press (CPP), who still publishes the instrument today. OPP has been distributing and training people to use the MBTI questionnaire since 1989 and, since then, has developed fully validated translations of the questionnaire in 14 languages, and completed a significant body of research into its validity, ensuring that it remains a robust tool for users across Europe.
An explosion in popularity
The MBTI questionnaire is now used in situations as diverse as marital counseling and executive development and has become the world’s most popular personality instrument. It's positive approach to understanding differences is appreciated by the two million people who complete the questionnaire globally every year.
When you work with Pioneer Coaching you will learn about innate personality preferences through the MBTI® instrument. Personality preferences, sometimes called psychological preferences, are like any other preferences.
You may have a preferred style of learning, such as sensory preferring concrete, practical, and procedural information or Intuitive preferring conceptual, innovation, and theoretical information. Others may simply prefer reading over watching movies. This doesn't mean you won't sometimes choose or be required to use a non-preferred modality to complete your work. Living and working outside your preference can be stressful.
Facts about the MBTI® instrument reliability:
Reliability (when scores are treated as continuous scores, as in most other psychological instruments) is as good as or better than other personality instruments.
People come out with three to four type preferences the same 90% of the time and quite good across most age and ethnic groups.
If a person changes type, it is usually on one of the dichotomous pairs (e.g., E-I or S-N), and in a dichotomy where the preference clarity was low.
Sample MBTI Interpretive Report for an ENFP with a low preference
When the MBTI instrument is used with groups where reported reliabilities are lower or data are lacking, caution is exercised and the professional will evaluate appropriate use.
The MBTI® instrument can improve individual, team and company communication, Pioneer Coaching offers all MBTI tools. Depending on tool selected (see below), individual sessions can be completed by phone, video conferencing, or in-person. Report Types
- Some individuals begin with the basic profile of your MBTI® type. The three-page reported type that reflects an individual's preferences most naturally and most often used. Everyone can and does use all of the preferences from time to time, depending on what the situation calls for, but when a person spends too much time outside of his or her preference, stress is introduced.
- This report is the most common for individuals. This report has all the parts of the Basic Profile, in addition, it includes a preference clarity index (pci). The PCI is very useful because it shows where you answered questions with a level of clarity. This report assists in the reliability of the detail.
- The Step II™ Interpretive Report is a highly personalized narrative and graphical report that helps our clients understand their MBTI® Step I™ and Step II™ results. The 17-page report then applies those results to four important components of professional development: communication, decision making, change management, and conflict management.
- The MBTI instrument identifies two opposite ways in which people focus their attention, take in information, make decisions, and deal with the outer world. Individuals use all eight of these opposites at least some of the time, but they tend to prefer one element in each pair over the other and to feel most comfortable and energized when they use their preferences. The 9-page report then applies those results to four important components of professional development: communication, decision making, change management, and conflict management.
Page Updated July 1, 2017