- Incomplete understanding of the preferences. Review
your understanding of the preferences. For example, you may
be interpreting Introversion as shy and feel it
doesn't fit. Examples of other common misunderstandings
are that Judging means critical or judgmental, that Intuition
means creativity, or that a preference for Sensing means you
think only about facts.
- Lack of trust in the situation in which you took the Indicator.
Review the situation under which you took the MBTI® instrument.
Is there anything that would cause you to mistrust or question
the results? If you have questions or concerns, contact your
- Pressure not to use your real type, particularly from
parents, a manager, or a coercive environment that dictates
certain behaviors. Ask for assistance from your facilitator
in identifying those pressures and seek to understand the influence
they may be having on your energy, stress levels, and self-esteem.
- Stage of life. You may be in your teens or early 20s
and therefore still exploring your preferences, or you may be
at midlife and working to develop the less-preferred functions.
In terms of establishing best-fit type,
either situation can confuse the issue. Once again, in-depth
discussion with your facilitator will usually bring these things
to light and clarify the situation.
- Stress. You may be under a lot of stress and so not
behaving typically. It may be better to think things over and
not create more stress by pushing for a decision.
- Your type. Your type may itself be the source of difficulty
in getting to a best-fit type with which you are comfortable.
For example, those who prefer Perceiving favor taking in more
information rather than coming to a conclusion quickly; those
with a preference for Judging on the other hand may rush to
conclusions too early. Those who prefer Intuition may engage
in too many possibilities; and those who prefer Sensing and
Judging may feel the pull of duty to be a certain type.
As you work to discover your best-fit type, remember that an
attitude of openness, focus on whole types, respect for your knowledge
of self, and valuing the exploration and analysis process will
go a long way. Then the best-fit type decision will result in
self-understanding and affirmation, the beneficial goals of any