MBTI® and psychological type


"I'm not crazy, I'm just not you"*


Thanks to Bruno Cordioli for licensing this photo under Creative Commons.

Thanks to Bruno Cordioli for licensing this photo under Creative Commons.

You know that feeling; you're frustrated by the way others work, teams don't understand each other and communication is ineffective. It is frustrating, stressful and far too common. But there are tools to help. I've been using psychological type to help individuals and groups understand themselves more fully since qualifying as a practitioner in 2003.

The theory is based on the work of the Swiss psychologist, Carl Jung and was latterly developed into the MBTI® assessment by the US psychologists, Katharine Cook Briggs and Isobel Briggs-Myers. Today, the MBTI assessment is one of the world's most widely used and researched tools for appreciating the similarities and contrasts between people. Like any such tool, it's not an explanation for everything and it offers insight into many things. I've used it for - developing confidence, valuing those around us, working in groups and teams, leadership, stress management and working with change and problem solving.

Using psychological type as a framework for conversation, you can enhance your confidence, interactions and the effectiveness of the people around you. Here are some quotes from participants in my workshops:

"The MBTI tool helped me to see how the rest of my team likes to work and how to maximise the efficiency and satisfaction for all"

"I learned a lot about myself and my colleagues which will improve the team as a whole"

If this sounds good to you, please get in touch.


Examples of workshops I offer in this area include:

  • Type and teams - I often use the MBTI tool as a means of investigating people's different preferences and so to design an ever more effective way of working among colleagues. These days bring in practical elements of type and teams, communication, change, leadership and problem solving.
  • Type for researchers - introducing the theory and practical implications of type to small or large groups ranging from 12 to 80 people - this highly interactive workshop has people work through the different elements of the model and self assess, while working with colleagues on activities specifically geared to the research environment
  • Type and leadership - either as a stand alone event or woven through my leadership programmes, the assessment sheds light on how people like to lead and be lead. Different aspects of preference, possible blind spots and impact on others are all brought to life through experiential activities, reflection and pragmatic discussion