The real contribution of psychological type and the Myers-Briggs
Type Indicator® instrument
is the emphasis on understanding and valuing differences
between people. Those who learn about type learn first to appreciate
their own strengths, value their own instincts, and use these
strengths to manage their lives. In addition, type teaches people
to understand and value the way other people see things.
The essential message is that one person's way is not
the only way; it is not even necessarily the best
way. The strengths of all types are needed to live and
work together effectively.
Certain principles are critical to understanding and using type:
- Type is believed to be inborn.
- No one type is better than another.
- Type does not predict skills or success in any endeavor.
- Type should not be used to choose a mate, a career, a school,
or make other important decisions. Type is information that
contributes to making these decisions.
- People may ignore their preferences because of pressures (subtle
or overt) from family, work, or close relationships.
- People use both preferences in each pair, but tend to rely
more on one than the other three.
- With practice, people can better learn to use nonpreferred
approaches, but this often takes energy and effort to do so,
especially at first.
- Only the individual can determine his or her best-fit type.