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"Whether people first hear about the two kinds of perception and two kinds of judgment as children, high school students, parents or grandparents, the richer development of their own type can be a rewarding adventure for the rest of their lives."

–Isabel Myers


CAPT training programs include the MBTI® Certification Program, as well as applications of psychological type.

  Ethics for Administering the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® Instrument  
  1. Tell respondents that taking the Indicator is always voluntary and offer the opportunity not to participate.

  2. Insist that Indicator results never be used to label, evaluate, or limit the respondent in any way.

  3. Ensure that type results are confidential and not given to anyone besides the respondent without permission.

  4. Inform respondents of the purpose of taking the instrument and how results will be used.

  5. Tell respondents the Indicator is not a test, since there are no right or wrong answers.

  6. If the instrument is given for research purposes, sharing the results with respondents is not required but highly recommended.

  7. Do not take specific questions from the Indicator to get a “quick reading” on a particular preference pair.

  8. Administer and score the Indicator in accordance with the guidelines in the most current edition of the MBTI® Manual.
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